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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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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Less than a day left to Register to Vote in the UK

Register to vote - then go vote!

Do I really need to caption this to tell you what it is?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, or have spent the last month with your fingers shoved in your ears yelling “La la la, I can’t hear you!”, you’ll probably be aware that there is a General Election looming in the UK.

The deadline for registering to vote is tonight at midnight. Theoretically, there are around 54 million people in the UK eligible to vote, of which just under 46 million were registered in 2016 according to the Office of National Statistics.

I don’t care about your politics or if you’re apolitical. I don’t care about the colour of your skin, the colour of your money, your rosettes or your heart. Just remember this – if you don’t want to engage in the democratic processes of this country (flawed as they are), then you’ll end up with far less weight to any complaints you may have resulting from such elections.

If you don’t think there’s any point voting, register anyway and then vote. Parliament gives “short money” to opposition parties as a counterbalance to the Government’s access to the entire might of the Civil Service and it is determined in part by the number of votes cast nationally.  So, once you’ve registered, don’t forget to vote on the 8th June 2017.

You can go online if you want to Register to Vote. Go on, it’ll take you less than minute. Why would you not?

Bach and Bobby McFerrin

There must be more than a few music geeks reading this. I’ve got pretty eclectic musical tastes, so I am delighted to share this video of Bobby McFerrin (probably best known for the song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”) singing Bach’s Prelude in C major. The amount of precision and vocal control required to do this well is incredible. 

I hope you’ve had a relaxing weekend whether you celebrate Easter, Ostara, chocolate, or The Flying Spaghetti Monster. May this video continue that weekend a little bit longer. 

While you’re digesting all that chocolate, tell me what singer and song and combination has surprised you in a good way recently? 🙂