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Costume Play at The Principality of Wy

Is there a smaller size of T shirt ?

Distinguished guests, young and old, many wearing imaginative costumes gathered at the principality in November to commemorate the anniversary of the sixth year of Secession. The weather which had been universally inclement throughout the Sydney basin,  was perfect.  Wy weather is generally balmy because the principality is sheltered on all sides by natural hilly wind- breaks, creating a gorgeous  oasis by the harbour where bananas, avocadoes, figs, citrus fruits, and latterly roses, all luxuriate.

How rabbits smile

From end to end the principality was alive with laughter. The young people came up from partying in The Gully of Wy and on the beach to join the older guests to hear The Prince deliver his ‘State of The Principality’ speech.

Several Roving Cultural Emissaries, recently returned from foreign parts, kindly reported on artistic developments overseas.  

As is customary, awards were made for poetry, oratory, singing and culinary invention.  Cosplay awards were made for the fantastic attire of many of the guests. (See Principality of Wy promotes world peace – Serene Blog – Court Circular)

In another ceremony the installation of the 1960 iconic self portrait of the Prince painted 50 years ago at the age of eighteen, was celebrated, following its splendid gilt reframing. 


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John Olsen opens Max Miller Exhibition in Sydney

Max Miller and John Olsen reminisce

Art Atrium Gallery in  Sydney is the venue for the latest exhibition by Australian artist, Max Miller.  Max was my contemporary at the Julian Ashton Art school in Sydney, where we both worked under the watchful eye of Henry Cornwallis Gibbons. This was an occasion  to reminisce about old friends and adventures we had shared in Sydney and the bush.

John Olsen also had fond memories of the school having earlier been a student of “Gibby”, as we affectionately called him.  Max had printed many etching editions for John over the years at his Kangaloon studio and the two enjoy a long friendship and mutual regard.

John  offered to open Max’s show, which was tribute indeed when one considers the many requests the great artist receives and declines. Max searches for the spirituality of nature. His prodigious drawing talent permits him to move with ease from lyrical abstraction to the close observation of natural things, which he renders with searching analysis. He is an inveterate bushman and is never happier than when he is enjoying a solitary ramble, in all seasons, in the wild hinterland of Australia.

In his affectionate speech John Olsen observed that Max is a passionate master who paints the small things that the hurrying world passes by.  Max,  who could be embarrassingly modest about his achievements, had created work that was highly estimable and full of integrity.- Paul Delprat

Art Atrium Gallery located at  181 Old South Head Road, Bondi Junction in  Sydney.  See

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Prince of Wy judges Rolls Royce Concourse

Prince Paul of Wy accepts invitation to judge a Rolls Royce Concourse

 On the 17th of October 2010 at 11 o’clock, the esteemed president of the Rolls Royce Owners Club of Australia,  New South Wales Branch, called at the Principality of Wy.  The Prince and Princess of Wy boarded his magnificent red Rolls Royce and were transported,  or rather – they proceeded, to inspect the Concourse of the Rolls Royce Owners Club,  which was to be held at the northern end of beautiful Balmoral Beach where cars were assembling for the occasion.    The journey in state through the crowded streets of Mosman provided obvious pleasure to those enjoying perfect weather as they paraded or relaxed over coffee before they made their way to the beach.

The display was truly “A Regency of Rollers.”   All were beautiful examples of British engineering and coachwork. The prime purpose of the club is to support the  ownership and restoration of these motor cars which have been produced by the Rolls Royce and Bentley companies over the years. 

Paul and Princess Susan  strolled among the parked vehicles, chatting to the owners, for whom Rolls ownership is a passion.  The members come from many backgrounds and share a rare camaraderie.  Judging was very difficult.

The criteria that Paul was given was: “Which of the cars would the prince most like to have in his mews?” Alas, no mews is bad news.  -Well of course everybody knows that The Principality of Wy currently does not have a mews.  However we are hoping that this drastic situation will be remedied by worthy Mosman Council in due course.

The Prince and  Princess would have been pleased to have any of these well cared for vehicles in their mews and this information rendered by the Prince in his presentation speech was well received by the owners. 

Marginally more “mews worthy” vehicles were presented with  special awards. Principality of Wy protective Aprons were also awarded.  It is to be remembered that many Rolls and Bentley owners are happy to lift the bonnet with a spanner in hand.   

Paul wrote a special poem for the occasion dedicated to the Rolls Royce owners.

 Jo Sykes * who sculpted “Eleanor”,  to guide the wheels of your Rolls Royce, 

Knew, the Goddess that admirers saw,  would cause each driver to rejoice.

 Eleanor has heard fine toasts,  to her beauty in the great outdoors,

She graces Wraiths and Silver Ghosts  and Dawns and Clouds and Phantom Fours.

 To The Principality of Wy, Our Eleanor glides, riding high,

Above the trials of life’s hubbub, via The Noble Rolls Royce Owners Club.

 Paul of Wy   September 17 2010

(*Jo Sykes was the English Sculptor who created the flying lady who graces the bonnets of this noble marque)