April 8, 2006

Down with the King

One type of good time we miss out on in the modern era is the chance to overthrow tyrannical Kings. The royal families we deal with are mainly figures of fun - case in point:

Prince Harry, the third in line to the British throne, celebrated the end of his military training with a visit to a lap dancing club, British newspapers reported Saturday.

Harry, 21, watched dancers at the Spearmint Rhino nightclub in Slough, southern England, during celebrations marking the end of a year of study at a military academy, the Daily Mirror said.

I wouldn't be too hard on the guy, after all:

He will serve in the Blues and Royals regiment of the Household Cavalry -- one of the British army's oldest and most prestigious units -- and be eligible for future service in Iraq or Afghanistan.

He is putting it on the line for his country, which is more than you can say for the children of the ruling class in this country.

So while the British royalty is a mix of noble obligation and tabloid fun house, the King of Nepal is a straight-up tyrant:

Protesters in Nepal postponed a demonstration planned for Saturday after the king imposed a curfew and ordered violators shot on sight.

The current King of Nepal - Gyanendra, took power when a Prince flipped out and shot most of the Royal Family. He then went on to seize power and roll back all the democratic institutions in the country. The revolution is coming to Nepal. For more updates from the country, give this blog a try.