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Theatre in your pjs?

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Can there be anything quite as exciting as going to a live theatre production. It doesn’t matter if you love musicals,  thrillers or comedy there is something for everyone and live theatre caters for all.  We might begin our foray into the world of greasepaint and costume with pantomime but there is a whole world of entertainment out there and watching it live ( Or performing!) is a unique experience.

But we are in the dreadful world of a pandemic and  these are unprecedented times both for society and the theatre industry. In March theatres across the nation went dark and since then lights have been flickering on, then off, and who knows when or how they will burst into full life again or if they will remain extinguished,a casualty of the times. 

Even with the government’s support package, many  theatres and their huge array of staff will struggle to make ends meet over the coming months ,most theatres, especially smaller venues, do not have the reserves to remain closed for long and It is predicted that many smaller venues will be forced to shut their doors for good. The best-case scenario is that London Theatreland and UK theatres will recover eventually but the worst-case scenario is that we may never see a full recovery .

However there is a little something we can do to help and enjoy the  ‘ live’ shows ,indeed the  show MUST go on and theatres have risen to the challenge with many shows being shown with very limited audiences if at all possible but filmed and tickets available to buy and livestream into your homes! 

There are so many benefits to this, those of us that live a very long way from London can now watch a huge array of shows with  a one showing  ticket costing a fraction of a live performance , we can watch in our Pjs with crisps and popcorn or get dressed up on a date night and share champagne and canapes but all without having to travel, or arrange babysitters! All in the comfort of your own home for now , we can share the excitement and magic until it is possible to return to the theatres.

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, slice of Charles and Diana’s wedding cake will be auctioned

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A slice of one of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding cakes is up for auction 40 years after the famous wedding.

The slice is obviously frozen and comes from one of the 20 official wedding cakes for the wedding of 21 July 1981 of the heir to the British throne and his young bride. The cake has a marzipan base and a sugar paste emblem, coloured in gold, red, blue and silver, on the top.

The piece of cake was given to Moyra Smith, a member of the Queen Mother’s family at Clarence House. Smith kept it in a floral cake pan with a handmade label on the lid.

The auction is held on  August11th by Dominic Winter Auctioneers and should make around £ 500, so within the reach of many, if anyone has ever dreamed of having a piece of cake from a royal wedding, this is a great occasion.

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What are the most popular places in the UK?

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Here we go again … another survey. This time, try to figure out which places the British love the most and missed the most during the lockdown. 44% of respondents feel happier in countryside places or in any case with nature, the 31% to the cinema or theatre and the 20% in historic places like Stonehenge or Chatsworth Residence.

Kew Gardens which tops the charts as the happiest place in the UK, around 12% of Britons feel at home in this botanical garden and missed it a lot during lockdown.

The Eden Project in  Cornwall ranks second together with  Snowdonia National Park in Wales. Among the top ten we have the Natural History Museum in London , the British Museum , the Roman Baths , the London Zoo and Loch Lomond.

 

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Supermoon, the largest of the year will be on May 26th

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It will be the second of the year, but the largest. The Supermoon of 26 May will be the closest and will be tinged with red although at our latitudes we won’t see it and we won’t be able to see the small eclipse that comes with it.

The satellite will reach the perigee, on 21 May, at 3: 53 , when it will be in 357. 309 kilometres from Earth); nine hours later, it will also reach the full phase.

In the 2021 there are five Supermoons, three full and two new “The next” Superluna “will appear approximately 7% larger and a little brighter than average, but you need to have an expert to notice it. But you will see it better at sunset and at dawn. 

Those who are in the Far East and the West Coast of the Americas will also be able to see a small lunar eclipse. 

 

 

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