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Old 03-22-2013, 03:07 PM
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I think Uncle Gary has in him the makings of an equal to Charles Spencer. For all of the Spencers' flaws, a lot of their behaviour can be attributed to the combo of anger/resentment and a desire for attention. Gary's wants the attention and money, but in place of the anger he's got drugs. Never underestimate the power of drugs.
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Old 03-22-2013, 03:08 PM
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I hope that won't happen.
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Old 03-22-2013, 03:22 PM
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Indeed, between the narcissism and the drugs - and the public interest - he's bad news.

I know some people will look down upon Kate's whole family because of someone like him, but I always try to remind myself that, although my family seems quite normal, I have no idea who might crawl out of the woodwork if I were to be put in a prominent position like Kate. Proximity to attention/fame can certainly bring out the worst in some.
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Old 03-27-2013, 11:28 PM
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A tribute to Kate Middleton's great-grandmother...-
A tribute to Kate Middleton's great-grandmother... - hellomagazine.com
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Old 04-30-2013, 11:55 AM
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Puppy love: New couple James Middleton and Donna Air enjoy a romantic daytime date as they walk their dogs in the park:
James Middleton and Donna Air enjoy a romantic daytime date as they walk their dogs in the park | Mail Online
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Old 05-09-2013, 06:34 PM
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The Mother of the Year - Tatler

This is an article about Carole from the Tatler magazine. Superficially it looks ok, but you don't have to delve very far to realise that this is damning with faint praise.

Very snippy from a very posh magazine.
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Old 05-09-2013, 08:26 PM
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I actually found the Tattler article to be quite positive. Having worked since the early 80s as a woman in professional/managerial positions I acknowledge that there are trade offs I made. It's like walking on a tightrope - but that is essentially the same tightrope every minority has walked until they became accepted as fully functioning members of society.

Bits of society are still uneasy with women in the lead. We still bear the majority of childrearing duties. If we as women can tough it out, we know, eventually, society will follow. Heaven knows most of us have shown that we are more than capable at juggling both work and family.

The snark I found in the Tattler article simply is saying that society is still uneasy about this. Personally, I think it acknowledges that many women can step up the game in ways that many men do not. That does not make Carole any less spectacular at her jobs or her children any less successful.

"Not only are all of her children unfairly good-looking, they are also famously charming. Always the first to write a thank-you letter, they dance all night and are still the first up in the morning, plumping cushions and washing up. If our future king or queen is even half as well raised, may we all be truly thankful." Tattler, Celia Denison, May 2013
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Old 05-28-2013, 12:53 PM
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Kate Middleton's parents looking to New York as a spot to expand their party business - NY Daily News

I hope this article is true and that the Middletons do expand their business to the United States. Instead of a New York office, however, I would think that all they'd really need is a warehouse from which to ship their items. Their business is online already and presumably website management could be handled from the UK. Time will tell....I think they'd make a killing!
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Old 05-28-2013, 01:24 PM
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I actually found the Tattler article to be quite positive...
I agree. Now I'm an American so I find the response from certain segments of upper class British society to be very amusing. IMVHO the very families who pride themselves on their bloodlines forget that every single one of them had a "Carole" in their storied past who had a single minded focus to better their family's welfare.

Interesting enough, it seems that the most successful marriage of HM and the DoE's children is between Edward and Sophie who also hails from a no divorce, middle-class and hard-working family.
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Old 05-28-2013, 01:58 PM
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Kate Middleton's parents looking to New York as a spot to expand their party business - NY Daily News

I hope this article is true and that the Middletons do expand their business to the United States. Instead of a New York office, however, I would think that all they'd really need is a warehouse from which to ship their items. Their business is online already and presumably website management could be handled from the UK. Time will tell....I think they'd make a killing!
TBH, if they expand to the US, they'll be joining quite a few other companies that already exist in the US. Its not a novelty (pun intended) idea here in the US. I can't remember the name of the company, but it advertises on TV quite often for every upcoming holiday/event that would be a theme for a party.

I wish them well though if they do decide to try for the US market.
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Old 05-28-2013, 09:01 PM
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Really? I admittedly don't know much about business, but we have several such companies here already, both online and otherwise. Is there something in particular that Party Pieces offers that other similar companies don't?
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Perhaps they will have items with a British theme?
I recently tried to get some bunting, and could only find it online; none of the local places carried it.

So who knows? It may turn out to be a huge success.
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I remember finding a cute tea party themed floral patterned (IIRC) set of party items on the Party Pieces website that I couldn't find here in the States. So, both British-themed and traditional party items could be sold. I admit that I'd check it out just based on who they are. I'm sure they'd do their homework about what to offer to the American market. I like what I've seen/read about the Middletons and would be happy to see them become even more successful.
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Probably they have been getting enough hits on their website from America to make the idea worth exploring.
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Old 05-29-2013, 12:38 AM
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I think that's interesting- it would be nice to see them expand, plus it might offer some business opportunities for James or Pippa in the U.S. that allow for a little more privacy.
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I think that's interesting- it would be nice to see them expand, plus it might offer some business opportunities for James or Pippa in the U.S. that allow for a little more privacy.
Well, at least Pippa is probably more focused on her new Company in the UK:

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Pippa Middleton has set up her own company, it emerged today, although exactly what it will do remains unknown.
The Duchess of Cambridge's sister registered a company called PXM Enterprises Ltd with Companies House on May 24, appointing herself as sole director.
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The making of a Middleton monarch: Top Royal biographer argues they aren't mere commoners on the make - but the best thing to happen to our future king... and his heir | Mail Online
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Old 06-13-2013, 05:15 PM
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Can't take my eyes off you: James Middleton and Donna Air look besotted as they attend whisky party-
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Very nice pictures of James & Donna.
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Old 06-13-2013, 05:23 PM
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The DM has overlooked that HM and the DoE have a daughter-in-law with a middle class background. Her name is Sophie. This type of influence began about a decade ago.
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The word "monarch" in the article's title indicates why Kate, rather than Sophie, is being singled out.
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