Posts Tagged ‘Prince William


8.2.13 … below average temp … Great Depression hoboes … offshore wind farms … Ponce City Market … John 14 … Birth Scroll … SCOTUSblog …

global warming, statistics: interesting tweet …

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RT @treehugger: Are you younger than 28? If so, you’ve never lived a month of below average temperature

Brookwood Hills, Great Depression, hoboes:  From a childhood friend who along with his dad also grew up in Brookwood Hills, thanks BW…

 My dad grew up in Brookwood Hills, and they went fairly unscathed through the Depression. (grandmother started a telephone answering service to help make ends meet) My dad tells the story though of “hobos” coming through the woods from the railroad tracks into the neighborhood looking for food. My grandmother never turned anyone away who came to their house. Years later, my dad read/heard that the hobos would scratch an “x” somewhere on the door hardware or near it as an indicator to others that the occupant was sympathetic. Dad went and looked, and there was an ‘x” scratched on the handle under the thumb latch on their front door.

federal auctions, future offshore wind farms, The Two-Way, NPR:

A Rhode Island company was the highest bidder in the federal government’s first-ever auction for the right to build an offshore wind farm.

After 11 rounds, Deepwater Wind outbid two other companies for two patches of ocean off the coasts of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The winning bid was $3.8 million.

Not as many companies participated in the bidding as was expected, but industry representatives and government officials heralded the outcome as a sign that offshore wind power is on its way.

“This sale marks a really historic moment in the clean energy future of this country,” said Tommy Beaudreau, director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, which is part of the Interior Department.

The United States has no offshore wind farms, but some industry experts say the fact that there was competition for these leases shows that despite all the setbacks, the offshore wind industry might soon take off.

“The resource is too big to be ignored for very much longer,” says Todd Griset, an attorney who advises clients on ocean energy projects.

via Sold! First Parcels Auctioned For Future Offshore Wind Farms : The Two-Way : NPR.

Ponce City Market, Atlanta INtown Paper:  I saw the work in progress when I went to Juliannas’:

Three hundred construction workers are onsite daily to keep the mammoth Ponce City Market project on schedule for its late 2014 opening. The transformation of the old Sears/City Hall East property into Atlanta’s version of Seattle’s Pike Place Market or San Francisco’s Pier 39 will ramp up sharply in the fall when 800 to 1,000 workers onsite, according to James Irwin, vice-president of Jamestown Construction and Development.

Driving along Ponce de Leon or North Avenue, there is clearly a hum of activity going on, Irwin said. “We’re working on the surface parking and greenspace that faces North and will lead to the main entrance of the food hall,” he said. “Inside, there’s new electrical, plumbing and elevator work going on.”

via Market Watch: Ponce City Market on schedule for 2014 – Atlanta INtown Paper.

 John 14:  A friend posted this on Facebook.

Improv on the opening of John 14 Don’t let your hearts be troubled, your minds distracted,your hands turn to fists, or your spirits wiltfor lack of music or art,a walk on the shore, or a friend.Believe in the impossible possible grace –God once, God come in Jesus, God coming again.God has a house with a footprint so holy,a floor plan so extensive,there is room for everyone,and all the self-defined interior decoratorsof all the religions of the worldcannot spoil the beauty of its proportions.We try very hard to make reservations.Many of us want to book the chapel,but others only want to sit at a kitchen tablewith grandmothers,or find a bedroom and sleep weariness away.One says, “take me to a balcony whereI can look once again at sunset over the ocean.I promised to meet someone there.”And another, “The conservatory –I’ll see every flower that has become extinct,and let the butterflies rest on me.”“Is there a kennel? I want to find, well …this Jack Russell loved me so muchit turned the sadness away.Or are all the dogs free ranging in heaven,and only a few theologians live in cratesthey built for themselves?”But back to the text …“You say you’ll go and prepare a place,but we don’t know the way.”That was Thomas, speakingfor those of us with GPS for soul.Jesus answered originally …“I am the way and the …”but in the translation of my longing,he stops, looks in our faces,and simply says, “Come home.”

Birth Scroll, William & Kate , The British Royals, The Royals, Royal Baby, Kate Middleton, Prince George, Prince William:  So I wonder if anyone else gets a scroll?

See the Birth Scroll Given to William & Kate

New parents Prince William and Kate were handed a special scroll marking the birth of son Prince George when they left the hospital.

The gift is almost identical to the one made 31 years ago to celebrate William’s birth at the same place – the private Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital, London.

The memento was inscribed by hand, using traditional calligraphic styles and presented in an embossed leather case.

via See the Birth Scroll Given to William & Kate – Babies, The British Royals, The Royals, Royal Baby, Kate Middleton, Prince George, Prince William :

SCOTUSblog on camera,  Justice William J. Brennan Jr, Geoffrey Stone:

Clerking for Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., and the influence of clerks and outside events on the Court during the October Term 1972.

via SCOTUSblog on camera: Geoffrey Stone Part one : SCOTUSblog.


7.13.13 … I am glad I’m not a royal with a royal baby due …


With Royal Baby Due in Britain, Street Is a Waiting Zone – NYTimes.comThe wait continues for the birth of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s first child:

The royal baby will be third in line to the throne, after Prince Charles and Prince William. Prince Harry will be bounced down to fourth place. Here’s the royal line of succession.

Meanwhile, the wait continues. A small frisson of excitement shivered through the crowd outside St. Mary’s on Wednesday, when a helicopter was spotted overhead, but it turned out to contain a regular citizen having a health emergency, not a duchess having a baby.

In truth, no one is even sure that people are in fact waiting in the correct place. The journalists’ camp is set up at the front entrance to the Lindo Wing, a private ward of the hospital. This is where Prince William — the first heir to the throne to be born in a hospital, rather than at home — was himself born, in 1982, and where the new baby is also reportedly to be born.

via With Royal Baby Due in Britain, Street Is a Waiting Zone –


6.14.13 … DNA tests: Prince William is 0.3 to 0.8 percent Indian. I wonder what’s in my DNA? …

DNA tests, Prince William,  Indian heritage, Royal Family: I wonder what’s in my DNA?

So there you have it: Two centuries after British merchants and generals began colonizing India and half a century after the country won its freedom, India has now sent one of its own to reverse-colonize the United Kingdom by taking the English crown, or at least 0.3 to 0.8 percent of it.

via DNA tests estimate that Prince William is 0.3 to 0.8 percent Indian.


4.27.2011 … waiting for the midwestern storms to move east …

British Monarchy, Prince Charles, Prince William, journalism, media, tabloid news:  I enjoy the history and heraldry of the Royal Family, but it just seems “so yesterday” … tabloid news not real news.  Is their story really worthy of our major news outlets …

Prince William and Kate Middleton will exchange vows Friday in a ceremony expected to be watched by almost a third of the planet. But if the story that day will be of a prince and his bride, another will also be playing out behind the scenes: a tale of two kings.

William’s popularity is helping reinvent the monarchy here, with his marriage to a glamorous bride cementing the easy-mannered 28-year-old’s image as the perfect 21st-century king. Yet even as he becomes the single greatest key to ensuring the future of the House of Windsor, many here say William is in danger of overshadowing his far less popular father, Prince Charles, the next in line to the throne.

Streets in London were sealed off so that hundreds of troops from the city’s Wellington and Hyde Park Barracks could hold a dress rehearsal for the royal wedding on the procession route. (April 27)

How did William and Kate meet? Which princess married — and then divorced — an Olympic medalist? Whose wedding gown was adorned with 20,00 pearls? Test your knowledge!

At stake, royal watchers say, is the public standing of the British monarchy, which during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II has enjoyed virtually unwavering support. Yet despite a relatively successful campaign to improve Charles’s image, an Ipsos Mori poll last week showed a greater percentage calling for William to leapfrog Charles to the throne than at any point since the 1997 death of Charles’s ex-wife and William’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. Forty-six percent of respondents now say Charles should step aside.

via In Britain, Prince William threatens to eclipse his father, Prince Charles – The Washington Post.

Royal Wedding, Kate Middleton, fashion, icons:  She looks pretty good … but if you look back prior to the engagement, she looks like a beautiful commoner.  She’s going to have a little help now with the transformation into a fashion icon.

She’s not even a princess yet, but Kate Middleton, the future bride of Prince William, is already being held up around the world as a fashion plate. Designers are scampering to imitate the dresses she wears, and fashionistas debate the meaning of her latest hat. When it turned out that the ruffled silk blouse Middleton wore in her engagement photos was no longer being sold, the Whistles store obligingly brought the style back.

via Kate Middleton: The Fashions – Photo Gallery – LIFE.

Twitter, parenting:  Favorite of the day … I hope i am not a lawnmower parent … helicopter parent at least sounds more glamorous.

Word Spy

lawnmower parent n. A parent who smooths his or her children’s paths through life by solving their problems for them.

via (39) Twitter / Home.

law, ethics, politics, King & Spalding, Atlanta:  Sometimes politics and lawyering don’t mix.

This week, the law firm hired by House Republicans to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, withdrew from the case in the wake of criticism from gay-rights groups. Paul Clement, a former solicitor general and a highly regarded litigator, who was to be the lead counsel on the case, resigned from the firm, King & Spalding, in protest. King & Spalding issued a bland statement saying it was dropping the case because it hadn’t adequately vetted the contract. It looks more like a cave-in to pressure from the Human Rights Campaign and other groups that warned King & Spalding that it could have trouble recruiting and retaining lawyers if it persisted in defending DOMA, a job the firm took on after the Obama Administration announced that it would no longer be doing so itself.

Now, the activists can certainly demand whatever they want, and it’s easy to understand their chagrin. DOMA is a discriminatory piece of legislation, made even more problematic by its disrespect for laws enacted by the states: it prevents the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages that are legal in the states in which they occurred.

But giving in to pressure to rid yourself of a controversial client is never a good idea in our system. It sets a bad precedent and carries an unfortunate whiff of McCarthyite groupthink. The Los Angeles Times had it right when it editorialized that it understood the outrage,

But the suggestion that it’s shameful for Clement or his firm to do so misunderstands the adversarial process. For one thing, with sharp-witted counsel on both sides making the strongest possible arguments, it is more likely that justice will be done. For another, a lawyer who defends an individual or a law, no matter how unpopular or distasteful, helps ensure that the outcome is viewed as fair. If DOMA is struck down, the fact that it was defended effectively will make the victory for its opponents more credible.

Clement will take up the defense of DOMA at his new firm, Bancroft P.L.L.C., which presumably is prepared for the disapproval that might come its way, and won’t back out. Maybe gay-rights groups can now return to making the strongest possible affirmative case for marriage equality, instead of trying to put its opponents out of commission.

via News Desk: Why DOMA Deserves A Lawyer : The New Yorker.

First Presbyterian Church, Rev. Roland Purdue:  Easter joke …. Rev Purdue does like to hear his congregation laugh!

So our interim minister today related a story that he often sees people he kind of knows but isn’t sure, since he travels a lot between churches. After service one day , he sees a woman he thinks he knows, so he he approaches her and says ” You look like Helen Brown,” to which she replied ” And you don’t look so good in black either!”

culture, gender issues, economics, traditions, marriage:  Name changing seems to be an expensive tradition.

FORGET ABOUT cash-stuffed wedding envelopes. A Dutch study suggests a way for brides to pick up an extra half million dollars by doing nothing–specifically, by not changing their names. Women who kept their maiden names were judged to be more professional than married-name doppelgangers and proved more likely to win a job, according to the research. They also attracted higher pay.

If the study results have real-world implications—and more on some limitations of the research in a moment—then as this season’s brides ponder a name-change, they might consider not only their shifting sentiments but economic realities.

via Are Maiden Names Really Worth $500,000? –

Harper Lee, good stories, Jon Meacham, quotes:

Jon Meacham author of Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship (2004) said in an interview about Harper Lee for the book Scout, Atticus & Boo:

“I was with Harper Lee once in Sewanee, Tennessee, a couple of years ago at an occasion where Winston Churchill’s daughter and Miss Lee were receiving honorary degrees from the University of the South. At one of the events, the recipient stands up and says how they got to be where they are, and when Harper Lee stood up, she simply looked at Churchill’s daughter, Mary Soames, and said, “I would like to thank Lady Soames for everything, because if her father had not done what he did, I wouldn’t have been able to write anything at all.” And then she sat down. It was one of the most remarkably gracious things I have ever seen.”

via The Character of an Author – Nelle Harper Lee | Authors Say the Darndest Things.

Harper Lee, birthdays, 4/26, favorite posts, Jon Meacham:

It’s Harper Lee’s 85th birthday. Everyone who has ever wondered What Would Atticus Do? should raise a glass and drink to Miss Lee tonight.

via Jon Meacham./Facebook

Google Doodle birthdays, 4/26, John James Audubon:  I like this one …

Happy Bird-day, John James Audubon!

Google Doodle

via Google Doodle: Happy Bird-day, John James Audubon! – TIME NewsFeed.

Donald Trump, politics, balders:

A threat to the fledgling presidential campaign of Donald Trump emerged today, as a group of activists charged that Mr. Trump is not eligible to hold the nation’s highest office because his hair does not originate from the U.S.

The group, who call themselves “Balders,” claim that the hair-like substance that crowns Mr. Trump’s head is from a foreign country, which would mean that the candidate is less than one hundred percent American.

“Time and time again, Donald Trump has refused to produce a certificate of authenticity for his hair,” said Leeann Selwyn, a leading Balder.  “This is tantamount to a comb-over of the truth.”

via Trump Dogged By Rumors His Hair is Not From U.S. « Borowitz Report.

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