Britons switched off their televisions Friday in record numbers, apparently frustrated with the blanket coverage of the death of Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth and the longest serving royal consort in British history. The BBC, the country’s taxpayer-funded public broadcaster, was flooded with so many complaints that it set up a dedicated complaints form on its website, where viewers recorded their irritation with the postponement of their favorite shows, including the soap drama “EastEnders,” “Gardeners’ World,” and the final episode of a popular TV cooking competition. “There’s only so much of the BBC being unctuous about royalty that a chap can bear,” best-selling historian Tom Holland tweeted. The noted author of books on ancient Roman and Greek history was not alone in his irritation of pre-recorded tributes to Philip and documentaries on the royal family. Former BBC presenter Simon McCoy queried the scale of the coverage, tweeting, “I know this is a huge event. … [Read more...] about Britons Switch Off Coverage of Royal Death
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Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, has returned to England for the first time in a year to attend the funeral of his grandfather, His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip. Prince Harry, whose relationship with Britain’s Royal Family has become strained over his decision to step back from his official duties last year and the now-infamous Ophrah Winfrey interview, arrived back in the UK on Sunday afternoon on a flight from Los Angeles, The Sun reported . The prince was not accompanied by the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, who has reportedly been barred from travelling by her doctors due to her being heavily pregnant with the couple’s second child. Though Prince Harry will reportedly be self-isolating upon his return, he will be permitted to attend the funeral, as international travellers are permitted to break quarantine on compassionate grounds to attend funerals in the UK. Releasing a statement on the death of Prince Philip on Monday, Harry said : “My … [Read more...] about ‘Grandpa: Master of the Barbecue, Legend of Banter’: Back in Britain Without Meghan, Harry Releases Statement on Duke
The mourning of His Royal Highness Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, who died last week at the age of 99, has extended to the remote South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, where a tribe has worshipped him as a god for decades. Villagers from Yaohnanen on Tanna, Vanuatu believe that the Queen’s consort was, in fact, a reincarnation of an ancient warrior who was the son of a mountain god. A local legend said that one day, the warrior would return to the island with a rich, white wife. Britain’s Times newspaper reports it is not clear how the people of one Vanuatu community came to believe the Duke was their god, but that it is thought the colonial administrative offices on the Island in the 1960s would have had portraits of both Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke on their walls. Regardless, when the Royal couple visited the island in 1974 — unaware of the special status they held in the eyes of some locals at the time — the villagers decided that the husband of Queen … [Read more...] about Prince Philip Was ‘Incredibly Respectful’ of South Pacific Tribe that Worshiped Him as a God
Following a high-profile organizing campaign that drew international attention, workers at Amazon’s fulfillment center in Bessemer, Alabama, have voted overwhelming against joining a union. While National Labor Relations Board officials are still sifting through contested votes, the anti-union forces lead by almost a 3-1 margin. The emphatic rejection was a bitter blow to the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, which launched the first-ever drive to organize an Amazon warehouse. Its fight to organize the largely African American workforce was likened to past civil rights struggles in Alabama and cast as a “David vs. Goliath” parable by sympathetic reporters . But the blowout in Bessemer also is a rebuff to Sen. Bernie Sanders Bernie Sanders Biden's policies are playing into Trump's hands Hillicon Valley: Amazon wins union election — says 'our employees made the choice' On The Money: Biden .5T budget proposes major hike in social programs | GOP bashes … [Read more...] about Amazon workers have spoken — are progressives listening?
On Friday, Buckingham Palace announced that Prince Philip , the Duke of Edinburgh, passed away at 99. His death marks the drawing of an epoch’s curtains that will be completed by the passing of his spouse, the Queen. The political turmoil of the past five years — Brexit, Mr Trump’s election, a virtual constitutional crisis in Britain, transatlantic partisan gridlock, not to mention the COVID-19 pandemic and the events of this past January — are the markers of a political, cultural, and social transition. The world into which we are entering is uncertain, dangerous, and dark. Cultural tensions within Western society are poised to trigger a large-scale social fracture. The effect seems to have filtered down into the rest of the Western world. Northern Ireland was wracked by riots of a scale not seen since the Troubles. Israel remains in political stasis, its people deciding for Netanyahu as Prime Minister, but against his party’s majority. France’s renewed lockdown will prompt more … [Read more...] about As ‘Old Britain’ begins to pass away, US could take some cues