Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement has pushed every other story off the front page of UK newspapers.

Only the British Government’s shambles at negotiating the EU withdrawal gets a look in.

But how big is the engagement story on the other side of the Atlantic? Or in the rest of Europe?

Come to think of it, are we in Britain soon to be no longer part of Europe? Will I have to say ‘in Europe’ instead of ‘the rest of Europe’?

So – all very interesting about the engagement- no, not really.

What is interesting to me are the news headlines like this from the BBC

“Harry and Meghan: Inter-racial couples react to the royal engagement …”

or the Guardian and

“I love the idea of a mixed-race princess’: readers on the royal engagement”

or the Independent with

“Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wedding: Will the bride really be our first mixed-race royal?”

What do you make of that? What do Harry and Meghan think to have ‘mixed race’ bandied about as a trophy of newsworthiness?

Metro Gets Prize For Best Headline

But, there has to be a prize for the best headline. A headline should be short and it should be multi-dimensional. And Metro takes the prize with One’s One.

If you are not familiar with the habit of Royalty to take about ‘one’ – as in ‘One is not amused’ rather than ‘I am not amused’ or ‘We are not amused’, then the headline might be lost on you.

When the Queen says ‘one’, she means ‘we’, and when she says ‘we’ she means that institution that has been sailing on intact for centuries and which will continue on its imperial course.

So the Metro headline has a dig at Royalty and at the way it is somewhat out of touch with the goings on at street level.

And it is sweet, with its ‘You’re the one, baby’ connotation.

It definitely gets my headline prize.

Metro newspaper headline - 'One's One' - Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

From this post about Chizhik-Pyzhik:

In the first photo you can see Chizhik-Pyzhik, a tiny statue of a bird on a pedestal built into the stonework of the riverside near the Pantelejmonov bridge that crosses the River Fontanki in Saint Petersburg.

Local residents throw small coins onto the platform near the bird’s legs in the belief that if the coin lands on the platform, their wish will come true.

The origin of the name Chizhik-Pyzhik maybe comes from a song sung by the law students at the then nearby Imperial School of Jurisprudence.

The school dress was yellow and green, which is reminiscent of the colours of the siskin (chisik in Russian).

This explains everything except why people believe it’s good luck to land a coin at the bird’s feet.

So, for those of use who live far from Russia – and especially what we hear about in the news – here are Russians enjoying themselves throwing coins to Chizhik-Pyzhik’s feet.