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Babs Bell (Bishop) Hajdusiewicz and her books

Bestselling author Babs Bell Hajdusiewicz, Ms.Ed. is the author of more than 100 books and 350 poems for children, including: Don’t Go Out in Your Underwear!; Phonics through Poetry: Teaching Phonemic Awareness Using Poetry; MORE Phonics through Poetry: Teaching Phonemic Awareness Using Poetry; Rhythm & Rhyme Reader Series; Questions and Answers Series; Jacks and More Jacks, Words! Words! Words!; Words and More Words. She is also author of Steppingstone Stories Series; Peaceful Me and Sometimes I Feel Happy, Sometimes I Feel Sad; three Poetry Works! collections for early childhood through intermediate grades; middle-grades biography Mary Carter Smith: African-American Storyteller; and the Dainty Dinosaur Series.

Hajdusiewicz stars in the Wright Group staff-development video Developing Oral Language and Phonemic Awareness through Rhythm and Rhyme. She has written numerous children's stories, articles for teachers and parents, and has contributed to and edited many elementary textbooks.

An educator for 40 years, Hajdusiewicz taught early childhood, elementary, and special education at all levels, served school districts in Indiana and Michigan as director of special education, and taught graduate and undergraduate education courses at Eastern Michigan and Cleveland State Universities. She founded Booking the Future: Reader to Reader™, a community-involvement literacy program that placed books in the hands and homes of more than 16,000 four, five, and six year olds, and Pee Wee Poetry™, a language development program for children aged two through nine. Hajdusiewicz is a frequent conference keynoter for educators and parents and a popular visiting author in schools across the country and abroad.

Specialties: Poetry for kids; humor; parenting for literacy; school staff development; author of numerous classroom materials; emphasis on phonemic awareness before phonics instruction; building love of learning from infancy onward

(Babs Bell Hajdusiewicz живет и работает в Атланте, штат Джорджия. Она написала более 100 книг и 350 стишков для детей. Своими книгами она предоставляет советы, консультации и материал для воспитателей, чтобы они чувствовали себя уверенно в том, что они помогают детям в период их раннего развития и становления их устной речи. Учителя английского языка могут использовать стихи для изучения языка в целом. Родители могут читать эти нехитрые стихи своим детям и помогать им изучать английский язык.)


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Their colors are amazing! I have never seen these birds, nor do
I know what they are or where they come from.

Adorable Fairy Wren~

Lilac-Breasted Roller…

Blue Myna bird, all dressed up in white fluff.

The mighty eagle...

Little grumpy owl

Mary-Ann saved to Oiseaux
I dunno but he looks like an angry little bluebird not a bluebird of happiness

Oh, myyyy!! A parliament of owls...



Wine Bottle Bird Feeder
Posted on October 17, 2011

One plank, one plonk bird feeder

I’ve always had a bit of a passion for birdwatching which stems from my childhood sitting by the kitchen window recording and drawing all the bird species that visited our little semi detached garden. One of the best ways to attract birds into the garden is to feed them, and feeding them is equally essential during the harsh winter months.

These days the interest in feeding garden birds has expanded significantly since my younger years and there are a plethora of feeds and feeders available on the market but there’s no need to spend too much when this simple project can be put together for a fraction of the price. On top of that this particular project not only indulges my love of wildlife but also my love of wine, soI have to say that this is a favorite build project, though quite possibly fuelled by the fact I have an excuse to empty a bottle of wine in order to make it!

One plank and one plonk (emptied first of course) is all you need to create this bird feeder. The precise dimensions of some of the cuts, such as the neck hole, will be dictated by the size of the bottle used but the principle is fairly straight forward to follow and modify.

As a handy hint don’t fix the bottle holder permanently to a wall because when you come to refill the bottle it will be easier if you can insert the bottle into the holder in an upright position and then tip it over as you re-hang the holder. Also should the bottle become grubby then simply recycle it and replace it with a new one, obviously enjoying emptying the new bottle first.

(By the way, the Great Tit in the picture arrived to feed within 10minutes of hanging the feeder up, so there’s one happy customer.)

What you will need


    Drill with hole saw fitting
    Tape measure


    One wine bottle, enjoy emptying it the night before
    One 1 metre 20cm thick plank, 40cm wider than your wine bottle
    Screws and panel pins

Step 1

Measure out and cut the backboard (150mm longer than your bottle), table and neck supports (10mm wider than your bottle).

Step 2

Using a hole saw cut the neck hole in the centre of the neck support section. Smooth the neck hole for a snug fit using a rasp or sandpaper.

Step 3

Screw the table section to the bottom end of the back support

Step 4

Using 10mm wide lengths of plank (or some spare beading) pin three edges to the table. This will reduce the seed spillage.
Step 5

Insert the bottle into the neck support and position it approximately 20mm from the table. Mark the position and then screw the neck support to the backboard

Step 6

Cut 20mm wide lengths of plank, 20mm longer than the bottle width. Position these as the bottle base support and screw into position.

Step 7

Cut another 20mm length to act as the cross beam. Make sure the bottle fits snugly in place with a bit of give but not so it rattles.

Step 8

Screw the cross beam in place attaching it the two side supports to complete your base support

Step 9

Find a suitable location. Drill and attach the unit to the wall, shed or other relatively flat surface. Fill the bottle with seed and slot it into position.




Sorry Prince Philip, The Queen Has A New Buddy For Public Events


The Ghanaian-born officer will be by the monarch's side when Prince Philip retires.

The Queen has selected Ghanaian-born Household Cavalry officer Major Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrahas as her next equerry.

The 38-year-old Afghanistan veteran, known as TA to his friends, is believed to be the royal household's first black equerry.

He will hold one of the most important positions in the royal household and assist Her Majesty at official engagements, including regional visits and audiences at Buckingham Palace, and remain closely by her side when Prince Philip retires in the Autumn.

Historically the role was created for someone to look after the cavalry's horses, but in 2017 they are expected to be a publicly visible aide at the Queen's side.

"I would have never imagined that one day I'd command the regiment which I'd fallen in love with," Twumasi-Ankrah told The Sunday Times. "From what I've seen in the UK, our cultures really do mix and if I'm not a good example of that I really don't know what is."

Maj Twumasi-Ankrah moved from Ghana to the UK in 1982 with his parents, and went on to study at Queen Mary University of London and the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst.

He acted as escort commander at Prince William and Kate's wedding in 2011, and commanded the Blues and Royals at the Queen's birthday parade.

Maj Twumasi-Ankrah will take over from Wing Commander Sam Fletcher later this year, and the newspaper also reports that the Queen personally picked her new aide from a group of candidates.

Prince Philip, who turned 96 in June, announced his retirement from royal duties back in May.

Buckingham Palace released the statement: "His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh has decided that he will no longer carry out public engagements from the autumn of this year. In taking this decision, The Duke has the full support of the Queen.

"Prince Philip will attend previously scheduled engagements between now and August, both individually and accompanying The Queen. Thereafter, The Duke will not be accepting new invitations for visits and engagements, although he may still choose to attend certain public events from time to time."

Buckingham Palace has been accused of racial discrimination in the past, when Elizabeth Burgess, a former personal secretary to Prince Charles, alleged she had been subject to discrimination by other members of staff. "There were always black jokes and names going round because it is the royal family and it is still very protected," she told a tribunal.

Hopefully Twumasi-Ankrah's hire is a sign that things are now changing, even if slowly.



Fantastic news the new Queens equerry is Major Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah from the Household Cavalry.


Meet Major Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah the first Ghanaian-born black equerry picked by Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth to Ride by her side


Ghanaian-born Major Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah, an Afghanistan war veteran and officer from the Household Cavalry, is thought to be preparing to take over the role from Wing Commander Sam Fletcher later this year.

The Queen is thought to have picked Twumasi-Ankrah personally from a group of candidates.
The Household Cavalry's official Twitter page posted today and said: 'Major T-A is a Regimental legend & couldn't be a better fit for the Equerry job.'
The role of equerry, which involves personally assisting the Queen in her public duties, has often been associated with scandal.

Twumasi-Ankrah's royal career so far has included acting as escort commander at the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall's wedding in 2011, as well as commanding the Blues and Royals at the Queen's birthday parade - but his new role will mean he could YLYspend more time at Her Majesty's side than even her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.
Since Prince Philip announced that he will be stepping down from public duties this autumn, the new equerry could be the most visible man by the monarch's side.
Twumasi-Ankrah, 38,
told the Sunday Times that as a young child he used to watch the trooping of the colour with fascination.
He said: 'I would have never imagined that one day I'd command the regiment which I'd fallen in love with.

'From what I've seen in the UK, our cultures really do mix and if I'm not a good example of that I really don't know what is.'

Equerry to George VI, Peter Townsend, caused drama in royal circles when he and Princess Margaret, the Queen's sister, became romantically involved. The Battle of Britain fighter ace, 16 years Margaret's senior and a father of two sons from a dissolved marriage, helped her write the emotional statement in which she announced that, 'mindful of the Church's teaching', she would not marry him.

The pair separated because the conservative times meant she could not wed a divorcee.
In another more recent scandal in the role of equerry, Major Simon Robinson resigned from his post in 2010 following the break up of his marriage.
He lost his coveted 'job for life' as Crown Equerry amid speculation at the time of an extra-marital affair, which he denied furiously



Move with This Painting That Every Boyfriend Can Copy

Sure, a picture paints a thousand words, but Prince Harry‘s recent art purchase can be summed up in just one: swoon.

PEOPLE has confirmed that the royal, 32, spent thousands on an original piece of artwork called Everybody Needs Somebody To Love for “for an important person” back in October 2016 — just days before his relationship with Suits star Meghan Markle went public.

While it’s not known if the romantic piece, by rising British artist Van Donna, was definitely a gift for Markle, 35, the prince also asked if the acrylic, stencil and spray piece could be split in half, so that it could be shared between two different people.

“Harry is one of the regulars in the area and regularly goes into the shops and galleries with his bodyguard, kind of in stealth mode,” a local art collector tells PEOPLE.

“He was in the gallery for a little while and liked a few things, then settled on the Van Donna. He said he was looking for something for ‘an important person.’ It was literally just before anyone heard about Meghan — literally just days before it was announced he was going out with her.”

Harry bought the artwork in the discreet VIP section of Walton Fine Arts gallery in Kensington, London, where previous customers include Adele, Ringo Starr and Brad Pitt.

While the gallery would not comment on Harry’s visit, a Van Donna piece sold for $5,000 at a Christie’s exhibition in 2016. The value of the artist’s work has since risen considerably. Her work has recently been included in five international exhibitions and hung in the Faberge museum in St Petersburg, Russia.

Like many modern artists, Van Donna prefers to remain anonymous and has created a pseudonym by combining the name of her two personal heroes: Van Gogh and Madonna.

The piece Harry bought is a diptych, where two sides of a canvas forms a single piece of artwork. In this case, the left hand canvas shows a boy and girl walking hand-in-hand, while the right canvas features the words “Everybody Needs Somebody To Love” spray-painted in blue.

“Harry asked is he could split the diptych up,” adds the art collector. “He said, ‘If it’s possible?’ I guess you could do that quite easily if you wanted to, but this is an artwork in itself. I mean, it is supposed to form a single artwork.

“At the time nobody knew about Meghan Markle, but if it was for her then it’s a very romantic gesture. It’s a bit like a charm bracelet — where you give half of it to someone you’re involved with and keep the other half yourself. We should all learn something from it, I think.”



Queen Letizia and King Felipe touch down in London

She left her home country basking in the summer sun, but received a traditional English welcome upon landing in the UK in the form of heavy rain.

Queen Letizia of Spain arrived in Britain for her first-ever state visit alongside husband King Felipe, only to quickly dart under an umbrella to keep dry.

It was a far cry from her departure from Madrid where she looked resplendent in a chic white Hugo Boss ensemble, displaying her sartorial prowess as she set off from Spain.

The royals were given an official farewell with honours at Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas airport as they set off for London, where they will be greeted on behalf of The Queen by The Viscount Brookeborough, Lord-in-Waiting, this evening.

The couple will be formally greeted by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh on Horse Guards Parade on Wednesday. It is expected to be 96-year-old Philip's last state visit before he retires from public duties after the summer.

The state visit is seen as an important step in securing relations with Spain as the UK leaves the EU. The last incoming state visit by a Spanish king - Felipe's father Juan Carlos - was 31 years ago.

Queen Letizia looked chic in a white Hugo Boss ensemble as she set off from Spain for her three-day UK state visit with her husband King Felipe, left, only to receive a 'traditional English welcome' when touching down at Stansted Airport during a heavy rain shower, right,

The royals quickly darted under umbrellas as they made their way to their car at the windswept airport before they meet the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh on Wednesday

King Felipe managed a smile as he endured the wet weather at Stansted while his wife could also be seen beaming despite the miserable skies

The stylish Queen offset her look with her favourite Magrit snakeskin shoes, Australian pearl and diamond earrings and a Faro Lidia clutch (left).  Despite the rain falling around her, she still looked as stylish as ever in the UK. The couple will be formally greeted by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh on Horse Guards Parade on Wednesday

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia's trip was postponed twice - firstly because of a political crisis in Spain in March 2016 and then again when the rescheduled date clashed with June's snap general election.

The action-packed tour will see the King and Queen enjoy a private lunch at Buckingham Palace, afternoon tea at Clarence House and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday night with a host of faces from the royal family. The King will attend a UK-Spain Business Forum at Mansion House, accompanied by The Duke of York, the couple will visit Westminster Abbey accompanied by Prince Harry and they'll also meet Theresa May at No. 10 Downing Street.

Felipe and Letizia, who are staying at Buckingham Palace, will be feted with a grand state banquet in the ballroom on Wednesday evening - with Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge expected to be attending. It will be the first time full-time royal Harry, who is 32, has taken part in a state visit.

Felipe is expected to raise the thorny issue of Gibraltar during his stay. He will deliver an address at Westminster from the Royal Gallery to parliamentarians on Wednesday, and meet Mrs May for talks at Downing Street on Thursday.

Last September, he used his speech to the UN General Assembly in New York to call for a negotiated handover of what Gibraltarians affectionately call 'the Rock'.

'I invite the UK, on this first occasion at the UN after Brexit, to end the the colonial anachronism of Gibraltar with an agreed solution between both countries to restore the territorial integrity of Spain,' he declared.

The future of Gibraltar, a rocky British enclave on Spain's southern tip, is set to be a major point of contention in the British EU exit talks with the EU offering Spain a right of veto over the relationship between Gibraltar and the EU.




Queen Letizia just arrived to the UK and has already shown off a few stunning outfits, but this one definitely takes the cake. The Spanish royal took a cue from a look she wore earlier in the day while visiting the Palace of Westminster in a very similar shade of red.

Letizia wore an off-the-shoulder crystal-beaded red gown that will probably go down in history as one of her most fashionable moments ever. Letizia even stood out next to Queen Elizabeth II when the two posed for photos together. The British royal wore a long, quaint white satin gown with a matching aquamarine tiara and necklace. Letizia paired her drop-dead-gorgeous gown with a diamond bracelet, earrings, and tiara. Her husband, King Felipe IV, was close by looking very dapper in a black tuxedo.





Queen Meets Queen! Spain's Royals Get a Majestic Welcome to Kick Off Their State Visit

Queen Elizabeth, meet Queen Letizia.

Britain’s royals welcomed their Spanish counterparts in London on Wednesday at the grand kickoff to the first-ever state visit by Spain’s King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia.

The morning began with Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall greeting King Felipe, 49, and Queen Letizia, 44, at their hotel. The two couples then traveled to Horse Guards Parade, the famed central London parade ground where the official ceremonial welcome was scheduled.

Next, Queen Elizabeth, 91, and Prince Philip, 96, made the formal welcome, including a royal salute from the Guard of Honor and the playing of the Spanish National Anthem.

King Felipe, accompanied by Prince Philip, inspected the Guard of Honor (in this case, the 1st Battalion Irish Guards). Afterward, Felipe and Letizia joined the Queen and Philip for a state carriage procession along The Mall to Buckingham Palace.

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It will be a busy day: The Queen will also host a private lunch at Buckingham Palace, followed by a tour of the palace’s famed Picture Gallery to highlight Royal Collection items relating to Spain.
Prince Charles and Camilla will also host the royal couple at their home, Clarence House, for tea in the afternoon, and later King Felipe will deliver an address to Parliamentarians.

But the main event will take place Wednesday evening: a state banquet at Buckingham Palace, where both monarchs will deliver speeches (and the tiaras should be in full force!). Prince Harry is poised to attend the banquet as well in his first official role at a state banquet.



King Felipe VI looked every inch of his 6ft 4' frame as he met the queen today
    The Spanish king had to bend and stoop to greet Her Majesty, who's just 5ft 3'
    Even 6ft Prince Philip looked shorter in the company of the lofty Spaniard
    The king and his wife Letizia enjoyed a royal welcome at Horse Guards Parade

King Felipe VI of Spain looked in danger of putting his back out today as he greeted the Queen during the official welcome for the Spanish royals.

The king, who's a lofty 6ft 4', frequently had to stoop and bow as he greeted the Queen, who's just 5ft 3' tall, on the first day of a three-day state visit.

During the regal welcome at Horse Guards Parade in Central London, 49-year-old Felipe, who was accompanied by his wife Queen Letizia, 44, even managed to make Prince Philip, who's an impressive 6ft, look considerably shorter.

King Felipe IV of Spain TOWERS over the Queen

One is rather statuesque! The Queen raises her hand as 6ft 4' King Felipe VI of Spain stoops to greet her at Horse Guards Parade this afternoon

Leaning in: Felipe lowers considerably as he greets the Queen - who is just 5ft 3' - with a kiss

More than a foot separates the Queen and King Felipe in height, which observers on social media didn't miss

The Spanish royal couple, who landed on British soil yesterday evening, enjoyed a spectacular gun salute this morning as they were formally greeted by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh on Horse Guards Parade.

While the Spanish couple looked comfortable and relaxed in the company of their hosts, the height difference was hard to miss, with King Felipe having to bend low to greet and chat with her majesty.

Observers enjoying the pomp and ceremony of the spectacle quickly took to social media to comment on just how statuesque King Felipe looked.

@MzCaledonia commented: 'Jeez, I thought Prince Philip was quite tall, but he’s a midget compared to King Felipe.'

Meanwhile, Queen Letizia, who's just two inches taller than the British monarch at 5ft 5' enhanced her natural stature with a pair of nude heels.



Mind your back, Felipe: The smart-suited Spanish king bent over to kiss the Queen's gloved hand as the military looked on
High tower! The Queen, wearing an elegant purple ensemble, looked delighted to be welcoming the Spanish royals to the UK


Their Majesties The King and Queen of Spain will arrive privately in the United Kingdom on Tuesday 11th July, at Luton airport.

They will be greeted on behalf of The Queen by The Viscount Brookeborough, Lord-in-Waiting.


The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will greet The King and Queen on behalf of The Queen, at their Hotel on Wednesday morning. Their Royal Highnesses will then travel with Their Majesties to Horse Guards Parade, where The King and Queen will receive a Ceremonial Welcome.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will formally welcome The King and Queen on Horse Guards Parade. Presentations will be made, the Guard of Honour will give a Royal Salute and the Spanish National Anthem will be played. The King, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, will inspect the Guard of Honour, which will be the 1st Battalion Irish Guards. Afterwards, The King and Queen will join The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh for a state carriage procession along The Mall to Buckingham Palace.

Following a private lunch at Buckingham Palace, given by The Queen, Her Majesty will invite The King and Queen of Spain to view an exhibition in the Picture Gallery of items from the Royal Collection relating to Spain.

In the afternoon The King and The Queen will meet The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall for tea at Clarence House.

Afterwards, The King and Queen will visit the Palace of Westminster, where they will be welcomed by the Speaker of the House of Commons and the Lord Speaker. The King will deliver an Address in the Royal Gallery to Parliamentarians and other guests, followed by a reception with Members and invited guests.

In the evening The Queen will give a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace for The King and Queen. The Queen and The King will both make speeches at the start of the banquet.


The King will attend a UK-Spain Business Forum at Mansion House, accompanied by The Duke of York. The event will build on the two countries’ cooperation in bilateral trade and two-way investment. Speeches will be made by The King and the Secretary of State for International Trade.

The King and Queen of Spain will visit Westminster Abbey, accompanied by HRH Prince Henry of Wales. The King will lay a wreath at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior while prayers are said by the Dean, and then be taken on a short tour of the Abbey, including the Tomb of Eleanor of Castile.

Their Majesties will go on to the Spanish Ambassador's Residence for a reception with members of the Spanish Community.

Later, The King will visit No. 10 Downing Street to meet Prime Minister Theresa May.

In the evening, The King and Queen, joined by The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, will attend a Banquet at Guildhall given by the Lord Mayor and City of London Corporation. The Lord Mayor and The King will both make speeches at the end of the banquet.


The King and Queen of Spain will formally bid farewell to The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace in the morning.

Thereafter, Their Majesties, accompanied by The Duke of York, will visit the Francis Crick Institute. They will be met by Chief Executive, Sir Paul Nurse, and tour the institute, meeting members of the Spanish scientific community working in the UK.

The King and Queen will go on to the Weston Library where they will be greeted by The Lord Patten of Barnes, Chancellor of Oxford University. Their Majesties will view an exhibition of Spanish treasures from the Oxford University archive before proceeding to The Divinity School for lunch at which The King will give a speech.

After lunch The King and Queen will arrive at Exeter College, home of the King Alfonso XIII Professorship of Spanish Studies and the Queen Sofía Fellowship in Spanish, where they will attend a reception for Spanish nationals working and studying at the University and members of the University who are studying, researching and teaching on Spain.

At the conclusion of the State Visit, the Lord Chamberlain will bid farewell to The King and Queen on behalf of The Queen. Their Majesties will depart privately from London from RAF Brize Norton.



Spain's royals on state visit to Britain to cement ties before Brexit


NDON (Reuters) - Spain's King Felipe and Queen Letizia begin a pomp-laden state visit to Britain on Wednesday to cement ties that have been strained by questions over the post-Brexit future of Gibraltar, a British territory on the southern tip of Spain.
The Spanish royals will stay at Buckingham Palace during a visit that was twice postponed - once because of a political crisis in Spain in 2016 and then after it clashed with an early election Prime Minister Theresa May called in June.
Agreed before Britain voted to leave the European Union in June last year, the three-day Spanish state visit, the first in 31 years, now takes place just months after a long-running row over Gibraltar, the "Rock" captured by Britain in 1704 which Spain wants back, flared up again.
The EU and Britain have also yet to agree on guarantees for EU citizens living in Britain and British expats living in other EU countries. More than 300,000 Britons live in Spain.
The Spanish royals will have a private lunch at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday with Queen Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Philip, afternoon tea at the Prince of Wales' London residence Clarence House and a state banquet.
Felipe, who used a speech to the United Nations to invite Britain "to end the colonial anachronism of Gibraltar", will also address both houses of parliament on Wednesday and meet May at her Downing Street office on Thursday.
The future of Gibraltar, with a population of 30,000, is set to be a major point of contention in the Brexit talks. The EU annoyed Britain and Gibraltar in April by suggesting Spain have a right of veto over the territory's post-Brexit relationship with the bloc.




The Duchess of Cambridge opted for a dust-pink Marchesa gown
for the state banquet, 12.07.17

This dusty-pink hue is one the Duchess of Cambridge has worn before, most recently at her sister Pippa's wedding, where she wore an Alexander McQueen dress in a similar shade. But colour aside, the Duchess branched out in terms of cut and shape, opting for a noticeably more low-cut design than those she usually adopts.



Who Is Queen Letizia of Spain?

Lauren Sharkey 10 hours ago


Queen Letizia of Spain rose to royalty from the middle class. (Photo: Getty)
As King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain hit the U.K. for a three-day state visit, many people want a little more information about this glamorous Spanish royal.
Wonder no more, for we have come up with the ultimate explainer of the first commoner to become Spanish royalty.

Who is Queen Letizia?

Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano was born on Sept. 15, 1972, which makes her 44 years old. She was born to a middle-class family; her father was a journalist and her mother was a nurse. Her grandfather was a taxi driver.
Queen Letizia has two younger sisters, Temla and Erike. Sadly, Erike died in 2007 due to an intentional prescription drug overdose.

Letizia and Felipe meet the queen.
2016. (Photo: PA)

What did she do before marrying royalty?

Letizia followed in her father’s career footsteps, choosing to study journalism at a university in Spain. After obtaining her degree, she went on to get a master’s degree in audiovisual journalism.
From that point on, she worked for some of Spain’s most well-known newspapers and channels, from ABC and EFE to CNN+ and the Spanish version of Bloomberg. She also did a brief stint in Mexico, working for the newspaper Siglo 21.
In 2002, Letizia becamea news anchor, covering major stories including the Iraq War and 9/11. After working on news channel 24 Horas, she was eventually promoted to anchor of the most-watched news program in Spain: TVE’s daily evening news.
The couple secretly dated for a year before announcing their engagement. (Photo: Getty)
She met Prince Felipe, now the 49-year-old King, at a dinner party in 2002. The couple announced their engagement in the gardens of the Prince's residence in November, 2003. It was a surprise to the country — they hadn't even known the Prince had a girlfriend.


Has she been married before?

Yes. Letizia married writer and secondary schoolteacher Alonso Guerrero Perez in 1998 after 10 years of dating. They divorced just a year later.
How did she meet King Felipe?
The story surrounding Felipe and Letizia’s relationship is a little fuzzy. The only confirmed detail we could dig up is that the couple met in 2002 at a colleague’s dinner party.
When the two finally announced their engagement in November 2003, the country was in shock, because no one had any idea that Felipe — who was the Prince of Asturias at the time — even had a girlfriend.
There was also some controversy over Letizia being a divorcée. Luckily, her first marriage was a civil ceremony, so she did not require an annulment from the Catholic Church to marry Felipe.
According to reports, Letizia’s engagement ring was a 16-baguette diamond ring with white gold trim.
Felipe and Letizia married in a grand cathedral in Madrid in 2004. (Photo: Getty)

What was the couple’s wedding like?

Felipe and Letizia tied the knot on May 22, 2004. Their grand wedding was held in Madrid’s Cathedral Santa María la Real de la Almudena; the first time a royal wedding had ever been held in the cathedral.
Letizia wore a long-sleeved gown by Spanish designer Manuel Pertegaz, along with a sparkling tiara that resembled the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding-day look.

The ceremony was broadcast to the nation and watched by millions. Celebrations went on for several days, with more than 1,600 guests attending the actual ceremony and 350 special guests invited to a gala dinner the night before at the Prado Palace.

When did Letizia become queen?

When Felipe’s father, Juan Carlos, abdicated the throne in June 2014, Letizia and Felipe rose to power, making her the first Spanish queen born a commoner.
Since then, she has traveled with her husband and alone across Spain and Europe, and to countries including Mexico, Jordan, the United States, Japan, China, and Brazil.
The couple has two daughters, Princess Leonor and Princess Sofia. (Photo: Getty)

Does she have children?

The royal couple’s first daughter, Leonor, was born on Oct. 31, 2005. Their second daughter, Sofia, arrived on April 29, 2007.
The 10-year-old and the 11-year-old are regularly seen with their parents on trips abroad.

What causes does she support?

Just as the Duchess of Cambridge supports children’s charities and mental health organizations, Queen Letizia focuses on a number of social issues, including children’s rights, culture, and education.

In 2015, she was also named Special Ambassador for Nutrition for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.
Queen Letizia is renowned for her modern sense of style. (Photo: Getty)

What’s her wardrobe like?

Queen Letizia’s style is both modern and classic, mixing bold vibrant colors with on-trend details, including pussybow blouses and tweed.
She relies on a number of American brands that are known for their stylish work wear, including Carolina Herrera, Altuzarra, and Hugo Boss.
The royal is also a fan of High Street stores, having been regularly spotted making thrifty purchases from the likes of Mango and Zara.
Unlike most other royals, Queen Letizia has shoes made specially for her by Spanish label Magrit. No designer stilettos for this queen.




Poems by Babs Bell Hajdusiewicz

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Unclean and unbuckled.
Unfastened, untied.
Unfit to be seen.
I'm undignified.
Unfolded, unbuttoned.
Unbecoming, no less.
Unfortunately, I'm
Unaware I'm a mess.



Meghan Markle May Not Marry Prince Harry After All — and Girls Everywhere Are Breathing a Sigh of Relief (EXCLUSIVE)

The world may not get another royal wedding this year after all!

Sources tell Life & Style that Meghan Markle, who has been secretly engaged to Prince Harry for over six months, is questioning whether she really wants to marry into the famous family.

But Harry, 32, believes it will all work out in the end. "[He's] playing it smart," an insider said. "He's being supportive while telling Meghan about the platform they would have to help millions of people around the world."

Even if they do tie the knot, the Suits actress doesn't want to be compared to her new sister-in-law. "Meghan has told Harry that she doesn't want to be like Kate [Middleton]," says a different source. "She wants to keep hold of her identity."



Yorkshire pudding

    Yorkshire pudding is a dish that originated in Yorkshire but attained wider popularity. It is made from batter and most often served with roast beef, chicken, or any meal in which there is gravy served with it, or on its own. Gravy is considered an essential accompaniment by many, and when the pudding is eaten as a starter (see below), onion gravy is usually favoured above other alternatives. It is often claimed that the purpose of the dish was to provide a cheap way to fill the diners - the Yorkshire pudding being much cheaper than the other constituents of the meal - thus stretching a lesser amount of the more expensive ingredients as the Yorkshire pudding was traditionally served first.

    Yorkshire pudding is cooked by pouring batter into a preheated greased baking tin containing very hot oil and baking at very high heat until it has risen.

    Traditionally, it is cooked in a large tin underneath a roasting joint of meat in order to catch the dripping fat and then cut appropriately. Yorkshire pudding may also be made in the same pan as the meat, after the meat has been cooked and moved to a serving platter, which also takes advantage of the meat's fat that is left behind. It is not uncommon to cook them in muffin tins, using 2+ tbs batter per muffin, with 1-2 tsp oil in each tin before preheating pan to very hot. Wrapped tightly, Yorkshire Puddings freeze and reconstitute very well.

    Today individual round puddings (baked in bun trays or baking tins like Popovers, or in small skillets) are increasingly prevalent, and can be bought frozen.

    The Yorkshire pudding is a staple of the British Sunday dinner and in some cases is eaten as a separate course prior to the main meat dish. This was the traditional method of eating the pudding and is still common in parts of Yorkshire today, having arisen in poorer times to provide a filling portion before the more expensive meat course. "Them 'at eats t'most pudding gets t'most meat" is the common saying. Because the rich gravy from the roast meat drippings was used up with the first course, the main meat and vegetable course was often served with a parsley or white sauce.

    When baked with sausages (within the batter), it is known as toad in the hole. In pub cuisine, Yorkshire puddings may be offered with a multitude of fillings, with the pudding acting as a bowl. The pudding can also be eaten as a sweet dish, with jam, golden syrup, or sugar.



Yahoo - перевод, произношение, транскрипция

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брит.  |ˈjɑːhuː|


- лит. иеху (в романе Дж. Свифта "Путешествие Гулливера")
- (yahoo) амер.; пренебр. деревенщина, мужлан, невоспитанный человек
- (yahoo) орангутанг
- (yahoo) свинья, скотина, гадина (о человеке)
- мракобес, обскурант; зубр, динозавр (о крайнем реакционере)

Some yahoo cut me off in traffic. 

Какая-то скотина подрезала меня на дороге. 

...you mean we were accepted for the reality show? yahoo!... 

...вы хотите сказать, что мы были приняты в реалити-шоу? юююххуу!... 

Примеры, ожидающие перевода

A bunch of yahoos were making noise outside. 

Для того чтобы добавить вариант перевода, кликните по иконке , напротив примера.

Формы слова

ед. ч.(singular): yahoo
мн. ч.(plural): yahoos



The red rose is the symbol of England.
It comes from the history of the country.
This symbol goes back to the War of the Roses, which was the war within the country.
In the 15th century two Houses were struggling for the English throne — the Lancastrians and the Yorkists.
Red rose was the emblem of the Lancastrians and the white rose was that of the Yorkists.
Their rival ended when King Henry VII, the Lancastrian, married Princess Elizabeth, the daughter of the Yorkist.
Since that time the red rose has become the national emblem of England.

An oak is also depicted as the national symbol of the country.



Who was Princess Diana and what happened on the night of her death?

Princess Diana of Wales - Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Who was Diana, Princess of Wales?

Born Diana Frances Spencer on 1 July 1961, her father, Edward John Viscount Althorp, was the only son of the 7th Earl Spencer. Her mother, born Frances Ruth Burke Roche, was the youngest daughter of the 4th Baron Fermoy.

The Spencers had served the Royal Family for generations. Diana's great-grandfather, the 6th Earl Spencer, was Lord Chamberlain to both Edward VII and George V. All four of her great-aunts on the Spencer side became members of the Queen Mother's household and her father was equerry to both George VI and the Queen.

After her father inherited the title of Earl Spencer in 1975, she became known as Lady Diana Spencer.

Princess Diana's most iconic fashion moments
How did she meet Prince Charles?

Lady Diana met Prince Charles at Althorp in 1977; she was 16 and he was 29. The Prince was a member of a shooting party as a guest of Lady Diana's eldest sister, Lady Sarah. The Prince and Princess both recalled later that the meeting could be seen as the first landmark on the road to their marriage three and a half years later.

After Lady Diana spent a weekend at Balmoral as the guest of Prince Charles, a tabloid headline of 8 September 1980 proclaimed: "He's in Love Again". This sparked the press' obsession with Diana, which would follow her until her death.

The Prince and Princess of Wales on their honeymoon in Balmoral Credit: PA

Diana's wedding to Prince Charles
Prince Charles and Diana leaving the church after their wedding Credit: Fox Photos

Charles and Diana married on July 29, 1981 at London's St Paul's Cathedral, three weeks after her 20th birthday.

The bride wore an Emanuel designed gown with 25ft train. Diana's nerves were clear to all - she mixed up the Prince's names calling him Philip Charles Arthur George instead of Charles Philip.

But that did not stop the Archbishop of Canterbury commenting that the marriage was "the stuff of which fairytales are made".

The wedding took place in front of a congregation of 2,500 and the largest worldwide television audience ever recorded at the time, some 750 million people.

Diana, Prince William and Prince Harry in Austria in 1993 Credit:  Ian Jones

What were her Royal duties?

As Princess of Wales, Diana undertook royal duties with Prince Charles on behalf of the Queen and represented her at functions around the world.

Famous for her charity work, she was president of Barnado's and London's Great Ormond Street Hospital; plus, her patronages included the British Red Cross, Headway, the British Deaf Association and Help the Aged, among others.

The Princess is also well known for her work with AIDS victims, children with Leukaemia and for the removal of landmines. One of the most enduring images of her was taken on a visit to Angola in 1997 where she was photographed walking through a minefield cleared by The Halo Trust charity.
Diana pictured in Angola where she walked through a recently cleared minefield. Credit: AP
The birth of her children, William and Harry

After their wedding, the royal couple took up residence at Kensington Palace and Highgrove House, near Tetbury and on 5 November 1981 they announced Diana was pregnant with their first child.

Born on 21 June 1982 in the private Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, their first son and heir was named Prince William Arthur Philip Louis. William's children George and Charlotte, who were born in 2013 and 2015, were both born in the same wing.

Diana and Prince Charles with Prince William six months after his birth Credit: PA

On 15 September 1984 Diana gave birth to their second son, Henry Charles Albert David - affectionately known by the Royal family and the public as Harry.

Diana was applauded as a refreshingly hands-on mother to the Royal children. She chose their nanny, schools and clothing, even taking them to school herself whenever she could.

When did the marriage breakdown?

In December 1992, Prime Minister John Major announced the couple's "amicable separation" to the House of Commons, with Diana announcing her withdrawal from public life on 3 December 1993.

This didn't come as a surprise because by the late 1980s, Charles and Diana's separate lives had become public knowledge.

The Princess famously signalled that her marriage was over in 1992 when she posed for pictures alone outside India's Taj Mahal - regarded as the world's most romantic building - while on a royal visit with her husband.
Diana, Princess of Wales in front of the Taj Mahal in India in 1992.

When she was asked by the media what she had thought of the Taj Mahal, the Princess said: "It was a healing experience, very healing." Asked what she meant by that, she replied: "Work it out for yourself."

Two years after the separation, in November 1995, Diana took part in a famously open interview for the BBC current affairs show Panorama.

When asked about Prince Charles' affair with Camilla Parker Bowles - whom he met in 1971 and dated until 1973 - Diana famously quipped: "Well, there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded."

She also cast doubt on the Prince's ability to rule, saying: "Because I know the character I would think that the top job, as I call it, would bring enormous limitations to him, and I don't know whether he could adapt to that."

Diana also confirmed her affair with James Hewitt, saying: "Yes, I adored him. Yes, I was in love with him. But I was very let down [by him]."

Diana gives her shock interview on Panorama in 1995.

The Queen swiftly advised Prince Charles and Diana to divorce, sending both a letter just one month later, on 20 December.

In February 1996, Diana irritated the Queen by issuing her own announcement on the divorce, stating: "The Princess of Wales has agreed to Prince Charles's request for a divorce. The Princess will continue to be involved in all decisions relating to the children and will remain at Kensington Palace with offices in St James's Palace. The Princess of Wales will retain the title and be known as Diana, Princess of Wales."

The Palace quickly contradicted this statement, saying: "We can confirm that the Prince and Princess of Wales had a private meeting this afternoon at St James's Palace. At this meeting details of the divorce settlement and the Princess's future role were not discussed. All the details on these matters, including titles, remain to be discussed and settled. This will take time."

The couple officially divorced on 28 August 1996; while Diana did keep the title of Diana, Princess of Wales, she lost the Her Royal Highness title.
How did Princess Diana die?

Princess Diana died following a horrific car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997.

The 36-year-old princess was being driven at high speed in a Mercedes S-280 after she left the Ritz Hotel when the vehicle crashed into a pillar in a tunnel under the Alma bridge at around half-past midnight.

Diana, her then boyfriend Dodi Fayed, 41, son of Egyptian billionaire Mohamed Al-Fayed, the former owner of Harrods department store, and driver Henri Paul, all died in the late-night crash. Her bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones survived.

Mr Paul and Mr Fayed died on the spot, while the princess died from her injuries in a nearby hospital a few hours later.

Investigations carried out by both French and British authorities concluded that Mr Paul was responsible for the crash. He was drunk and on anti-depressants when he lost control of the Mercedes as it sped through the tunnel that lies next to the River Seine, while trying to shake off paparazzi photographers.

The mangled wreck of the Mercedes is removed from the scene of the Paris crash in 1997. Credit:  Abaca / FlynetPictures.co.uk
What happened at the inquest?

After six months of extraordinary claims and counter-claims from more than 250 witnesses, in April 2008 an inquest jury at the Royal Courts of Justice in London returned verdicts of unlawful killing for both the Princess and her boyfriend Dodi - the equivalent of manslaughter in a criminal court.

They said that the paparazzi who pursued the Princess's car and its driver Mr Paul were both to blame for the crash because of their "gross negligence".

The jury also concluded that the couple might have lived if they had worn seatbelts.

Diana and Dodi's final embrace was caught on camera at Paris's Ritz Hotel as they waited for their car. Credit: PA
Conspiracy theories were rife

Conspiracy theories around Diana's death continued to circulate for years after her death. Here are some of the most persistent.

Diana's death was ordered by her family

Some of the most popular theories stem from the suggestion that Diana was pregnant with Dodi's child and the couple were about to get engaged. The story goes that the Royal Family could not bear the inevitable scandal - let alone the idea of Diana marrying a non-Christian. Therefore, one of the inevitable conclusions that has been drawn is that Diana's death was ordered by her own family.

MI6 was involved in her death

Richard Tomlinson was a former MI6 agent who was dismissed from the intelligence services and later served time in prison for breaching the Official Secrets Act 1989. Tomlinson alleged that agents had been monitoring Diana and that her death mirrored plans he saw in 1992 for the assassination of the President of Serbia. An inquiry was launched which eventually concluded that Tomlinson's claims were an embellishment.

Throughout the inquest, Mr Fayed, maintained that Diana and Dodi were "murdered" by MI6 on the orders of the Duke of Edinburgh.
Mohammed Al Fayed is pictured at the start of the inquest into Diana and Dodi's death in 2007. Credit:  Geoff Pugh

Mysterious white Fiat Uno

Analysis of the wreckage of the Mercedes showed that it had come into contact with a white Fiat Uno, leaving traces of paint on the Mercedes bodywork. Mr Fayed alleged that the vehicle was used by the "security services" to block the road in front of the Mercedes, causing it to swerve and crash into the side of the tunnel. The vehicle was never found.

Lack of CCTV images

Mr Fayed stated in 2003 that there were about ten video cameras on the route taken by the Mercedes, including one on the entrance to the tunnel itself, but there are no recordings from any of these for the night in question. The Independent also stated in 2006 that there were more than 14 CCTV cameras in the Pont de l'Alma underpass, but none recorded footage of the fatal collision.

Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed in St Tropez on August 22, 1997 - just a few days before they were killed in the Paris car crash. Credit:  AP

Seatbelts were sabotaged

Both Diana and Dodi were not restrained by their seatbelts at the time of the crash prompting some to suggest that they may have been sabotaged. French investigators declared all the seatbelts operational in 1998. Analysis of the wreckage of the car after its repatriation to England in 2005 found that all the seatbelts were in good working order bar Diana's, although it is thought that the damage took place after the accident.

Henri Paul's involvement

The fact that he actually died in the accident would seem to provide fairly conclusive evidence that he was not behind the crash, but according to conspiracy theorists Mr Paul was in the pay of a national security service. The main piece of evidence for this is supposedly the fact that he had a lot of cash on his person at the time of the car accident.

The scene at Kensington Palace in the days after Diana's death. Credit: Jeff Gilbert
How did the Royal family react to her death?

The Queen was accused by some of a failure to capture the mood of the nation in the days following the death.

Public anger began as a result of the decision to issue an apparent "business-as-usual" message by taking Princes William and Harry to church at Balmoral, a few hours after Prince Charles had broken the news to them of their mother's death.

There were also accusations that the Queen remained in Scotland for too long, and did not return quickly enough to London, which had become the focal point for public grief over the Princess' death.
How did the nation react?

The national outpouring of grief following Diana's death was unprecedented.

Diana was the first genuine royal celebrity according to Andrew Marr, and her death shook the British in a way no other royal event in modern times has done.

On the day of her death, Tony Blair, still fresh in his job as Prime Minister, addressed the nation from outside St Mary Magdalene Church in Trimdon in his Sedgefield constituency.
The Prince of Wales and Princes William and Harry inspect thousands of bouquets of floral tributes to their mother Diana, Princess of Wales, outside Kensington Palace on September 5, 1997. Credit: AFP

"She was the people’s princess and that’s how she will stay, how she will remain in our hearts and in our memories forever," Mr Blair declared.

The speech, scribbled by Mr Blair on the back of an envelope, following discussions with Alastair Campbell, his director of communications, was watched by millions and featured in the film The Queen.

In the days, weeks and months that followed, hundreds of thousands of mourners flocked to London to sign the book of condolence and to lay flowers outside Kensington Palace which became a place of pilgrimage.
Where was Diana's funeral?

The Princess's funeral was held at Westminster Abbey on 6 September 1997. Attended by 2,000 people, 32.10 million people watched the service in the UK and an estimated 2.5 billion people watched it worldwide.

William and Harry walked behind her coffin in the funeral procession, as well as the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Edinburgh, her brother Lord Spencer and representatives of some of her charities.

In an interview earlier this year, Harry discussed his memories of the funeral: "My mother had just died, and I had to walk a long way behind her coffin, surrounded by thousands of people watching me while millions more did on television. I don’t think any child should be asked to do that, under any circumstances. I don’t think it would happen today."
The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince William, Earl Spencer, Prince Harry and Prince Charles in the funeral procession Credit:  JEFF J. MITCHELL

Elton John performed a re-written version of the song Candle in the Wind at the service as a tribute to the Princess.

Her brother Lord Spencer spoke at at the funeral, calling Diana "a very British girl who transcended nationality. Someone with a natural nobility who was classless and who proved in the last year that she needed no royal title to continue to generate her particular brand of magic."

Earlier this year, Prince Harry exclusively told the Daily Telegraph that he sought counselling after enduring two years of "total chaos" while still struggling in his late twenties to come to terms with the death of his mother.

He told Bryony Gordon that he had "shut down all his emotions" for almost two decades.
Where is Princess Diana buried?

Princess Diana is buried on an island in the Althorp Estate, the Spencer family home in Northamptonshire. A private burial took place at the estate following the funeral.

The estate is the main visitor attraction for those wanting to find out more Diana, although there are many other memorials to her, including The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain in London's Hyde Park.

The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk is a seven mile loop taking visitors through four of London’s parks: St James's Park; Green Park; Hyde Park; and Kensington Gardens.

The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground is located next to the Princess’ Kensington Palace home, and is tribute to her love of the innocence of childhood.