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Maple Ridge, BC, Canada - 10th August 2008

By: AbbyB

Hello, dear subjects, I am Queen Elizabeth I. 

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As you may know, I ruled England for many years, but I never really got to see much of the world.  I am retired now, and with the help of this new-fangled 21st century technology, I would like to see the British Empire, or teh Commonwealth as it is now called.

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So, if you live in one of the countries which the lovely Abby will list below, and you wouldn't mind letting an old queen stay with you, I would love to visit.

Please note that I also love Shakespearean plays; in fact I watched King Lear today, and so if you like Shakespeare, all the better.

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The same with cosmetics.  If you have an orange wig lying around, I might just borrow it.

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I also ask that when I visit you, you tell me how you became part of the British Empire and how you were seperated from it.  Most of this happened after my time, you see.

Now, as I am a Queen, I deserve to be treated with respect.  Therefore, Abby will only arrange to have me visit established hosts.  She is sorry for any inconveniences.

The list of Commonwealth nations:

 
Antigua and Barbuda  Kenya                    Seychelles   
Australia                      Kiribati                  Sierra Leone   
The Bahamas              Lesotho                Singapore 
Bangladesh                  Malawi                  Solomon Islands 
Barbados                    Malaysia                South Africa   
Belize                          Maldives                Sri Lanka   
Botswana                    Malta                    Swaziland   
Brunei                          Mauritius              Tonga   
Cameroon                    Mozambique          Trinidad and Tobago   
Canada                        Namibia                Tuvalu   
Cyprus                        New Zealand        Uganda   
Dominica                      Nigeria                  United Kingdom   
Gambia                        Pakistan                United Republic of Tanzania   
Ghana                        Papua New Guinea  Vanuatu 
Grenada                      St Kitts and Nevis    Zambia   
Guyana                      St Lucia     
India                          St Vincent and the Grenadines     
Jamaica                      Samoa 

I also wouldn't mind visiting Virginia, in the United States, as it was named after me.

Thank you, dear subjects, and I hope to visit your countries soon.

* Posted Aug 11, 2008, 3:40 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


On her way to Australia, Canada - 12th August 2008

By: AbbyB

Her Majesty was mailed to Australia in a small, but comfortably padded envelope.  Godspeed.

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Sydney, Australia - 31st August 2008

By: becka_kate

Sorry for the delay in posting. I had the update all ready to go, then accidentally hit the backspace button which took me to the previous page and all was lost! I got frustrated and gave up for the night.

Hello
Here I am in Australia, where, if I were to be the reigning monarch my title would be Elizabeth, by the Grace of God, Queen of Australia and of Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth.

To assist me in my aim of learning how Australia came to be a part of the British Empire I was taken on a trip into the city of Sydney where it all began. I do have to say that I was a little disappointed in the form of transportation used, no private carriage. We caught an ordinary train into Town Hall from Wolli Creek with the masses.
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Most interesting and a trifle frustrating as, being a Sunday, we had to wait
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and wait for our train to arrive.
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Our first stop was at the Queen Victoria Building, otherwise known as the QVB, which is a large shopping arcade. Outside the building we met another old queen... The statue was a gift to the city of Sydney from the people of Belfast in Northern Ireland.
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I was hopeful of having lunch here. Don't you think this cafe would have been perfect? However, my host informed me that her current post-travel budget constraints meant that we were more likely to get Macca's for lunch than a meal at the QVB!
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This is why we had come to the QVB - to see the famous 10metre tall Australia clock and help me gain an understanding of Australia's history in the Empire.
Pre-1788 Australia was inhabited by hundreds of nomadic Aboriginal tribes.
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But, life in Australia changed on January 26, 1788 when the First Fleet of 11 ships arrived carrying convicts and soldiers and the colony of New South Wales was named as a part of the British Empire.
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This fleet was joined two years later by the Second Fleet and the colony continued to grow and grow.
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The next stop on our expedition was to walk down to the Harbour to see where it all took place.
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Of course, everything has greatly changed since then. The spot where I am standing on the map is now the site of the Opera House
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and a giant bridge now crosses the harbour,
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and a great city skyline has grown
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but many of the buildings of the European settlers remain, including this one, Cadman's Cottage, which is Australia's oldest residential building, dating back to the early beginnings of the colony.
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So, I feel I am beginning to develop an understanding of this part of the Empire, but still have more questions that need to be answered.

* Posted Sep 7, 2008, 6:08 am Last edited Sep 7, 2008, 12:42 pm by becka_kate [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Sydney, Australia - 15th September 2008

By: becka_kate

Ok, so I found out about the when's and where's of Australia becoming a part of the British Empire, but I still had questions. One of them was why such a far off place was chosen to become a British colony?
To help me find out my host shared some of her teaching materials with me to help me catch up on some history.

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So, these people decided that they should move to the cities to try to get some work. Unfortunately when they got to the city they found that most jobs were now being done by children (cheap labour) or by machines thanks to the Industrial Revolution.

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Laws were harsh....

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Large ships called Prison Hulks were used, but soon they were full to overflowing as well. Somewhere else had to be found to send all these convicts, but where?

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Finally the government decided on the newly found land of New South Wales (now known as Australia)

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(Lessened the chance of convicts attempting to escape!)

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So, there you have it.

* Posted Sep 15, 2008, 7:29 am Last edited Oct 4, 2008, 6:13 am by becka_kate [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Sydney, Australia - 2nd October 2008

By: becka_kate

Her Majesty is now on the way to the UK.
I apologise for the lack of updates during her stay here and hope she has better luck on her future journeys!

* Posted Oct 4, 2008, 6:15 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


London, England - 9th October 2008

By: tea_rose

Very dear subjects, I have arrived safely in the land of my birth, England, after a long journey from Australia. 

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I was greeted by a visitor from Germany, Nami Geneveva, and my new host, Tea Rose.

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Tea Rose was very pleased to be presented with a postcard from my gracious host in Australia, becka kate.  Thank you becka kate!

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I was very pleased to meet young Nami. 

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Arise, little dolphin!  I said.  I believe we are going to become good friends.

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* Posted Oct 9, 2008, 8:41 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


London, England - 24th October 2008

By: tea_rose

Tea Rose is very sorry for not having helped me to update my travelog recently.  She wants to assure Abby that I am safe and enjoying my stay in England. 

Today I accompanied my host to shop for clothes. 

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Despite my excellent vantage point, I couldn't help but feel a little put out that I was not the centre of attention - after all, I am royalty - while Tea Rose posed in front of the mirror in various rather unbecoming outfits. 

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I retired to a nearby seat and to consult with my friends, Nami Geneveva and the newly arrived Fritzi, from Germany.

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As a group, we decided that we were thoroughly bored with waiting for our host. After some discussion, we decided to loudly voice our protests.

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Oh alright then, said our rather grumpy host, who couldn't get a thing to fit her anyway.  We retreated to Tea Rose's house, where I reflected upon my day with my new friends, whom to tell you the truth, I have become rather fond of already.

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* Posted Oct 24, 2008, 10:03 pm Last edited Oct 24, 2008, 10:04 pm by tea_rose [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Bristol, England - 25th October 2008

By: tea_rose

Today we awoke at 5am - not a fit hour for a Queen to be awake - and made our way to Bristol, in Somerset.

Our journey took some time but finally we arrived in Bristol and took a walk to visit the Clifton Suspension Bridge.  It is a Grade I listed structure which has been adopted as the symbol of Bristol.  It was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

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We decided to walk across the bridge, which involved climbing a bit of a hill....

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but the view was rather spectacular.

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Luckily I am not afraid of heights.  I am Royalty, you must know - it is not wise for me to show fear.

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We made our way down from the bridge

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only stopping to gaze over the city below us.

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It was a long way down.  We have since learnt from the Suspension Bridge's website that

"In 1885 following an argument with a boyfriend Sarah Ann Henley from Bristol threw herself from the Bridge. Beneath her billowing dress she was wearing crinoline petticoats which slowed and cushioned her fall - and she had a huge helping of good fortune ! She was injured but was pulled from the mud, eventually recovered, and died in 1948 at the grand old age of 84."

We made our way across Bristol, seeing the Cathedral on our way

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and this rather risque creation of Banksy... I'm not sure I approve

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and stopped for lunch at a pub overlooking the river.  Here I am relaxing after our meal with Fritzi.

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Afterwards we had a look at the new shopping centre where Tea Rose rather liked their early Christmas decorations - giant reindeer.

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* Posted Nov 4, 2008, 4:25 pm Last edited Nov 4, 2008, 4:26 pm by tea_rose [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Hampton, Middlesex, England - 2nd November 2008

By: tea_rose

Today we visited Garrick's Temple in Hampton.  The Temple was built by the great 18th century actor-manager David Garrick in 1756 to celebrate the life of Shakespeare.  Tea Rose suggested we visit as she knows of my love of Shakespeare. 

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Garrick commissioned a life-size statue of Shakespeare in 1758, from the sculptor Roubiliac, a copy of which stands in the Temple today.

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We couldn't take any photographs in the Temple but I thoroughly enjoyed looking around.  We bought some lavender as our contribution to the kind volunteers who manage the Temple today. 

It was a sad day, as yesterday Garrick Villa, the beautiful house across the street where Garrick lived, had suffered very serious damage in a huge fire.  The house had been improved by Robert Adam and Capability Brown had designed its garden, and a tunnel underneath the street linking it to the Temple.  Thankfully no one was hurt in the fire, but it will be a tremendous shame if it cannot in time be restored.

As we walked alongside the River Thames on our way home, I gazed at some geese in the river. 

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I took a last look at Garrick's Temple before the walk home.

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* Posted Nov 15, 2008, 1:05 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Vancouver, BC, Canada - 28th June 2009

By: AbbyB

Hello subjects, I am back in Canada to see Othello at Bard on the Beach.

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I also met King Tut, an Egyptian pharoah.  How quaint.

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No photographs allowed, of course, but as somebody who knows her Shakespearean plays, you can trust me when I say that it was very good.

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Leaving Maple Ridge, Canada - 29th June 2009

By: AbbyB

After a short visit home, Her Majesty is on her way to her next host.  Have fun on vacation!

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Derby, UK - 3rd July 2009

By: Spadge

It appears I have arrived at my next destination. I was greeted upon my arrival by TobiHH and Gustav which wasnt quite the royal welcome I have been used to but I was very gratefull to get some fresh air and they were very kind to one!

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Derby, UK - 4th July 2009

By: Spadge

Spadge has kindly allowed me to keep up my immaculate appearance by letting me use her makeup. This brush appears a liitle large though....

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Derby, UK - 4th July 2009

By: Spadge

Much better! This will do nicely!
Good heavens! What is this contraption?! I presume some kind of toture device....

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Derby, UK - 4th July 2009

By: Spadge

I have just been informed that it is an eyelash curler! I would try it however it appears to be a little large!
And I have been warned to keep away from this device when it is in use as it is rather hot and could burn my beautiful dress!

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