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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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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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