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Queen Elizabeth cancels Christmas party in tough times | Reuters

(Reuters Life!) - Queen Elizabeth has canceled a planned Christmas party at Buckingham Palace after deciding it would be inappropriate to celebrate as ordinary Britons feel the pinch from tough economic times.

The royal household thought the event, paid for by the Queen herself and usually staged every two years, would be unseemly as Britons cope with deep public spending cuts to bring down a record peacetime budget deficit.

"The queen is acutely aware of the difficult economic circumstances facing the country," a palace spokeswoman said on Thursday.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Oct 14th, 2010 at 11:55:44 AM EST
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Lady Thatcher pulls out of 85th birthday party at No 10 for health reasons | Politics | guardian.co.uk

Lady Thatcher has been forced to pull out of a Downing Street party to mark her 85th birthday after being taken ill with flu, Downing Street said today.

The former prime minister had been due to attend a gathering tonight of around 150 friends and former colleagues hosted by David Cameron to mark the birthday.

It will still go ahead at her insistence, No 10 said, with a fresh event to be put on when she has recovered.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Oct 14th, 2010 at 12:03:42 PM EST
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Get away, they were afraid she'd go bonkers and start biting people and give them all leprous rabies.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Oct 14th, 2010 at 05:55:28 PM EST
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You mean they havent already?

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Oct 14th, 2010 at 05:58:55 PM EST
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Every time I see a shaven head (like Foucault's), I can't help but think of the man who started this crazy craze, Telly Savalas, the American actor. What is missing in Foucault's pictures is the lillipop. He at least could have been more serious and not appear as a follower of passing fads.

Cab this man and his writings be taken seriously?

by shergald on Thu Oct 14th, 2010 at 11:22:22 PM EST
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Foucault shaved his head in imitation of Telly Savalas?

That's an original and interesting new find in Foucault studies, you should write an article on it.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Oct 15th, 2010 at 02:18:40 AM EST
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