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In ancient Rome, when things got a bit tricky, the Emperor would splash out on a series of games complete with gladiators, mock battles, lions eating Christians and other fun for all the family, The idea was to distract people from the realities of life and keep them happy - at least until the Goths arrived for their annual  bout of pillaging, sacking and raping. Nowadays, such carnage is not possible - even on X Factor. So we have the next best thing, yet another royal wedding.