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Old 11-02-2011, 05:33 PM
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Old 11-02-2011, 05:33 PM
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And a little sigh from me. Why can't royal reporters, who are supposed to be professionals and specialists, spell Frederik's name right?
I see it so often, Frederik is spelled Frederick. Is it really that difficult to check?
Queen Margrethe's name is even worse, they can't figure out how to spell that either!
It's equivalent to me writing Charles the PoW's name as Prince Karl.
It's sloppy!
100% agree with you, there is a big difference to the way people spell names and it irritates me so much when people get names wrong even on here. Like my name is Rachel, spelt that way. But people continually spell it Rachael, Racheal, Rachal and i'm like that is not my name! Poor Frederik.
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Old 11-02-2011, 05:37 PM
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Two clips from BT (with an endless commercial first)...
Nice people are giving money but I hope people are doing research into the cause and not giving the money because famous people are involved. As for Kate's appearence she will not always be able to stay in William's shadow. I was under the impression that she had received "princess" training but perhaps nerves took over.? Perhaps in the future with more public events both with William and solo she will improve. As for what she had to say I think it could have been more in-depth. Curing Famine is not about just giving money. It is also about helping people create a more sustainable living otherwise they will always be reliant on organizations like UNICEF.
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A question: Did they pack any boxes at all?
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Old 11-02-2011, 06:04 PM
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Yep, they packed some boxes. You can see them doing it in the BBC link.
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Old 11-02-2011, 06:18 PM
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as much as i appreciate anyone's efforts to help raise awareness, i can't help but thinking that the money which went into organising, caring for and securing this event would have really saved the life of so many starving children.

it's otherwise nice to see that the media treated the event with care and didn't concentrate on the superficial details.
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It makes no sense for the Brittish royal couple to fly to Denmark for a couple of hours of photo op packing boxes for African relief shipments. This entire visit looks like two celebrity couples desperate attempts to stay on the front pages.

If the African relief was the concern then plan something substantial that would bring attention to the plight of the victims and money, goods and services to combat it. At the end of the visit the only thing anyone will remember will be Kate and Mary and their outfits.

Someone's PR people must have worked overtime to put this idea together. This is the type of event that puts into question the relevance of royals.

I have no doubt there will be criticism on everything about this trip.

I can hear the complainers now: Aren't there any British charities for Kate and William to spend their time on?

(Same for Frederik and Mary in regards to Danish charities).
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Old 11-02-2011, 06:45 PM
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A clip from TV2 News, which gives us an excellent overview of the event: Tronarvingerne gav en hnd til Afrika - TV 2 Nyhederne

Mary was commended for her summing up of what all this is about. (We are of course somewhat biased here in DK).
Frederik, to my utter delight, spoke in a coherent and clear manner.

- I cannot help asking: How is Mary's English these days?

ADDED: There is some questioning as to the expenses of this visit in contrast to the value.
Well, the British taxpayers may be pleased to learn that at least half the bill is footed by the Danish taxpayers, I being one of them...and I don't complain....
Several millions appears to have been donated as a consequnce of this vist. Let's say one million DKK, after having substracted administration, purchase, transport, curruption and so on.
Okay, one million DKK divided by 6.25 DKK = 160.000.
That's 160.000 small children who can be fed for one day. - Just to put things into perspective.

We were informed that it takes three to four weeks before a malnutriotioned child has regained its normal weight.
160.000 divided by 28 = 5.714.
That's 5.714 children who can go from malnutrition to being healthy at the cost of one million DKK.
(One million DKK = 200.000 US $).
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Old 11-02-2011, 06:46 PM
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as much as i appreciate anyone's efforts to help raise awareness, i can't help but thinking that the money which went into organising, caring for and securing this event would have really saved the life of so many starving children.

it's otherwise nice to see that the media treated the event with care and didn't concentrate on the superficial details.
The publicity will inspire many more people to donate money and save more starving children than the cost of the trip. Just think of the sell-out of any clothing items Catherine is seen in and translate that to her endorsing a charity.

As for the media? Oh no, Sky News was talking about who dressed better and didn't Catherine look tired!
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I'm just excited to see Will and Kate with the European royals :) I love it! Mary and Kate looked great and a little (lot) of publicity to a charity never hurt.....
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I know it might be a horrible thing to say but I will say it anyway...From the videos and photos,I get the impression that Mary was a bit 'starstruck' by Wills & Kate...OMG, it is the son of Diana, the first royal wedding I watched as a kid and Kate is so tall and pretty, I am not worthy...(Jokes people, no rotten tomatoes OK) It was just an impression and maybe I am mistaking Mary natural friendliness and enthusiasm for fawning...
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I cannot help asking: How is Mary's English these days?
Although I still identify Mary's spoken English as evidently Australian (be it with a Nordic lilt), I do notice that when she speaks, she structures her sentences in a way that makes her seems a little (and I do mean a little) unsure about the structure.

Mary is of course fluent in her mother tongue, and should she be exposed to english speaking society on a day to day basis I think we'd see her sentence structure return to what it otherwise would be had have she never moved to Denmark. However speaking Danish every day, and thinking in Danish, means that Mary has to give considerable thought when she speaks both languages and this is reflected when she articulates either language.
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I agree Madame Royale I had the same impression concerning Mary's English. But that's perfectly normal I have the same problem when I have to switch between English - French - German. And let's not forget Danish is a very difficult language so being used to it for 7 years or more on a daily basis and then switch to English can make one uncertain about the correct sentence structure.
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Old 11-02-2011, 07:40 PM
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A clip from TV2 News, which gives us an excellent overview of the event: Tronarvingerne gav en hnd til Afrika - TV 2 Nyhederne

Mary was commended for her summing up of what all this is about. (We are of course somewhat biased here in DK).
Frederik, to my utter delight, spoke in a coherent and clear manner.
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- I cannot help asking: How is Mary's English these days?
Fair question. I was a little surprised that Mary seemed to actually be "thinking/translating" to english as she spoke and I thought, uh oh, time for more english speaking practice . . . . you're getting rusty in your mother tongue!
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ADDED: There is some questioning as to the expenses of this visit in contrast to the value.
Well, the British taxpayers may be pleased to learn that at least half the bill is footed by the Danish taxpayers, I being one of them...and I don't complain....
Several millions appears to have been donated as a consequnce of this vist. Let's say one million DKK, after having substracted administration, purchase, transport, curruption and so on.
Okay, one million DKK divided by 6.25 DKK = 160.000.
That's 160.000 small children who can be fed for one day. - Just to put things into perspective.

We were informed that it takes three to four weeks before a malnutriotioned child has regained its normal weight.
160.000 divided by 28 = 5.714.
That's 5.714 children who can go from malnutrition to being healthy at the cost of one million DKK.
(One million DKK = 200.000 US $).
Thanks for the financial break-down Muhler, it just needed someone to put it into context for the ever vocal "cup half empty" brigade!
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The whole point of the visit was to draw attention to the problems in the Horn of Africa which are no longer getting much in the way of media attention. Judging from networks news coverage on the North American news I would say the visit was successful. Hopefully it will translate into increased media coverage of the crisis, more public awareness, and an increase in donor dollars.
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Oh good grief!! Can't some of you focus on what's important here? UNICEF got badly needed exposure to it's Relief Efforts in East Africa. According to some, their Twitter site crashed due to the mass amount of people checking it out after the coverage of the Cambridges and Crown Prince and Princess hit the airwaves/Internet and that UNICEF has recieved a massive amount in donations for just one day.

That is NOT nothing. Surely there's some site out there for people who hate Kate regardless of what she does. Go and find it so the rest of us can have discussions about what is actually going on w/out the vicious agenda certain posters here seem to have.

Sorry for that, but enough is enough!!
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Maybe someone could explain to me why the Crown Princess of Denmark may be takenaback or 'starstruck' by the Cambridge couple?

We anticipate that Mary met William in 2008 at his father's 60th birthday and Catherine, while a highly publicised woman herself, married into the position she now finds herself which is no different to Mary.

Intrigued? I highly doubt it. A friendly hostess? Most certainly.
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Maybe someone could explain to me why the Crown Princess of Denmark may be takenaback or 'starstruck' by the Cambridge couple?

We anticipate that Mary met William in 2008 at his fathers birthday and Catherine, while a highly publicised woman herself, married into the position she now finds herself which is no different to Mary herself.
I was just about to write the same thing but you already did it for me. :-) This is certainly not the first time Mary and Fred have met Wills and probably Kate too. Rumour has it Kate was invited to Charles' birthday too so it is highly likely they have already met her.
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Maybe someone could explain to me why the Crown Princess of Denmark may be takenaback or 'starstruck' by the Cambridge couple?

We anticipate that Mary met William in 2008 at his father's 60th birthday and Catherine, while a highly publicised woman herself, married into the position she now finds herself which is no different to Mary.

Intrigued? I highly doubt it. A friendly hostess? Most certainly.
You just summed up everything I wanted to write. Also I don't think she was starstruck, just excited to put focus on something that might help Africa. But I think for both Frederik & Mary and for William & Kate it was exciting to meet up and spend some time together.
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I also just saw the interview and liked both Will and Kate. From my experience with Toastmasters International (public speaking learning group) I believe that we should not expect 2 people to have the same «speech delivery»: William displays huge confidence and leadership which is consistent with his regular job as a rescuer ans his upbringing. Kate`s performance also shows knowledge of the subject and great sincerity and empathy. She is more demure which is also consistent with her personnality - I always felt that Kate is by William`s side to lovingly support him not to take any light away from him.
I think you called this correctly. And as Kate becomes more adept and at ease at public speaking, she'll be more fluent with her responses. And her concern about the need for greater focus on UNICEF does come through in her delivery. Isn't that supposed to be one of people's greatest fears: to speak in public? Or in this case, before the cameras. Either way, I'm sure it must be terrifying for anyone, and she acquitted herself admirably in this early stage of her public role.
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