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Royal Wedding Crasher: Queen Elizabeth Drops in on Commoners’ Ceremony

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 25, 2012

Jon Super / Pool / AP

JON SUPER / POOL / AP
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II smiles during her visit to the Manchester Central convention center, Manchester, England, Friday, March 23, 2012.

John and Frances Canning were hoping for a low-key wedding at Manchester Town Hall. But all hopes were tossed aside when Queen Elizabeth showed up to fête the newlyweds.

During an official tour of Manchester on Friday to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee — sixty years as Britain’s monarch — Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were attending a luncheon at the Manchester Town Hall. In an adjacent room, the Cannings were standing in front of a minister, exchanging vows. Minutes after the two were pronounced husband and wife, they received a uniquely royal blessing when the Queen and the Prince entered the room. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why was Cheryl Cole fired?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 26, 2011

Catherine Gee considers why Cheryl Cole has already been fired from the US X Factor.

By Catherine Gee

Cheryl Cole as a judge on the UK X Factor Photo: Rex

It’s been 21 days since Simon Cowell’s production company hired Cheryl Cole for the US X Factor. She landed in the US a mere eight days ago and already she’s been fired and replaced by a Pussycat Doll.

How could the Americans do this to our national heroine? Was it her hair (too large)? Her voice (too Geordie)? Her personality (too boring)? She should have been adored. They adore Rihanna, another bad relationship survivor; she was surely on the path to greatness. But somehow, Cole just didn’t charm them.

The big reason being mooted – though the producers are staying stoically silent on the matter so far – is that thick Newcastle accent that we Brits seem to love so. Apparently the contestants were struggling to understand her. Mostly likely, they’d never even heard of Newcastle, let alone heard a Geordie in full flow.

After all, this is a country which regularly refers to a “British accent”, presumably using either Surrey well-to-do RP or working-class cockney as their reference. But of course there’s no such thing as a British accent, considering that the United Kingdom includes Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, Liverpool, Newcastle, Manchester, Cornwall, Birmingham and, well, everywhere else. For a relatively small country, the UK really has fostered a diverse collection of dialects – and many of those across the Atlantic are seemingly clueless about its geography. Read the rest of this entry »

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