We went to the Thursday afternoon and evening events and the Friday morning mass lift. Thursday had perfect English summer weather, warm sunshine and a gentle breeze. Unfortunately, although the wind was fine for the thousands of us sitting and lying on the slopes surrounding the main arena, it was too fast for the big…

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Starts 12:00 Thursday 10 August. Ends 20:30 Sunday 13 August. The event takes place in Bristol at the Ashton Court Estate Aston Court Mansion, BS41 9JN This may involve about a half hour walk. For details http://www.bristolballoonfiesta.co.uk/ Particularly impressed with the ‘overview’ pages (menu then ‘overview’) Apparently the most popular sessions are the: • Nightglow…

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  Inverness is beautiful, the locals are charming and the bus service is reliable and a pleasure to use, and a great way to see all that stunning scenery. If you’re going to Inverness any time soon check out: ASPENDOS– Mediterranean Turkish Restaurant, 26 Queensgate, Inverness IV1 1DJ Really good food. Encore Une Fois –…

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    I’ve always hated having my photograph taken. But now that I have written a book, am in the process of getting vivusclub.com up and running and finally gotten into social media, I am told I need a whole set of photos of me. I’m sure you can guess the first thing I did,…

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The health and beauty industry is constantly bombarding us with endless ‘new products’ to delay ageing or make us appear more youthful. After all, what could be worse than looking old? Well, one thing that’s definitely worse than looking old is feeling old. Forget about smoothing your wrinkles and dyeing your hair and focus on…

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Dear Agony Aunt, I don’t understand my grandchildren anymore. They are so busy being online that the language they use in the real world is full of terminology I can’t grasp and they talk about things I have no idea about. I wouldn’t care if it weren’t for the fact that I don’t think I…

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For anyone who is unaware, Sir Andrew Motion is a former poet laureate and current president of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, although he will soon be leaving this role to become a lecturer at the John Hopkins University in Baltimore. Why is this of any interest? Because when explaining his decision to venture…

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