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Lady Gaga and ‘princess die’

- June 29th, 2012
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Lady Gaga is shown in this handout photo during a May tour stop in Bangkok. (Photo: Yoshika Horita/LADY GAGA TOUR/AFP PHOTO)

A new Lady Gaga song entitled Princess Die is stirring some controversy.

Some say the song’s lyrics — which includes the line, “I wish that I wish could cope / But I took pills and left a note” and “I’ll be a princess die and die with you” — is about suicide.

Others point out one verse is clearly about the late Diana, Princess of Wales:

I wish that I would go, in my rich boyfriend’s limo,
Right after he proposed, with a 16-karat stone wrapped in rose gold,
With the paparazzi all swarming round,
In my Louis Vuitton white button down,
Oh, it’s not that deep,
So bob your head for another dead blonde,
Whose real prince is in heaven,
She just wants to sleep.

During a performance in Australia on June 27, Lady Gaga told the crowd it was the first time she’d ever performed the song, which “may or may not be” on her next album.

“This song is a little bit sad,” she said during a preamble.

“It’s about some of the most deep and personal thoughts I’ve ever had,” she said, before announcing the song title, and spelling out die.

There is no doubt in my mind this song is partially about Princess Diana. Does Gaga think they’re similar to each other? Both were/are hounded by the paparazzi (Gaga has sung about these pesky photogs before). Diana, of course, followed so closely many have blamed the paps for her 1997 death.

Watch the video then tell me what you think.

Kate to be ‘homeless’

- June 29th, 2012
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The Duchess of Cambridge looks amazing in fancy gowns, but she also seems at ease in jeans and a sweater. It's been reported she'll sleep on the streets for the night to bring awareness to the plight of homeless youths. (Photo: David Parker/REUTERS)

She may be known for her fashion and beautiful hair, but Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, is ready to throw that all away to become homeless for a night.

Working with the charity Centrepoint, of which her husband is a patron, Kate will take the streets with British TV star and charity ambassador Lisa Maxwell.

Prince William has slept on the streets for a night to also raise awareness of the plight of homeless youth.

“She asked me about sleeping out, so I said: ‘Next time I do it, you’re doing it with me. No excuses, he’s done it.’ She said: ‘You’re on,’” Maxwell told the Daily Mirror.

Queen ‘appeals to the best in Canadians,’ GG says

- June 28th, 2012
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Governor General David Johnston unveiled a painting of the Queen at Rideau Hall on Thursday. (Photo: Chris Roussakis/QMI Agency)

Canadians recognized the Queen’s dedication to serving her people is “rare and precious,” Governor General David Johnston says.

“Here in Canada, this ideal of service, of giving oneself over to a greater cause, lies at the core of the country we love. By representing all Canadians and striving to unite us in common cause, Her Majesty appeals to the best in Canadians,” he said in a speech Thursday, unveiling a new painting in Rideau Hall.

“That is why The Queen, who is the human face of the Canadian Crown and thus the guarantor of our rights and freedoms, inspires our loyalty.”

Johnston recalled travelling to London for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and said he was struck by the “incredible outpouring of affection” for the Queen.

“People were lined up along the river bank 15 deep, not necessarily to catch a glimpse of the Queen, but to support and thank her for such unfaltering devotion and enduring commitment.”

The new painting, by Phil Richards, is in the ballroom and is the third official portrait of the Queen. It was presented to her in England during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, then brought back to Canada.

The painting has many small details including:

- there are six direct light sources in the painting—one for each decade of the Queen’s reign.

- you can see a portrait of a young Queen Victoria through an archway behind the Queen.

- the desk the Queen rests her left hand on was a gift to Rideau Hall from the Duke of Connaught

- the Queen wears two Canadian medals – her insignia as Sovereign of the Order of Canada, and the Order of Military Merit

- there are corgis hidden in the painting as well

Big Ben’s home to become Elizabeth Tower

- June 26th, 2012
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The clock tower that is part of the Parliament buildings in London, England, is getting renamed Elizabeth Tower to honour the Queen. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Big Ben’s home is getting a new name — Elizabeth Tower.

Reuters reports the British Parliament made the decision to rename the iconic clock tower to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

“The House of Commons (parliament) commission welcomed the proposal to rename the clock tower Elizabeth Tower in recognition of Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and will arrange for this decision to be implemented in an appropriate manner in due course,” a House of Commons spokesman said.

But here’s the question: Will anyone actually call it Elizabeth Tower?

Technically, Big Ben is the nickname for the 13,760 kg bell inside the tower, not the actual tower itself (although people tend to think they’re one in the same).

What do you think?

Happy birthday, Prince William

- June 21st, 2012
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Prince William feeds a five year-old black rhino called Zawadi during a visits to Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Lympne, southern England, on June 6. (Photo: Chris Jackson/REUTERS)

Today, Prince William turns the big 3-0!

So to celebrate, let’s look at 30 interesting facts about our future king:

1. He was born at 9:03 p.m. on June 21, 1982. He weighed 7lb 1 1/2oz.

2. His full name is Prince William Arthur Philip Louis Mountbatten-Windsor.

3. He almost dropped out of university. He ended up switching his major from art history to geography.

4. He has a love for Africa.

5. He enjoys going to the movies, or seeing friends at the pub (his wild partying days out at the clubs until the wee hours of the morning appear to be behind him).

6. He enjoys playing soccer and is a runner. He also enjoys swimming, rugby, and skiing.

7. He worked on a dairy farm during his “gap” year — the year between high school and university.

8. In the military, he is known as Flight Lieutenant William Wales.

9. Some recent books have claimed Kate Middleton wasn’t Prince William’s first love, and that he proposed to Jecca Craig, the daughter of a Kenyan wildlife reserve owner. He proposed to Kate in Kenya in 2010.

10. When he was 13, he had a major crush on supermodel Cindy Crawford. His mom invited her to tea.

11. He was known as his royal naughtiness because he often misbehaved as a child. There is a photo of him sticking out his tongue and a flower girl during Prince Andrew’s 1986 wedding.

12. On June 3, 1991, he was rushed to the hospital after he was accidentally hit in the head with a golf club by a friend. He had to undergo surgery and suffered a depressed fracture of the skill. He now has a scar on his forehead.

13. Forget being king – he wanted to become a police officer when he was a child.

14. On his wedding day, he drove his father’s prized Aston Martin away from Buckingham Palace. It was later revealed he drove the whole way with the handbrake on.

15. Perhaps he’ll have some to celebrate his 30th birthday – his favourite dessert is chocolate biscuit cake.

16. He is distantly related to his wife – they have a common ancestor in Sir Thomas Leighton.

17. His childhood nickname was Wombat.

18. He was reportedly the first royal baby to wear disposable diapers.

19. He’s left-handed.

20. On his wedding day, he didn’t just become the Duke of Cambridge. The other official titles given to him by the Queen were The Earl of Strathearn and The Baron of Carrickfergus.

21. He was 15 when his mother died in Aug. 1997.

22. He is a search and rescue pilot with the Royal Air Force. It was reported two days after officially announcing his engagement to Kate, he saved the life of a man suffering chest pains and stuck in the mountains. On May 29, he qualified as an operational search and rescue captain.

23. In an interview after his engagement was announced, he admitted he was a terrible cook.

24. He was named after his father’s cousin, Prince William of Gloucester. That Prince William died in a plane crash in Aug. 1972 during an amateur race.

25. He once taught children in southern Chile as part of the U.K.-based Raleigh International program.

26. While at university, his friends referred to him as Steve so any journalists overhearing conversations wouldn’t know who they were talking about.

27. He rides a motorcycle – a Ducati 1198 S Corse.

28. He is a descendant of William the Conqueror.

29. His university degree is in geography.

30. He’s most often spotted drinking a beer when out with friends, but there were media reports he enjoys a drink called crack baby, which is a shot made with fresh passion fruit mixed with vodka and champagne.