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Captain Tom – Tomorrow Will Be A Good Day – the title of his autobiography

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Captain Tom was already in his ninety-ninth year, on April 6th 2020 when he started walking the lengths of his garden to raise money for the NHS.  At first only his friends and family sponsored him  The spirit of the nation was low, as the pandemic tightened its grip on the country and across the world.
 
The media on the lookout for good news, came to hear about him and Captain Tom by his courageous example and cheerful philosophy of hope, became a national hero. Donations flooded in and by the time of his Birthday on April 30th 2020 the total passed £30 million, reaching £32.79 million by the end of the day!!
 
 On his Birthday, Captain Tom was honoured by a military fly past, was made an Honorary Colonel of the Army Foundation College, and received 15 0,000 Birthday Cards. All stamped post between 26th April – 1st May were marked “Happy 100th Birthday Captain Thomas Moore NHS fundraising hero 30th April 2020”
 
 He became the oldest person to reach UK no 1 in the charts with a single “You’ll never walk alone” recorded with the singer Michael Ball. Then on 17th July 2020 he was knighted by the Queen and became Sir Thomas Moore. 
 
Tom had served in the Second World War in Burma, now Myanmar, as part of the Forgotten Army, whose valiant service was somewhat overshadowed by the successful completion of the War in Europe. In 2018 Tom had suffered serious injuries in what he termed a “silly fall” and worked hard at his rehabilitation, believing always that “Tomorrow Will be a Good Day.”  He undertook his charity walk in 2020 with a hip and two knee replacements, using a mobility walker.  His efforts inspired other people, both old and young to raise money for the NHS
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 Now that Tom has sadly died on February 2nd 2021, there is much discussion on how best to honour him. His home town of Keightley is considering a statute, and further discussions on a national level will no doubt take place.
Today there was a minute’s silence before the start of Parliamentary Questions to remember Tom and over 105 thousand people who have died from COVID-19 in the U.K.  Tom himself succumbed to the virus, as he was unable to be vaccinated due to his medical condition.
Tonight at 6pm the Prime Minister invited the nation to clap for Tom. This form of appreciation has fallen out of favour recently, but maybe it will be revived this evening for Sir Thomas Moore.   

In the nineteen sixties I worked in London stores. Worked as an Insurance Clerk in the City of London during the nineteen seventies. Divorced in the nineteen nineties. Now I am a retired Civil Servant, managing home and garden and escaping onto social media whenever possible.

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London Theatre: Back to the Future the Musical

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From 21 June 2021 the musical Back to the Future will start in London, which as the title says is the theatrical and musical version of the famous film.

The musical is expected to remain in London until at least February 13, 2022. The show lasts two hours and 40 minutes and is located at the Adelphi Theater Strand, London, WC2R 0NS

The beloved 1985 film Back to the Future was a huge success and eventually produced two more films, a television series, a ride in a theme park and video games. In addition to being the highest-grossing film of the year, Back to the Future was honored with numerous Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations as well as a Hugo Award, a Saturn Award and an Academy Award. You may never have thought of wanting to see a musical from this famous film, but now that you know that it exists, you may want to.

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London Theatre: The Tina Turner Musical

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The musical Tina returns to London for at least a year, in fact you can book tickets from 21 June 2021 to 26 June 2022. The musical will be at the Aldwych Theater 49 Aldwych, London WC2B 4DF in central London.

Tina Turner was born Anna Mae Bullock and grew up in Nutbush, Tennessee. From humble beginnings Tina has managed to become a star and has sold more concert tickets than any other solo artist. The musical tells about her life and the ups and downs of her long career, you will hear many songs you know.

She began in the 1960s with her then husband Ike Turner, she became known for hits like A Fool in Love, River Deep – Mountain High and Proud Mary. After her abusive marriage ended, Tina rebuilt her career and staged a big solo comeback in the mid-1980s. In 1984, her fifth solo album, Private Dancer, became a worldwide success.

The musical was a huge hit in the UK during its West End premiere. Now it finally returns after the pandemic. The whole musical lasts three hours with an intermission in between.

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The best places in the UK, apparently

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The LNER (London North East Railway which was once called Virgin Trains) has commissioned a study to see what are the best views in the UK.

We can see how places were ranked, some surprising, some less so. In first place is Loch Ness in Scotland and no one is surprised, in second place the Lake District in Cumbria is equally predictable.

In third and fourth place two places in London are the London Eye and the Tower of London. This is followed by St Ives Bay in Cornwall, Ingleton in Yorkshire and Snowdonia in Wales in seventh place. Man O’War Beach, Dorset The White Cliffs of Dover Stonehenge, Salisbury Ben Nevis viewed from Lochaber, Scotland followed by

Cheddar Gorge, Somerset

York Minster

Loch Lomond, The Trossachs National Park

Pen y Fan, Brecon Beacons

The Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland

Durdle Door, Dorset

Westminster Bridge, London

Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh

St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall

Peak District viewed from Stanage Edge, Derbyshire

Buttermere, the Lake District

Robin Hoods Bay, Yorkshire

Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland

Richmond Park, London

The Angel of the North, Gateshead

The Three Sisters, Glencoe Valley

Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight

Eden Valley, Cumbria

Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland

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