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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Family Get Together โ€“ Hatfield House

Saturday the 17th Time to meet up with our cousins (on Ann’s side) for another of our cultural days out! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜€. Afterwards, we’re heading back with Roger, Jane and Oliver for a sleepover. Today we met up at Hatfield House in Hatfield, Hertfordshire. Sadly, Chris and Kate couldn’t make it as Kate had injured her …
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Film: The Flash (2023)

๐ŸŽต๐ŸŽถ “Flash! Ah-Ahhhh… Saviour of the Universe!” ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽต (No, not THAT one) ๐Ÿ˜‰ This one! Official Trailers Context This promises to be a rarity โ€“ A DC Superhero movie that’s actually quite good! ๐Ÿ‘. We’ll see! Certainly, potentially, there’s a lot to like about it based on the various threads online and for those of …
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First Visit: The Chester House Estate

Off for a ‘day out’ (just the two of us) to the Chester House Estate in nearby Irchester, Wellingborough. Bought originally by North Northamptonshire Council in 2004 as Chester Farm. Re-branded and then re-opened in 2016 as Chester House Estate, it opens from 10-4 and is free to get in with free parking too! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘ …
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It’s Official – We’re UltraFast!

Well, maybe not QUITE yet, but the latest ULTRA Fast internet technology is officially on its way! Huzzah! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ At last! After spending the past 35 years or so, being firmly BEHIND the curve with internet-speed technology, we’re going to get the fastest available! The above leaflet arrived through our letterbox yesterday. I thought something …
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Film: Spider-man: Across the Spider-verse (2023)

A paradise for hyphen-lovers and not to be confused with ‘Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse‘ (that we caught up with last week on DVD)! It wasn’t really Ann’s thing, so Jo and I headed to the local Odeon for the 7.20pm showing. Official Trailers There’s a load, but here are the first two! What’s the story? …
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