Saturday, April 16, 2005

Sounds Fun

In Friday’s Times, there was an article about the new Duchess of Rothesay and the ribbon cutting at the new playground in the Deeside village of Ballater.

What’s that? Your Field Guide to European Aristocracy has no entry for the Duchess of Rothesay? Ah…check the index…look under ‘Rothesay, Duke of.’ Yup…it says ‘see Windsor, Duke of.’ Evidently, when Charles and Camilla cross over into Scotland, they become known as the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay. Yeah, it was news to me, too.

Anyway, that’s not the point. The point is that those folks opened a playground that included ‘swings, chutes, and wobbly chickens on springs.’ Really. Wobbly chickens on springs. I simply MUST visit. Soon.

(My other favourite part of the article: ‘If there was one tiny wisp of disappointment, it was that the Duke of Rothesay did not take a turn on the new swings. “Och, he wouldn’t have done that,” the Chief Charitable Chiel said. “He was wearing the kilt.”’ Maybe so, but you can’t tell me he wasn’t tempted by those wobbly chickens on springs.)


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