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  1. MadyGirl1987

    From Across The Pond: Royal Weddings and Scandals

    Ha! Now I'm picturing how often he must be getting told off in private. I am sure the Queen and Phillip have both had things to say on the topic. I can also imagine Charles and Anne telling him off as well since they both seem no nonsense and protective of what the monarchy stands for.
  2. MadyGirl1987

    What Are We Currently Reading?

    I just started both "The Vacationers" by Emma Straub and "Lock Every Door" by Riley Sager. Enjoying both so far!
  3. MadyGirl1987

    S01.E06: The House of Special Purpose

    I was worried about that to. I don’t know if you watch Victoria on PBS but that is the kinda thing they would pull, they play so fast and loose with historical accuracy. Especially in this case, with what really happened to the family being so tragic, it would have seemed so disrespectful to have them pull a switch that one survived.
  4. MadyGirl1987

    S01.E06: The House of Special Purpose

    Man, that was rough. So sad how it all went wrong and the innocent kids got wrapped up in it. One of the saddest scenes was seeing Nicholas and Alex taking to each other in their room before the murders. Very wistful and a mix of where did it go wrong and what’s going to happen to us all. I really enjoyed this series, but found it extremely frustrating at times watching them make the often avoidable mistakes and steps that led to their downfall. Maybe it’s the benefit of hindsight, but there were so many chances and places they could have done better or turned things around. I also liked the ending with the post script of what happened to their family and Russia and their fate and bodies took so long to find. Did a good job of making the jump from 1918 to present day with it feeling like an exposition dump.
  5. MadyGirl1987

    From Across The Pond: Royal Weddings and Scandals

    Jeez, even the major mainstream outlets are getting in on it. This is from CNN: Meghan and Harry's private christening for baby Archie causes almighty storm The article says people are accusing them of being overprotective and has quotes from people basically saying since the public pays for the royal family, they have to be in the public eye. How entitled is that? Harry didn't ask to be born royal. He has been hounded in the press for years. A paparazzi chase helped kill his mother, for crying out loud. No wonder William and Harry seem pretty guarded when it comes to their families. I love seeing pictures of the kids but am totally okay with it being on the terms of the parents. Kids, royal or not, deserve privacy.
  6. MadyGirl1987

    History Talk: The Victorian Era

    It's funny... In all three of those examples, the killing of the sovereign(s) ended up either not working, as in how the English monarchy was restored, or making things worse, such as with the French Reign of Terror or Stalin leading Russia. Just goes to show how futile violence can be, often having disastrous consequences.
  7. MadyGirl1987

    Party of One: Unpopular TV Opinions

    This video shows why I hate that phrase. In a world of real issues, where there is actual struggles and even danger, them remaking something you liked as a kid should be the least of your problems.
  8. MadyGirl1987

    From Across The Pond: Royal Weddings and Scandals

    Let me guess, it’s Meghan and her impossible demands... Certainly not the fact that new parents are going to want the best for their son and that their family being high profile comes with extenuating circumstances that will make finding the right fit with a nanny hard.🙄 Seriously though, I will be shocked if some don’t try to make it Meghan’s doing.
  9. MadyGirl1987

    Avengers: Endgame (2019)

    People are the worst. Apparently people are bullying the actress who played Morgan Stark. Her family put out a video online to get people to stop. How bad does your life have to be to get to the point where you bully a 7 year old?
  10. MadyGirl1987

    From Across The Pond: Royal Weddings and Scandals

    Huh, I knew about George VI, but not about Wilson. I wonder why he said no. I would bet someone might have offered to shelter the kids, or sending them away was floated as an idea but as they were very close they would have wanted to stay together.
  11. MadyGirl1987

    From Across The Pond: Royal Weddings and Scandals

    It really is tragic. Especially since Nicholas had abdicated. Why not just send them into exile somewhere? Nicholas doesn't seem like one who would have led a coup to try to get back into power. In fact, I get the impression he would have happily went off somewhere to live in peace and quiet with his family and would have welcomed not having the responsibility of ruling.
  12. MadyGirl1987

    From Across The Pond: Royal Weddings and Scandals

    Wow. That is laughable. Made all the more ridiculous by the fact that England has had multiple successful, respected queens ruling. Even now, the country is being ruled by a Queen. Also, there’s the fact that they did away with male primogeniture in the lead up to George’s birth, so even if he was a girl, it wouldn’t matter.
  13. MadyGirl1987

    From Across The Pond: Royal Weddings and Scandals

    I am reading a book about the daughters of Tsar Nicholas II and Alexandra. In it, they talk about the mistrust of Alexandra in Russia because of her English/German background. It also didn't help that she struggled to bear the all important male heir. As such, she faced a lot of press speculation and rumors. One rumor was that she didn't pay homage to a shine before her wedding said to ensure the birth of an heir. Another was that, when they finally did have a boy, they had actually switched out a fifth daughter for a male child they passed as their own. It just made me think of all the speculation royals, especially Meghan, have gone through and how some things never change.
  14. MadyGirl1987


    And I thought the Ross and Rachel relationship couldn't be more toxic... Apparently fans booed the actress who played Julie at tapings. I always hated the Julie storyline and thought it was Rachel at her worst and most possessive of Ross. You've been spending a year hanging out with Ross at that time and had your chance. You finally realize you like him and he's with another person. A mature adult would think, "I've missed my chance" and be upset for a while and move on. Rachel is a total jerk to Julie and even gets upset when others in the group hang out with her, blaming Julie for "dating the man I'm probably supposed to be with." UGH! Rachel sometimes strikes me as immature and vapid and stuff like that doesn't help.
  15. MadyGirl1987

    Commercials That Annoy, Irritate or Outright Enrage

    What? Must have missed that one....