April 23rd, 2011
04:22 PM ET

The Royal Wedding Guest List – Skepticism Set in Stone

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So – finally Julia Gillard gets to go to something other than a shrimp barbie. 

But of course I jest. The world’s only ginger Welsh antipodean political leader deserves a party after all she’s been through since she took office.

 I am still avoiding my point. 

While I wasn’t waiting with baited breath for my own invitation to the royal nuptials – or indeed rehearsing fake delight ahead of  the distant chance any acquaintance might be among the chosen few – two words are lodged in my craw. Joss Stone. 

I can accept Tara Palmer-Tomkinson. At least she flirts in royal circles and occasionally persuades the world that Duncan from Blue has more to offer us than Eurovision or bisexuality "shockers".

I can even accept Posh ‘n’ Becks. At least they guarantee viewership from the jaded brigade who don’t do royal but refuse to succumb to totally common (yes – you, Katie Price).

But Joss Stone? Really? Not Adele? Not Laura Marling? Not even Amy Winehouse? At least she’d be worth a laugh. A castoff from Jane McDonald’s “Star for a Night” gets to brush past the bouncers at the biggest event of the year?

Fergie might have felt aggrieved if her namesake from the Black Eyed Peas had been asked along. But Joss Stone?! 

Joss, sweetheart...  This turn of events is not super duper and very few people are diggin’ on it.

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  1. Laura

    Just wanted to correct your poor vocabulary as the word 'castoff' suggests Joss Stone has made no success in her career when I think you'll find her first album 'The Soul Session's' was number 4 in the UK charts, and her second album 'Mind, Body and Soul' was number 1 in the UK charts, number 11 in the US charts. This is quite an achievement in comparison to your pointless, poorly constructed articles that have been read by no more than a couple of hundred people, if that. Even if there was more, I doubt many of the readers agreed with your view. Also, I highly doubt your articles have ever been complimented by fans, let alone moved the lives of thousands. Joss Stone is a role model and talented musician in Britain, so why shouldn't she deserve an invite to the wedding? Because lets face it, as slightly talented as Amy Winehouse, Fergie and the other artists you have refereed to may be, when's the last time they wrote their own songs or sang live? Once you learn to appriciate real music you may be able to configure a respectable argument within your articles.

    April 24, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Reply
  2. Jon

    I feel i should correct you Laura. Adele, Amy Winehouse and Laura Marling all write their own songs and perform completely live and are three of the best female artists to come out of the UK. (Well Amy was a few years back before the troubles.) I, ofcourse also consider Joss Stone to be a talented artist, but I felt I should clear up the 'appreciating real music' comment you made.

    April 24, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Reply
  3. John

    The phrase is bated breath, not baited breath. Unless your breath really smells like bait. Have you been chewing raw squid?

    Oh, and why shouldn't Prince William have invited his friend Joss? They've known each other for a few years.

    June 19, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Reply
  4. Luella

    This article achieved exlcaty what I wanted it to achieve.

    June 24, 2011 at 11:47 am | Reply

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