Dressing advice Sunday, May 29 2011 

Not quite on the serious side, but in all honesty, there’s a few royal ladies who should print this out and pin it to the inside of their closets:

(Originally seen at Jezebel, yes why I’m reading feminist columns, they’re good for the occasional laugh and “only in America” headshakes.)

Correction, Harry and a Hiatus Friday, Apr 15 2011 

I added a small correction to the post on the “snub” with the Spanish wedding invitations.

Also, Harry is back from his Arctic trek, looking good.

And I will have to take a small break from my infrequent blogging. I have a lot of stuff happening at the moment and don’t want to flake out on expectations here. I also foresee a lack of internet connection in the near future, which complicates matters further. (Since I didn’t want to cover the wedding anyway it’s no biggie, though).

I’ll be back!

Radiation Dose Chart Sunday, Mar 20 2011 

Okay peeps, I know I’m running a royal blog here and all, but since I’ve made a comment on the iodine tablets below and my general displeasure with the fearmongering, I’m going to put this here for those of you who are interested:

xkcd – a webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language that most of you might know, has put up a Radiation Dose Chart, which explains the matter wonderfully and gives us actual sources for the data. Better than any media mass media outlet and actually making some sense, contrary to the disparaging opinions the media is feeding all of us.

Deposed monarchies in the Arabian world Saturday, Mar 5 2011 

And I’m using the term ‘Arabian world’ very loosely here, please be aware of that.

I’ve said before that I’m not looking at making a lot of comments on the Muslim monarchies, because we’re looking at too many political implications there, due to the fact that we’re largely dealing with absolute monarchies there.

Still, with what is currently going on in the world, I thought it would be interesting to at least bring to the attention of everyone (well, you guys, really), that there is more than just the deposed Pahlavi dynasty in Iran. Pretty much all countries that today are Arabian, or predominantly Muslim, had kings or what would be the equivalent. Many of these kings have been deposed for a while yet, replaced with dictators of one kind or other.

Not a difference you say? Maybe that’s true for some, but unless a king turns out to be a tyrant, to me a hereditary monarchy (or at least semi-hereditary, as things are not always as clear cut as around Europe) is preferable over a dictatorship, hereditary or not.

Unpopular opinion is unpopular.

Anyway, what it comes down to is that Dag T. Hoelseth has made an interesting post over on his blog. For easier access, here’s a compilation of the links that seem most relevant (also so I have a record of them for myself).

In Egypt, today would rule King Fouad II, the WSJ had a feature about him last September already.

There’s not a lot of info about Tunisia, but here is some broader look at the Husainid Dynasty, that would put the Pasha (that term might ring familiar in some ears?) on the throne now.

Libya’s “Crown Prince” today would be Muhammad al-Senussi. Aljazeera has an interview with him, which is probably the most recent info from anyone in regards to this (as it is from February this year).

Following disclaimer: I’m not saying they should restore the monarchies in North Africa. I don’t think all the people would be behind this, so that might land them exactly where they came from in the first place. However, looking at the sole fact that the current kings in Jordan and Morocco rule in a factual absolute monarchy (despite having ministers and a parliament etc.), it might be a good idea to get the current pretenders to the thrones behind the democratic movement to keep the train rolling and on track.

Long Overdue: Not Dead Friday, Oct 29 2010 

Although right now I feel like it.

Between finishing up my degree and getting my move organised (the first of two in six months, ugh), there was simply no time for the blog.

And there still isn’t, quite yet. I’m still hauling suitcase loads of stuff over on a daily basis and the rest of the day is either spent on trains or giving what help I can to a friend who’s this [ ] close to botching their own degree, no fault of their own at all.

So real life once more takes precedent, alas.

On the bright side, hey, degree! (Although not quite that official yet)