An Epic Event, Scaled Down: Legoland Constructs Miniature Royal Wedding

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A Lego model depicting an imaginary scene from the forthcoming Royal Wedding on March 30, 2011 in Windsor, England.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton surely had a tough decision in picking their wedding venue.

NewsFeed bets they were torn between holding their wedding reception at Buckingham Palace (pros: grand history, unparalleled elegance, impeccable service) and Legoland (pros: Legos!). Thanks to the good people of Windsor’s Legoland (the human ones) they can have both.

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A Lego display of the royal wedding, which is a month away in the real world, opens to the public starting tomorrow. At a model of Buckingham Palace in Miniland, members of the royal family, curious onlookers and photographers are among those marking the celebration. The lack of facial features on all the figures is creepy, but given the scene, there’s no mistaking who the bride and groom are. Guests include Elton John (big white hat), Paul McCartney (Sgt. Pepper getup), and Victoria Beckham (pregnant).

Oh, to be a Lego model maker! It’s got to be up there with being a Ben & Jerry’s Flavor Guru. Granted, the work might get a little tedious. Model maker Paula Laughton tells The Telegraph that individual models take an hour or two to create.

Whether or not you’re enthusiastic about the royal wedding, you might be intrigued by the display. Let’s just hope Lego model receptions — potentially marketed as allowing the couple to orchestrate, brick by plastic brick, every moment of their special day — don’t become a wedding trend. (via the Daily Mail)

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9 comments
paulgeorges
paulgeorges

Putin is ready for combat  ? Guess ?  Amazing after all the success in  Afghanistan,in Irak and not to forget Vietnam !  Russian agression or from someone else ?   Obama who spoke of Russia as a regional power is making a big mistake perhaps adding fuel on fire ! 

akhiok
akhiok

Putin at this point is playing bullly, or the misfit who doesn't get invited to parties and lashes out in anger. But he's a smart misfit, albeit a bit coo-koo. You stand up to Putin he will back down. If Europe would stand stronger this would be over. At some point, it's better to just fight back and destroy the bully.

namro
namro

Ukrainians want to control their own destiny in a sovereign nation.  The Budapest Memorandum, 1994 "guaranteed" this.  Russia's signature obviously means nothing, given recent events.  Those Russians who don't want to live in Ukraine are free to leave and move to their ancestral homeland.  Those not of Ukrainian ancestry who live in Ukraine owe that country unconditional loyalty and, if that is given, are free to stay and call themselves Ukrainians.  That is what is expected in all civilized nations.


Russia has given Ukraine the gifts of 7-10 million dead in the Holodymyr, 10 million+ exiled to Siberia and the far reaches of the old empire, the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the opportunity to have Ukraine's treasures and resources looted by corrupt henchmen, and a perpetual state of fear and repression.  Don't deflect from these truths by speaking about US flaws or NATO!

gregory.kudinov
gregory.kudinov

Sigh. Satellite photos showning probably half a brigade (4000), yet over 40.000 numbers are called. What about showing all images? And what about showing images of Ukranian & NATO troops along the border of Russia? Including thouse navy units of U.S.A. in Black sea. Just to compare.

meddevguy
meddevguy

I would love to live in a world that our President envisioned in his 2009 tour shortly after Inauguration where every country valued the benefits of peaceful cooperation.


Unfortunately statesmanship, which settles issues between countries, only works when the other side thinks you're crazy enough to bring the horror of war.


NATO, we, and the rest of the world believe that Putin will start the killing if the diplomats don't give him what he wants -- no "red lines", no pretty speeches, just "let me rebuild the USSR so I can be Stalin". NATO, we and the rest of the world believe in six years we have become that gentle, fair country only suited for a peaceful world.


Putin is truly ready for war, just as JFK was over Cuba, except this time instead of Khrushchev blinking, it will be Obama. I hate to think that our President's legacy will that his inexperience and good intentions  made America unfit to live in a grown-up world.


And we haven't even discussed China claiming the Pacific Ocean.

duncan.dunnit
duncan.dunnit

What we have to remember is democracy... what we have is a minority in Ukrainian not wanting to be a part of Russia, what we have to remember is that majority want to be a part of Russia. Why does the US want to travel to this other side of the world and try drag both Europe and the UK into a war that is not about democracy.

WilfTarquin
WilfTarquin

@meddevguy The analogy doesn't work, because the US isn't in Ukraine. It never was. Neither the US nor EU are invested in Ukraine, and both have publically stated that they wont militarily defend Ukraine, as Ukraine is not a member of NATO. The trilateral treaty between Russia, USA and Ukraine that Ukraine would scrap its nuclear weapons in return for guarantees that USA and Russia would never attack it, doesn't require the USA to militarily defend Ukraine.

So it's not really like Cuba. This really is just Russia kicking a small and weak neighbor around because it can. Russia just claims otherwise in its propaganda, to avoid looking like the aggressive bully it is.

green
green

@duncan.dunnit  Not only VAST MAJORITY in Ukraine does not want to be a part of Russia, immigration  from Russia increased.