Holiday: Day 4 – Thessaloniki, Greece (2023)

Monday, 23rdDay 4 (of 8) Why Thessaloniki? (read more…) We’re in Thessaloniki, Greece for a week, incorporating my Birthday celebrations too! ๐Ÿ‘. The location is also known as Thessalonica and is the second-largest city in Greece, with just over one million inhabitants. It is Greece’s second major economic, industrial, commercial and political centre, and a …
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Holiday: Day 3 – Thessaloniki, Greece (2023)

Sunday, 24thDay 3 (of 8) Why Thessaloniki? (click for more) We’re in Thessaloniki, Greece for a week, incorporating my Birthday celebrations too (in a few days)! ๐Ÿ‘. The location is also known as Thessalonica and is the second-largest city in Greece, with just over one million inhabitants. It is also Greece’s second major economic, industrial, …
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Holiday: Day 2 – Thessaloniki, Greece (2023)

Saturday, 23rdDay 2 (of 8) Why Thessaloniki? (click for more) We’re in Thessaloniki, Greece for a week, incorporating my Birthday celebrations too (in a few days!) ๐Ÿ‘. The location is also known as Thessalonica and is the second-largest city in Greece, with just over one million inhabitants. It is also Greece’s second major economic, industrial, …
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Holiday: Day 1 – Thessaloniki, Greece (2023)

Friday, 22nd โ€“ Day 1 (of 8) We’re off to Thessaloniki, Greece for a week, incorporating my Birthday celebrations too! ๐Ÿ‘ The location is also known as Thessalonica and is the second-largest city in Greece, with just over one million inhabitants. It is also Greece’s second major economic, industrial, commercial and political centre together with …
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International Bomber Command Centre with Dennis and Sandra

Yes, it’s another of our cultural days out with Dennis and Sandra. Today, we headed for the International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln. The International Bomber Command Centre is a memorial and a series of exhibits telling the story of RAF Bomber Command. Bomber Command suffered extensive losses of aircraft and crews during the Bombing …
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Lunch with the Girls

Today, we invited Jo, Janet, Carol and recently widowed Chris around to ours for Lunch. We were hoping that the glorious weather this past week would continue, and we could eat outside – maybe for the final opportunity this year! ๐Ÿ™„. The country has experienced five consecutive days of 30-degree temperatures in the week just …
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First Visit: The White Swan

Off to The White Swan in Shawell, south of Lutterworth today, to check out its suitability for a subsequent visit with friends later this year. It was a bit off the beaten track, but we were soon parked in their sizeable car-park and heading for our table. Their Friday Lunch Menu is HERE First impressions? …
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Ruby Do – Two!

Our first Do of the Ruby variety was for David & Rosi back in July, last year, but today, we’re slightly further afield, and off to Mick & Jane‘s to help celebrate their recent Ruby Anniversary (last Wednesday). It was a very relaxed affair around at theirs, where we had the chance to get together …
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Concert: The Eagles by Candlelight

Here we are with David & Valerie having taken the thirty-mile drive to the iconic Peterborough Cathedral. No, not for a spot of spiritual guidance, nor a choral recital – instead, it was (almost) The Eagles in Concert – but with a twist! Tonight was a performance of their music by West End singers and …
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Winner, Winner! TV Dinner! โ€“ Top Gun: Maverick (again!)

Well, I think that’s a record (even for us, as big Tom Cruise fans!). We first saw Top Gun – Maverick with Jo & Janet just after it first came out (June 2022). Next, it was at one of our TV Dinners with David & Valerie (February 2023) and more recently, at Boughton House (May …
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Northants Nutters at Sea – Day 5

Monday 14th August Morning all! ๐Ÿ‘‹ Whoosh! That’s passed very quickly! It’s our final day (Day 5) where, for the past five days, the Northants Nuttersยฎ have been ‘all at sea’ courtesy of P&O and the good ship, Aurora! We’ve taken in Hamburg and Zeebrugge along the way and the weather has, overall, been very …
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Northants Nutters at Sea โ€“ Day 4

Sunday 13th August What you may have missed…Thursday 10th: Day 1 โ€“ Leaving SouthamptonFriday 11th: Day 2 โ€“ All at SeaSaturday 12th: Day 3 โ€“ Loving Lรผbeck (and Hamburg!) Phew! A busy one yesterday, where, as a result, ONE of us, is feeling a bit tender this morning! ๐Ÿฅด (clue: it’s NOT Ann). It’s now …
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Northants Nutters at Sea – Day 3

Saturday 12th August Guten Morgen! It’s Day 3! The Northants Nutters are ‘all at sea’ courtesy of P&O and the good ship Aurora! Yes, we’re in Germany – Hamburg Docks to be precise. It’s part of our five-nighter, taking in Hamburg and Zeebrugge and we’re here overnight – but only briefly, setting sail at 5.30am …
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Northants Nutters at Sea – Day 2

Friday 11th August Good morning all! It’s Day 2! The Northants Nutters are ‘all at sea’ courtesy of P&O and the good ship Aurora! We’re enjoying a five-nighter, taking in Hamburg and Zeebrugge. Missed yesterday’s Post? – Day 1 click HERE Breakfast! There’s a lot of choice here for HOW you take your breakfast on …
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Northants Nutters at Sea – Day 1

Thursday 10th August Good morning Landlubbers! It’s Day 1 and the Northants Nutters (aka Paul & Sue, Geoff & Rhonda and us two) are heading for the wet stuff, courtesy of P&O and the good ship Aurora! Our friends, Richard and Nicki have also booked the same Cruise and were later sworn-in as ‘Honorary Nuttersยฎ’!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜‰ …
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Theatre: Hairspray (2023)

Off to our favourite West-End-Theatre-that’s-not in-the-West-End… Kilworth House Theatre! Well, it is west of Kettering! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Kilworth House Theatre? I must admit, I’d never heard of Kilworth Theatre before we moved to Northamptonshire. Since our discovery, we’ve been coming here pretty much every year to see their latest production. The Theatre is unique in that …
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First Visit: The Bell, Alderminster

Yes, it’s that time again! Our three-monthly catch-up, over a Shandy (or three!) with ex-business colleagues (and great friends), Ian and Mags, together with their respective other halves, Ann and Alan. It’s been a while (January?), as Ian was unwell the last time we were due to meet, but we were soon back into the …
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Return to ‘332’

Today, together with my first boss โ€“ Ken Barden โ€“ we returned to the location of my very first ‘proper’ job: Sainsbury’s, Central Croydon aka ‘Store 332′. The reason? We’d heard that Sainsbury’s HQ had taken the commercial decision to close down the store permanently in a few months’ time ๐Ÿค” and we both felt …
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Film: Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning – Part 1 (2023)

Off to see the 7th instalment of the Mission Impossible franchise. As an extra treat, Jo, Janet and Ann and I drove over to Rushden Lakes to enjoy the superior sound and picture quality. Official Poster Mission Creep? The runtime for this one is a mighty 2 hours 43 minutes. Mission Brief The IMF team …
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London Bound!

Off to London today with David & Valerie to watch the ‘Beating Retreat’ performance or to give its official title: The Household Division Beating Retreat. We’ve never seen this event before and we’re looking forward to ‘a Military Musical Spectacular, on Horse Guards Parade, London‘. This event has evolved over the years and is now …
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Film: Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (2023)

For us, the most anticipated film of the year! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ >> Running Time: 154 mins << Synopsis Strangely (and widely reported) there doesn’t appear to be an ‘official’ synopsis for this final outing for ‘Indy’. Not sure why not, so here’s my take on it… “Archaeologist Indiana Jones races against time to retrieve a legendary …
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Nutters on Tour 2023 โ€“ The Planning

The Northants Nutters (aka, Geoff, Rhonda, Paul, Sue, Ann and yours truly) gathered around ours today to discuss the finer points of our next ‘Nutters’ event. In previous years, we initially restricted ourselves to the UK only centred around the infamous ‘Warner Weekends’… Our first Warner experienceWarner Weekend 2019 โ€“ Littlecote House Hotel(March 2019) Our …
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