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The Queen Rules.

“18 Powers & Privileges Of Queen Elizabeth II” By Osien Kuumar, SW Staff Writer.
1 – Her Majesty The Queen … needs no license to drive
2 – Needs no passport.
3 – Celebrates TWO birthdays… Her actual birthday is April 21, 1926 …. Her official birthday in June. CURRENTLY, Queen Elizabeth II, age 89, as of April 21, 2015
4 – Has a private poet. Until 2019, it is Carol Ann Duffy.
5 – Use of a private ATM machine, in Buckingham Palace.
6 – Owns all the swans in the Thames River.
7 – Owns all the dolphins, in British waters.
8 – No bill can be passed to form a law, without her consent.
9 – Has the power to appoint Lords and Knights.
10 – Can choose to pay taxes or not. Since 1992, Queen Elizabeth II pays taxes.
11 – The royal family are exempt from all Freedom of Information requests
12 – Is immune from prosecution.
13 – In times of “grave constitutional crisis”, the Queen has to power to veto any ministerial advice or opinion.
14 – Under no “grave constitutional crisis”, the Queen has the right to be consulted, to encourage and to warn her ministers.
15 – Her Majesty the Queen is also, the Queen of Australia, since 1953.
16 – Can replace or fire the Australian government, by appointing a new prime minister
17 – Her Majesty the Queen is Head of State of the UK and Australia and all commonwealth realms [ such as, Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu ]
18 – Her Majesty the Queen is the Supreme Governor of the Church of England. The Sovereign holds the title, ‘Defender of the Faith and Supreme Governor of the Church of England’.
List from Scoop Whoop [SW: “an Internet Media Company for the online Indian”]
Also, information from The official website of the British Monarchy .
18 Powers & Privileges Of Queen Elizabeth II That You Had No Idea About
By Osien Kuumar, SW Staff Writer 2015


Currency with the Queen’s face. The 2 pound coin has released its fifth update [ portrait of Queen Elizabeth II ] since 1953. See also her portrait on the one pound note [above].  Rare honor having a person’s image on any currency, while that person is still alive.


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A Pair of Queens… And The Longest British Reign : Queen Elizabeth II to pass Queen Victoria on September 9th 2015.


Here are some royal facts about the long reign of Queen Elizabeth the 2nd and the special dates that occur in 2015.   NOTE: Barring abdication or death ( Today is June 10, 2015 )


Queen Elizabeth II will tie [#48] Queen Victoria on September 9th, 2015, Wednesday, and pass her on Thursday.

Queen Elizabeth II will become the longest-reigning British monarch.  Also, the longest-reigning female monarch in history.  Already, the oldest monarch, since 2007, Queen Elizabeth II is 89 years old.


# 1: Sobhuza (Swaziland) 1899-1982 Died at age 83. Ruled 82+ years. Swaziland borders South Africa and Mozambique. Stone Age artifacts of 200,000 years ago in Swaziland.
#12: Louis XIV (France) 1643-1715. Died at age 76. Ruled for 72 + years. Louis 14th was probably the most familiar name on this list. Versailles. FYI: Louis 16th married to Marie Antoinette.
#48: Queen Victoria. 1837-1901. Died at age 81. Ruled for 63+ years. Victorian Era. Longest reigning British monarch and longest of any female monarch in history. 1887 her Golden Jubilee 50th Anniversary. 1897 her Diamond Jubilee 60th Anniversary.


#50: Queen Elizabeth II. 1926-present. Age: On April 21, 2015, 89th birthday. Reigning since 1952. Silver-1977, Golden-2002, Diamond-2012 Jubilees. Britain’s oldest monarch ever. Currently [June 2015] , oldest monarch of any country in the world. Queen of 16 of 53 member states in the Commonwealth of Nations, formally the British Empire.


Her only sister, Princess Margaret died at age 71, in 2002.

Heir apparent: Charles, Prince of Wales (b.1948, age 66 in 2015).


The  “longest reign” list continues… Queen Elizabeth II, after passing Victoria.


Queen Victoria [#48]

of the British Empire 63 years, 216 days. September 9th , 2015 Tie with Queen Elizabeth II
Anton Gunther [#47]
of Oldenburg (Germany) 63 years, 219 days.  NOTE: 3 days after passing Victoria.
Albert Anton [#46]
of Schwarzburg -Rudolstadt (Germany) 63 years, 232 days.  NOTE: 13 days after passing Victoria.
Sultan Ibrahim [#45]
of Johor (Malaysia) 63 years, 338 days.  NOTE: 122 days after passing Victoria.
Sayajirao Gaekwad III [#44]

of Baroda State (India) 64 years, 196 days.  NOTE: 345 days after passing Victoria.



Info compiled by Ed Mullen.
Information : wiki-pedia “List of longest-reigning monarchs”
June 2015.

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Tom Brady and Multiple NFL MVP Winners

MULTIPLE NFL MVP WINNERS: Eight QB’s have won multiple NFL MVP’s.
How many QB’s can you name?
HINT: Team/Year of first MVP trophy and how many career MVP’s won.









NOTE: 8 QB’s and multiple MVP’S, Don Hutson (GB) WR, and Jim Brown (CLE) RB.
NOTE: Multiple AP NFL MVP: The Associated Press awards the NFL’s MVP Award. The first in 1957. Voted by sportswriters.


FIRST of 8 QB’s: 1959, 1964 & 1967-Johnny Unitas (BAL) 3x.
SECOND of 8 QB’s: 1989 & 1990-Joe Montana (SF) 2x.

THIRD of 8 QB’s: 1992 & 1994-Steve Young (SF) 2x.
FOURTH of 8 QB’s: 1995, 1996, 1997-Brett Favre (GB) 3x.
FIFTH of 8 QB’s: 1999 & 2001-Kurt Warner (STL) 2x.
SIXTH of 8 QB’s: 2003, ’04, ’08, ’09, ’13-Peyton Manning* (IND) 5x.
SEVENTH of 8 QB’s: 2007 & 2010-Tom Brady* (NE) 2x.
EIGHTH of 8 QB’s: 2011 & 2014-Aaron Rodgers* (GB) 2x.

FOOTNOTE [1] 1957, 1958 & 1965-Jim Brown (CLE) 3x.
FOOTNOTE [2] 1941 & 1942-Don Hutson (GB) 2x.
FOOTNOTE [3] As of 2015-16, Active*.
FOOTNOTE [4]: 2010 MVP-Tom Brady (NE) only unanimous MVP vote.

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Boston’s Banner Years. …and the Runner-Up List.

Red Sox 8-4,   Patriots 4-4,   Bruins 6-13   and   Celtics 17-4

in the World Series / Super Bowl / Stanley Cup / NBA Finals.

Thanks, Channel 5 WCVB – Great Graphic design!


The Runner – Up List (2015, compiled by Ed Mullen)

1927 4-13-27 Stanley Cup, Game 4
Two of four were OT games, ending in ties. OTT 3, BOS 1. Ottawa Senators win the Cup [2-0-2]

1930 4-3-30 Stanley Cup, Game 2

MTL 2, BOS 0. Canadians sweep, win the Cup [2-0]

1930 4-3-30 1929-30 Bruins, 38-5-1 (.875) Beginning in 1924-25, 7 seasons w/ 44 games or less on schedule. Best Franchise winning Pct. Best record in season. Best BOS winning pct, in any season..
[In NHL Best PCT ? (need more info)]

1943 4-8-43 Stanley Cup, Game 4 DET 2, BOS 0. Red Wings sweep, win the Cup [4-0]

1946 10-15-46 World Series, Game 7 STL 4, BOS 3. Cardinals win the Series [4-3]

1946 4-9-46 Stanley Cup, Game 5
*Three OT games MTL 6, BOS 3. Canadians win the Cup, [4-1]

1953 4-16-53 Stanley Cup, Game 5 MTL 1, BOS 0. (OT). Canadians win the Cup, [4-1]

1957 4-16-57 Stanley Cup, Game 5 MTL 5, BOS 1. Canadians win the Cup, [4-1]

1958 4-20-58 Stanley Cup, Game 6 MTL 5, BOS 3. Canadians win the Cup, [4-2]

1958 1958 NBA Final, Game 6
*Game 3, BILL RUSSELL sprained his ankle, and appeared in just 1 more game. STL 110, BOS 109. Hawks win the Title, [4-2]

1964 1-5-64 San Diego Chargers 51, Boston Patriots 10. Jan.5, 1964.
AFL Championship Game [Pre-dates the 1970 AFL-NFL Merger and Super Bowl game Jan.67, Jan.68 and Jan. 1969: “SuperBowl3” ] San Diego Chargers 51, Boston Patriots 10. Jan.5, 1964.

1967 10-12-67 World Series, Game 7 STL 7, BOS 2. Cardinals win the Series [4-3]

1974 5-19-74 Stanley Cup, Game 6 PHI 1, BOS 0. Flyers win the Cup, [4-2]

1975 10-22-75 World Series, Game 7 CIN 4, BOS 3. Reds win the Series [4-3]

1977 5-14-77 Stanley Cup, Game 4 MTL 2, BOS 1 (OT). Canadians sweep, win Cup, [4-0]

1978 5-25-78 Stanley Cup, Game 6 MTL 4, BOS 1. Canadians win Cup, [4-2]

1985 1985 NBA Finals, Game 6 LAL 111, BOS 100. Lakers win the Title [4-2]

1986 1-26-86 Super Bowl 20 CHI 46, NE 10

1986 10-27-86 World Series, Game 7 NYM 8, BOS 5. Mets win the Series [4-3]

1987 1987 NBA Finals, Game 6 LAL 106, BOS 93. Lakers win the Title [4-2]

1988 5-26-88 Stanley Cup, Game 5 *In Game 4, fog and Boston Garden power outage stalled a 3-3 battle, in 2nd period. Game 5 was moved to EDM for the five game “sweep”. EDM 6, BOS 3. Oilers sweep, win the Cup, [4-0]

1990 5-24-90 Stanley Cup, Game 5 EDM 4, BOS 1. Oilers win the Cup, [4-1]

1997 1-26-97 Super Bowl 31 GB 35, NE 21

2008 2-3-08 Super Bowl 42 NYG 17, NE 14

2010 2010 NBA Finals, Game 7 LAL 83, BOS 79. Lakers win the Title [4-3]

2013 2-5-13 Super Bowl 46 NYG 21, NE 17

2013 6-24-13 Stanley Cup, Game 6 CHI 3, BOS 2. Blackhawks win the Cup, [4-2]

—–Info above compiled by Ed Mullen, 2015 ——————————————————————— .My research NFL-reference/MLB-reference/NBA-reference/NHL-reference ——————————-

Looking back was 1986 the best year in Boston sports? (below)

Best year: 1986

As you can tell by that overall winning percentage, Boston sports teams have been very successful over the past quarter-century. Sometimes this is forgotten with that constant reminders of 1918.

Anyway, 1986 was quite a year — the Celtics beat the Lakers in the NBA Finals. The Red Sox, umm, nearly won the World Series. The Patriots played in the Super Bowl early in the year and then made the playoffs again in the 1986 season. The Bruins made the playoffs as well.


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Trivia: New England Patriots.


Designed by Phil Bissell, cartoonist. Patriots logo from 1961-1993. Replaced by the “Flying Elvis” logo. Predominant team color changes from RED to BLUE . Along w/ marketing reason, the original patriots (minutemen, Revolutionary War) fought against the RED coats.


Q: Name the Patriots 5 First Over-All Draft Picks.

Hint, 1964, 1971, 1982, 1984 and 1993


— JACK CONCANNON (Boston College QB, HB). 1964 AFL draft, R1-P1 for the Boston Patriots.

— JIM PLUNKETT (Stanford, QB) 1971 NFL draft, R1-P1. Heisman Trophy, 1970. Only 2-time Super Bowl champion as starting QB, NOT in Hall Of Fame.

— KENNETH SIMS (Texas, DE) 1982 NFL Draft, R1-P1.

— IRVING FRYAR (Nebraska, WR) 1984 NFL Draft R1-P1.

— DREW BLEDSOE (Washington State, QB) 1993 NFL Draft R1-P1 selected by Bill Parcells, Pats new head coach.




Q1:What brand are all NFL footballs? …

Q2:What brand are all MLB baseballs? …

Q3:What brand are all NBA basketballs?


A1:NFL footballs-WILSON ….

A2:MLB baseballs-RAWLINGS …

A3:NBA basketballs-SPAULDING.

…BTW: NHL hockey pucks, since 1979, are manufactured by the : In Glas Co . 

…BTW: Pro basketballs must be inflated to 7 ½ to 8 ½ PSI.


NFL Rulebook Website: the Ball.

Rule 2 The Ball, Section 1, BALL DIMENSIONS
The Ball must be a “Wilson,” hand selected, bearing
the signature of the Commissioner of the League, Roger Goodell.
The ball shall be made up of an inflated (12 1/2 to 13 1/2 pounds) urethane bladder enclosed in a pebble grained, leather case (natural tan color) without corrugations of any kind. It shall have the form of a prolate spheroid and the size and weight shall be: long axis, 11 to 11 1/4 inches; long circumference, 28 to 28 1/2 inches; short circumference, 21 to 21 1/4 inches; weight, 14 to 15 ounces.
The Referee shall be the sole judge as to whether all balls offered for play comply with these specifications. A pump is to be furnished by the home club, and the balls shall remain under the supervision of the Referee until they are delivered to the ball attendant just prior to the start of the game.
Boston Patriots (1960-1970). Name change to New England Patriots. NOTE: for one month in 1971, the official team name was the BAY STATE PATRIOTS, rejected by the NFL. New England Patriots (1971 to present)
The last play from scrimmage of the 1972 AFC divisional playoff was the historic, 4th and 10, tipped pass and catch called “The Immaculate Reception”.
Q1: First, rookie Franco Harris caught it, who threw it?
Q2: Secondly, the Steelers defeated what team?

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R.I.P. Spock. “Fascinating”. So Serious, So Funny. Star Trek’s Great Character. “Live Long and Prosper”


Leonard Nimoy. Spock. Fun Facts. Trivia. (1931-2015, age 83)

Spock says, ” Fascinating”… again and again. YouTube

The singer. Nimoy recorded 5 albums. BTW, Shatner one LP, “Transformed Man”.
LEONARD NIMOY PERFORMS: Highly Illogical, A Visit To A Sad Planet, Where Is Love, IF I HAD A HAMMER (The Hammer Song), , Music To Watch Space Girls By, Ruby Don’t Take Your Lo
ve To Town, , ABRAHAM, MARTIN AND JOHN, I’d Love Making Love To You, IF I WAS A CARPENTER, Put A Little Love In Your Heart, I Walk the Line, BALLAD OF BILBO BAGGINS, Everybody’s Talkin’, Both Sides Now, Sunny, SPOCK THOUGHTS, Gentle On My Mind.

WILLIAM SHATNER PERFORMS: King Henry The Fifth , Elegy For The Brave, MR. TAMBOURINE , It Was A Very Good Year, Hamlet, LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS, How Insensitive (Antonio Carlos Jobim)

(1997) [Best Songs in CAPS]

Remember, the introduction to the Omni-Theatre movies at Boston’s Museum of Science, voiced by Leonard Nimoy, which said he grew up nearby. ………………………………………………………………………….

2. It Ain’t Me Babe – Sebastian Cabot
3. Blowin’ In The Wind – Eddie Albert
5. A Whiter Shade Of Pale – Noel Harrison
6. I Can See For Miles – Frankie Randall
8. Twist And Shout – Mae West
9. House Of The Rising Sun – Andy Griffith
11. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life – Jim Nabors
12. Like A Rolling Stone – Sebastian Cabot
13. White Room – Joel Grey

GOLDEN THROATS : The Great Celebrity Song-Off (1992)

Big Bang Theory – Sheldon/Spock.

Narrated “In Search of….”.

Nimoy as author. Wrote “I Am Not Spock” in 1975.

Also, wrote “I Am Spock” in 1995.

Nimoy attended Boston College in 1953, well before Starfleet Academy.

Honorary Doctorate from Boston University and Antioch College(Ohio).

1953-55, a sergeant in the US Army.

Information Society: “What’s On Your Mind (Pure Energy)”, 1988. (song/MTV video) Uses an actual Spock quote. #RIPLeonardNimoy




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Military Discount : $200 off : Wedding Music

If the bride or groom is a member of the US Armed Services, $200 off my wedding music service.

This offer extended until December 2016.

A small gesture with great respect.

From 2008 – 2013,  it was a $100 discount.

As of Nov 2014, $200 discount [valid til DEC 31, 2016]

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Catherine & Kendrick’s Wedding Reception at the Zovino Vineyards, Sandown NH

Catherine & Kendrick Whittle , Zovino Vineyards, Sandown NH. 10-27-12.

Warm autumn weather, leaves turning color, wine made on-site and two great families. The 150 guests were treated to a New England classic. Catherine and Kendrick’s reception was a held at one of New Hampshire’s hidden gems. The cocktail hour was held under the strong wooden beams of the dining room. The toasts were humorous and touching. The guests had late afternoon sunshine coming through the floor length windows, during thier first-rate ZorvinoVineyard dinner.

Your first dance: “Me & You” by Kenny Chesney.

The dancefloor was filled, at first, because of the group picture from the loft … then, the dancing! Everywhere there were …Moves Like Jagger and Michael Jackson. More Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift, “Call Me Maybe”, “Dynamite”, “On The Floor” by J. Lo, Journey, “Gangham Style”, LMFAO, Pitbull, Madonna, swinging “In The Mood”, “Take Me Home Tonight” and the classic “Electric Slide” – all by request! Catherine & Kendrick and their friends barely left the dancefloor. Congratulations.

Zovino Vineyards,  in Sandown NH. 10-27-12.

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“A Three-Hour Tour” – Gilligan’s Island

Question: Can you name any characters from the GILLIGAN’S ISLAND cast that have survived to this day?

“There were seven stranded castaways, here on Gilligan’s Isle”, which premiered in 1964.
However, fifty years later, the full cast is incomplete.
F.Y.I.-September 1964 pilot episode aired. (1964-67, 98 episodes)
F.Y.I.-First 30 episodes (season one) filmed in “black and white”, the next 68 were shot “in color”.
F.Y.I.-September 2014: 50th Anniversary
F.Y.I.-November, 1963 The “Gilligan’s Island” cast and crew finish the filming of the pilot episode as the news of J.F.K.’s assassination spreads. There is flag at half-mast as the S.S. Minnow leaves the Hawaiian marina… for a three-hour tour.
F.Y.I.-1993 Budweiser commercial, “Ginger or Mary Ann?”
Answer: See the chart below.
d.2005 Gilligan, 70
d.1990 Skipper, 68, a.k.a. Jonas Grumby
d.1989 Mr. Thurston Howell III, 76
d.1991 Mrs.Howell a.k.a. Lovey, 90
d.2014 The Professor, 89, a.k.a. Roy Hinckley
Born 1934 Ginger Grant…. LIVING at age 79
Born 1938 Mary Ann Summers …LIVING at age 75
“The Ballad of Gilligan’s Island” (Opening Theme).

Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale,
a tale of a fateful trip.
That started from this tropic port,
aboard this tiny ship.
The mate was a mighty sailing man,
The skipper brave and sure.
5 passengers set sail that day
For a 3 hour tour, a 3 hour tour.
The weather started getting rough,
The tiny ship was tossed,
If not for the courage of the fearless crew
The Minnow would be lost, the Minnow would be lost.
The ship set ground on the shore of this uncharted desert isle
With Gilligan, The Skipper too,
The millionaire and his wife,
The movie star
The professor and Mary Ann,
Here on Gilligan’s Isle.

Gilligan’s Island (The Closing Theme Song).

So this is the tale of the castaways,
They’re here for a long, long time,
They’ll have to make the best of things,
It’s an uphill climb.
The first mate and the Skipper too,
Will do their very best,
To make the others comfortable,
In the tropic island nest.
No phone, no lights, no motor cars,
Not a single luxury,
Like Robinson Crusoe,
As primitive as can be.
So join us here each week my friends,
You’re sure to get a smile,
From seven stranded castaways,
Here on ‘Gilligan’s Isle.’

Info:,, and wikipedia

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Boston : Sportstown USA… no, that was 1986.

Finish this statement, sports fans. Today, 12-5-13. Bruins are #1 : Atlantic Division. Celtics are #1 : Atlantic Division. Patriots are #1 : East Division. Red Sox are #1 in MLB….. but…

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Looking back was 1986 the best year in Boston sports? (below)

Best year: 1986

As you can tell by that overall winning percentage, Boston sports teams have been very successful over the past quarter-century. Sometimes this is forgotten with that constant reminders of 1918.

Anyway, 1986 was quite a year — the Celtics beat the Lakers in the NBA Finals. The Red Sox, umm, nearly won the World Series. The Patriots played in the Super Bowl early in the year and then made the playoffs again in the 1986 season. The Bruins made the playoffs as well.


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