One hopes that even the staunchest of republicans would wish nothing but the very best for Prince William and Kate Middleton
in their married life, but for many people the increasing media coverage regarding their big day (29th April, in case you hadn't heard) is starting to get too much - so much so that they're now scrabbling around for ideas for things to do which do not involve being exposed to anything 'royal wedding'. At all.
Well scrabble no longer, for here are 10 scintillating suggestions on how to have an alternative kind of day:
- Isolate yourself in a national park. The UK has lots of lovely wide open spaces where you can enjoy a bracing walk
without setting eyes on another human being. Drive down to the wilds of Dartmoor, park your car and walk and walk and walk. The wedding will be the last thing on your mind as you fill your lungs with the freshest of air and take in the splendid views spread out before you.
- Go to Wales for the "'Escape The Wedding' Camp" event in Machynlleth.
This is an event taking place at a riverside campsite in central Wales. Running from 28th April to 1st May, the gathering is being organised by a cultural group called Balchder Cymru (Pride of Wales). The wedding weekend includes a party and a bonfire, though no mention has been made of any effigies being burned. That would be a bit much, wouldn't it?
- Save the frogs! The frogs must be peeved. The date was set some time ago. Friday 29 April is Save the Frogs Day. They were hoping to have all the
attention. And now this. A royal wedding. Stealing the limelight. But hey, you can still help. If the royal wedding is of little interest to you, consider doing something constructive and helping out some frogs. They need saving for goodness sake.
- Put a pair of headphones on and listen to a really good audiobook. Gently stuff some earphones into those holes in the side of your head, get comfy in your favourite armchair, take a deep breath and hit the play button. For the time it takes to get through that audiobook you've been meaning to listen to for the past year, Wills and Kate will have done the deed and the media will already be moving on to the next story. Result!
- Visit the Amazon rainforest. OK this ain't no weekend trip, but if you're able to splash the cash, why not leave the country? The Amazon rainforest is one
place on the planet where the royal wedding won't be getting much coverage, and it's a safe bet that any tribes you stumble across won't have heard of Wills or Kate. But then again...
- Go to a multiplex and watch a bunch of movies. Find your nearest multiplex, pick three movies that look like they might be up to something (maybe avoid The King's Speech; it might remind you of the wedding), get a jumbo-extra-gargantuan-super-sized bucket of popcorn and immerse yourself in the world of cinema for the whole of Friday.
- Sleep through it. Here's a good idea. The night before the wedding, don't go to bed. Instead, you could go to a club with some friends, or simply stay up at home and watch a DVD or take a really long bath.
Come 10am Friday, you'll be ready for your all-day slumber. Whack on the eye mask. Insert those ear plugs. And drift off to sleep. When you wake up early evening, the confetti will've been swept up and the country will be back to its normal ways (complaining about petrol prices etc). This idea's a real winner (as long as you don't have a dream about the wedding).
- Have an all day "not the royal wedding" house party. It's easy. All you have to do is: 1 - Make some invites for a "not the royal wedding party". 2 - Invite some friends over. And 3 - Have a party. The only rules are that the TV and radio stay off and no one is allowed to mention the R word, or the W or K words.
- Bury your head in the sand. It's no surprise that, what with all the coastline we have here,
there are many super sandy beaches in the UK. Whatever the weather, jump in the car (or on a train) and head to the coast where you can walk, bathe, play, or bury to your heart's content.
- Give in, make the best of it, and join your street party (if there is one). There's a good chance you'll look out of your front window on the big day and see everyone enjoying themselves as they celebrate the royal wedding with a street party. Try to look at such an event positively – it's a chance, for example, to meet your neighbours. Community's not a bad thing, is it? I'm sure they won't be talking about Wills and Kate the whole time. It's just an excuse for a bit of a knees-up, so manoeuvre your lips into the shape of a smile and go and introduce yourself.
They are some really good ideas. I wish to note here, that I sense that both William and Kate have a really high healing energy and this is something special. If you read the paper and feel negativity when you see them - think from where it might be coming from. My personal experience is that they are both special in themselves and that William does have a strong and healing nature.
By Jody Kimber - senior reviewer Saturday, 23rd of April @ 11:54 am