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Today’s hed gif takes a scene from the movie “Elizabeth.” Click the link here for more info: https://martiniambassador.substack.com/p/its-good-to-be-the-queen

I think you art lovers will be interested in this entry 😊

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Aug 3, 2023·edited Aug 3, 2023Liked by Martini Glambassador

Actually, that movie bugged me for just that reason - Liz didn't live in a cathedral. Tudor great doings were actually conducted in smallish wood-paneled rooms. "The Six Wives of Henry VIII" from the 70's got the sets right. (It also got the hair and clothes correct, subtly showing the change away from a medieval world during his reign.)

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The number of ways that movie screwed up historical accuracy was ... epic. Favorite moments:

Walsingham murdering some gay boy with a bodkin that he keeps in a ... bodkin box on his desk.

He also murders Mary de Guise because, uh, whatever?

The Star Chamber is apparently housed in the north transcept of Westminster Abbey? Sure, why not.

But the costumse are certainly beautiful.

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Aug 3, 2023Liked by Martini Glambassador

Even just walking slowly and looking somber, Cate Blanchett can do no wrong by me.

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Aug 4, 2023·edited Aug 4, 2023

or not...

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(sorry for all the crap to get to miss kate)

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Good thing she's also a talented actress then.

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Aug 3, 2023Liked by Martini Glambassador

One of your best gifs ever!

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I liked the "surprise ending".

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Why thank you friend!

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Aug 3, 2023Liked by Martini Glambassador

It wasn't really good to be the queen back then. Bessie was in constant fear of assassination.

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Aug 3, 2023Liked by Martini Glambassador

Those queens weren't always very good to their subjects.

An infamous queen by the name of Elizabeth is a distant auntie of mine and I don't think she was all that good at all.

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Adolf Elizabeth Hitler?

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Elizabeth Bathory of Hungary maybe: believed that bathing in the blood of children would keep her young.

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Being a female in a leadership position in the dark ages was a shit job in the first place. A female ruler simply wasn't respected enough to be truly effective.

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Aug 3, 2023Liked by Martini Glambassador

But it's always good to be king, Tom Petty sez.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SF1iLXSQto

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Well, when you come to power during the middle of a civil war over religion....

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Aug 3, 2023Liked by Rebecca Schoenkopf, Martini Glambassador

I don't know if she remembered her mother, but she sure as hell knew what happened to her and to her stepmom Catherine Howard, who she did remember and liked.

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Then there was the "horseplay" (aka sexual abuse) she endured from a 40yo Thomas Seymour when she was 14. Fortunately, thanks to her brother, Seymour's head ended up between a block and an axe.

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Absolutely.

She was also notoriously thin-skinned at times.

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As opposed to what? Chopping the heads off spouses?

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Let me guess -- was the "thin-skinned" historical information taken from sources written by, oh let me see, a man?

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That's what Balmoral is for.

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Ach nay laddie they don't really want her (or him) there either.

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No love for Sandringham?

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National Review is what MAGAs think a roomful of "intellectual conservatives" looks like. During the William F. Buckley days it was sort of possible to hold your nose and kind of pretend he was an enlightened thinker on serous topics, if you could ignore his virulent racism, gross elitism, and all the rest of it. Sort of. But now NR has torn away the silly glasses, and we can see it's just a trump screed for old money white people to ho ho! Dash it all the nerve of these colored fellows! They shall raise taxes upon your mink coats, Ducjy! Such impudence! We must to the Hamptons immediately to recover our wits, wot?

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I'm cynical -- and hopeful -- enough to want to believe that Noah Rothman raised his hand in a meeting where the topic at hand was "We want to be seen as responsible Conservatives! OTOH, we don't want to lose what little audience we have left. So, we're going go dip a toe in the pool of 'Trump might just be ... maybe a little bad," and run it up the flagpole and see who salutes. Who's the most expendable? Oh, shit, Rothman, you got something ready to go? Srsly? Well, good! I'm sure everyone else here admires your courage!" (*makes notation in employee file*)

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From Twitter is dying, "The usual dose of outrage bait isn't working as well any longer, so the right-wingers are escalating the provocations." There is also a dwindling population of Tea Party, QAnon, MAGA old white people. As the audience gets smaller the outrage has to increase to compete for the available rubes and rubles.

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Aug 3, 2023Liked by Rebecca Schoenkopf

Justin Trudeau has an amazing opportunity to have the funniest rebound of all time (with me, a fat old Cajun)

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Private Equity Billionaire Tied to Jeffrey Epstein Led Industry Backing for Kyrsten Sinema

Now embroiled in scandal, Leon Black made a safe bet on Sinema during her 2018 Senate campaign

https://theintercept.com/2023/08/03/kyrsten-sinema-private-equity-donors-jeffrey-epstein/

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I haven't gone out all week and today went to do some errands and thought I'd get some gas. Well, SHIT. It's in the $3.80's, where last time I filled up it was in the $3.20's. Just glanced at the news headlines and they are blaming it on the heat waves and effect on oil refinery production. Of course we know it is Joe's fault, but that was a rude shock.

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Damn. And You just reminded me I need to fill up my car.

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"Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie have separated."

I don't know how much the Trump Crime Family/Calvin Klein had to pay to get it deeply buried on search engine results, but that fake Calvin Klein "Obsession" ad featuring the photo of Justin and Ivanka was a stroke of genius.

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"Taylor Swift gave out $55 million in bonuses to all the workers on her big billion dollar tour, like a hundred grand each..."

She has 550 people working on her shows? That ain't the Stillwater tour bus. More like two Airbuses.

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Mad King Elon will destroy what’s left of Twitter. He’s running the company like an impulsive toddler. Clearly, there was no planning involved in the name change debacle as evidenced that the didn’t apply for a construction permit to replace the sign or considers how local residents might object to the new sign. It’s just whatever whims take hold in his fevered brain on any given day.

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Where did this whole meme of “it’s not a crime if Trump really believed his own lies” come from? I’ve never heard of it being used as defense before. Being a deluded and dumb motherfucker isn’t an excuse for being a motherfucker.

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TV always taught me that "ignorance of the law is no excuse".

Lock him up!

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Aug 3, 2023Liked by Rebecca Schoenkopf

"It doesn’t matter if he believed it in his degenerate brain."

Especially given that - in issuing veiled and not-so-veiled threats - he's essentially continuing to write "HELTER SKELTER" all over the walls.

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I'm too old and curmudgeonly (is that a word?) to be a Taylor Swift fan but speaking as a retired musician and technician she gets high points for her philanthropic generosity.

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The Canadian politicians are going to have to wait in line if Justin's dating Taylor. I heard it from Becky who heard it from Callie who heard it from her cousin's hairdresser.

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I am grateful that Swift is a power for good; she is definitely a power to be reckoned with!

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I'm going to Seattle next week for a conference and in the "get ready" email, they included some info on dress code (casual, thankfully) and described August in Seattle as "toasty", with highs ranging from 70-80F. As I'm coming from south Texas, I'm looking forward to a break from 100+ temps. It's all about what you're used to, I know, but it's funny to think of 75 as "toasty"!

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Well 80 is considered "hot". Remember that almost nobody has A/C. You'll enjoy the change though.

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Went to Ireland many years ago. When I left North Carolina the temp was close to 3 digits and there was a drought. Ireland temp was lower 70s and there was a drilling rain. thought it was great. 3 days later I bought a windbreaker.

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I went to the stopnshop in my Austin neighborhood at 6:30pm the other day. It was 102F.

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