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    With the Kennedys? Where exactly is the dynasty here?

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    i still can't get his courting the paps so much for this. sure, maybe he's just happy. but i choose to believe there's something wacky underfoot.

    i liked the old george better.
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    Amal Alamuddin Clooney flies out to secure return of Elgin MarblesÂ* | Daily Mail Online

    The Honeymoon is over! Two weeks after marrying Hollywood heart-throb George, Amal Clooney flies out to Athens to advise Greece on how to get Britain to return the Elgin Marbles

    • Amal Clooney, 36, arrives in Athens for talks on returning Elgin Marbles
    • Dressed in white cardigan and khaki trouser, she appeared in good spirits
    • She will hold meetings with Greek government officials about their return
    • Parthenon sculptures are currently on display at British Museum, London
    • New husband waded into dispute earlier this year, favouring Greek side
    • Amal has changed professional name to Amal Clooney - without maiden name - according to listing on law firm Doughty Street Chambers' site

    By Jim Norton and Maureen Sugden For The Daily Mail and Sophie Jane Evans for MailOnline
    Published: 14:43 EST, 13 October 2014 | Updated: 18:56 EST, 13 October 2014

    It will go down in history as one of the most glamorous celebrity weddings of all time.
    But the honeymoon is over for Amal Clooney who jetted out to Greece today to advise the country’s government on how best to persuade Britain to return the Elgin Marbles.
    Dressed in a simple white cardigan and khaki trousers, the new Mrs Clooney was spotted chatting happily to British Airways staff at the check-in gates at London's Heathrow airport. She later landed in Athens to a flurry of media attention.

    The 36-year-old, and her boss, Geoffrey Robertson QC, of London’s Doughty Street chambers, will hold a series of meetings with government officials during their stay, relating to the return of the Parthenon sculptures that are presently on display in the British Museum.








    Foreign trip: Amal Clooney arrives today at the Hotel Grande Bretagne in Athens, Greece




    Grand entrance: Mrs Clooney steps out of her vehicle and towards the hotel after arriving in Greece today




    Elgin Marbles discussions: The new Mrs Clooney (left), and her boss, Geoffrey Robertson QC (right), of London’s Doughty Street chambers, will hold a series of meetings with government officials during their stay




    Center of attention: It comes two weeks after the 36-year-old married George Clooney in a lavish wedding in Venice, Italy, on September 27, which reportedly cost around £8million


    It comes two weeks after Mrs Clooney married actor George Clooney in a lavish wedding in Venice, Italy, on September 27, which reportedly cost around £8million.

    Since the ceremony, the human rights laywer has changed her professional name to Amal Clooney - losing her maiden name - according to a listing on the website of Doughty Street chambers.

    It reads: 'Amal Clooney is a barrister specialising in international law, extradition and criminal law.'


    Mrs Clooney's choice of the Greece trip as her first official duty after her honeymoon was perhaps a wedding present to her husband who, earlier this year, waded into the centuries-old dispute over the Elgin Marbles, favouring the Greek side.
    The 7th Earl of Elgin, Thomas Bruce, removed the Parthenon Marble sculptures from the Acropolis in Athens while serving as the British ambassador to the Ottoman Empire from 1799 to 1803.

    The relics, known as the Elgin Marbles, are sculptures mostly by Phidias and his assistants.
    In 1801, the Earl claimed to have obtained a permit from the Ottoman authorities to remove pieces from the Parthenon and his agents removed half of the surviving sculptures, as well as architectural members and sculpture from the Propylaea and Erechtheum.
    They were shipped to Britain, but in Greece, the Scots aristocrat was accused of looting. They were bought by the British Government and are still on display in the British Museum.
    Greece has sought their return from the British Museum through the years, to no avail.
    In February, while attending the Berlin Film Festival to promote The Monuments Men, Mr Clooney was asked by a Greek journalist whether Britain should allow Greece to reclaim its historic art.




    Smiling: Mrs Clooney's appearance comes following her lavish wedding, which reportedly cost about £8million


    Sparking: She travelled with just her diamond eternity wedding band, but not her massive engagement ring





    Happy: Mrs Clooney smiled as she arrived at the five-star hotel, which calls itself a 'historic landmark' in Athens


    Press attention: The human rights lawyer attracted a lot of attention from the media as she landed in Athens

    He replied: ‘You have a very good case. Maybe it wouldn’t be a bad thing if they were returned. That is a good idea, a fair thing to do.’
    The Hollywood star’s involvement in the debate was not entirely welcomed.
    I suspect George Clooney doesn’t know the history of the Elgin Marbles and the legal entitlement Britain has to them

    John Whittingdale, Commons culture, media and sport committee chairman

    John Whittingdale, chairman of the Commons culture, media and sport committee, said: ‘I suspect George Clooney doesn’t know the history of the Elgin Marbles and the legal entitlement Britain has to them.’
    And a British Museum spokesman said at the time that trustees ‘feel there is a public benefit to having the sculptures in our collection remain part of our collection’.
    Greece says it is no longer an issue of ownership and that it would accept them back as a permanent loan, but the museum said the Greek government would first have to relinquish its claim to them.
    Yesterday, Amul Alamuddin was pictured waiting to board a plane at Heathrow Airport in London, opting for a simpler look as she got ready to return to work.


    The svelte beauty, who attracted the attention of passengers at the airport, caught a three and a half hour flight to Athens to advise the Greek government about the scupltures.
    Doughty Street chambers yesterday confirmed Mrs Clooney had travelled to Athens, where she will remain until Thursday, at the invitation of the Greek government ‘in connection with the Parthenon sculptures that are presently on display in the British museum’.
    A statement said: ‘Mr Robertson and Mrs Clooney were first asked to provide legal advice to the Greek government on this matter in 2011.

    Culture: Elgin Marbles at the British Museum. The relics are sculptures mostly by Phidias and his assistants


    History: It was the 7th Earl of Elgin, Thomas Bruce, who removed the Parthenon Marble sculptures from the Acropolis in Athens while serving as the British ambassador to the Ottoman Empire from 1799 to 1803





    Journey: Mrs Clooney is pictured at Heathrow Airport in London today as she got ready to return to work Dressed in a simple white cardigan and khaki trousers, she caught a three and a half hour flight to Athens

    ‘They will be holding a series of meetings with government officials during their stay, including the Prime Minister, Mr Antonis Samaras, and the Minister of Culture, Mr Konstantinos Tasoulas.’
    Fluent in French and Arabic, Lebanese-born Mrs Clooney is a barrister specialising in international law, human rights, extradition and criminal law.
    She has represented clients in cases before the International Criminal Court, the International Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights, as well as in domestic courts in the UK and US.
    She wed her Academy Award-winning beau last month in a romantic ceremony in Venice.


    Amal Alamuddin Clooney flies out to secure return of Elgin MarblesÂ* | Daily Mail Online

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    Did she really change her name? That surprises me. Amal Clooney sounds really dopey.

    She looks extremely thin in the brown pants. I can't imagine how skinny she looks in person.

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    She'll never be taken seriously again.

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    Especially not if she continues to strut into business meetings like she's walking the red carpet.
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    She really adores the limelight, doesn't she.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brah View Post
    She really adores the limelight, doesn't she.
    Yes! She's everywhere at the moment

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    Even Carolyn Bessette hyphenated the Kennedy name.

    At least Mrs Clooney started working again. I really do not want to see those brains go to waste for an actor
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    i think she wears her engagement ring on the other hand...or so says an article i saw after they got married.
    can't post pics because my computer's broken and i'm stupid

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    Ugh, she didn't even hyphenate her name.
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    yeah, am surprised that she didn't keep her last name but i'm seeing that more and more among career women. not sure why ....

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    The Mrs. looks like Billy Joel's daughter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by czb View Post
    yeah, am surprised that she didn't keep her last name but i'm seeing that more and more among career women. not sure why ....
    Backlash against feminism. We're going backwards.
    Fuck that shit.
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    ^^^ agree. but i know in my area, i'm among the few who did not change my last name or hyphenate. and i don't think it's just where i am .....
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