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animator, illustrator, character designer, graphic designer. music producer/recording musician. co-owner of PROOST. proost.co.uk
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  1. I’m strangely excited about the wedding. don’t know why. maybe it gives people hope ??

  2. sunil says:

    A lot cultures have very public weddings. For the British a royal wedding is the only chance to participate in one.

  3. TomC says:

    I think you’re right Dennis. No, the wedding won’t make all the problems of the world go away, but maybe, just maybe, it’ll help us put them aside for a few hours, lay aside our jaded cynicism and embrace a little fairytale magic.

  4. subo says:

    I’m just vainly hoping she’ll wear an outrageous, British Fashion inspired, dress, and some sumptuous modern jewellery, it’s all very well Charles supporting cookies and cows (in Waitrose), what about the few artists remaining in our beloved country – what an opportunity!, am I asking too much of the poor girl? She’d look stunning in a retro 60’s fake leather mini, and then there’d be a demand for our stuff all round the world

  5. subo says:

    I can see Harry in an ASBO T, he’d just carry one off nicely

  6. Tiggy says:

    Charles doesn’t support cookies and cows in Waitrose – he sells them for high prices to keep his vast estate going.

    I think believing in fairy tales is a pretty bad idea. Look how the last one ended – ‘And then the princess died in a rather dubious car crash with her playboy lover.’

    But then I’m against having a monarchy – I’m just going along for the picnic and free live bands.

  7. Sarah says:

    Er, no…Nice that it’s happening on Beltane though.



  8. Carole says:

    I’m with Tom and Dennis. My household will celebrate the royal wedding with a bottle of champers and assorted nibbly bits, looking on from the comfort of our armchairs. So much depression and despair of late and no crumbs of comfort from our beloved government…it’s so nice to have a bit of good news. I shall try to ignore the PM if the cameras drift over him – I don’t want him to curdle my nibbly bits. I love a wedding and so few people seem to bother these days; I shall enjoy it. A long and happy life to William and Kate! :-)

  9. shelly says:

    Yeah, this won’t make any issues go away, but with all that’s happening at the moment, it gives us (in general) a chance to escape it all and indulge in some happiness and a bit of a fairytale.

    (That said, though, I do wish Diana were alive to see her son get married and to advise Kate.)

  10. subo says:

    sorry Tiggy, I know it’s all a bit pricey – I just like having a few outspoken people around who are outside the main political system, and thus free to say what no one else dares say

    and since supermarkets have been pinching dairy farmers margins to the point of extinction, I still think Charles might have saved a handful of lonely farmers & their cows

    (and here’s to hoping Tesco’s never open their unwanted Stokes Croft store. selling stuff for high prices to keep their vast corporation going at the expense of ordinary workers, producers and consumers (why do we spend £1 in every £4 in Tesco’s, we must be dumb).)

  11. Sarah says:

    I hope she’s around in some way.

    Blessed be.


    a happy weekend to all x

  12. jonbirch says:

    i’m not a royalist in any way, but i am a sucker for a wedding. they seem like nice kids. all the best to them.

  13. subo says:

    it was just lovely, all the best Will & Kate

  14. jonbirch says:

    can’t be cynical about two great kids getting married… even if the cartoon is spiky. :-)

  15. Rather poignant as yesterday was something of a bad news day. Two of my friends both lost loved ones at tragically young ages. Still partying done today and some more to come!

  16. Forrest says:

    Not sure how realistic or informed something I say would be what with being an American and all and not living the television and celebrity culture (don’t even have a TV).

    Will say that brunettes named Kathryn/Catherine/Kathy/Kate can be kind of fun ;)
    And in coming from a military family, Dad was Navy, my bro and his 3 kids are Army, who have been in, or are in, places getting shot at, I certainly do give William plenty of credit for having a “real” job.

    And with William being a helo pilot, this being ASBO Jesus, there is a way Jesus and helicopters can be tied together.
    (note: “helo” is USN for helicopter like chopper is Army slang)
    “From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    Main rotor attach nut, or “Jesus Nut” from a Bell 222U shown in hand for size perspective, and installed with locking key.

    Jesus nut or Jesus pin are colloquialisms for the main rotor retaining nut[1] that holds the main rotor to the mast of some helicopters, such as the UH-1 Iroquois helicopter. The term may have been coined by American soldiers in Vietnam; the Vietnam War was the first war to feature large numbers of soldiers riding in helicopters. Other sources suppose that the term may be coined as early as by Igor Sikorsky, a pioneer of rotor wing aircraft, who was a deeply religious person [2].

    The term may have come from the idea that, if the Jesus pin were to fail in flight, the helicopter would detach from the rotors and the only thing left for the crew to do would be to pray to Jesus. In addition, a person must have faith in the Jesus bolt to do its intended job without failure. Real examples of the Jesus pin failing are few and far between. However the pin must be checked before the flight [3]. Some more recent helicopter systems do not have a Jesus nut.”

    Well, I figure if anyone would know a Jesus nut, it would be someone here.

  17. Sarah says:

    Goodness Forrest that was informative!

    Lovely Day. All the very best to them.

    Now let’s send thoughts to the rest of the world.


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  19. linus says:

    Love it Forrest. =] Brunettes are definitely more fun. Don’t really care about the name…

    “Some more recent helicopter systems do not have a Jesus nut.” not sure how far to push that analogy, or in what direction…

    Shelly, i wish Diana were alive to be part of it, too. I’m sure Will and Harry wish it more than any of us. Not sure she’d be the best person to advise Kate, but i guess we all try to learn from our mistakes and help others not to make them, so perhaps she would be able to give good advice. There’s no denying she did a lot of great stuff with her life, even though it was clearly a difficult one.

    Carole: “I don’t want him to curdle my nibbly bits.” snigger. (i’m not sure why this sounds like a euphemism to me, but it does).

    I like that the wedding was a good excuse to hang community on, especially inclusive community: street parties etc. I think we need to get better at community in our society and anything that might encourage it gets my vote.

  20. Carole says:

    Hey Linus – sorry to say my nibbly bits were well and truly curdled on a number of occasions, though there was some compensation in seeing him get visibly agitated when questioned with regard to ‘Sam Cam’s’ break with royal wedding protocol by not wearing a hat. Clearly the cause of some consternation in the Cameron household. :lol:

  21. jonbirch says:

    cameron does get annoyed very easily, doesn’t he. which is fine by me because i’m very easily annoyed by him. :-)

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