Trivia Teaser

Which is a French term for 'a before-meal drink'?

Apres-ski
Amuse bouche
Aperitif
Au naturel

NOW OPEN: A Right Royal Competition!

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Apr
2011
 

By Jessie

Cut the crusts off the cucumber sandwiches, pour out the Pimms No. 1 Cup and unfurl the bunting, royal fever's upon us as we celebrate the nuptials of His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales to the lovely Catherine Middleton.

And hear hear I say. The world has been bombarded with serious turmoil of late and we're well overdue for some lovin' vibes. What better way to indulge in the ultimate romantic fairytale than with a royal wedding - complete with all the deliciously over the top trimmings.

I know I know. I can hear certain detractors bristling with the opinion that the British monarchy holds little relevance in these digital, classless, democratic times, and to some extent I agree. Yet it's for exactly those same reasons that I hope they endure. We're so quick these days to disregard the past, bulldozing history without a second thought. So much beauty, culture and civilization reduced to rubble in the name of 'progress'. Soulless production lines have replaced skilled craftsmanship in our throwaway society; even language has been diminished to a series of quick-to-type acronyms as we struggle to remember how to write with a pen.

Well I for one take every opportunity to stop 'moving forward' (bleugh) and escape to a simpler past (even if it is somewhat idealized.) But who cares! A right royal bash becomes a time machine for us commoners into a world that we'll never know. A world filled with mystery, history, riches and magic. Duchies and Earldoms, palaces and castles and stately homes dating back centuries. Priceless jewels and crowns and majestic halls dripping in heavenly artwork, ladies in waiting and royal protocol, lunches on the lawn and glamorous balls, card parties and polo, turrets and corsets and top hats and carriages and heaving bosoms and chaste lingering looks... Phew!

And Wills and Kate seem like genuinely lovely people. They live relatively simply and without staff, they're not afraid to mingle with the public, they're quite clever (William is a qualified pilot and Catherine is a university graduate) and they've asked that all wedding gifts come in the form of donations to charity (Australia's gift is a $25K donation to the Royal Flying Doctors).

So sound the trumpets! Hurrah for Prince William! Hurrah for Kate! We hope your marriage is a long and happy one.

And now ladies and gentlemen, let the feasting and games commence. I pronounce the YouPlay Royal Fever celebrations open for business!

ENTER THE ROYAL FEVER TRIVIA TOURNAMENT

In honour of the wedding, we've created an extra-special Trivia Tournament featuring quiz questions about everything from the corgis to the crown jewels. We hear that Queen Elizabeth herself is a huge fan.* Of course such a momentous occasion deserves an extra-special prize - you could WIN a stunning, super-sparkly, limited-edition, hand-painted commemorative plate, or one of three runners up Prize Packs!

Read all the competition details here

Enter the Royal Fever Trivia Tournament

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EASTER WINNERS

Congratulations to our Easter Hunt winners:

1st Prize (Premium): $200 + Easter Hamper – Pluck
2nd Prize: $50 + Easter Hamper – kirsty27
3rd Prize: $50 + Easter Hamper – diana1

CLICK HERE to view 20 runners up Prize Pack winners

Jessie x

 

8 Responses to

NOW OPEN: A Right Royal Competition!

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kragzy said:
April 27, 2011 at 4:05 PM

I'm very excited; can't wait... to watch The Chaser's commentary.

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April 27, 2011 at 5:57 PM

There's a very funny skit on YouTube called the T-mobile Royal Wedding dance. It's not politically incorrect, so feel free to have a peek. The look-alikes really do look alike ;-) I can't put the link here, so Google it.

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kragzy said:
April 28, 2011 at 9:49 AM

Thanks Beauregarde - just watched it and it's brilliant. Very funny. On the downside, I heard last night that the pompous royals have banned all satirical coverage of the wedding so The Chaser has been cancelled. The royals, always laughable, are now truly ridiculous. I'll look at the wedding for 5 minutes but there's no way that I could sit through 4 hours of boring serious commentary. I'd rather watch paint dry.

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April 29, 2011 at 11:11 AM

I am not really a royalist, I think Oz should become independent, but still connected to the UK, like Canada. There is one thing bugging me though about all the pre-wedding hype. They keep likening the wedding to Charles and Diana's. Why??? After all, that wedding ended in divorce!

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April 29, 2011 at 11:17 AM

P.S. I just realised you wrote this over a week ago, while I was in hospital, and only 3 responses. Maybe most Ossies don't care for royalty anymore?

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kragzy said:
May 01, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Hi Liesl, I'm surprised at the lack of interest too. Oh well. I trust that your stay in hospital was not too serious. Best wishes for a quick recovery.

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relle said:
May 01, 2011 at 5:16 PM

I wouldn't class myself as a real royalist but I did enjoy watching the fairytale wedding! Even with all the pomp & ceremony, this union of Will & Kate is truely about 2 people in love. Hope they can bring a much needed fresh look to the firm! Congratulations & best wishes for your love to endure.

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dee0901 said:
October 18, 2011 at 8:23 PM

I swore my allegiance to the Queen when i was privileged tobecome an Australian citizen - nI think the Queen is an admirable woman.