The Kingdom is amazed any of this takes place on Earth. It doesn’t help them sustain their prejudice that every human is a warmonger and polluter. But things like the RSPB, RSPCA, WWF, the Forestry Commission and so on do challenge that view. The realm has a special fondness for anyone taking care of trees properly (including tree surgeons, yes the Kingdom has its own) given so many of them form part of the transport system in the magical world. And everyone in the Kingdom has to do their bit to take care of their immediate environment - on pain of a royally inflicted painful death. As the Queen says, it is in everyone's interests for the Kingdom to survive physically so they should all better get on and care for it properly.
Many in the Kingdom tune in via crystal ball to watch our wildlife programmes as practically everyone in the realm appreciates the need to care for the natural world. Even the evil witches and wizards do knowing full well they’ve got to get the ingredients for their curses from somewhere and that somewhere must be sustainable. Also Earth is so easy to get to... it is their equivalent of an away day.
Fairy Kingdom stories, myths (they’re not considered the same) and the whole basis of the legal system. If it’s happened in fiction, it can happen in daily life in the magical world. Eileen treats the Lore warily as she knows many instances of when it’s been abused. She thinks it desperately needs reform.
Also known as the Ultimate Talking Shop. Eileen sees this as a comment rather than a criticism given the Queen’s Council are no better. L’Evallier has been known to be very longwinded when he has felt the need to be. Eileen could see him right at home in the House of Commons. The Chief Elf is quite right to believe this is no compliment.
For Eileen this means freedom to do what she likes. And even when the Queen tries to stop her, Eileen exercises her freedom to circumvent that. Eileen is deeply suspicious of those in government. She wants to see evidence they are working beyond their own interests. This attitude does not go down well with the Queen. If Eileen wasn’t royal, there’s a good chance she’d be in a cell for a while.
Eileen automatically assumes this is one of her main virtues. In fairness (!), she does recognize it in others, occasionally even in the Queen, more commonly in the Witch (the Queen senses this and is incensed at this but Eileen’s far too useful to her to remove or jail). Eileen, however, is no fan of fair criticism especially when coming from her daughter. It is so difficult to answer properly without Eileen lying her head off for one thing... And Jennifer has her mother's talent for spotting lies.
A place to park your car, gardening equipment and so on according to Eileen. She doesn’t understand the reference to “music”, nor does she comprehend why folk are addicted to the dodgy music. She likes people to say what they mean. The one form of wordplay she will tolerate is limericks.
The best thing I can here is that Eileen fully agrees with the late Humphrey Littleton’s thoughts on this topic. “It starts with a capital C.” Knows humans can do much better than this kind of “tune”.
Eileen treats this like fire - a good idea in principle but you wouldn’t want it dominating your life. She also sees there is more than one way to look at something - the rational way and the creative way. Naturally Eileen sees her way as the correct one. Hypocrisy happens to other people in her view.
Eileen does believe in this for the good reason in her old world various areas were made barren thanks to too much magical fighting, leading to the land being physically changed and not for the better. Eileen also feels give the harm man does to each other, there had to be an effect on the planet itself in the long run.
Any stories that don’t involve fairies as far as Jenny’s concerned. Her views on fairytales have changed drastically since her mother’s unforeseen (literally!) revelation. Eileen reads fairytales warily too but that’s only because she spots all the errors.
A wonderful quality in very scarce supplies though in fairness Eileen thinks this is just as true of the Kingdom as it is of Earth. Certainly Jenny feels her own supply has plummeted since her mother dropped her in it. Especially towards Eileen funnily enough.
A quality Eileen recognizes in our Queen. A quality Eileen thinks the Fairy Queen lacks, the latter being far too ruthless at times for her cousin’s liking. Mind this is partially due to the fact Eileen knows the Fairy Queen is one of the few that could and has brought Eileen herself into line.
Eileen still believes she’s the only one who manages hard work in a way that is beneficial to her, helps her practice her magical skills, and rescues the innocent. For her hard work is memorising skills, practising her skills and so on but Jenny doesn’t agree. For her hard work is being up all night with a screaming baby.
The Fairy Queen believes jewellery must have either gold or diamonds in it somewhere to be “proper”. Gold has to be of the purest carat, diamonds to be huge and to catch and reflect the light beautifully. Eileen loves jewellery too though her items are more modest, certainly not in respect of her cousin, but because Eileen has a grave distrust of anything looking flash. Flash = spiv in her books.