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A present for the Big kid in your life?

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Men will be men…or boys! It seems that they will always enjoy Lego no matter their age or profession to the point that ,in my opinion , Lego has brought out kits designed especially with adults in mind, ignore the 11 plus age suggestion!

Many men have a favourite vehicle they dream to own and in my husbands case he had sold his many years before but lamented its loss deeply. The land rover defender.

I debated long and hard about buying this set for my husband however I am so pleased I did. He was thrilled with it and enjoyed building it , even setting up the camcorder and microphone in the spare room to record himself building it for you tube tutorial! Unfortunately after many hours building the intricate bits together he realised he had forgotten to insert the memory card, but the intention was there!

The box itself reveals  some of the 4×4’s clever details. There are 2573 pieces and the model number – ‘42110’ – is also quite clever: ‘42’ is in reference to its length in centimetres (it’s also 22cm tall and 20cm wide) and ‘110’ is naturally a nod to the five-door size real-life Defender. It’s a complicated build , be careful  to make sure that you make no mistakes its a lengthy process and difficult to rectify!

The doors open to reveal an impressive level of detail inside the cab, and on the inside of the door. The steering wheel is functional, and steering control is replicated on the roof via a gear.The bonnet can be lifted to view the engine and operate the winch.The car itself has plenty of clever details. The doors, bonnet and tailgate all open, and there are five seats inside, and there’s an Adventure Pack-style roof rack with ladders, traction mats and a storage box and a working winch.

The huge thick instruction manuals is a work of genius and illustrated in minute detail, I am sure it would enable an 11 year old to build but my 49 year old husband managed with only a few mishaps along the way!

The details really are impressive even to me, and I was regaled with the progress so far and many pictures and updates as he  progressed through the build. The finished article is admired greatly and brought many hours of joy to my ‘ big kid’. If you have a significant other in your life who yearns for a toy this will not disappoint! 

42110 Land Rover Defender can be ordered now from LEGO.com for £159.99

I'm a slightly deranged middle aged widow, living in the Cotswolds with two fabulously funny little dogs. A mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Determined to survive by writing to remember, to forget and to cope with grief. the memory of my husband supporting me, guiding me and probably laughing at me if there is a ‘somewhere’

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London theatres reopen, here are the next shows

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After months of closure and waiting, it seems that soon we will be able to return to the theatre. Meanwhile, one after another, the major London theatres announce their program and reopenings. It seems that this is the right time, meanwhile many shows already have tickets on sale. Some shows will start in April, but the majority will start in May/June.

The pandemic left several hugely successful shows like Hamilton on hold and delayed the start of expected shows like Frozen and the Bob Marley musical. In any case, buy tickets from an authorized dealer with this logo, should there be other closures for the pandemic, you will get a refund via a voucher or another ticket.

It is hoped, however, that the pandemic is under control with vaccines, although there may actually be surprises. But life is short and you also have to live, so London is reopening and hopes to be back as before soon.

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Don’t miss this exhibition if you like the Tudors

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Hopefully, this exhibition dedicated to commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Field of Cloth of Gold should begin on May 19th and continue until September 5th.

For the uninitiated it was an 18-day meeting between King Henry VIII and King Francis of France I. Inside huge temporary palaces in Belgium, under tents made of luxurious gold fabrics or on the purpose-built courtyard , the two kings and their courtiers, hosted large banquets and exchanged expensive gifts.

The reason was to try to impress the other king. It was practically a war of luxury, music and delicious food. Both kings wanted to be seen as men of the Renaissance, refined and with good taste.

The exhibition not only explains what the political situation was like then but shows many fabrics, tapestries, clothes and vestments used during this long meeting. The name of the meeting comes from the luxurious and often golden fabrics that had been put on display. The exhibition is held at Hampton Court Palace and is included in the palace entrance ticket.

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The Reading & Leeds festivals are back this year

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After a one-year hiatus caused by the pandemic, the organisers are convinced they can hold this year’s edition. Since they announced it, tickets have been selling like hot cakes. The Reading Festival is the oldest still existing rock festival in the world, in fact it has continued since 1961 when it was held in Richmond, since 1971 it has been held in Reading and since 1999 the Leeds Festival has been added which has the same program at the same weekend, so the Friday program in Reading meets in Leeds on Saturday etc.

The festival went through several stages, from rock to punk, and then moved on to the more recent indie stage. While at the end of the 1980s the festival seemed to have its days numbered mainly due to a change in musical choices that pointed towards more commercial music and disappointed normal festival goers. In the following years bands like Nirvana and The Stone Roses helped to relaunch the festival so much that to please all the fans it was decided to add the Leeds festival.

The festival normally has four stages, the main one for the most famous musicians, another for punk music, a third one for alternative and indie music and one with lesser known musicians. It also has tents for dance music and cabaret. The Reading and Leeds festivals are held this year on August 27-29, the August bank holiday weekend. This year we will have names like Liam Gallagher, Stormzy, Lewis Capaldi, Queens of the Stone Age, Post Malone and many others.

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