Monthly Archives: November 2008

Solving the mystery of Herod’s sarcophagus

Professor Ehud Netzer with the remains of what could be King Herod's sarcophagus

Professor Ehud Netzer with the remains of what could be King Herod's sarcophaguProfessor Ehud Netzer with the remains of what could be King Herod's sarcophagus (Photo : Bernat Armangue, AP)

The Times – November 24, 2008 – By Norman Hammond, Archaeology Correspondent.

New evidence from the site of Herod the Great’s planned mausoleum appears to prove that it was the site of his grave in the late 1st century BC. The mausoleum, among the remains of which a sarcophagus, plausibly identified as Herod’s, was found, was a lavish two-storey structure with a concave-conical roof, about 25 metres (80 feet) high — a structure fully appropriate to Herod’s status and known extravagant tastes.

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Japanese Royals visit Lanka Cultural Expo

Daily News of Sri Lanka – November 29, 2008.

TOKYO – Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan paid a visit to the Sri Lanka Cultural Heritage Exhibition at the Tokyo National Museum on Thursday.

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Danish Royal Couple Visit in Thailand

Princess Mary attended Children’ s fashion show

Source : ScandAsia.

It was an exciting day for the children from Ban Kru Noi orphanage, when HRH the Danish Crown Princess Tuesday morning attended their Fashion Show. The event was organized by Danish Woman’s Network and almost all of the hundred tickets were sold. 
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Japan’s new style icon: Marie Antoinette


The Wall Street Journal Europe - 28 Nov 2008 - By Yukari Iwatani Kane And Lisa Thomas, Miho Inada contributed to this article.


HEN MAYUMI Yamamoto goes out for coffee or window shopping, she likes to look as though she’s going to a formal garden party. One day recently, she was decked out in a frilly, rose-patterned dress, matching pink heels with a ribbon and a huge pink bow atop her long hair, dyed brown and in pre-Raphaelite curls.

Ms. Yamamoto is a hime gyaru, or princess girl, a growing new tribe of Japanese women who aim to look like sugarcoated, 21st-century versions of old-style European royalty. They idolize Marie Antoinette and Paris Hilton, for her baby-doll looks and princess lifestyle. They speak in soft, chirpy voices and flock to specialized boutiques with names like Jesus Diamante, which looks like a bedroom in a European chateau. There, some hime girls spend more than $1,000 for an outfit including a satin dress, parasol and rhinestone-studded handbag.

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Prince El Hassan calls for redefining poverty in Monaco

Middle East – November 27, 2008 - By Majlis El Hassan – Amman

Only a new realization of the meaning and purpose of life will steer us from the edge of disaster.’

Prince El Hassan bin Talal on Tuesday called for redefining poverty in terms of human wellbeing rather than in terms of dollars and cents.

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Time for a royal intervention

The Independent – November 27, 2008.

The capture of Bangkok’s main international airport by the yellow-shirted members of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) threatens to turn Thailand’s recent political unrest into a full blown national crisis. The PAD has described the sit-in as a “final battle” in its quest to provoke a coup, remove the discredited Prime Minister, Somchai Wongsawat, and let the army take power. Yesterday, the head of the Thai army, General Anupong Paochina, called for both the PAD and the government to stand down and call an election. Unfortunately, instant recourse to the ballot box will offer no quick fix for this society, which is apparently torn by irreconcilable differences.

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New palace leaves Berlin divided again

An artist

An artist's impression of the imperial palace which will replace the Palace of the Republic (AFP/Getty Images)

The Independent – November 28, 2008 – By Tony Paterson in Berlin.

A decision that will set capitalism’s triumph over Communism in stone will be announced tonight when a jury of architects and politicians unveils a long-awaited design for the reconstruction of Berlin’s imperial palace.

The original 18th-century Baroque building served as the residence of the Hohenzollern family and the last Kaiser, Wilhelm II. But it was bombed during the Second World War and its ruined shell was razed in 1950 by Communist East Germany, which considered it a symbol of hated imperialism.

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Belgium Crown Prince meets Singapore leaders

Xinhua – November 27, 2008.

Visiting Belgium’s Crown Prince Philippe met with Singapore leaders on Thursday, discussing cooperation and investment between the two countries.

Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde, starting their three-day visit from Wednesday, called on Singapore’s President S. R. Nathan and Mrs Nathan on Thursday afternoon.

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Turkey eyes energy cooperation with Norway

Xinhua – November 26, 2008.

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan Tuesday voiced the country’s keenness to cooperate with Norway in the field of energy, saying there is great potential for energy cooperation between the two countries. 

Erdogan told a joint press conference with Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon Magnus that “Turkey wanted to cooperate with Norway in the field of energy and learned from Norway’s advanced technology.” 
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Tsars in their eyes: A new exhibition reveals the amazing decadence of Russia’s rulers

The Tsars were some of the most lavishly dressed royals in history (portrayed here by Greta Scacchi and Ian McKellen)

The Daily Mail – 22 November 2008 – By Barbara Davies

Organised by the ill-fated Tsar Nicholas II and his wife, Empress Alexandra, it was remembered as the last great ball in Russian imperial history, a fancy dress spectacular at the Winter Palace in St Petersburg. 

The 416 guests were requested to come in costumes from the time of 17th century Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich. And, on 11 February, 1903, the Imperial Hermitage was transformed into a breathtaking scene of wealth and splendour. 

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