IT HAS been a week in which two celebrated bespectacled grand ladies of pomp and pageantry spoke their minds on their future intentions.
On Tuesday, in London's Westminster Hall, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II told a select group of her subjects that she was staying in her job, promising to ''rededicate myself to the service of our great country and its people now and in the years to come".
The day before, in the art deco splendour of the stalls of Her Majesty's Theatre, Melbourne, Australia's greatest living comic queen, Dame Edna Everage, announced her impending retirement from live - or what she calls ''flesh and blood'' - theatre.
With typical humility, she told this newspaper, ''To be the most loved woman - I won't say in the world - but to be as adored as I am is a responsibility.
"I wear it lightly, but I mustn't abuse it. I have to check self-abuse very carefully and rigorously.''
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