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The Isle of Wight to be cut off?

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 Today the  news that ferry company Wightlink has confirmed that it is definitely going to suspend its FastCat catamaran service between Ryde Pier Head and Portsmouth Harbour after Christmas Eve has been met with dismay and worry.

It had been rumoured that the service would stop after Christmas day due to a huge decline in passenger numbers but it wasn’t until today that the cross-Solent operator  confirmed that a complete suspension will come into force from the end of 24th December.

Will this mean a huge decline in visitors and further disrupt and decimate the tourism the island so relies on?  Will keeping the island in tier 1 and safe from the potential harm from Covid actually encourage people to move to the island either short or longer term seeking refuge and safety?

Transport links will need to remain open but for now essentially travel only is the best option.

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For the first time you can visit Buckingham Palace’s gardens

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For the first time, the famous Queen’s Gardens at Buckingham Palace will be opened. Normally only the Royal Family and those invited to the Queen’s parties can see them. The reason for this decision is that this summer there will be no traditional opening of part of the building because of the pandemic and to compensate they open the gardens.

Visitors will be able to wander the garden paths and experience the calm of this garden in the heart of London. You will see Horse Chestnut Avenue, the plane trees planted by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and the famous lake with its bee island of Buckingham Palace. You can also have a picnic on one of the lawns. The gardens will be open from 9 July to 19 September but there are also weekend tours in April and May. You can book your tickets here

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This must be the smallest flat in London ever

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We have seen in recent years so flats that are practically little bigger in a shoe box rented or sold for high prices. We have always wondered how one can live in such a place because in many of these apartments there is not even room to store stuff or invite a friend.

We have now found the overall winner among London’s microscopic flats. This is an apartment in a tree in Brockwell Park with practically a sleeping place, a tiny wardrobe and a nightstand. Only a Barbie could be comfortable there. There is also the real estate agency sign that says it has been sold.

Clearly this is a joke or a way to point out how small London flats can be and are still sold and rented. In any case if you want to go and see it, you will find it in the south part of Brockwell Park in Brixton.

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London Zoo’s three young alpacas need a name

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We are all invited to choose a name for the three new alpacas at London Zoo. The first alpaca is 11 months old, it’s white and you can choose between Alpacaccino, Cusco and Snowball. The second alpaca is brown born 8 months ago and you can choose between Lima, Pumpkin Spice and Cookie. While the third, again brown, was born 9 months ago and could be called Cuenca, Humbug or Toffee Nut. Winning names will be announced when the zoo reopens.

If you also want to contribute and vote for the names you prefer, you can do it here. The London Zoo should open shortly but will miss the the Easter period, which is usually one of its busiest times.

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