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Old 12-23-2014, 09:33 PM
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I do believe that Mr. Fayed had a hard time coming to terms that a lot of bad decisions were made that night and it led to his son, a high ranking member of the British royal family and and an employee deaths.

I wonder who gave Henri Paul the order to speed through the streets of Paris? He did drive like a bat out of hell and I'm surprised that bodyguard, Trevor Rees-Jones, allowed it to happen. You can't protect yourself and your employers if the driver is driving like a maniac. It was like everyone was out of their minds that night.
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Old 12-25-2014, 02:20 AM
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Someone in the entourage, perhaps one of the bodyguards, said that Dodi was very on edge when they were driving in Paris and kept telling the driver to speed up to get away from the paparazzi. Diana was more concerned that one of the photographers would have been hurt because of the speed.
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Old 12-25-2014, 02:38 AM
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Someone in the entourage, perhaps one of the bodyguards, said that Dodi was very on edge when they were driving in Paris and kept telling the driver to speed up to get away from the paparazzi. Diana was more concerned that one of the photographers would have been hurt because of the speed.
It was just dumb to fly through those streets like that. Let the paps take some pictures. It really wasn't all that serious. It was like everyone brains were on vacation.
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Old 12-25-2014, 09:25 AM
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Ricard Pastis is a very, very strong alcoholic drink. It's 40 to 45% alcohol.
It is a very popular drink in my country, usually on hot days or as an aperitif but pastis is never consumed pure, there is always water served with the pastis. So depending on the water (most add 2/3 water to 1/3 pastis, but I prefer 3/4 water to 1/4 pastis, so the alcohol percentage considerably goes down. Only alcoholics drink pastis pure (undrinkable in my personal opinion).

Ricard is just a brand. There are many more like Henri Bardouin (my favourite), Duval or 51. It is served in small glasses. It is not a drink which is consumed in large quantities, but only a glass or two as a starter. I doubt Diana, Princess of Wales had felt any effect from pastis. A nice glass of a full-body St Emilion together with the main course will have had more effect than the little glas of pastis.
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Old 12-25-2014, 05:44 PM
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It is a very popular drink in my country, usually on hot days or as an aperitif but pastis is never consumed pure, there is always water served with the pastis. So depending on the water (most add 2/3 water to 1/3 pastis, but I prefer 3/4 water to 1/4 pastis, so the alcohol percentage considerably goes down. Only alcoholics drink pastis pure (undrinkable in my personal opinion).

Ricard is just a brand. There are many more like Henri Bardouin (my favourite), Duval or 51. It is served in small glasses. It is not a drink which is consumed in large quantities, but only a glass or two as a starter. I doubt Diana, Princess of Wales had felt any effect from pastis. A nice glass of a full-body St Emilion together with the main course will have had more effect than the little glas of pastis.
Whisky is a popular drink in my country, and it is often served with water or something else to make it go further. It has about the same alcohol content as pastis. Downing two scotch & waters quickly, especially if you have just finished your work shift and are tired and/or haven't eaten for a while, is likely to affect your brain at least a bit, and it only had to affect Paul's ability to assess and respond to risks just a little bit to have contributed to the accident, considering he was driving like a bat out of hell and needed all his skills and wits about him.
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Old 12-26-2014, 05:26 PM
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Diana's post-mortem showed that she had drunk some wine. It was Henri Paul who had the pastis.

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It sounds like Dodi gave the order to excessively speed and they all paid for it, including him.
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. . . . . Diana wasn't unknown to taking risks. Ken Wharfe describes in his book about how she once leaped off a second-story chalet balcony during the night for someone unknown reason, possibly to meet Oliver Hoare . . .
Hmm, didn't she throw herself down some shallow stairs to make a point?

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It sounds like Dodi gave the order to excessively speed and they all paid for it, including him.
Was the car wired for sound. The Bodyguard originally had very little recall about that night let alone the last drive and he is the only survivor of that crash.
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Some have said that Diana's story about throwing herself down the stairs was a gross exaggeration and that she slipped a few steps. I do think that she was reckless, though.
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Old 01-27-2015, 09:16 PM
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Diana was pretty careful when it came down to driving and riding in cars. She made sure to fasten her seat belt. I think the only time Diana didn't wear a seat belt was when she was driven in the State Cars. The royals aren't known to wear them in the State Cars.
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Some have said that Diana's story about throwing herself down the stairs was a gross exaggeration and that she slipped a few steps. I do think that she was reckless, though.
Andrew Morton's book was where it originated, or possibly the Settleton tapes, but she also shoved her Stepmother down wth stairs, so she was obviously impulsive. . .
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Oh yes, definitely impulsive. Looking at videos of Diana from the 80s and 90s, I'm always struck by how contained and in-control she was in public while being so impulsive and reckless in private. Unlike Sarah, Duchess of York, for example, Diana knew how to behave in public.
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Here's the photo that shows what Diana was doing rather than putting on her seatbeat.

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/...n_shortly_.jpg
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QueenCamilla why show that photo. We all know that was the last few minutes of her life there is no reason to post that. Very bad taste doesn't add anything


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Old 01-29-2015, 04:02 AM
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I don't consider that photo to be in poor taste. At least she's alive in it. I could post some where she isn't, but that would definitely be in poor taste.

How far back in time do we have to go before the images become acceptable? Are the photos of her outside before she got in the car unacceptable? Or the ones in the hotel? What is the cut-off line?

What I do find distressing about that photo is that it indicates she was more interested in watching the vehicles behind her than in putting on her seatbelt.
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Old 01-29-2015, 04:03 AM
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The photo shows that Diana was not concerned with fastening her seatbelt.

The conversation was about her not wearing the seatbelt.
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Old 01-29-2015, 04:11 AM
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We know she didn't have a seat belt on there is no need to show it. It is in very bad taste and pointless.
But if that's what you want to do fine your free to do it.


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I don't consider that photo to be in poor taste. At least she's alive in it. I could post some where she isn't, but that would definitely be in poor taste.

How far back in time do we have to go before the images become acceptable? Are the photos of her outside before she got in the car unacceptable? Or the ones in the hotel? What is the cut-off line?

What I do find distressing about that photo is that it indicates she was more interested in watching the vehicles behind her than in putting on her seatbelt.

No it's the photo JUST before she dies


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Old 01-29-2015, 04:18 AM
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The photo shows that Diana was not concerned with fastening her seatbelt.

The conversation was about her not wearing the seatbelt.
Diana couldn't believe what was happening in those moments. It was a terrifying moment.
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Old 01-29-2015, 04:37 AM
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IMO, it looks like she was more concerns with the photographers than bothering to fasten her seatbelt.

It was Diana who was looking at the photographer so, IMO, it is safe to go with it was Diana who was asking the driver to drive faster.
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The photo shows her head looking out the back window the photographer is taking the photo from the front. She is looking away from the cameras
She is maybe looking at the cars following her but not at the camera

Truly !!!!
Anyway completely unnecessary to show


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