Royals to attend Bond film
Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, will attend the world premiere of the newest James Bond film, Skyfall, at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Oct. 23, producers said on Friday. The premiere will benefit charities that support former and current members of Britain’s intelligence agencies. The Bond film franchise has a history with Britain’s royal family. Over the years, many of them — including Princes William and Harry — have attended premieres and used the event to help support various charities.
Sleeping Beauty reinvented
A Ukrainian-Canadian artist is presenting an interactive art project called Sleeping Beauty, in which five attractive young women take turns sleeping under dim lights in Kiev’s top gallery, each under a pledge to marry the visitor who wakes her with a kiss. Any unmarried museum-goer can kiss the woman in the hope of making them fall in love and awaken. Taras Polataiko, a Ukrainian-born artist now based in Canada, says the goal of his exhibit is to recreate the famous fairy tale and witness the birth of love. However, it also has political undertones, symbolizing the patience of the Ukrainian people trapped by what he calls the oppressive government of President Viktor Yanukovych, and the hope that the nation will one day awaken to true freedom. The exhibit ends today, and so far only one Sleeping Beauty has woken up to a kiss — only to discover that her Prince Charming was actually a princess. It is unclear what the two women will do now, given that Ukraine forbids same-sex marriage and that Princess Charming has a boyfriend.
PM’s father passes away
Prime Minister Julia Gillard yesterday said she would leave APEC talks in Russia early because her elderly father had passed away at home. In a statement, the prime minister said John Gillard died yesterday morning in Adelaide and she planned to travel home as soon as possible “to grieve with my family.” He was 93. “He has battled illness in recent years, but his death is a shock for me and my family,” she said. Trade Minister Craig Emerson will now take her place in the remaining APEC forums, Gillard said. The Labor leader has often spoken of her family and the benefit of the education she received in Australia. Gillard said that her father, who worked as a psychiatric nurse in Australia, had been her inspiration. “He taught me that nothing comes without hard work and demonstrated to me what hard work meant as a shift worker with two jobs,” she said.
Prince back in uniform
Prince Harry is back in Afghanistan to serve as a military helicopter pilot four years after his previous deployment there had to be cut short, the Ministry of Defence said on Friday. The 27-year-old will spend four months based at Camp Bastion in the Helmand Province of southern Afghanistan. The ministry said Harry’s squadron “will provide surveillance, deterrence and, when required, close combat attack capabilities.” The third in line to the throne has made no secret of his desire to return to Afghanistan and serve his country. In 2008, he had to be hastily withdrawn from Afghanistan when a news blackout surrounding his deployment was broken. Officials have taken a different approach to the prince’s new deployment, releasing photographs and video of him in Afghanistan from the start.