Wednesday Watching Post: What Are We Reading and Watching and Thinking and Listening To the Day Before Lara Dutta’s Birthday?

Happy Wednesday! This week is just flying by for me, mostly because the past two days have been very busy work days. Always makes time move faster for me.

I’ll start!

Reading: I got the first book in the Saint Mary’s historians series! Thank you to whoever mentioned it, I am enjoying it quit a bit. And it’s fun to read something new! I mostly stick to rereading old favorites.

Watching: So much! My parents and I continue to trade off nights. My Dad picked Kiki’s Delivery Service, so I have finally watched it decades after everyone else. Anyway, it’s great! Just like everyone says! And tonight I had us try the new Queer Eye. I hadn’t watched it before either, and by golly it is just as touching and inspiring as everyone says. Also, one of the leads grew up in the town my grandfather was from! So that’s cool. Oh, and also Mentalhood and Little Things which, seriously, more of you need to see!

Thinking: Okay, does anyone have a brilliant system for not fogging up your glasses while wearing a face mask? I am fine for about half a block of dog walking, and then I get foggy and the only solution is to take the glasses all the way off, and then I can’t see in a new way. Truly, life is hard. Am I crazy or is there some kind of defogger material spray or something?

Listening: Thanks to yesterday’s numbers songs post, this is now stuck in my head. Although, who doesn’t want more Anil Kapoor?

Now, question for you! Ready for a silly question? It is “Titanic Remembrance Day”. Who among you, if any, actually LIKE the movie Titanic?

I have seen 1/3rd of Titanic (so, about twenty hours) by accident. I was flipping through channels late at night in college and I found this absolutely hilarious spoof of Titanic. It was a little over the top and too spoofy, but still awfully funny. And then I kept watching it and it slowly dawned on me that, no, this is the actual film. And then I turned it off and went to bed.

Oh, and one more thing. My co-worker’s daughter made a youtube video and is (of course) closely tracking views and likes. If you want to learn how to “make jewelry easy”, and also make an 8 year old happy, watch it!

71 thoughts on “Wednesday Watching Post: What Are We Reading and Watching and Thinking and Listening To the Day Before Lara Dutta’s Birthday?

  1. Writing and making notes and reading entrance exam books and listening to Indian music and watching traditional dances. Not much else, since the weather is so unpredictable now (it snowed yesterday!!) that it is much more fun to stay at home.

    Watch this! It is so good!

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    • It’s snowing here right now! Pretty heavily actually. And I have to stay inside, so it’s nice that the weather is making it easy for me.

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      • We call it in Finland “takatalvi” meaning a “winter that is gone has come now” or something like it, Finnish is not an easy language to translate to English. The snow has melted, but it has snowed more times in March than it did at any time in December.

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        • That sounds very Chicago! I’m used to both random warm spikes that get you excited in March, and snow in April and May, often in the same year.

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  2. I love most things about Titanic. but I can’t watch it anymore since I found out they used a lot of original film costumes from the 1910s from the studio archives which were destroyed through their use in the film. Now, watching it makes me sick and gives me enormous pain. You should watch Malaal, it’s Titanic but Indian. It also doesn’t feature wholesale destruction of cinematic history.

    Queer Eye is so great! Very uplifting.

    I watched Irudhi Suttru, which was fine. I was actually invested in the boxing plot which never happens, and I liked the open ending to the romance. But Maddy’s character while extremely hot was a bit too much of a jerk for me and the plot with the sister was never resolved, so eh.

    Now I’m watching Mumbai Police which is great so far but since I only ever watch these movies in parts, I can’t really follow the plot. I think Prithviraj still had his real hair here but it looks so fake, idk.

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  3. Right now reading the newspaper. I hate reading news online and lockdown gives me more time to read all the articles.

    Finally found Ami Tumi online. It is a Telugu comedy made by director of Sanmohanam. Vennela Kishore has a lenghty role and he nails it. I think in last 5 years or so it is the best full length comedy film in Telugu.

    You can insert a metal wire or attach roller up foil into the top face mask so that you can make the face mask tight around the nose and create vents on the side.

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  4. I saw HIT because it came out on prime and it was a fun and interesting thriller. I only saw it because it was produced by Nani but now I’m excited for the sequel that’s supposed to come out next year.

    I also rewatched Ee Nagaraniki Emaindi with my parents and that was a lot of fun. This is one of those movies that gets better on each watch.

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    • You’ve been watching much more intellectual things than me! My parents and I have just been doing Poirots and Midsommer and stuff.

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      • Lol, I’ve been watching movies with my parents and they’re into watching new movies than rewatching old stuff so it just worked out like that.

        My mom found out that World Famous Lover got added to netflix so she wants to watch that this weekend. I tried to tell her it’s bad but their bored and like Vijay Deverakonda so…

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        • It’s so bad! She’s gonna watch it and then be all mad and saying “that was such a stupid movie!” and you will be saying “I know! I told you!”

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  5. I’m on spring break this week because my kids’ school district decided to stick to the original schedule. The plan back around January was for my MIL to fly out from Spain and for us all to do a family road trip to Virginia, just because we haven’t seen much of it and the weather would likely be warmer than here. So anyway. My revised goal is to get a few house projects done and maybe train the kids up in some additional cleaning chores. We’re finally fixing up the backyard, after five years in this house, that part is good.

    Since I don’t have to get up to get the homeschool started and work, I’ve been watching movies. (Which is why I fell behind on Little Things.) We watched A Flying Jatt, as I commented over on the Family Movies post. We’re working our way through Duplicate in digestible chunks. We’ve shown the kids the original Parent Trap, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, and The Sound of Music. I watched Talaash with my husband. We’re also watching Babylon Berlin, set in 1929 Berlin, which is good but dark and super complicated. And then at night I watched Shandaar because it looked like it was nice and light and, you know, Shahid. And wow, yes, that is the fluffiest, most over the top Dharma-iest film I’ve seen. I didn’t really mind since that’s what I was looking for. Well, maybe Ashok the CGI frog was a touch too much. I actually thought Shahid and Alia were cute together, probably because their characters were appealing, and Pankaj Kapoor was great as the dad. I liked Sanah Kapoor too and wait, just saw she’s Shahid’s sister?

    I saw Titanic in the theater back in the day and remember liking it but not thinking it was the greatest thing ever. It was such a big deal, what with the ginormous budget and building a whole ship just to film it sinking. As I remember, the parts I liked were the glimpse of life on a ship like that, with the upper deck and steerage passengers, in an era not far removed from when some parts of my family would have made a journey like that (in steerage) – it helped me imagine it. I don’t think I’ve seen it since.

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    • My parents bought their house when my sister and I were 1 and 3. And then 17 years later when we were both at college, they finally had time to fix it up instead of just living in “good enough, too busy to paint” land. Anyway, you are so impressive! Actually fixing things and making them nice, while still having small children.

      My goodness you’ve been watching a lot! The Original Parent Trap is the Real Parent Trap so far as I am concerned. the Sound of Music was too dark for me! Did you edit it for the kids or did they watch it straight through?

      Shaandaar really bugs me! As I am sure you know if you skimmed my review. So much of it doesn’t hold up to examination. But the Alia-Shahid chemistry is delightful. If you ever feel up to a harrowing film experience, they acted opposite each other in Udta Punjab right at the same time and their chemistry in that is even more interesting. Also, yes! Sanah is Shahid’s half-sister! And Supriya Pathak’s daughter and Ratna Pathak’s niece. I like her in this and I wish she acted more.

      I did not see Titanic in theaters, but I remember that made me kind of weird, because everyone else seemed to be watching it and obsessed by it.

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      • Oh yes, I forgot I saw Shahid and Alia together in Udta Punjab. Veeeeeery different movie, but I liked both of their individual performances quite a lot, and you’re right, they played off each other well too. They both have natural acting styles, and best in characters with a rebellious touch, they complement each other well.

        The kids, to be honest, were kind of bored with Sound of Music. It’s very long and there are a lot of singing nuns. I forgot that it’s mostly about Maria and Captain von Trapp, the Nazis only come in for the second act and you need enough historical context to really understand the danger they’re in. If you’re not swept up by Maria’s journey from being a nun (my kids only vaguely understand nuns) to choosing the captain, and their love story, it’s kind of a wash. My youngest was actually keen for it to be over so we could finish watching Duplicate, which is…yeah, it was not a classic that worked for them :).

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        • Good for your kids! I don’t love Duplicate and I judge those who do, but I would still watch Duplicate any day over Sound of Music. Same length, but it moves so much faster without the Nazis and children and stuff. Before we leave Sound of Music behind us, just have to share this:

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          • Now that is a true classic. First thought: wow, those are some pants! And earrings! She should totally reprise this outfit. Second thought: hang on a sec, these two people are respectably married now.

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          • Yes! I think this was their first film together, and she really was a teenager in it.

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      • Oh, one other random Titanic note: growing up in Denver you learn the story of the Unsinkable Molly Brown, a prominent lady in Denver society who survived the sinking of the ship. Her house is now a museum that school kids are taken to visit. She’s played by Kathy Bates in the movie, but Cameron rewrote her defining moment, when she convinced the crew member manning her lifeboat to go back and look for survivors. In the movie she loses that argument and the boat doesn’t go back.

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        • Debbie Reynolds movie! Debbie Reynolds movie! I think when I was growing up, we had a picture book or something about Molly Brown and I loved it. So we tracked down the Debbie Reynolds movie, and it was long and boring and I did not like it. And yet, it has stuck in my mind.

          You grew up in the town the Unsinkable Molly Brown was from, I grew up in the town the Donner Party was from. Which is a similar “not the main point of the story and yet locally a very big deal” kind of thing.

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          • Oh the Donner Party was part of a grade school research project for me too, I think in like 4th grade? Which always astonishes me to think about now. I don’t know why it was on our list, aside from a general focus on stories of westward migration. They didn’t even pass through Colorado.

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          • They left from Hannibal officially, but all the dumb people came from Springfield. My Heritage!

            I thought it was a Springfield specific 4th grade project, but maybe all 4th graders in America have to learn about the dumb Donners?

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  6. I think it’s not a surprise I loved Titanic back then in 1997: Love, secret gazes, tragedy, nice costumes. My taste in movies hasn’t changed much.

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  7. I liked Titanic when I watched back then on big screen, but never understood the craze for it. In a Tier 3 city in South India, we had a garment shop outlet shaped and named Titanic, a biat shaped swing ride in local fair named Titanic, etc.

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  8. I watched a very nice, kind of a fairly tale movie – Surkhi Bindi (punjabi) As far as I know it’s only on Zee5 and without subs (Zee says it has subtitles but it’s not true) so I’m going to spoil it. It’s a story of a girl name Rano who dreams of marrying a Prince Charming from Canada since she was little. Unfortunately she doesn’t have chance to marry an NRI because her family is too poor. She tries to get working visa but ends being in trouble, losts her work in beauty parlour, and is forced by her father to marry a simple guy from village. She hates her life in her new family, but her husband turnes to be a very nice guy with lot of patience, and slowly he wins her over (he is so cute!). Finally she confeses him her dreams about having her own beauty parlour in Canada, thinking he will discourage her like everybody, but no, he stands by her and organizes everything (because he is not only cute but also smart). The family throws them from home, because they are stupid don’t understand how a man can let his wife work. The couple move to the city and open a little beauty parlour hoping to earn enough money for Rano to go to Canada. The hubby helps her in everything – borrows money, does chores, wash things, serves tea to clients and always encourages her, even if deep inside he is sad because he loves her and doesn’t want to separate from her.
    To earn the last 2 lakhs Rano participates in a bridal make-up artist contest, which she of course wins (there is a super cute scene when she must do a mehendi as a part of the competition and the husband volunteers, because she doesn’t have a model). In the end Rano refuses to go abroad because she has “her own Canada here with him”

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        • I remember the trailer for this! Probably because you posted it. I am so glad it turned out as cute as the trailer promised.

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          • Yes, I posted this trailer months ago. The movie was hard to find so I was very happy when I saw it on Zee. Obviously Zee messed subtitles and I had to download subs file from some other site, pause the movie every 2 minutes and read what the actors were saying, but it was worth it.

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  9. I also watched Love Aaj Kal Porshu odd bengali romance (btw it released on Valentine Day, exactly like Love Aaj Kal 2). As I said, it was odd, but I enjoyed it because it is so different from the movies I usually watch. It’s on Prime. And important: very handsome actor alert! (especially for those who like their crushes skinnier)

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    • Ooo, he is cute! And hilarious that they were trying to pick up on the success of Love Aaj Kal 2020 when it ended up being such a flop.

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        • It must have just popped up somewhere because my reviews getting traffic. But not anywhere I can find.

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  10. Woah, I am shocked! You don’t like Titanic!
    It was a big deal in India. One of the first Hollywood movies to be so widely released. The hype was such that my parents and I went to watch it in another town taking the train! And we didn’t used to go to movie theatres then, I think I had only been a couple of times! I don’t know about them, but I was completely blown away by everything! The ending destroyed me, Kate Winslet was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen, her outfits! Everyone at school had seen it, some of us learnt the theme song, we used to sing it together. I think I watched the Oscars for the first time to hear Celine Dion! It was a pan-Indian phenomenon, not surprising coz it’s a Bollywood movie set on a sinking ship! It was telecast on TV for next the couple of years around New Year’s and I always watched parts of it. I bought a Titanic themed jigsaw puzzle, I was so obsessed! Haven’t seen in years, though I can guarantee I’ll cry anytime I watch it!
    Are you the odd one out or was it not a big deal in the US?
    Oh and I’m watching the Turkish series Cesur ve Guzel (Brave and Beautiful). The plot is very ‘Baazigar’, vengeful hero seeks to destroy heroine’s father who caused his father’s death, hero also rides a horse. Difference – he didn’t know about the beautiful daughter and I don’t think anyone’s going to be thrown from a roof!

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    • It was a very big deal in America too! But I was 12, so not quite old enough to go to the movies alone, and my parents had no interest in seeing it, so I missed it. I do remember that everyone else was talking about it though.

      I think it was a slightly bigger deal in India just because movies in general are a bigger deal. But it was probably the biggest movie release in America of that decade, at least.

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  11. I love the Titanic soundtrack and I used to watch the film a lot when I was younger (I liked the costumes) but I don’t think I could do that at all now. Also the dialogues in Titanic are hilariously modern. There’s a scene where Leo says “Sorry, I just thought you’re more of an indoor girl” to Kate when she retorts that she’s done ice fishing before or something when he’s trying to explain it to her. No one talked like that in the early 1900s, there are a lot of parts in the film that have modern lingo.

    I just watched this. The stories are quite sad and depressing at the beginning (just a warning for people who don’t want to hear heavy things right now) but if you want to hear an interesting story of a girl who took a stand when the parents of the guy she was going to marry requested a dowry, skip to 45:00 (she gets a happy ending)

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    • Yes! Titanic was such a strange mixture of period costumes and sets done to perfection, and weird modern dialogue. That’s the part that made me feel like it was a spoof I think, the disconnect was so strong it became funny.

      I am ashamed to say I have never seen any episodes of Satyamev Jayate. This would be the time to catch up I suppose, only I don’t want to.

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      • Yes I hadn’t seen any episodes before either! This was recommended to me and I clicked on it actually because the girl on the thumbnail in the audience looks a lot like someone I know so I was like hmmm was she in the audience that day? But I got a closer look and saw it’s not her haha. But then I ended up watching the whole thing. Based on this episode I think it’s a really good show.

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  12. The current Mr. Malhotra and I are giving each other movie “homework” so that we can talk about them on our Saturday evening Skype session, so I’ve been watching a bunch of Japanese movies because that’s what we’re on now. So I’m quite behind on Little Things, but reading the titles of your posts and getting excited about what’s going to happen. I watched one classic Bengali, Ekti Raat, with Uttam and Suchitra. This is bonkers if you compare it with a Hindi film of the same era (1956). It’s about a couple, Uttam and Suchitra of course, both married to other people, who are forced to spend the night in the same hotel room. The kind of bonkers part is the strong implication that both are unhappy in their respective marriages and wish they could take advantage of the situation, and how the whole thing is played for laughs. And it ends “happily” with Uttam and Suchitra both going back to the marriages and everything explained. It’s really pretty dark. Enjoyable to see Suchitra play someone flighty and silly and selfish when she usually does wet-eyed selfless noble heroine. Also the “hijinks ensue when one or both people miss a train because they are buying something at a stall” trope goes all the way back to 1956.

    Wow, Titanic. It will not surprise anyone familiar with my movie taste that I hated it, and it was huge in Japan. I was in my first years of teaching here and I started an English club for students where they could discuss whatever they wanted, and for literally years after this what they wanted to discuss was Titanic. That’s it. Every Friday afternoon: Leo is so cuuuuuute. It was so saaaaaaad. About five years after that I had a student come in and tell me she wanted to talk about her favorite movie and I, gritting my teeth, said “Oh? What’s that?” And she said “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” and I wanted to hug her. So my answer is, not only did I dislike it, I practically have PTSD. Your description of watching it on TV is hilarious.

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      Well, that Uttam movie does not sound like my kind of thing at all! But I know what you mean about the “wait, this is comic? But it’s terrible!” weird tonal dissonance. You really should watch more Little Things! It’s super cute, and also lowkey and relationship based with no easy answers the way you like it. And the hero is an academic smart dude in glasses!

      I am as UNshocked to learn you did not like Titanic as I was unshocked to learn that Angie did love it. There is so little lowkey relationship dialogue in it! And no nice semi-nerdy glasses dude!

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  13. I love the Titanic movie! Especially the period costumes and the ship which is spot on! All the historical detail is what I come for, not the love story, but then again Cameron did the movie for that very same reason. It’s always a fascinating thing that is fully true, yet so much has become close to myth as the symbol of the beginning of the declining era of The Gilded Age (in America) and the Edwardian (in England) and all the people there. I’ve been to the Titanic Exhibition and it is just fascinating. Curiosity took me to research the official passenger list for any Finns and found some in Second and Third class, some also who survived the voyage and settled in America.

    There is a good book ‘Titanic Lives: Migrants and Millionaires, Conmen and Crew’ by Richard Davenport-Hines. It is detailed of all the lives and the ship, of course, it can be depressing given the circumstances, but at least it just doesn’t concentrate on the First Class and all the important people there.

    Also, there are some bad anima/cartoon adaptations of the Titanic and they are hilariously bad! Just put Titanic animated on YouTube and you’ll see them.

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    • Except for all the history they got wrong! Although that’s mostly in dialogue where it feels really wrong, you may have been lucky by watching a dubbed version.

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    • That is so wonderful! And about time, sheesh! She should have been blocked a long time ago just for the death threats to Hrithik.

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  14. Titanic: I’ve never seen the film the whole way through, but I think I have seen an entire documentary on the making of the film.

    Reading: Nothing. My house is full of books and I don’t seem to have the focus to sit down with any of them. but I will watch movies, in half hour chunks.

    Watching: I’ve expanded my Allu Arjun interest into interest in how different languages industries make the same movie. So I’ve been watching Heropanti (Hindi), Parugu (Telugu), and Shedin Dekha Hoyechilo (Bengali). I can’t find Sanju Aau Sanjana (Odia) with English Subtitles, but at this point I should probably just watch it anyway as I know most of the dialogue by heart.

    Thinking: The heroine in Parugu was very different from the heroines in Heropanti and Shedin Dekha Hoyechilo (who were more similar). In SDH the Hero almost hits the Heroine after she is almost raped because he is mad at her… Also the Heroine in SDH must have had a contract that didn’t allow any skin to be shown, the scene where strangers are talking about how she is showing it all she is totally covered and not showing anything – a small thing that oddly affected the movie more than I would have guessed. Prakash Raj’s character was much more sympathetic in Parugu than in Heropanti, but the message of Heropanti was cleaner. Heropanti’s greater cost did mean a better production, even if Tiger can’t match Allu Arjun in charm. Allu Arjun’s lack of chemistry with co-stars is a more recent thing because he used to have it. Perhaps he got married and can’t fake it as well as he used to.

    Listening: I love my kids but if I have to hear another Weird Al song I might run screaming for the hills, or really mountains if I look out the window. Actually I’ll run south to Death Valley because that is where we were going to go before it shut down, thus no one will be there to hear me scream, or to play Weird Al.

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    • I have a similar book problem! But I did make real progress on my jigsaw puzzle today.

      You are watching and thinking about so many interesting things! the closest I can come, and another Allu Arjun experiment, is if you want to compare Ready in Hindi with Ready in Telugu. The first half of the films are basically completely different, and then the second half is the same, it’s fascinating.

      You have Weird Al songs, I have my parents’ classical music stations. Exact same thing, obviously.

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      • Considering you have aversion for Comedy uncles, you liked Ready, second half of which runs completely with those uncles as pivot and has dialog based comedy.

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    • Oh man, now I feel guilty because I’m not as good as the Swedish princess! I’m just sitting home with my dog, and watching movies. I could be volunteering, I should be volunteering…. oh well. I guess I’m not a princess.

      And that Queen is AWESOME!!!

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        • Isn’t she the one married to the whiny little baby though? Or, “the Prince Consort who feels that he is not given the respect he is due”?

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          • If you mean Liz then yes, if you watch The Crown, but he is really seen as a buffoon in England. There are a lot of comedy sketches about Prince Charles since he is just ripe for them.
            Here’s a good one:

            And Liz is in the mix as well:

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          • Nope, not Liz! Margrethe’s husband who ran off to his estate in France, weirdly.

            With Liz, I’m a little bit “hmm” about the Crown because I feel like it changed history in a way that was intended to make him more likable but actually made people dislike him.

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          • Well according to Wikipedia he went there for his health and he died in 2018. I don’t follow much about the Danish Royal Family, so I have absolutely no idea about his attitudes to being consort.

            And yeah, The Crown is a bit odd. I just treat it as historical fiction with very real elements, not as clarified truth.

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