Prince Harry and bride-to-be Meghan Markle somehow found the time to visit Stockton and pose with a couple of schoolkids before the big day on Saturday.
As far as we know, it’s the first time the aristocracy has visited Stocko.
The truth is, this cracking cardboard cut-out of Harry and Megs will be the star attraction at a royal wedding bash on Saturday at the Stockton home of Lisa Louise.
Lisa raised the money for the cut-out on GoFundMe. It started as a joke, but somehow punters kicked in the $130 cost.
“It is a bit creepy because Harry's hand is three-dimensional. It's life-size. Harry is over six-foot. I also have royal family masks, cupcake toppers and a massive corgi balloon,” Lisa told Topics.
“I'm dressing as a bride. I'm channeling Carrie in Sex and the City when she was jilted by Big.
“I have a dress and a headpiece. Guests are wearing costumes.”
High tea will be served on vintage china.
“If anyone is disrespectful, I will send them out the back to my husband's domain,” she said.
Also at the party, a dance-off will be held to the Eurovision-winning Israeli chicken-dance song.
The winner will receive stubby holders with a royal theme. It’s all very proper.
Lisa is particularly looking forward to seeing Meghan Markle’s dress.
“She channels the immaculate style of Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, so I am obsessed by Meghan,” she said.
“And I do hope Princess Beatrice wears a toilet on her head again.”
Lisa isn’t a huge fan of Charles and Camilla.
“I only really like Harry and William and their wives, but I respect the Queen. Prince Philip is the bomb, but the rest of them are a bit useless,” Lisa said.
As royal fever spreads, we noticed a thing online called a “royal/posh name generator”.
At the click of a button, you get 10 royal names from each sex. We got these male names: Carter Chins-Ranton, Preston Winstanley, Felix Gilkes, Henry Cummings, Ashby May-Porter, Timothy Forrest, Rufus Hunton-Blather, Harrison Carlyle, Alfie Pierpont and Rupert Dewitt.
And these female names: Caroline Tate, Maude Darlington-Whit, Sara Wildingham, Poppy Baxter, Miriam Smythe, Olivette Winthrope, Helene Remington, Arabella Bainbridge, Penelope Mortcombe and Blanche Winchester.
Wired for Sound
Topics was interested to hear ex-Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns apparently has a form of synaesthesia.
“The way sound works in my head is really visual. I hear something and I will add something else to make it seem warmer or colder or tougher or more vulnerable.
“I’ve spoken about it in therapy, because I thought I was crazy, but it’s a thing. I think about it visually, it’s a feeling in my head behind my eyes.”
Apparently, quite a lot of artists have synaesthesia
Singer Pharrell Williams, who wrote the song Happy, said he can “see sounds.”
“There are seven basic colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. And those also correspond with musical notes,” he said.
“I don't know if that makes sense but I could always visualise what I was hearing. It was like … weird colors.”