Beatles Socks

Father’s Day Presents for the Music Lover

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We’ve just celebrated Father’s Day here in England. But what do you give the father who has most things? I think this year, my daughter surpassed herself. Socks. Yes Socks. But not any kind of socks… Yellow Submarine socks from Happy Socks! I’m a fan of Yellow Submarine (I completed the Yellow Submarine Lego last year) and I had seen…

Alaska Cruise

Alaska Bound

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It is finally time to get excited about our Alaska Cruise. This is set to be our second cruise with Crystal Cruises (which is also our second cruise ever) on a bigger ship and to a cooler climate. Our first cruise was aboard the Crystal Espirit, at the time their newest and smallest ship. Well more of a large yacht…

Double Fantasy

Hard Times are Over

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In November 1980, John Lennon and Yoko Ono released ‘Double Fantasy’. It was John’s first album release since 1973’s flop, ‘Mind Games’. The intervening years had seen major changes in the couple’s life. Mind Games had been a massive flop in comparison to his 1971 album ‘Imagine’.¬†With initial encouragement from Yoko, John disappeared on an 18 month bender (his ‘lost…

That JW Marriott Smell….

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Did you know that a hotel can have a signature smell? I walked into the Corner bar at the JW Marriott in Austin Texas and was immediately hit by this sweet smell. It provoked an instant and positive reaction, triggering a memory of happy times with my girls at the JW Marriott in Palm Springs for the Desert Trip concerts back in 2016. In…

Pulteney Bridge at Dusk

Dusk in Bath

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The Georgian City of Bath is one of my favourite places to visit. It offers a wonderful combination of stunning architecture, great restaurants and shops. At night, after dinner we like to take a stroll through the city and up to the Royal Crescent, or down to the River at Pulteney Bridge. This last bank holiday blessed us with stunning…