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Legoland shuts down for day – time for some cleaning (in pictures)

Every year Legoland gets dirty and it has to shut down for some toothbrush scrubbing. Getting all that grime off those blocks isn’t easy, but neither is dusting the top of the House of Parliament. And while it’s quiet we might as well trim the hedges.

For more pictures – The Guardian

 

source: The Guardian

 

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Mitt Romney begins foreign tour of UK, Israel and Poland

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is in Britain on the first leg of a week-long foreign tour that includes stops in Israel and Poland.

He is to meet political leaders and attend the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games in the next three days.

The former governor of Massachusetts is not expected to make any policy announcements in London, but correspondents say the visit will give him the chance to show himself to the US electorate in the international arena.

…Critics have accused him of having a weak background in foreign policy, the same claim made about Mr Obama, who was a first-term senator during his 2008 White House campaign when he made a high-profile trip to the Middle East and Europe.

That tour culminated with a speech to hundreds of thousands of people outside the Victory Column in Berlin, Germany.

 

Source: BBC - Mitt Romney begins foreign tour of UK, Israel and Poland

 

 

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The Torchbearers – best photos of the Olympic Flame traveling across the British Isles

Sunrise, Michael Johnson at Stonehenge, Day 55.

 

 

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Stereotypes in Europe – hardest working, most corrupt

Among the usual questions about attitudes to the euro and the European Union, people in eight nations (Britain, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Poland and Spain) were asked which country in the European Union is the hardest-working.

The Greeks ignored the obvious answer (Germany) and instead nominated themselves. (The other seven nations all plumped for Germany, as the table shows.) Yet Greek perception is not quite as misaligned with reality as it seems. Greece does actually work the longest hours in Europe…However, as any economist will tell you, working longer does not equate with higher productivity, and Greece’s productivity is relatively low.

via Economist Daily Chart

 

Also, very interesting to look at the “most corrupt” column where Italy dominates, but four countries consider themselves the most corrupt (even the Italians).

82% of Americans have a favorable opinion of Queen Elizabeth II

As Britain prepares to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s 60th year on the throne, the sovereign’s popularity in the United States is at a 15-year high — 82% of Americans say they have a favorable opinion of the queen in a CNN/ORC poll released Friday.

That’s a 35-point jump from 1997, when her favorable rating stood at 47%. That was the year Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris. Many Americans and Brits were disappointed in the royal family’s handling of the death of the “people’s princess,” saying the queen didn’t sufficiently reflect her subjects’ sense of loss following the accident.

Since then, however, Queen Elizabeth’s favorable ratings have been on the rise, reaching 75% in 2002 and 80% in 2007.

“Americans love Queen Elizabeth and they think the royal family is a good thing for the people of England, but only one in eight would like to see royalty here in the United States,” CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said.

Prince Philip, the queen’s husband, is not as popular as his wife, though is still viewed favorably by 59% of Americans.

via WCVB

 

And, just for fun this satire – Prince Philip Says: “I’m Not Going To The Bloody Sodding Royal Pageant On The Buggering Thames In No Barge And That’s That!”

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Modern Royals – Rainbow Queen in the British Vogue

Note that it says the Queen prefers:

  • 29% – blue
  • 13% – floral
  • 11% – cream or green
  • 10% – pink or purple
  • 4%  - red, orange, or yellow
  • 2%  - black
  • 1%  - checkered or beige

And, some close-ups.

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The British Monarchy Is Rich But Gives It All Away

The Queen is one of the richest ladies in England, worth over £7 billion (pounds) from the property she owns.

Yet, due to an Act of Parliament from the 1700s, she gives it all away. Over £200 million every year, in fact, this year it was £230 million.

In return she receives about £40 million, most of which she returns to the State for official functions to include paying staff salaries, maintaining estates, and hosting around 50,000 people every year.

All in all, it means that she donates £2 and 60 pence to every person in the UK.

A pretty cool deal, which makes it all the more strange that most think she is a freeloader. I think the common perception is that she is broke, borrowing money, and wasting taxpayer dollars.

This couldn’t be further from the truth. She even opted to pay taxes on this stipend in 1992.

Can you imagine giving away hundreds of millions of dollars to only get 20% back, and then offer to give even more back through taxes?

You can read the full story on this here, check out the property she owns which makes her so wealthy, or learn about her various stipends.

It helps to remember that back in the day, the king was typically the richest person in the kingdom. Money was the source of his power and required to rule. In fact, the most problematic kings in history were the poor ones, relying on others, in debt, and forced into awkward/bad situations…