Girls rule: A look at ‘Frozen 2’ royalty and princesses of the real world

Disney’s ‘Frozen 2,’ the sequel to the 2013 film that grossed $1.27 billion, is coming out Nov. 22. These films are about a kingdom of cold, but their success is red-hot.

Here’s a look at the world of princesses in reality and fairy tales.

Real-world kingdoms

Some of the world’s monarchs are figureheads and have little political influence, while others are the heads of state with some or total power. Here’s how they rule across the globe:

Ready to rule

Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, is the oldest child of Sweden’s king. Sweden reformed its constitution in 1979 to allow the eldest child, regardless of gender, to inherit the throne.

Once Victoria takes the throne, her oldest child, Estelle, will be the heir apparent.

Men only

Japan is the world’s oldest monarchy and has male-only succession. Japan has a new emperor and empress as of April. Japan’s Crown Empress Masako has one daughter, who cannot ascend to the throne.

Art of the deal

Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-thani of Qatar is the 36-year-old sister of the current ruling emir and is daughter of the father emir. She is ranked by Time and Forbes as one of the world’s 100 most powerful women.

As chairwoman of Qatar Museums, she has been purchasing art around the world worth an estimated $1 billion a year.

God save the princess

Before her 66-year reign over England, Queen Elizabeth II was a princess for 26 years. This painting shows her before her coronation in 1953. Her only sibling, Princess Margaret, died in 2002.

Not a princess?

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, has been married to Prince William since April 2011. She may have had the world’s greatest fairy-tale princess wedding, but her official title is duchess. Kate is the mother of two princes, George and Louis, and Princess Charlotte.

Fairy tale fortunes

Disney’s “The Lion King” released this year dethroned …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


Watch Live: Trump impeachment inquiry hearing – Day 3 (6:00 a.m.).

By LAURIE KELLMAN – The Associated Press

WASHINGTON – They heard the July 25 phone call for themselves.

And now, Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and adviser Jennifer Williams are set to tell Americans and the world about its content and their concerns as the lead witnesses in perhaps the most consequential week of the impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump.

They are the first two of nine witnesses called to testify before the House Intelligence Committee this week. The procession includes officials closest to Trump as lawmakers grind through their investigation of the 45th president.

Vindman and Williams were listening with others in the White House Situation Room and heard Trump pressure Ukraine’s president to do him the “favor” of investigating Joe Biden and his son, all while the U.S. had placed a hold on aid to Ukraine.

What to watch as the marathon week of hearings opens at 6 a.m. PST Tuesday:


Vindman is a Soviet-era immigrant who came to the U.S. as a toddler and grew up to become a decorated soldier and a White House aide. Now, he is a 20-year Army officer assigned to the National Security Council at the white-hot center of the inquiry.

Vindman, 44, testified last month in closed session that he twice raised concerns about Trump and his European Union ambassador, Gordon Sondland, inappropriately pushing Ukrainian leaders to investigate the former vice president and his son.

“I have a deep appreciation for American values and ideals and the power of freedom. I am a patriot, and it is my sacred duty and honor to advance and defend our country, irrespective of party or politics,” Vindman said in written remarks.

He earned the Purple Heart after being wounded in Iraq in 2004 leading infantrymen.

In October, Vindman attended his closed-door testimony wearing his Army service uniform, with a chest full …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


Bridge: Nov. 19, 2019

Many fine books have appeared recently, notably “The Language of Bridge” by Kit Woolsey; “Insights on Bridge,” the first in a series by Mike Lawrence; and “The Case against the Blue Team,” Avon Wilsmore’s cheating indictment of bridge’s most successful team.

A terrific book for intermediates is “On the Other Hand” by noted authors David Bird and Larry Cohen. They treat similar deals from different perspectives.

Bird asks how South should handle today’s four spades. He has a loser in each suit but can hope to set up a second club trick for a heart discard. He must do so promptly; if he starts the trumps, West can win and continue hearts effectively.


Dummy wins the first heart and leads a club. If East takes the king to lead another heart, South wins, cashes the queen of clubs, goes to the ace of diamonds and pitches his last heart on the ace of clubs.

For books, instructional software and other bridge-related items for your partner’s Xmas stocking, see


You hold: S J 8 7 4 H K 3 2 D A 2 C A 8 7 6. North in today’s deal opened one club as dealer with this hand. Do you agree with his call?

ANSWER: I prefer opening bids that contain some playing tricks, not just a barren assortment of high cards. Still, the hand does have decent defensive values, and most players would open. One feature that would sway me toward opening is the length in spades.

North dealer

N-S vulnerable


S J 8 7 4

H K 3 2

D A 2

C A 8 7 6


S A 6

H Q J 10 8

D K 10 5 4

C J 9 3


S 3 2

H 9 7 6

D Q 9 8 6

C K 10 5 4


S K Q 10 9 5

H A 5 4

D J 7 3

C Q 2

North …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


Word Game: Nov. 19, 2019

TODAY’S WORD — VIRTUOSOS (VIRTUOSOS: ver-choo-OH-soze: Persons who excel in the technique of an art, especially music.)

Average mark 19 words

Time limit 25 minutes

Can you find 23 or more words in VIRTUOSOS? The list will be published tomorrow.

YESTERDAY’S WORD — CRIMSON coin coir corm corn rosin icon
iron micro micron minor miso morn scion scorn scrim sonic norm

To purchase the Word Game book, visit Order it now for just $5 while supplies last!


1. Words must be of four or more letters.

2. Words that acquire four letters by the addition of “s,” such as “bats” or “dies,” are not allowed.

3. Additional words made by adding a “d” or an “s” may not be used. For example, if “bake” is used, “baked” or “bakes” are not allowed, but “bake” and “baking” are admissible.

4. Proper nouns, slang words, or vulgar or sexually explicit words are not allowed.

Contact Word Game creator Kathleen Saxe at

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