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Timely Tuesdays:Lady GaGa and Prince Harry in the News

December 8, 2009

AngloFiles’s weekly round-up of U.K. news – sober, stylish, sentimental, sporty, or outright silly.

Shiny! Hurricane Harry set to make U.S. landfall in May.

  • Prince Hal to Horse Around (but Officially, This Time) on NY Visit Leaving People magazine as breathless as Paul Revere’s horse, Prince Harry will make his first “official” stop in the colonies next May. (He was here last in May.) Exhibiting the royals’ typically down-home tastes, The Prince of Wales’s younger son will play a polo match on New York City’s Governor’s Island. In a sign of his late mother’s touch, though, the event will raise funds for a charity supporting Lesotho.
  • Queen Goes Gaga, greeting the Lady herself at a Blackpool performance. (Can anyone tell me what a “wheelie bin” is?)
  • Turner Prize Awarded — Pretty! Giving hope to millions of children with markers, a guy who paints on walls was awarded the £25,000 arts prize this year. And don’t tell the critics, but Richard Wright’s vaguely Renaissance wall paintings are actually pretty to look at.
  • Marching to a Yankee drum?

  • London New Year’s Parade to Face West this year, to  better entertain U.S. satellite audiences. It’s all about p.r.: With the route reversed, Westminster and other iconic sights cap the noon event, LondonNet explains, so Yanks will take them in along with their first coffees (or stronger libations) of the new year.
  • Something’s Gotta Give If People Gotta Fly, Climate Change Panel Indicates So nuanced is a report just released by the independent Committee on Climate Change, that airport expansionists and environmentalists can’t agree on what it says. The committee concluded passenger loads can increase by 60 percent, but only after the country finds carbon savings elsewhere. Environmentalists say the statement’s been misinterpreted as an endorsement of hotly protested expansions at Heathrow and other U.K. airports when, in fact, it’s anything but.
  • University of Edinburgh Launches Campuswide Climate Campaign Will sharing showers count? Some 36,000 students and faculty in Edinburgh are being challenged to drastically reduce their carbon impact this year as part of the 10:10 challenge — making a 10 percent cut in CO2 emissions in 2010. (I guess they missed Chesapeake Bay defender Mike Tidwell’s screed declaring personal climate changes a waste of time.)
Prince Harry photo courtesy of Vanilla_Twilight on Flickr.
London parade photo by Odolphie on Flickr.
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  1. December 10, 2009 2:20 pm

    I love Timely Tuesdays! Thanks for turning me on to Richard Wright–my new favorite artist–I can’t believe it, contemporary art that is gorgeous.

    (No, I’m not related to Mandy, wish I was, she’s a fab writer…)

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