Prince Edward is one scary dude. He has said in some newses that part of the appeal of the Duke of Edinburgh 'award scheme', which he chairs nowadays - basically adventure holidays for young folk which carry his dad's branding, and they get some sort of award at the end - I don't know if it's a certificate or a badge or a trophy or what, but I might look it up in a bit - he has said part of the appeal for the young folk is that they know they might die doing it. It's part of young people's psychology, he says, what makes them tick. Is this possibly telling us more about the psychology of the young Prince Edward, or possibly even the current one, than it does about young people in general? I have provided for you here a close-up of the picture of him that accompanied the BBC's version of the story. Maybe it's not right to say this but... would you say that those are scary eyes, maybe? And what's going on his mind in the picture accompanying The Guardian's version of the story? Run away, young gold award-winning lady, quick! Presumably there was some subsequent unpleasantness, and they can't use her real name for real reasons - 'Victoria Cross' is an obvious pseudonym, although surely the 'award' isn't a Victoria Cross, even the gold one.
The mother of a lad who got the gold award off Eddie this week said regarding his remarks "I think Prince Edward was a bit excited" - hmm... It's a medal you get, apparently. Maybe he's really into medals. He might have some sort of yearning for good ones, as his are all rubbish. He's got a Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal - looks like a proper medal, but it's just a souvenir thing really, there were thirty thousand made for the silver jubilee, and the goverment decided who they thought should have one. You have to give that sort of thing to royals who haven't got much in the way of proper medals to make them look more impressive in their uniforms, Prince Charles has got one as well and probably some other royals too. His others, which are similar, are the New Zealand Commemorative Medal, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal and the Commemorative Medal for the Centennial of Saskatchewan. He'd probably wear a Friend of Wolverhampton Fun Run 1990 Commemorative Medal if it was on a fancy ribbon. Poor Eddie. His childhood must have been tough. Running to tell his 'brusque' father his latest news - his dad would have said 'what do you want, a medal?' And not understanding the sarcastic tone as so tender an age he'd have said 'yes please!' I wonder if he realised that when his dad passed over chairing the awards scheme to him that was a sarcastic dig at his medal yearning. Probably not. Probably best he doesn't know - who knows what he might do with his scary eyes. So - don't tell him. I mean it. If he finds out I'll know it was you, okay? So think on.
that's all from me for now
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