CORNWALL – April 2019

First of all, I absolutely cannot ignore it, so let me start by saying that I am writing this during probably the weirdest time that any of us will experience in our lifetimes. COVID19 is sweeping the world and people are dying in their thousands (probably millions if we knew the real numbers). My ‘day job’ is in healthcare so I know better than anyone the strain the NHS is under, so all I’m going to say is please please stay home and stay safe.

That doesn’t mean though that we can’t dream of gorgeous places and happier times, so I thought today I’d share how I spent Easter a year ago- on a fantastic break in beautiful Cornwall.

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MALTA – April 2017

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It’s embarrassing to realise quite how far behind I have got on blogging; I keep thinking ‘I’ll get to it, I’ll get to it’… and then… well you know how it goes. Anyway, you all have the lovely Shikha to thank for this post, because she asked on Instagram if anyone had been to Malta over Easter and I immediately thought ‘yes!! yes I have!… but I haven’t written about it…’

Which is a shame, because it was lovely. We usually do a European city break for 4-5 days over the Easter weekend but we try and choose somewhere that’s appropriate for Easter. Malta is known for celebrating Easter in a big way- particularly their huge parades for Good Friday and Easter Sunday. It’s astonishing watching all the people marching through the streets carrying huge, heavy floats -a spectacle which we were to see again when we went to Seville the following year.

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JAPAN – November 2017

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Japan had been on my wish list for the longest longest time. But I kept putting it off because ‘it’s so expensive’!! Only to realise that no matter what, it won’t get any cheaper… so we should probably just get on with it. It was booked in February, which is the furthest in advance I have EVER booked a holiday, but on the plus side gave me loads of time to plan and get excited!!Read More »

Play – ‘Made in India’, Soho Theatre, 14th March 2017

Although we go to the Soho Theatre regularly, it’s usually to watch comedy gigs- we rarely go for plays. But as a member, I got sent an offer for cheap tickets for this one and you know me- can’t resist a bargain!!! So off we went and oh my goodness, how glad I am that we went.
The premise of the play is that a British woman hasn’t managed to get pregnant via conventional methods, or even the usual fertility methods. So she travels to India to a specialist clinic in order to arrange a pregnancy via a surrogate. Thenceforth the play develops via numerous twists and turns, looking at the ethical and cultural implications of the whole situation, as well as the personal relationship between the surrogate and the desperate wannabe mother.
It made me think, it made me sad, it shocked and challenged me. It’s everything you want from modern theatre.
Overall: a brilliant and accomplished play.