Rule Brittania

Click picture for BBC News pre-wedding article.

Happy Royal Wedding Day.

William and Kate 29th April 2011

An abundance of footage, photos, news coverage and media to follow…

As promised! What a momentous day of pomp and ceremony as William and Kate became the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. After watching the footage, I feel very proud to be British on a day that went off without a hitch and had some very nice touches of flair and elegance that showed that these two, despite the titles and privilege, are just the same as us commoners. The beaming smile on Catherine’s face and the uncanny (Princess Diana) modest, humbling look on William’s showed they are just like you and me.

The whole day was wonderful but the highlights for me have to be the initial reaction of the crowd as the couple left Westminster Abbey, the emergence onto the balcony at Buckingham Palace with a couple of kisses, the thunderous fly by of WW2 bombers and the drive-by in the Aston Martin as the couple left Buckingham Palace complete with tailing balloons and William’s helicopter buddies giving a fly over from above. Great to see the country united and celebrating a wonderful day for Britain.

It should've been me!!

Prince Bond in his father's Aston Martin

A country united!

United Kingdom

Posh with a liquorice all sort on her head and Beck's distracted by something shiny!

The Queen joking about the wardrobe clash with the Bishop of London.

Best Royal Family In The World. Proud to be British!

Full story at BBC News

BAFTAs

Baftas 2011

So it was pretty much King’s Speech, King’s Speech, King’s Speech, King’s Speech, King’s Speech, all night long. Inception won a couple and Black Swan’s Natalie Portman won Best Actress, but she couldn’t be here in the UK because she was preggers. Most of the winners seemed to be off elsewhere doing more important things like filming, acting on Broadway, rather than being available to pick up their awards in Britain, which left a sour taste in my mouth that they couldn’t be arsed to attend the BAFTAs. I bet you a leprechaun’s shamrock they will all turn out in force for the Oscars though. Baftas aren’t quite the same. It goes: Oscars, Golden Globes, then Baftas (at best between Cannes etc).

Jonathan Ross actually did a fair job tonight despite being an eejit recently, and Helena Bonham Carter was sublime. Andrew Garfield kept providing weird insane facial tics when the camera got to him when Social Network didn’t win something. Miranda Richardson looked positively livid when she was passed over in the Best Supporting Actress role. What happened to the gracious face? I saw veins in her temples and all the works. All in all, my favourite moment of the Baftas is split in two.

Number two… Rosamund Pike stumbling through an autocue failure about non-actors. Something about screenwriters being amazing and bringing them to life, blah blah blah. Without being told what to say about the underlings, she was struggling a lot. Turning to Dominic Cooper for help, he was a shit and left her fumbling alone by asking for permission to “walk off stage”. Heroic!

Overall best bit though goes to Christopher Lee. What a phenomenon! He’s 88 and still planning to be in The Hobbit (in Production). I couldn’t believe the change in his appearance though since he was in LOTRs. With the aid of a walking stick he accepted a Lifetime Achievement Award for British Film, but he had clearly aged in the last few years and looked very frail. Still, he delivered a great acceptance and I wish him well for his continuing work. Good on him and I hope he continues to bless us with more achievements.

PS> Inception should’ve won more! I was bored with The Kings Speech by the end of the awards and I hadn’t even watched it. Congratulations Colin Firth (blah blah blah)

The United Kingdom Explained

I’ve lived in the UK all my life and am a British citizen. This video has cleared up a lot of my questions about whether I’m British or English. I never knew my country (of countries) was so confusing.

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