‘When I Am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple...’ said Jenny Joseph in ‘Warning’. And why not! This photograph was made available for charities and not-for-profit organisations who wanted to use a picture to mark the 90th birthday of QUEEN ELIZABETH II in 2016. PRINCE PHILIP takes all the fuss in his stride, but then, he has never had any illusions about how he is seen: ‘In that splendid language, pidgin English, I’m referred to as fella belong to Mrs Queen,’ he said. (Photo by PRESS ASSOCIATION / Danny Lawson and published 25 April 2016.)
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THE QUEEN – GOD BLESS HER! – RULE BRITANNIA!
If you’ve been living under a rock you might have missed the fact that the Queen is celebrating her 90th Birthday this year –
and so are her subjects (endlessly). On Thursday, 23 June 2016, the people of Britain gave their Queen a really big present – they gave her back her kingdom.
Taking into account the strange events across the pond, perhaps the Americans are wishing that they had never given up the monarchy. Prince Philip notwithstanding, perhaps it is wise to remember, you avid fans of a republic, that
the value of the monarchy is not in the power that it bestows upon the monarch, but in the power she denies to others. Two words – Donald Trump! I rest my case. ‘Rule, Britannia! Britannia, rules the waves! Britons never,
never, never shall be slaves.’
A sequence of THREE OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHS of Her Majesty The Queen, by the RENOWNED PORTRAIT
PHOTOGRAPHER ANNIE LEIBOVITZ, were released to mark Her Majesty's 90th Birthday. The photographs were taken at Windsor Castle just after Easter.
In the first photograph, the Queen is seen on steps at the rear of the East Terrace and East Garden with four of her dogs; the second is a portrait of The
Queen with her five great-grandchildren and her two youngest grandchildren (for those who can’t keep track); and the third shows a rare picture of the Queen with her daughter, Anne, The Princess Royal. See them at https://www.royal.uk/official-photographs-released-queens-90th-birthday.
THE ROYAL FAMILY UNBOUND! (MORE COMING SOON)
Who are these people? To bring you up to date, in our PHOTO ESSAY we provide a potted history of the extraordinary life of the queen and the doings of THE ROYAL FAMILY with commentary
by PRINCE PHILIP, who once told the General Dental Council in 1960: ‘Dontopedalogy is the science of opening your mouth and putting your foot in it, a science which I’ve practised for a good many years.’ And he has! See words, pictures
and quotes at the top and bottom of this home page and the top and bottom of the following Watchwords blog pages EVENT QUICKLISTS!, EVENT QUICKLISTS! P2, WHERE IS BRISBANE? and WHAT'S ON AUTHORS? (3 pages) - come back soon for more.
THEY’RE BACK – AND THEY’RE ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!
Ab Fab star JOANNA LUMLEY, and the show’s creator
JENNIFER SAUNDERS, visited Australia in August 2016 to promote Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie. Fans will be happy to know that all the usual suspects are back: bolly-fuelled international PR guru, Edina Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders); sex-crazed magazine
editor, Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley); Edina's serious, straight-laced and increasingly embittered daughter, Saffron ‘Saffy’ Monsoon (Julia Sawalha); Edina’s dotty mother – or is she? (June Whitfield), and Edina’s lunatic personal
assistant from hell, Bubble (Jane Horrocks).
Watch carefully as anyone who is anyone pops up in at least one of 60 cameo appearances. These drop-a-chocolate
parts include Aussies Rebel Wilson, Dame Edna Everage, Kathy Lette, Kylie Minogue – and about 90 drag queens. Kylie, incidentally, recorded a new version of the old theme Wheels on Fire just for this movie.
What’s the film about? Edina and Patsy are now in their 60s (no! – yes!) and Eddy’s PR agency is running out of money. In an effort to convince SUPERMODEL KATE MOSS to allow her agency
to represent her, Edina attends a function and spots Kate on a balcony overlooking the Thames. In Edina’s mad scramble to speak to her, there follows a series of unfortunate events and the Ab Fab pair are now on the run for possibly – well, probably,
causing the death of Kate Moss.
This British comedy film, written by JENNIFER SAUNDERS and directed by MANDIE FLETCHER, was based on the hit television show Absolutely
Fabulous. Jennifer Saunders said that the reaction from fans to the long-awaited movie had been incredible. ‘It’s a massive relief, to be honest,’ she said. ‘I’m pleased, because I made it for the fans really, and I’m
pleased that they have taken to it.’
Jennifer's co-star, JOANNA LUMLEY said of the project: ‘We are all there, the same old gang... It is going to be ravishingly
funny! Very gorgeous... and completely fabulous!’ Relive the memories in words, pictures and quotes at the top and bottom of the Watchwords
blog pages COMPETITIONS ETC. (4 pages).
AUDI HAMILTON ISLAND RACE WEEK 2016 ON THE GREAT BARRIER REEF
Every August, spectators
and yachties from around the globe sail to Hamilton Island on Queensland’s central coast for AUDI HAMILTON ISLAND RACE WEEK, one of Australia’s favourite yachting events. This is Australia’s largest offshore keelboat regatta and a firm fixture
on the international sailing calendar.
This year, race week is being held from Saturday, 20 August to Saturday, 27 August 2016.
Competitors, family and friends will come together to enjoy the convivial atmosphere and unique camaraderie of the event’s on-water and off-water carnival. Boats entered in Rating Class, Passage Rating Class, Racer/Cruiser Class and Multihull Racing
Class will contest the Australian Yachting Championships 2016.
For those readers who don’t know, Hamilton Island is an island paradise situated on the edge of the
Great Barrier Reef and is one of the best known of Queensland’s 74 Whitsunday Islands. It offers glorious weather, azure waters, brilliant beaches, awe-inspiring coral reefs, fascinating flora and fauna, fine food and wines, and activities too numerous
See some pics of paradise here WHAT'S ON NOW? (4 pages), and if you’d like to learn more, check out the entry on WHAT'S ON NOW? P.2, or visit the race week website at http://www.hamiltonislandraceweek.com.au.
THE 2016 QUEENSLAND
Now in its 20th year, THE QUEENSLAND POETRY FESTIVAL is Australia’s premier festival for spoken
word and poetry. This year will feature more than 60 artists across four days, including the 2016 Arts Queensland Poet in Residence, and the AUSTRALIAN POETRY SLAM QUEENSLAND FINAL.
The rhymefest is on at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane from Thursday, 25 August to Sunday, 28 August 2016. Most sessions are FREE, but some special events
are ticketed. To find out what’s on and how much it costs, go to the website at http://www.queenslandpoetryfestival.com,
and for further details click on WHATS ON AUTHORS P4.
GYMPIE MUSIC MUSTER – YEEHAH!
It’s 35 years of mates, music and making a difference – it’s the GYMPIE MUSIC MUSTER 2016 and it’s on at Amamoor Creek State Forest Park out of Gympie, Queensland from Thursday,
25 August to Sunday, 28 August 2016. This year’s Muster hosts another crop of terrific talent from both Australia and overseas.
Give it up for KASEY CHAMBERS, RODNEY CARRINGTON, JOHN WILLIAMSON, BECCY COLE, ADAM HARVEY, THE McCLYMONTS and many more. This festival is one of the most diverse in Australia with the range of genres including traditional
and modern country music, folk, bluegrass, gospel and blues. Bring your air guitar and be there y’all!
AND THAT'S THE END OF THE NEWS!