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By MisterMuncher
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Andy McDandy wrote:
Wed May 22, 2019 8:56 am
"Your personal choices don't meet with my approval, despite having no real impact on me".

Code of the Mailite.
"And in case you think I’m just being a killjoy".

Of course. You're probably not a racist, either.
 
By Safe_Timber_Man
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The same Instagram the Daily Mail use to advertise their shitty stories:

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There's currently a debate in the comments section of one of their posts discussing whether or not they can see actress Margot Robbie's tampon string in one of the photos.

But it's other people who post pointless shit on Instagram. Not the Daily Mail and their readers.
By SoulBoy
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Lady Macbeth makes the case for "Gove for PM".

The Mailites? They say "fuck no".

He can't load a dishwasher and took his driving test seven times... but there's one job my husband would do well: SARAH VINE reveals why she thinks Michael Gove is the right man to be Prime Minister

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/arti ... ister.html
 
By cycloon
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I'm still waiting for proof that the Leave vote was this galaxy brain exercise they all imply it was. I mean fuck, it's not as though the entire thing hasn't been riven with demonstrable deceit, incomprehension and bare-faced stupidity. 'Can't call us racist' though. Oh, got me there...
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By Kreuzberger
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To wit, every time BBC News does a vox pop, only to be able to find a panful of sizzling gammon, lining up to trot out Faragian phrases in some barely comprehensible tongue.

Thick, racist, spittle-flecked scum, the lot of them.
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By Oblomov
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The Red Arrow wrote:
Wed May 29, 2019 9:34 am
Nothing whatsoever to do with anything in it for herself, you understand. :roll:
She neglected to mention that he could shoot down all the aliens :shock:
 
By Safe_Timber_Man
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This woman better not get into number 10 otherwise we'll never hear the fucking end of it.

As my husband was whisked off to meet The Donald and his delegation, I looked for someone to latch on to. My eyes alighted on Melania, flanked by the wife of the U.S. Ambassador. ‘Oh, what the hell,’ I thought, and approached.

Yeah I bet you did, you fucking social climber.





My majestic night out with Donald! Chateau Lafite, bowls of crisps, and joshing with Melania: What really went on at that State banquet? SARAH VINE was there and has all the glorious details
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... onald.html



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Thank God for Jeremy Corbyn. It’s not a phrase that springs easily to the lips, but on Monday, as I gazed at the glittering chandeliers of Buckingham Palace, a glass of Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1990 at my elbow, I was, on a personal level at least, rather grateful for the Leader of the Opposition’s opportunistic virtue signalling.

If he and other members of the Shadow Cabinet had not decided to boycott the State banquet in honour of Donald Trump, I would never have made the cut.

As it is, there was I, sat between the chairman of HSBC and the man who runs the Duke of Cambridge’s private office enjoying what, by any standards, was the experience of a lifetime.

Of course, it wasn’t really me who was invited, it was my husband who, as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, has actually earned his place at that table — with many others equally, if not more, worthy.

But of all the occasions at which I have been a ‘plus one’, this has been the most memorable.

Where to start? The elegant efficiency of the Royal Household, steering proceedings with a quiet but firm sense of purpose; the exquisite paintings and lavish gilding; the strangely humdrum bowls of crisps at the reception.

Then there was the band playing Nobody Does It Better and the theme music from Pirates Of The Caribbean during dinner (slightly surreal); the outstandingly beautiful floral displays; Tiffany Trump, shy and a bit lost in her Disney princess ballgown; the Duchess of Cambridge, exquisite in Alexander McQueen; The Duchess of Cornwall, warm-eyed and mischievous; the equerries, ever watchful; the ladies-in-waiting, resplendent in their tiaras.

And, of course, the Queen herself, a tiny, shining pearl of a woman glinting in the giant Trump oyster, small and luminous in her white gown, that movie-star smile and dewy skin that so bedazzles all who meet her. A unique presence in a room full of interplanetary egos, simultaneously understated yet at the same time utterly mesmerising.

My initial response when the invitation came through from the palace was utter panic. The dress code specified long — and I’ve never done long, not unless you count palazzo pants or kaftans which, a quick check with Debrett’s established, would very definitely not be acceptable.

A trawl of Net-A-Porter and the likes returned nothing — well, nothing under £1,000 anyway — and so I decided to play it safe.

A trip to a favourite Marylebone boutique with a friend turned up a rather lovely Marina Rinaldi floor-length gown with optional sleeves (genius) which, while not the most thrilling garment to grace a hanger, at least had the attraction of a) fitting me, b) not making me look like a blancmange and c) being vaguely affordable.

With a lovely drape, a modest train and paired with a gorgeous pair of Art Deco-inspired heels (hard won: nowhere had anything even halfway decent in my size, 8, so I ended up going to dear old Crispins in Chiltern Street, which specialises in footwear for the larger-footed female.)

The overall effect was, as one friend put it, like a ‘curvy Morticia Addams’, a notion I rather liked (I’m 52, I’ll take all the compliments I can get).

I borrowed some beautiful Indian diamond and pearl drop earrings from another friend, dug out my trusty old Dior clutch and, with a bit of expert hair and make-up, was ready to roll. We left early in anticipation of delays — anti-Trump protests were promised. In the event, just a handful of people were waving banners and an angry woman with a megaphone was shouting something incomprehensible.

Nevertheless, police lined the road as we drove through the gates and into the courtyard at Buckingham Palace, pulling up in front of the entrance to the reception hall.

The Royal Household is famous for its efficiency; but it’s not until you see it in action first hand that it really hits home just how brilliantly well-oiled a machine it is. From the moment you alight from your car to the moment you leave, you are choreographed to perfection without really realising it. Everything is so studied yet so subtle — there really is quite an art to it all.

Above all, it is the sense of occasion that — forgive the pun — trumps all else. This is not about the individuals involved, it is about the institution of the Monarchy, what it is and what it represents.

Actual personalities are irrelevant (which is why Corbyn and co are so silly). It wouldn’t have mattered whether the Queen was hosting Donald Trump or Donald Duck — the protocol remains the same. As a representation of the British nation, the Monarchy is timeless, the one constant in an ever-changing world.

That is the secret of the Monarch’s success — and why the British Royal Family endures from generation to generation. The Queen has always instinctively understood this. Her ability to function as a symbol of something so potent coupled with her warm, down-to-earth persona is what makes her such a beloved and respected figure. The fact that Corbyn, who may one day be Prime Minister, or any of his spiteful supporters, can neither see nor appreciate that, fills me with sadness.

At any rate, after ascending a grand double staircase and receiving our introduction cards and seating plans — a red dot for me, a blue one for my husband — we joined the 168 other guests for a bit of Windsor Great Park English fizz and small talk.

With the exception of yours truly, it was a whirlwind of Hons, Right Hons, Lords, Ladies, Sirs, Baronesses, the occasional Earl and at least one Vice-Admiral.

I was just comparing notes with Jeremy Hunt’s wife Lucia (looking very beautiful in a cream beaded dress) when a gentle touch on the elbow indicated the next stage of the proceedings was about to begin.

Gilded double doors opened, revealing the receiving line: the Queen, Donald Trump, Melania, Prince Charles and Camilla. We quickly formed an orderly queue and processed through, handing over our introduction cards so our names could be whispered into the royal ear, before shaking hands and exchanging pleasantries.

Meeting the Queen is a very odd experience. You want to be witty, clever, impressive; in fact (if you are me) you burble something inane and attempt a clumsy curtsey while she endures politely and with great fortitude. Luckily, one is ushered forward, past the bear-like Trump and inscrutable Melania towards Charles and Camilla, who are enthusiastically welcoming.

At this point, my husband was siphoned off to join the official procession, so I found my way to my seat alone. There I bumped into Trump’s youngest daughter, Tiffany, tall, blonde and resplendent in berry-coloured tulle. We chatted for a few minutes (she had recently been to the Cannes film festival).

She seemed rather shy and nervous — she is only 25 — and I was reminded that, for all the advantages, sometimes it’s not easy being the child of a famous, and often controversial, figure.

The table was groaning with flowers and fruit, great big blousy bouquets of pink roses and peonies, bowls of white peaches and artfully trimmed pineapples.

Each place setting was meticulously arranged with a bewildering selection of wine glasses. We looked around at each other, trying to fathom whether to stand, sit, take a sip of water or wait for instructions.

The latter it was, as the serving staff, equerries and Beefeaters coalesced into formation for the arrival of the royal procession. We turned to face the door as, two by two, the guests of honour arrived.

I was lucky. On my left was Dr Simon Case, private secretary to the Duke of Cambridge — and my master of etiquette for the night. They must have suspected I would get something wrong — and I did.

Instructed to toast the President, I reached enthusiastically for my glass, only to realise too late that no one else had. Instead, the band struck up a sprightly rendition of The Star Spangled Banner, leaving me clutching my sparkling wine awkwardly for the duration.

I thought I might have got away with it — but clearly not. After the pudding had been cleared and the finger bowls for the fruit placed in front of us, Dr Simon leant in. ‘Don’t whatever you do drink it,’ he whispered. He was joking. I think.

Dinner was strangely underwhelming. The food was very good — but, dare I say it, rather plain. Perhaps it had been tailored to meet the President’s famously simple tastes. The wine, by contrast, was exceptional and though the glasses were small, they were generously replenished.

I was just passing on the port when the pipers struck up. There is no better way to bring an evening to a swift and inarguable conclusion than a lusty rendition of The Bonawe Highlanders.

We rose as the Queen and entourage left, then proceeded next door for coffee and chocs.

And that, Dear Reader, would have been that — had it not been for another gentle tap on the elbow. Dr Simon, who had joined us for coffee, melted away, and we were ushered into a crowded side room.

It was like walking into Madame Tussauds, only to discover that all the waxworks were real. Off to the right was the Queen, next to Princes Andrew and Edward. On my left, Ivanka Trump was deep in conversation with the Duchess of Cambridge, and, somewhere in the middle, was Trump, sucking all who came near into his orbit.

It was like any other drinks party — save for the fact that everyone in the room was extremely powerful or famous — or both. Or me.

As my husband was whisked off to meet The Donald and his delegation, I looked for someone to latch on to. My eyes alighted on Melania, flanked by the wife of the U.S. Ambassador. ‘Oh, what the hell,’ I thought, and approached.

Up close, the First Lady is even more impressively beautiful than in photographs — those cat’s eyes are mesmerising; but she is also much more human than she has been made to seem, and no fool.

Observing my husband’s Dress Gordon Tartan kilt, we speculated that perhaps next time, The Donald, being of Scottish heritage, should also attempt the tartan.

I complimented her on her dress, she on mine. I cracked the fat Morticia joke, and she laughed, a proper, genuine laugh. The Lord Chamberlain, I noticed out of the corner of my eye, smiled discreetly into his coffee.

Soon afterwards, the Queen, who is, after all, 93, slipped away. The ladies-in-waiting and other members of the Royal Household followed, so I scooped up my husband and we made for the exit.

Whatever one’s feelings about Donald Trump, only a fool would turn down the opportunity of such an extraordinary adventure.






Hollywood Losers, NYC, United States, 11 hours ago
"The protocol remains the same" tell that to hapless Harry and his narcissistic wife who tried to make this all about her with her rude, anti-Trump comments. Is Harry's non-participation going to continue every time meeeagain doesn't like someone?
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