28 March, 2011

Things Kate can't do once she marries Wills

Kate will feel the changes to her life on a higher level than many past princesses.

Here are ten things the bride-to-be will no longer be allowed to do once she walks down the Green Mile – ahem, aisle – in Westminster:

1. Be referred to as 'Kate'

When Kate Middleton joins the House of Windsor this year, her official title will become ‘Her Royal Highness the Princess William of Wales’.

2. Vote

This is in keeping with the Royal Family's public role, which is based on identifying with every section of society, including minorities and special interest groups.

3. Run for political office

For the reasons stated above, this is also a no no.

4. Escape the scrutiny

As arguably Britain's most dysfunctional family, the Monarchy provides the British public with a generous source of voyeuristic entertainment, and an opportunity for heartless slander.

5. Play Monopoly

In 2008, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, said that the Royal Family was not allowed to play Monopoly at home "because it gets too vicious". No member of the family has yet revealed what they play in its place during the Christmas holidays.

6. Say or do anything controversial

This includes accepting large amounts of money from 'businessmen' for access to your husband and getting your toes sucked in public by your financial adviser.

But it also encompasses Kate's expression of her preferred political position, social position, sexual position – basically anything within the realms of personality.

7. Eat shellfish

British Royals are apparently never served shellfish, because of a fear of food poisoning. So if Kate can't live without crustaceans, she will have to seek them out in her own time.

8. Work

It is well known that Royals and careers don't mix well.

9. Sign anything unofficial

People in this position are strictly not supposed to sign anything that could lead to their signature being copied and forged.

10 Finish her dinner

If she is a slower eater than her grandmother-in-law, Kate could go hungry. In Britain, when the Queen stops eating, you stop as well, fork in hand.

21 March, 2011

Promoting Mindanao: Culture and Adventure

I was born and raised in the southern part of the Philippines in the Island of Mindanao, so often called the Land of Promise.

For what it’s worth, Mindanao probably has the most beautiful places in the Philippines – a beauty shrouded with so much discrimination and fear.

Blessed with rich-biodiversity, exotic wilderness, and rousing cultural heritage, Mindanao has all the makings of a world-class destination. But the long-standing travel advisories restricting foreign visitors to take so much of a peep to this island region has discouraged even some Filipinos to travel down south.

Recently, though, several tourism-related promotions have stirred up enough awareness to attract domestic tourists and foreign visitors to visit to some provinces of Mindanao. Culture and adventure are the vital pegs for the tourism pitch in the region and these aspects will be the Department of Tourism’s (DoT) main thrust to increase tourist traffic to the area.

With the country’s participation in the Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Philippines – East ASEAN Growth Area or BIMP-EAGA, DoT is optimistic to promote Mindanao not only for tourism, but also for tourism investments.

Security issues, however, is still a big concern for tourism in any country. For this matter, DoT reiterated that except for a few isolated areas, peace and order in Mindanao is intact and ready for tourism.

On the other hand, the tourism development project, ‘Biyahe Ta Mindanao’ (Let’s Travel to Mindanao) aims to encourage Mindanaons to explore the potential tourism hubs in their own island and later become promoters of these destinations to the rest of the country and the world.

20 March, 2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part-2 Trailer

The Film Begins with Deep in the Dark Woods, Lord Volemort Breaks Open dumbledore's Tomb and Steals the Elder Wand and Strikes the Main Titles (Used from Trailer)

Harry is devastated by Dobby's death, and when he buries him he does so by hand, without using magic. When they all come out to lay Dobby to rest, they thank him for saving their lives.

“So there is this story about a kid, and he’s all like, magic and stuff!” When J.K. Rowling first uttered those words to her prospective publisher (although probably a bit more eloquent sounding), there is no way they could have possibly known that the seven series of book would—in its own small way—change the world.

Now 16 years later, the books have become a firm part of our pop-culture, and both Rowling and her protagonist are household names. But all good things must come to an end as they say, and this summer, Harry Potter will conclude it memorable run when the eighth and final movie concludes the adaptation of the seven books.

16 March, 2011

Britain's Top 10 Olympic Sites

You can visit many of them before the Games to discover Britain’s sporting heritage, take a tour or get involved in sport yourself.

Olympic Park, East London
The London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics may still be a little way away, but work is well under way at the Olympic park in East London. The site includes an 80,000 seat Olympic stadium, an aquatics centre and a velodrome.

Weymouth & Portland Harbour, Dorset
Will be the venue for the 2012 sailing and Paralympic sailing competitions. Weymouth and Portland Harbour provides some of the best natural sailing waters in Britain and during the Games you’ll be able to watch the action for free.

Horse Guards Parade, London
Beach volley ball comes to 10 Downing Street! That’s right – the high-energy beach sport will take place on Horse Guards Parade, the parade ground for the Queen’s bodyguards that’s next door to the Prime Minister’s house.

Football stadiums, UK-wide
The London 2012 football competitions will be held at stadiums throughout the country. Catch the games at Hampden Park in Glasgow; Millennium Stadium in Cardiff; Old Trafford in Manchester; St James’ Park in Newcastle; Villa Park in Birmingham and Wembley Stadium in London, where the finals will take place.

Lord’s Cricket Ground, London
Lord’s Cricket Ground in North West London will be transformed into an archery range for 2012. Crowds of 6,500 will enjoy the competition with two fields of play inside the stadium.

Hyde Park, London
Will host the triathlon course in 2012. Triathlon is among the fastest-growing individual sports in the UK, and thousands of people will line the route to spectate for free during the races.

North Greenwich Arena, London
You probably know the North Greenwich Arena as the O2 Arena. During the Games, it will seat 20,000 spectators for the basketball final and 16,500 for the gymnastics. Outside the Olympics, this huge dome by the Thames hosts pop concerts and is home to the British Music Experience, the interactive, immersive celebration of UK pop.

Lee Valley White Water Centre, London
The White Water Centre that will host the London 2012 Olympic canoe slalom competition opens to the public on 22 April. It’s the only brand new London 2012 venue that non-Olympic competitors will be able to use before the Games.

Wimbledon, London
Will be used for the tennis competition at the 2012 Games. Up to 30,000 people will be able to watch the players compete. The sacred turf of Wimbledon’s Centre Court has seen some of the greatest tennis matches ever played.

Greenwich Park, London
Will host the Olympic and Paralympic equestrian competitions, plus the combined running and shooting event of the modern pentathlon. The park has got to have one of the best-looking riverside locations in London and is home to the Royal Observatory, the home of Greenwich Mean Time and the Prime Meridian of the World, making it the official starting point for each new day and year.

05 March, 2011

Harry Potter and the Three Hour Walk

Harry Potter fans rejoice! Dust off your broomsticks, start ironing that cloak, thrust your wands into the air and unite as one - the magic is returning to the UK!

After bitter disappointment and eventual anger when studio bosses plumped for Orlando, Florida to be the home of the ‘Wizarding World' Harry Potter theme park in 2010, home-grown fans of the successful movies (not to mention the books) can finally sleep easy now that he is returning to our shores after the films are done and dusted.

Today Warner Bros., the movie giants behind the hugely successful franchise, have announced that they are to open a brand new Harry Potter attraction in the UK.

Well, that's the good news. Further investigation reveals the attraction will consist of a 3 hour potter around buildings and sets that were used in the film. Based in the glitzy region of Leavesden (just outside Watford) it's a far cry from the $200 million (£135 million) adventure world erected in the States with roller-coasters, a replica Hogwarts and a host of thrilling activities.

Aimed at the more die-hard of Potter fans, Leavesden will feature authentic sets, costumes, animatronics, props and effects used in the production of all eight ‘Harry Potter' movies. The tour will showcase the British artistry, technology and talent that went into bringing the beloved film series to life.

Due to open its magical doors in the spring next year, to coincide with the London Olympics tourist trade, there is still a long wait for eager Potter fans.

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