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Old 04-28-2010, 06:06 PM
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Goga was the mistress of and had a child with Timur Kulibayev, who is the son-in-law of the president or prime minister, I think. He was the one who bought Sunninghill for far above the asking price.

Goga Ashkenazi and Kulibayev are pretty influential in Kazakhstan. I've read that Goga Ashkenazi's father was well up in the ranks of the Soviet government when Kazahkstan was part of the Soviet Union--especially high up considering that he was from a poorer region of the country and belonged to a more dark-skinned ethnic group that was usually ostracized. Goga has also been very successful for a young woman--I believe she has shares in the oil and gas business. Kulibayev...the one who reportedly bought Sunninghill...controls a lot of the oil and gas industry in Kazakhstan; he's supposed to be one of the most influential people in the industry and controls some of the other major industries in Kazahkstan as well. He is currently under criminal investigation for multiple charges of bribery and corruption.
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Old 04-29-2010, 09:35 AM
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Today the new Grand Prix circuit at Silverstone was launched,
Frank White, the Bishop of Brixworth blessed the track in the
presence of Prince Andrew and other dignataries. Later Prince
Andrew got a special tour:

Damon Hill the President of the BRDC took HRH Prince Andrew,
the Duke of York for a few laps in a specially adapted two seater
car during the launch of the new Grand Prix circuit at Silverstone
on April 29, 2010 in Northampton, England.


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Old 04-29-2010, 07:16 PM
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That looks like fun! The white suit makes him look quite slim.
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Old 04-29-2010, 11:01 PM
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I wonder what the white suit is for? Is it fire-retardant in case of crash?

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That looks like fun! The white suit makes him look quite slim.
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Old 04-30-2010, 05:35 AM
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So is Prince Andrew the Stig? Well, he's certainly wearing the right gear | Mail Online

He's now the stig.

It will be to protect him if he crashed.
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Old 05-02-2010, 05:18 AM
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Why did Airmiles Andy hire £5k helicopter for 120-mile trip? So he could dash back from racing jolly for 'vital Royal Household meeting' | Mail Online

He is said to loathe his ‘Airmiles Andy’ nickname, but the Duke Of York did little to silence his critics when he spent almost £5,000 of taxpayers’ money on a helicopter jaunt to Silverstone – so he could race around the circuit in a Formula 1 car.
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Old 05-02-2010, 06:21 AM
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Thats a good point, he says he hates his name, but does nothing to get rid of it.
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Old 05-18-2010, 03:46 AM
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Prince Andrew 'was involved in Sunninghill sale' | Mail Online

Prince Andrew was involved in the controversial sale of his former home to an oil tycoon for £3million more than the market price, it was claimed yesterday.

The allegation from Goga Ashkenazi, who has been romantically linked with the prince, contradicts Buckingham Palace's assertion that he had kept out of the deal
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Old 05-18-2010, 01:51 PM
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Of course he was, he has to help pay for his daughters and ex wife, doesn't he? And Sarah hasn't been known to shop at Wal-Mart or clip coupons.
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I don't see anything in this article to contradict the claims by BP that the negotiations were made by the lawyers and Andrew was kept out of it.
The article explains how they met and then that a deal was struck but not who was involved in those negotiations.

I can invision something like this happening.

Andrew and the other guy are introduced and start having a conversation in which the topic of the house comes up. The Kazakh guy asks for some details and Andrew directs them to the lawyers who do the actual negotiating - thus Andrew wasn't involved and BP is telling the truth.

Typical DM to twist a comment to be negative to Andrew. I do wonder what stories the DM will come up with when they have achieved their agenda and Britain is a republic - as they have been trashing the royal family for years and the public are buying it.
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Probably just as well if PA weren't involved, he might not have squeezed that extra 3 million pounds out of the place as we all know what excellent condition Sunninghill was in.
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As Special Representative for International Trade and Investment
Prince Andrew is in Malaysia from May 17 till May 20.


Today he attended the official launch of HSBC Amanah Malaysia
Cheras branch in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, May 19, 2010.


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Old 05-19-2010, 04:27 AM
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Probably just as well if PA weren't involved, he might not have squeezed that extra 3 million pounds out of the place as we all know what excellent condition Sunninghill was in.
But Sunninghill was in good condition when it was sold. It was then left to rot by the Kazakh buyer not Andrew. He moved into Royal Lodge after the QM died, sold Sunninghill in 2005 and since then it has been left to rot.
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It seems you are correct Bertie, as I cannot find any articles that describe the place at the time of sale, just this old article that we have seen already exhibiting it's demise.
The fall of the house of York: Why has the mansion sold by Duke in mystery £15m deal gone to ruin? | Mail Online
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Old 05-20-2010, 03:32 AM
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Prince Andrew during a luncheon at the 6th World Islamic Economic Forum
entitled "Boosting UK Trade with the Islamic World: The Road Ahead" in
Kuala Lumpur on May 20, 2010. Malaysia urged Muslim countries to lead
the way in advocating the Islamic finance sector, saying it expects the
"positive trends" for the burgeoning industry to continue.


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Palace releases statement re: Duke of York

Thought I'd post this in the current events section since it's more about Andrew than Sarah.

BBC News - Duke of York 'unaware' of ex-wife meeting with reporter
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Prince Andrew during a visit to Spatial, a Computer Software firm in
Cambridge, England Tuesday May 25, 2010. Prince Andrew ignored
journalists as he made his first public appearance following the
money scandal of his former wife.


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He looks fine. Ignoring the journalists is a smart thing to do. But I wonder how he feels about the situation...
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Ignoring the journalists for RIGHT NOW is the smart thing to do. He will have to make a statement soon. Hopefully, the statement he will make is that he supports Sarah to make good on her finances--though doesn't mean he'll PAY them-- though it is an unfortunately incident on her part and he hopes she gets the help she needs.
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I would be surprised if Andrew made a statement about the situation at all. BP have already said that Andrew carries out his duties with utmost integrity, and that is the end of the matter.
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