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Hephaestion
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posted 01 April 2005 02:54 AM      Profile for Hephaestion   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Prince Rainier worsens, Albert takes over

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MONACO (AP) - Prince Albert has taken over the regency of Monaco because his ailing father is unable to exercise his royal functions, the palace said Thursday.

The announcement was made in a brief statement from the royal palace, which gave no updates on the health of Prince Rainier, who is being treated in hospital for breathing, kidney and heart problems.


And he is NOT gay, damn it!!!

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aka Mycroft
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posted 01 April 2005 06:03 AM      Profile for aka Mycroft     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
This could shift the entire centre of gravity in the tense southwestern European geo-political situation. I predict grave consequences and possibly war with Andorra will result. (Albert is well known for his xenophobic attitudes towards the Andorrans).
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Hephaestion
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posted 01 April 2005 06:55 AM      Profile for Hephaestion   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
*grave look, stroking chin*

Yes, Mycroft... I hear they may even be in league with Liechtenstein in their plotting against the Andorrans. This makes the ponderous rumbling of 1914's Empire in Conflict pale in comparison. Best hunker down and get ready to weather the storm...


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Nanuq
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posted 03 April 2005 03:16 AM      Profile for Nanuq   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Just out of curiosity, who takes over after Albert (who is not gay)? Doesn't Monaco become part of France if there isn't a male heir?
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lagatta
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posted 03 April 2005 03:48 AM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
In another momentous power shift that may well send Europe back to the brink, the south Bavarian mountain hamlet of Kiefersfelden wants to secede from Germany to join neighbouring Austria.

Don't know the exact differences between Bavarian and Tyrolean Lederhosen and Dirndl...


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Gir Draxon
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posted 03 April 2005 04:37 AM      Profile for Gir Draxon     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
heh heh... Prince Albert...
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skdadl
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posted 03 April 2005 05:41 AM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Gosh, all these momentous shifts may well give new life to the Trieste Liberation Front, of which I am a life member, although we've been pretty inactive for a while, having been chastened through the nineties by unhappy instabilities to the east.

But we want Trieste to be a free city again: international citizenship, no visas required, that sort of thing.

(Nanuq, about the succession: just recently, I believe, the Monaco whatever-they-have revised the constitution to allow females to be heirs, so now Albert's sisters and their children are all in the line of succession.)


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lagatta
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posted 03 April 2005 09:12 AM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
skdadl, actually the worst unhappiness in the 1990s was just to the south of Trieste (ok a bit east too as the Adriatic slopes southeast...) In Northeastern Italy the sense of the civil war raging next door was most palpable. There were a lot of refugees from the former Yugoslavia.

Yeah, a free Trieste movement would be nice. Great coffee, too, in historic cafs with something Italian, something Viennese, and something Balkan...


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skdadl
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posted 03 April 2005 09:24 AM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
First thing we do is conclude a pact of friendship and shared citizenship with Morocco at least, maybe Tunisia and Algeria too. Our very own little common market. Yum.

Has anyone else ever seen Passport to Pimlico? London borough declares independence; funny movie.


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aka Mycroft
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posted 03 April 2005 10:28 AM      Profile for aka Mycroft     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I loved Passport to Pimlico when I saw it on CBC as a kid.

Anyway, one aspect we've forgotten in discussing the Monagasque crisis is the question of San Marino. Ignore San Marino at your peril!


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lagatta
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posted 03 April 2005 10:37 AM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Now, Mycroft, I have certainly never ignored San Marino. I've been seething over all the news coverage devoted to the Vatican while ignoring that other Italy-encercled statelet, and plotting revenge.
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I fear the Lichenstein-San Marino-Monaco Axis of Evil will wipe little Andorra off the map in hopes of cornering the novelty postal stamp market. Then, of course, Europe will live in fear of the wrath of the Bishop of Urgal.

Incidentally, experts in Andorran history will no doubt be familiar with this episode:

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In 1933, serious political and social unrest led to a Russian adventurer, Boris Skossyreff seizing control and declaring himself King Boris I. He proceeded to declare war on the Bishop of Urgell. Boris I was arrested, and the French military occupied Andorra and dismissed the local government placing the Viguiers, who are delegates of the princes, in control.

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In 1933 several disaffected Andorrans, some in high positions in the government, sponsored the attempt of Boris de Skossyreff (himself a Russian) to proclaim himself King Boris I of Andorra. Several days later "King Boris" was removed by several guardsmen of the Bishop of Urgell, but the resultant turmoil culminated in the nation's judicial authority, the Tribunal de Corts, firing the members of the Council Of The Land.

In order to prevent the total dissolution of law and order, the French government sent squads of gendarmes to keep domestic order. Within a short time, the Andorrans held elections, re-established the Council Of The Land, with all men over the age of twenty-four being allowed to vote, and all men over thirty allowed to hold office.
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BTW, anyone hear ever see or read the Mouse that Roared?

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Hephaestion
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posted 04 April 2005 01:19 AM      Profile for Hephaestion   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
good movie.
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Bobolink
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posted 04 April 2005 12:42 PM      Profile for Bobolink   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Can we add Grand Fenwick to the axis of evil? After all, Grand Fenwick does have the bomb.

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posted 04 April 2005 12:44 PM      Profile for Mr. Magoo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Do you suppose Prince Albert has a Prince Albert? Do you suppose he resents being named after a cock ring?
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aka Mycroft
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posted 06 April 2005 11:30 AM      Profile for aka Mycroft     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ranier is dead. Albert is the new sovereign prince. The lights are going out across Europe. Unleash the dogs of war!
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skdadl
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posted 06 April 2005 12:02 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Gee, the appointment books of a lot of elevated people are getting complicated this week, no?
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posted 06 April 2005 12:04 PM      Profile for Reality. Bites.        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by skdadl:
Gee, the appointment books of a lot of elevated people are getting complicated this week, no?

[Conspiracy Theory]Maybe world leaders had him murdered ahead of time so they could save money on plane tickets by staying over a Saturday.[/Conspiracy Theory]


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Black Dog
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posted 06 April 2005 12:17 PM      Profile for Black Dog   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ranier dead, Prince Albert out of can.
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skdadl
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posted 06 April 2005 12:39 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
But RB, on Saturday some of them have to be at Windsor for the wedding?

What to do, what to do?


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Nanuq
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posted 06 April 2005 02:32 PM      Profile for Nanuq   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Does this mean that Charles and Camilla will have to delay their wedding yet again? Someone really doesn't want these crazy kids to tie the knot.
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miles
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posted 06 April 2005 02:35 PM      Profile for miles     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Nanuq:
Does this mean that Charles and Camilla will have to delay their wedding yet again? Someone really doesn't want these crazy kids to tie the knot.

I am glad I do not have the t-shirt gig for this wedding. How many times must they be reprinted to be sold as souveneirs


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Mr. Magoo
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posted 06 April 2005 02:36 PM      Profile for Mr. Magoo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I heard that on the coffee shop radio the other day, and it hadn't even occurred to me. There's going to be a hell of a lot of "entrepreneurs" going belly up over that wee rescheduling. Fortunately, not as many as if it were a popular couple tying the knot.
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skdadl
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posted 06 April 2005 02:37 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
But miles, the people selling the now-misdated souvenirs are saying that they only started selling well when people realized they could be collector's items, like a stamp franked upside-down.
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miles
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posted 06 April 2005 02:47 PM      Profile for miles     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
true skdadl but how many people would by a tshirt in order to keep it for 25 years too make money off of it.

Then again who would want to buy a tshirt from this wedding anyways.


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