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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

QEII- The Person, Has Questions About The Global Credit Crunch

As the oceanliner the Queen Elizabeth II enters into the world of retired cruise ships to become a floating hotel in Dubai , the person, Her Royal Majesty or HRM QE2 wonders why no one spotted the credit crunch that has affected the entire world.

During a recent visit to the pretigious London School of Economics, (Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones went to LSE ), the Queen was briefed on the origins and effects of the credit crunch by economics professor Luis Garicano.

"Why did nobody notice it?" asked the 82-year-old monarch, adding that the turmoil was "awful".

Professor Garicano explained the economic mess this way, "At every stage, someone was relying on somebody else and everyone thought they were doing the right thing."

The questions from the Queen provides proof she's just like us. Just like us she wants to know why the experts did not warn of the collapse, and why no one did anything to try to stop it.

The explanation provided is also proof that just because you are royalty does not mean you will receive an adequate answer to your quiry.

God save the Queen, it looks like she really is a human being.

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Miriam Makeba An International Singing Star And Activist

Miriam Makeba, the South African singer, who helped to bring the plight of dark-skinned Afrikans living under the apartheid system to the attention of the world, died earlier this week.

Makeba was a music sensation in the United States and other countries of the world. Unfortunately, at the time the government of South Africa did not value her gift as the treasure the rest of the world appreciated. The Pretoria government banned her music and she was exiled from her native land.

In 1960 the South African government refused to allow Makeba to come home. For 31 years she lived away from Johannesburg where she will be laid to rest. It was in 1990following Nelson Madela's release from life imprisonment when he asked Miriam Makeba to come home. She did saying, "I never understood why I couldn't come home. I never committed any crime."

Here she sings a duet with Paul Simon, his composition from the Graceland album. "Under African Skies".

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Miriam Makeba-Mama Afrika Dies In Italy

Miriam Makeba, the first lady of African song for the last fifty years has died.The 76 year-old performer whose career spanned continents, collapsed on stage during a concert in Castel Volturno, a small city in Italy. She was paying homage to six Africans killed by the Camorra mafia two months ago and to the Italian journalist Roberto Saviano who exposed the murders and was himself threatened with death.

Nelson Mandela, who is 91, is among a host of dignitaries expressing condolences and celebrating the life of the woman with a voice like a nightingale said, "She was South Africa's first lady of song and so richly deserved the title of Mama Afrika.
It was fitting that her last moments were spent on a stage, enriching the hearts and lives of others - and again in support of a good cause."

Indeed it is reported the last song she performed before her onstage collapse was the 1967 hit "Pata Pata" an up beat South African party song.

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