Royal Wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Royal Wedding

In case you didn’t notice: American actress Meghan Markle* and British Prince Harry got married yesterday. It was really hard to be missed, only if you don’t own a tv or aren’t on any social media you could not have known.
Anyways, we guess we all saw the images: of the royal wedding dress and veil, by Givenchy, the lonely mother Markle (that’s probably not her name ’cause she isn’t married anymore to Meghan’s estranged father: hope that we have that info right and he isn’t dead or someting awful like that) Camilla Parker Bowles, Ophrah and one of the Williams tennis-sisters wearing pastel pink. Posh & Beck’s in black, George and Mrs Clooney; the Mrs in a yellow dress and Queen Elizabeth in a bright lime (green) ensemble.

The Glamour

The pop-stars, actors and other celebs quite stole the show, more so than the aristocratic guests (With exception of Camilla Parker B. because of her hug-pink-ruffled hat.) The British Dukes and Duchesses and what have you not, looked a bit scruffy compared to the American guests, who are always dressed to be glamorous, to be noticed and who are more comfortable being in the ‘spotlights’ ’cause it’s their job.

Royal Wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
(imagecredits: Immo Klink for The New Yorker.)

Okay, because we’ve all seen the images described above a thousand times by now:
we were happy to see the photo reportage made outside of Windsor Castle by Immo Klink (for the New Yorker magazine.) The British commoners, and probably some uninvited nobles, all fans of the Royals, had a completely different party of their own. They seem to be sincerely happy for the newly wed couple! Make sure to watch all of these images via the New Yorker link above, they are touching.

*Meghan Markle  is was an American actress best known for her role in the series ‘Suits’.

View Prince Harry’s mother on her weddingday here, on this blog

Venus Flower Baskets

Venus Flower Baskets, or Euplectella Aspergillum, like other Hexactenellida in the Phylum Porifera are mainly deep ocean sponges. In traditional Asian cultures, this particular sponge (in a dead, dry state) was given as a wedding gift because the sponge symbiotically houses two small shrimp, a male and a female, who live out their lives inside the sponge. They breed, and when their offspring are tiny, the offspring escape to find a Venus Flower Basket of their own. The shrimp inside of the basket clean it, and in return, the basket provides food for the shrimp by trapping it in its fiberglass-like strands, and then releasing it into the body of the sponge for the shrimp. It is also speculated that the bioluminescent light of bacteria harnessed by the sponge may attract other small organisms which the shrimp eat. They were also extremely popular in Victorian England, and one could easily fetch five guineas, equivalent to over £500 today.

Thank you Rex Dieter for your knowledge.

How to get married in Shanghai

One fine day in the week-end during a stroll in the Peoples Park we found out how to get married in Shanghai. Or rather, one of the ways to get married. To speed up the process of marriage, parents advertise their kid’s. They line up their umbrella’s with an attached contact ad. These ad’s are simply stating the height, job, housing, car etc. or whatever their offspring has to offer, below that information is stated what they need in return for their child. Young Chinese have little time for play, they spend most of the time studying, that’s why the parents feel the need to help and find a partner. The children are nowhere to be seen at the park (they rather visit the mall in the little spare time they have) it feels like a meeting place for the parents as well, you see them browsing and chatting to each other in a friendly and relaxed way. Setting up dates for their children. We were told that if the date doesn’t work out, it’s fine, mom and dad will search for another date on the marriage market

Married in Shanghai

When you get Married in Shanghai you have to take wedding pictures. We know this for a fact because we took all the pictures below in one evening stroll along The Bund, with it’s magnificent view. Most of the brides wear red dresses which are probably hired, you can see at the back that they don’t always fit; their are either laced up or pinned down, that doesn’t matter it won’t show on the pictures. The photographers are mostly young hipster guys who direct the couple in a severe way, even putting fingers in the right pose, they all have an assistant. It’s really crowded with newly weds getting their picture taken, some very happy and some uncomfortable. Either way it’s a very important day for everybody.