At recent celebrations at the Principality, in November 2012, guests congratulated Prince Paul on reaching his 70th birthday in this year.
A highlight of the day was the presentation of The Great Driveway Cake of Wy designed and baked by Arch Duchess Penelope.
The Prince and Marquise Wantonne , who is an acknowledged connoisseur of haute cuisine, felt that it did not fit into the category of entrée nor of dessert because of the subtle broccoli element suggesting bushland and the contrasting sweet confections for the road.
An historic new classification was created and the Driveway creation won the award for “Desentrees”. The Prince was amused. Culinary invention is admired in the Principality of Wy alongside all the other arts, there being no vocational heirarchy in the Palace of Art.
Those who were fortunate to savour the dish were heard to enthuse; “Beyond Rocky Road” and “A Bicuspid Boulevard”.
The supportive message attached to the “Desentree” reflects brave hopes, raised recently in the Principality, that the sound of carriages may soon be heard in the drive.
An esteemed guest, who won the Gold Medal in the Ladies Couturier Competion, is seen wearing a stunning garment of exquisite provenance, and is about to receive a complimentary Principality of Wy T Shirt which bears the ever smiling visage of the prince.
Your respectful Equerry
On the 8th September 2012 local elections were held in NSW. Mosman electors went to the polls to select a new mayor and 6 councillors. The Prince of Wy settled down to a happy interlude, with a cup of coffee and the Despatch Case, sketching next to the florists shop. Paul sincerely admires those who dedicate themselves to public service.
The Principality of Wy has been intrigued by the recent discovery of a strange mechanism embedded in a rock found washed up at the base of its wild sea crags. The court of Wy has been made aware that there exists an historical precedent for this discovery.
In 1902 an archaeologist was examining the finds from the detritus of a Roman cargo ship wrecked off the Greek island of Antikythera and observed that one of the pieces of rock had a gear wheel embedded in it. He at first believed it to be an astronomical clock but after much debate academics decided that it was too complex to have been constructed during the same period as the other fragments that had been discovered. It is believed that it was being taken to Rome together with other treasures looted from the Greek island of Antikythera to be displayed at a triumphal celebration initiated by Emperor to be, Julius Caesar.
The mechanism appeared to be a machine designed to predict celestial events according to the theories current in its day. This is a unique relic of brilliant Greek engineering and one of the surviving wonders of the Hellenic world. Consisting of bronze coaxial spindles, superior planet gears, fixed input gears, slot gears, offset axes and epicyclical gearing, it is a work of pure genius.
The recent exciting Wy discovery, which measures 8cm across, similarly has gear wheels embedded in it. It seems, from comparison that it is less complex than Antikythera however and as the rock is very dense the true mechanical nature of the relic is yet to be ascertained.
This machine was found in the sand. Truly this was the sand of time. Is this remarkable visitor a reminder of the ephemeral nature of all things? The scientist in us wants to find out how it works. The poet says. Leave it as it is, It is beautiful.
Is it just possible that ancient Greeks visited Wy? The Prince has a reverence for the Golden Age and would like to think so. Then again it may have a more recent provenance. Research is continuing.