Royal Opera House, Ballet, The Ivy and a Birthday

This was a landmark birthday and I thought a bit of spoiling wouldn’t go amiss, so off we trundled to London. Because I’m not from Peru, don’t possess a red coat and never travel with Marmalade sandwiches I went as myself to Covent Garden  and the Royal Opera House

Majestic would be an understatement and as you can see the outside is very similar to the inside with those huge beautiful windows creating an air grandeur and trust me it is grand. Built in 1858 (although the site has been home to theatre since 1732) it has been the home of The Royal Ballet since 1947 and they were given the Royal Charter in 1956. Believe it or not the bar prices are not overly expensive and certainly surpassed by the atmosphere and service which is truly excellent.

Once you enter the theatre the splendour is retained with a phenomenal ceiling and gorgeous circle seating. We were three rows back in the Orchestra Stalls so we had a good view albeit behind us 🙂

The Mariinksy Ballet were in town and I had bought tickets some three months earlier for La Bayadere Because it was a matinee we were not treated to Principal Dancers but I can assure you that the first soloist  Nadezhda Batoeva and second soloist Ekaterina Chebykina  were sensational.

After a mesmerizing afternoon I had dinner at The Ivy , somewhere I had wanted to visit for many, many years and I was not disappointed. The service was exceptional the cocktails at the bar were to die for (as they say) and the food was just, well as expected. Strangely enough the prices are not extortionate when you bear in mind you are in London opposite St Martins Theatre, I dread to think what their rates are 😦

When the day was nearing its end and the sweet menu arrived I declined, so imagine my surprise when the waiter reappeared with a dish for me.

It’s the thought that counts and it was a perfect end to a perfect day 🙂

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A Walk in the Park

I had no intention of writing this, in fact I was going to write a little post about my visit to The Royal Opera House and the phenomenal Mariinksy Ballet, but as always I digress and that will have to wait for another day. The day after the Ballet we decided to walk to Kings Cross Station ,the tube is not my favourite place, so having time to spare we dropped into Regents Park.



My goodness what a surprise there was this amazing sculpture exhibition.



You can’t have a Sunday morning in a park without seeing a 5K or a 10k run these days, Sir Mohammed Farah is probably semi responsible for that.



So a pleasant walk with a bit of culture then of course we had to join the ‘Wagon Train’ heading East (instead of West) and Kings Cross Station



At least there’ll be no Jesse James but with the price of Rail tickets we don’t need one. 😀

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Chickens Doing Well 

So I moved the chickens off the lawn and they seem to thriving, and of course it doesn’t matter if they chow up the grass in their new place. If your a bit lost then you might want to read Me, Chickens and Pheromones Oh and the Dahlias are out too, so all is well 😀

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Mam, Dad + Me

Have you noticed how many Parenting books, articles, columns, blogs there are today? Type Parenting Guides into Google and there are 11,100,000 results. Do parents have time to do any parenting after they have read all the articles on how to be a good parent? What is a good parent? Do the parents who read all these actually need them? I have this thing I have to do called work, which involves spending a lot of time with 16 – 20 year-olds. Some people call it teaching. On parents evening I never see the parents of my more challenging students (other names are available) so I guess their parents haven’t read the books? Then of course a lot of reading material is contradictory, so if you thought you were an inadequate parent before you started studying you probably will when you’re through.

When my first child was born the midwife told us to wrap him tight in his blanket at bedtime with his arms pinned and lay him on his side. The idea was that without flailing arms he would sleep, which he did. That was the only advice we were given. I remember that we put him in a basket and sat and watched him, I think we were expecting some kind of development. Like a speeded up nature film where the plant grows three months in ten seconds. Needless to say nothing happened and over a period of time we payed less and less attention to him until we realised one day he had left home. I’m joking of course. We muddled through and probably made mistakes and although I was not always around and in reality not what you could call a good  father he turned out to be wonderful person.


Of course if you have a troublesome child then you may need advice, but the problem is 11,100,000 results may just contradict each other from time to time causing confusion. Years ago there was always someone on the street who you could go to. I know on our council estate there was a lady who was particularly good at helping to deliver babies and another who could save your sewing disasters and yet another who could help sort out your kids. Now we seem to have swopped communities for authors.  So don’t worry too much if you haven’t studied to degree level when your child is born if you think you need to read a book on how to be a better parent then you are probably already there. Or you could ask your Mum 🙂

The 50 most asked questions one of them is ‘My ten year old is watching porn online how do I stop him.’ Really, I mean really. Here’s a question for you. Have you heard of the Parental Control button?

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Does The Media Annoy You Too?

Are London 2017 World Championships the end of an era for athletics in Britain?

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Anyone seeing this title who really knows me will probably be aghast. But in my defence I will say ‘practice makes perfect.’  If anyone is considering buying a book, reading an article or seeking therapy I can recommend it from the standpoint that practice can make perfect, but do you want to spend sixty years practicing?

There are  133,000,000 results on Google for relationship tips. So I selected some at random but quite near the top of the list. The main theme is how to keep your girlfriend/wife happy and how to keep your boyfriend/husband happy. There are a few variants but the following ways to keep your partner was underlying:

Boyfriend: 1. Compliment him. 2. Appreciate him. 3. Make time for him in the bedroom. Husband:  1. Show him respect. 2. Be honest. 3. Have sex.

Girlfriend: 1. Listen to her. 2. Buy her presents. 3. Be nice to her friends.                           Wife:            1. Listen to her 2. Compliment her.   3. Look after your appearance.

I love number 1. To keep your Boyfriend/husband happy compliment him and show him respect. Whereas to keep your girlfriend/wife happy you must listen to her. Hmmm do you see a theme here?

Number 2 is interesting, boys you must but her presents and girls you must appreciate him. That’s clever because by the time they get to husband and wife the presents have been switched to compliments and wives are encouraged to be honest.

Number 3 is my favourite. Girls, make time for us in the bedroom and we’ll be nice to your friends? Really? This kinda makes me wonder if you don’t make time for us in the bedroom will we be even nicer to your friends. I was going to put a cheeky winky face in there but you might get the wrong idea. By the time this poor couple have matured into man and wife she is still getting sex and he’s down the gym looking after his appearance.

Alone in bed                                               Alone in Gym                                                             

My advice? Be nice to each other 🙂 x

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Meet and Greet: 7/29/17

It all adds to the fun 🙂

Dream Big, Dream Often


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