Royal Weddings, stately homes, beautiful gardens, lifelong learning, and a day out for Charity

Are you excited about a certain Royal Wedding happening today? Would you like to go to Frogmore House and Garden, where the 200 person reception will be held on Saturday? Well, you can. Not tomorrow, but are you free on Thursday 7th June?

 

This is Frogmore House and Gardens. Beautiful isn't it?

Frogmore House and Gardens. Image credit: Royal Collection Trust

 

For three days every year, the normally private house and gardens are open to the public, with the proceeds going to three charities. Those going on the 7th will help PET, The Prisoners’ Education Trust, that I sit on the Advisory Group of.

PET is a charity working across every prison in England and Wales to help people in prison achieve their potential through learning. PET provides courses in levels and subjects not usually available in prison, including GCSEs, A-levels and Open University courses, as well as courses in subjects as diverse as Farming Management and Personal Fitness Training.

Since their foundation in 1989, PET has helped thousands of men and women in prison transform their lives through education, and build better futures for their families and communities. To book tickets for the garden at Frogmore House on Thursday, 7 June visit www.prisonerseducation.org.uk/events or call 0203 752 5681.

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You’re Not Alone

Amongst other things, I’m a bit of a music geek with eclectic tastes. We all have songs we know very well – “You’re Not Alone” by Olive is one of those I must have heard dozens of times on the radio and in pubs and clubs in 1997 when the remixed version exploded. Those opening clipped synth chords are instantly recognisable.

Sometimes you’ll hear a cover version of a song that changes how you listen and feel about the song totally. This cover, by Astræa is one of them:


I love songs with lyrics that I can appreciate and identify with. The sentiments are at the same time intimate and universal. First, who hasn’t had to deal with being at a distance from someone they love? Second, isn’t it wonderful to know that someone has got your back and is waiting for you to come back, literally or metaphorically?

Singers who can enunciate each word and phrase with clarity are also a big plus for me; there’s nothing more annoying than having to listen to a song multiple times just to make out the lyrics (REM, Bob Dylan, I’m talking to you here). This beautiful rendition ticks all the right boxes. 

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House

OK, so who else is just itching to get hold of a copy of Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House (affiliate link)? This new book by Michael Wolff has already been described as “explosive”, “incendiary” and other ordnance-related epithets.

Do you think they chose a particularly unflattering photo of Donny on purpose?

“Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” by Michael Wolff. Click on the image for a link to Amazon (affiliate link).

 

Has anyone got a copy already? I watched a BBC News interview with someone queued up to buy one of the first copies on sale; he said he expected it to be “a dumpster fire” and expose the chaos of The White House.

I’d love to read comments from people who’ve already dived into it. 🙂

How to Punch a Nazi

In these troubled times, it may become necessary to defend yourself against the worst elements of extremism. My thanks go out to Master Ken, who has provided us with an instructional video on How To Punch A Nazi via the magic of YouTube.

Warning: The video depicts scenes of violence, the use of dangerous martial arts techniques, tiki torches, parody and subtle political commentary that may not be suitable for the faint of heart.

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