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When I heard today that Sir Roger Moore had passed away after a short time, bravely battling cancer, I felt sad since I had always enjoyed watching him  in the movies portraying the suave British spy James Bond,Agent 007 as well as the crime-fighting tycoon Simon Templar in the TV series The Saint. He had a massive movie and theatre career but definitely the 2 aforementioned roles were his most famous ones.

He had been  more involved now with UNICEF, being a high-profile United Nations representative for children’s causes worldwide. This was one role that he relished the most until the end of his life.

Him being knighted by Queen Elizabeth II is like a cherry on a big cake. If this were part of a movie story line, it would appear as if the Queen had just knighted James Bond,Agent 007 who always serves at the pleasure of his Royal Highness.

Though I don’t drink liquor, much less a martini like James Bond, to Sir Roger, I salute you with my non-alcoholic drink,shaken,not stirred as you’d like it.

Salut!

Josie

Today,July 22,2013 will go down in British history as the birth of a baby boy who is considered as 3rd in line to the British throne. Born to Prince William(2nd in line to the throne) and wife the former  Kate Middleton, he was born on 4:24 pm British time and weighing 8 lbs,4 oz . He will be called  His Royal Highness,the Prince of Cambridge since his parents’ official titles are the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. His birth is the first since the British Parliament had already made gender succession law changes to ensure that any first-born boy/girl becomes a future British monarch. He’s Queen Elizabeth II’s 3rd great-grandchild and the first grandchild of Prince Charles(1st in line to the throne) and the late Diana,Princess of Wales.

No name has been decided yet at this time and since both his parents decided by choice not to know the baby’s gender beforehand, it’s expected that it’ll be a matter of weeks before we know the baby’s names. I say names because heirs to the British throne are supposed to have 4 or 5 names. Also in Britain, parents are given up to 6 weeks to decide what name(s) to give to their newborn.

He will eventually  be dealing with the ongoing spotlight from the press just like his parents. It will be up to his parents as to how to prepare him and even shield him as much as possible from it until he’s ready to do so.

One thing’s for sure. He’ll grow up to be a very handsome fellow since he has very good-looking parents to begin with. Talk about winning the genetic lottery!

Congratulations to the new parents! It’s a joyous event indeed!

Josie

The Summer Olympics are here again,folks. This time it’s in London. I was able to watch a bit of the opening ceremony. The best one for me was that of Queen Elizabeth II and the James Bond actor (Daniel Craig) in a taped movie short, meeting and leaving Buckingham Palace to fly out towards the Olympic Stadium via the Royal Chopper. The piece de resistance was that through the magic of moviemaking and 2 stuntmen dressing as the queen and James Bond,it would appear like the 2 most recognized Brits had parachuted down towards a gobsmacked audience.

Sacre bleu! Queen Elizabeth is the newest Bond girl! Who knew it would ever happen? Considering that she has a good sense of humor would never be denied.She may not be too stuffy after all.

At least you can view that whole scene   via Youtube. It always took my breath away watching that scene again.

The competitions are still ongoing and the Olympic medal count being monitored constantly by  any aspiring country for  bragging rights.

May the best man win and good sportsmanship prevail.

Once this is over, the next venue will be Brazil in 2016.

Bonjour!

Josie