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Old 04-25-2012, 12:51 PM
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But surely the aim is to follow one's dream, and not be tied by accidence of birth? The times were nobility was "tied" with the land, when its very existence was to serve the country at all times, are now gone; nowadays, they are free to aspire to be whatever they choose to, just as someone not born to nobility or aristocracy can aspire to become an MP, a doctor or a lawyer - professions quite out of their reach just a century ago.
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Old 04-25-2012, 12:57 PM
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I firmly of the opinion that the entertainment industry is not a good place for career.
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Old 04-25-2012, 01:00 PM
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So am I. Show business in our days is unfortunately far too corrupt and undignified, in my opinion; nevertheless, a person must make his or her own choices in life, not tied by mere accidence of birth in one class or the other.
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I don't see why the entertainment industry necessarily would be bad, whether you're from the nobility or not.
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As long as one has some talents for working in the entertainment industry, there isn't anything bad if he/she does, in my opinion. What I don't like is when someone of noble/royal birth tries to have a career in the entertainment industry and his/her only gift is the surname or title he/she bears.
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Old 04-25-2012, 11:55 PM
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That's true. But unless you have talent, you'll hardly be successful anyway.
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The Queen's cousin Lady Elizabeth Anson says her party planning business has never made her a penny - Telegraph
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The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire with artist Shauna Richardson posing next to the artists latest work,
the Lionheart Project, a giant crochet sculpture of three lions in Chatsworth on May 1, 2012.

The Lionheart Project is a giant crochet sculpture of three lions reflecting the rich textile heritage of the
East Midlands. Shauna Richardson used 36 miles of Swaledale wool from the Derbyshire Dales to create
the interpretation of the three golden lions on Richard the Lionheart's coat of arms. The work will tour
the East Midlands before moving to London's Natural History Museum as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.


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** BBC: Crocheted lions unveiled as part of Cultural Olympiad **
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The "crocheted lions" story may look odd at first glance but check out the BBC video link above.
The lions are huge - 9m (30 ft) long. Fantastic!

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Why the Duke of Devonshire is a reluctant reality TV star - Telegraph
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John Murray, 11th Duke of Atholl, died on 15 May 2012 in South Africa, aged 83.

The Duke was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 19 January 1929, as the only child of Major George Murray (a descendant of the 3rd Duke of Atholl) and his wife Joan, née Eastwood.
He was married since 15 December 1956 to Margaret Yvonne Leach, with whom he had three children: Lady Jennifer, Bruce, Marquess of Tullibardine and now the 12th Duke of Atholl, and Lord Craig.
He succeeded on 27 February 1996 to his distant cousin George Murray as the 11th Duke of Atholl, hereditary Clan Chief of Clan Murray, and Colonel-in-Chief of the Atholl Highlanders.

He is survived by his wife, their three children and many grandchildren.

The Courier - John Murray, the 11th Duke of Atholl, dies in South Africa
John Murray, 11th Duke of Atholl, dies in South African hospital | Scotland | News | STV
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Lady Annabel Goldsmith's youngest son , Ben Goldsmith, is set to divorce his wife after discovering her passionate love affair with rapper Jay Electronica.
Devastated Ben Goldsmith blasts wife on Twitter for affair with rapper that ended his marriage to the Rothschild heiress | Mail Online
Lady Annabel, the Goldsmith family matriarch, is on holiday in Sicily and could not be contacted. But she was well aware that it was her husband Sir Jimmy’s wish that one of his children would one day marry a Rothschild.
He would never have imagined that such a union would end like this. But then no one did, least of all Kate’s husband Ben.
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Duke's son Charlie ends his marriage after a year
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It has hardly been a year since their grand society wedding, but Charlie Bowmont, the eldest son of the Duke of Roxburghe, has split from his wife, Charlotte Aitken. The break-up comes weeks before the couple would have celebrated their first anniversary. A family friend revealed that problems arose soon after the wedding but said they hoped to be able to save the marriage.
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Charlie and Charlotte had been together for 6 years before they married, I'd have thought they knew each other so well.

(Perhaps they were having a disagreement about moving to Scotland?)
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His contemporaries suggested that had Sir Winston Churchill chosen painting instead of statesmanship, he would have been a great master.
As if to prove the point, some of his artworks these days fetch serious money.

Read more: Sir Winston's 'lost' orchids painting could fetch £750,000 at auction | Mail Online

For almost 30 years, while their respective parents were living together, they were brought up as virtual sisters. Melinda Stevens, daughter of publishing heir Sir Jocelyn Stevens, and Arabella Duffield, whose mother is Selfridges heiress Dame Vivien Duffield, spent endless weekends and holidays together forging a lifelong friendship.( Scroll down for the article).

Read more: How Elisabetta Gregoraci tamed Italian billionaire Flavio Briatore | Mail Online
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His contemporaries suggested that had Sir Winston Churchill chosen painting instead of statesmanship, he would have been a great master.
As if to prove the point, some of his artworks these days fetch serious money.


Read more: Sir Winston's 'lost' orchids painting could fetch £750,000 at auction | Mail Online
He was really very talented in many fields!
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Yeah, wasn't he awarded the Nobel price of Litterature?
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Yeah, wasn't he awarded the Nobel price of Litterature?
He was. Churchill received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953 for his works, most notably, for the six-volume work "The Second World War".
A true Renaissance man.
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Guinness heir’s widow dies of a broken heart
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Kate Middleton's ex Rupert Finch nets Lady Natasha Rufus Isaacs | Mail Online
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Airport finds Duchess of Argyll's £100k jewellery... then sells it for fraction of its value (without even telling the police)
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The Duchess of Argyll has voiced her 'disbelief' after learning that £100,000 of jewellery she lost at Glasgow Airport six years ago had been sold on by bosses there for a fraction of its value. The 68-year-old misplaced four items, including a Victorian diamond tiara, in a bag when she returned from London to Inveraray Castle. But when they were found by the British Airports Authority (BAA), they did not inform the police and simply sold them to a diamond merchant for just £5,000.
£5,000?! For a jewellery lot that included a Cartier brooch and an antique diamond tiara? I'd pay twice the amount without second thought.
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