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Wake Me Up When After the Wedding

Royal Yawn

 What do you think of the royal wedding? Hello! What do you think of the wedding, the ROYAL WEDDING?!! ‘Not much’ is the answer. And I am not the only one. Statistics suggest that very few British people are organising the traditional big street parties or planning to come to London to see it in person.

Thanks for the Holiday

In fact, the people who seem to be getting most excited about organising celebrations are republicans who are planning anti-wedding parties. The rest simply can’t be bothered. I’m really happy they are giving us an extra public holiday but I don’t really care about the wedding at all. Sales in trips abroad for this new long weekend are strong, which suggests quite a few people feel the same way.

Now I’m Interested

What does make me angry, though, is the idea that we should really care one way or the other about two rich people getting married. In fact, the idea of weddings just annoys me. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s great if two people want to declare their love for one another but why should they pay less tax as a consequence and why on earth are rules on inheritance and paternity still easier for families with married parents?!

No Thanks for the Memories

So, I wish you all the luck in the world, Kate and Wills, but don’t bother inviting me over to look at the wedding photos.

Language Focus – Expressing Opinions

To get excited about something is used for strong positive feelings about something. It is more commonly used to describe others than to describe yourself, for example She got really excited about the idea of going to Africa on holiday. To be really happy about something is obviously used for strong positive feelings and is often used to describe yourself e.g. I was really happy when they told me the news. (Not) to care about something is used to express whether or not you have a strong opinion about something, for instance I (don’t) really care who wins the next election. Not to be bothered about something is used when we don’t have a strong opinion or are indifferent about something, but normally in a slightly negative way, for example I should go to the gym but I can’t be bothered. Don’t get me wrong...but... is a phrase which is often used to soften or moderate your opinion and prove that you understand the other side by giving the other side of the argument first. Why on earth is a useful expression to reinforce your opinion, especially a negative one. A stronger version is why the hell

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