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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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It snowed even in Malibu, California

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It’s fairly rare to get snow in London but it’s even rarer to get it in Malibu.  The Southern California city is more well known for his beaches and surfing than its ski pistes but we are living in strange times. It’s near Los Angeles after all. 

The snow came with a storm on Saturday, it probably looks more like hail than proper snow but it’s still a rare sight. There are two more storms forecasted for the next few days. The mountain community just outside Malibu is expected to get up to a foot of snow in the next few days. 

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A bookshop that sells books for the visually impaired opens in Paris

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Two French publishing houses have opened a specialized bookshop in Paris, in the Pantheon area, called the “Librairie des grands caractères”, a way to grant even the visually impaired the luxury of a walk among books.  And  the sensual pleasure of touching and breathing paper.

Customers are those who suffer from vision-related problems, due to disease or age and we are talking of over a million people in a country like France.

And these books are specialò the paper is made so as not to dazzle, the line spacing is studied, the contrast is never excessive, even and the character is not that of traditional books but an ad hoc one, called Luciole.

One more reason not to abandon reading on paper is, in the case of some totally or partially reversible eye diseases, its important rehabilitative power for sight.

Unfortunately the catalogue of books for visually impaired people is still very limited, it has only about 600 titles. 

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Edinburgh the happiest city in the UK

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A Smart Survey survey revealed that the happiest city in the UK is Edinburgh. The reasons are the quality of life, the high salaries, the average working hours per week and the beauty of the city.

Two seaside towns follow in second and third place: Bournemouth and Brighton.

In fourth place we find Southend and in fifth Bristol. Followed by Colchester and then Glasgow in eighth place.

In ninth place we have both Liverpool and Manchester and in tenth Milton Keynes.

London is in thirteenth place, takes points for the average high salaries but loses some for the many hours of average work per week.

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