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Engineers come into their own with new £1m QEII Prize

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 18, 2013

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Only one member of the Standing Committee of the Chinese Politburo is not an engineer or scientist. More than half American senators are lawyers. In Britain only one MP is a former research scientist. Soon China will be the world’s richest country and we wonder why. Perhaps this should be self-evident.

When the architectural writer Charles Jencks featured on Desert Island Discs last summer his first choice of music was a simple one: “Male architects are so vain,” he said. So that would be Carly Simon’s ‘You’re So Vain’, then? Indeed it was.

What would he have picked for engineers, one wonders?

For more than a century, engineers have always been the bridesmaids, never the bride, when it comes to making architects’ flights of fancy structurally sound. More than that, they have often provided the core aesthetic of the building, the iconic image by which it is seen and remembered.

An early example is the Eiffel Tower in Paris, by Gustave Eiffel (1832-1923) – a supposedly temporary building (like our London Eye) which has become the defining image of a capital city. It was built for the 1889 Paris World Fair.  At first local people hated it, but it attracted millions of visitors. Four years earlier the engineer had designed the wrought-iron skeleton structure inside the Statue of Liberty in New York harbour.      Read the rest of this entry »

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Queen’s Jubilee Speech Praises Prince Philip, Politicians And The Armed Forces

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 20, 2012

The Queen has paid tribute to public servants, the armed forces and her family at Westminster, responding to the Loyal Address by Parliamentarians for the monarch’s diamond jubilee.

A bright spring morning at Westminster saw the Queen address both houses of Parliament, accompanied by Prince Philip. In her speech the Queen paid particular tribute to her husband, who she said was “well known for declining compliments of any kind.

“Throughout he has been a constant strength and guide. He and I are very proud and grateful that the Prince of Wales and other members of our family are travelling on my behalf in this Diamond Jubilee year, to visit all the Commonwealth realms and a number of other commonwealth countries.”

There was laughter and applause when the Queen said: “At the last count I have had the pleasurable duty of treating with twelve Prime Ministers.”

She added: “The happy relationship I have enjoyed with parliament has extended well beyond the more than three and-a-half thousand Bills I have signed into law.”

The Queen made her address in Westminster Hall, the oldest part of the Palace of Westminster which has stood since Norman times. Read the rest of this entry »

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Diamond Jubilee: Queen’s Accession Day Marks 60 Years Of Rule

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 6, 2012

After 60 years of loyal service to the nation and Commonwealth, the Queen celebrates her Diamond Jubilee on Monday.

For a remarkable six decades she has remained a steadfast figure for the British public as head of state.

The sovereign has come to represent stability and continuity with her many years on the throne earning her the respect of leaders across the world.

February 6 – Accession Day – will be celebrated simply by a visit to King’s Lynn Town Hall and the nearby Dersingham Infant and Nursery School.

Crowds are expected to gather despite the cold conditions to greet the Queen who will share the celebrations of one of the most important days of her reign with ordinary people.

The other side of the Queen is represented by two official Diamond Jubilee photographs released today, showing the monarch looking relaxed yet regal, dressed in a lavish gown with glittering jewels.

Her 60 years as queen will be marked by a series of regional, national and international events during 2012, culminating in a four-day long Bank Holiday weekend in June.

A spectacular River Thames pageant featuring a 1,000-strong flotilla and a St Paul’s Cathedral service of thanksgiving are some of the highlights of the weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

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Prince Charles To ‘Leave Buckingham Palace’ When King

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 24, 2011

Prince Charles may move the monarchy out of Buckingham Palace when he becomes king, according to a new book.

BBC journalist Andrew Marr claims that the heir to the throne plans to rule from Windsor Castle, in order to turn Buckingham Palace into a museum.

According to Marr, Prince Charles also wants to use the London palace to house a hotel and a conference centre to hold government events.

The claims are made in his book, The Diamond Queen, due to be published to mark the 60th year of the Queen’s reign next year.

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Kate Middleton’s wedding dress goes on display at Buckingham Palace

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 22, 2011

By Philippa Warr,

Curator, Caroline de Guitaut, adjusts Kate Middleton’s wedding dress. Photo: PA

Kate Middleton‘s wedding dress, wedding shoes, tiara and even her (and Prince William’s) wedding cake will be on show to the public at Buckingham Palace from 23 July until 3 October.

The eagerly anticipated display will allow visitors to get a closer look at the gown, designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, as well as the bridal accessories during the palace’s annual summer opening (although, sadly, there will be no option to try the dress on yourself). Read the rest of this entry »

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‘Unlawful Killing,’ Princess Diana Documentary Featuring Photo Of Her Death, Set To Make Cannes Festival Debut (VIDEO)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 12, 2011


Diana – evergreen news.
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Princess Beatrice ‘Traumatized’ After Car Crash In London Roundabout

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 14, 2010


UK roundabouts are terrifying! Anyway congratulation princesses!
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Queen Elizabeth II Cancels Staff Christmas Party, Citing Economy

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 14, 2010


Good decision. When other corrupted leaders specially from developing countries could take lesson from this?
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The Buddha Image…Out Of Uddiyana: A Conversation with Collector Nik Douglas, plus a Forward by Tibet House’s President Robert Thurman

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 9, 2010

Good collection!
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Cost Of The Queen? Less Than $1 Per Person A Year

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 5, 2010


Corrupted leaders from poor countries have to read this news.
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