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  1. 22 minutes ago, Adawn47 said:

    Well my day has suddenly gone downhill fast.

    My friend 84,  was having problems with a kidney stone and was in quite some pain, so went into  the local hospital  on 30th January, and was then transferred to Pinderfields. They got things stabilised and said she would be in another week under observation and then allowed home with a view to an operation in one to two months, and it was a big relief. Five days later and her DIL has just been in touch to tell me that she had a covid test yesterday, and has contracted Covid while in hospital, is on the covid ward in a single room, and is going down today to have the  stone lasered to try to break it down. Her family have kept her safe for 12 months only for her to get it in hospital. She  already has breathing problems because of a damaged lung after undergoing radiation treatment a while ago. I've known her for 42 years and we're as close as sisters. I'm very concerned.



    I'm sorry to hear this too Avril.  As you were posting, I was on a Zoom call with friends and we were talking about the people we know who have caught Covid in hospital. 3 out of the 6 of us knew someone personally to whom this has happened, in different parts of the country too.  It's frightening!

  2. 22 hours ago, Harry Peterson said:

    I imagine most people will have seen this already today (and I apologise for wasting your time), but in case anyone hasn't, this is unmissable:





    First time on today but just had to say I have watched this many times already last night and today; it makes me laugh so much!  When he says 'I'm not a cat ......'  - nothing has made me laugh like this for ages!

  3. 1 hour ago, grapau27 said:

    The first time we went to Orlando Florida in 1992 when we got on our Thomson flight at Newcastle the first thing we heard was 

    Neil Diamond Were Going to America being played on the planes tannoy.

    It really got us in the spirit.



    Oh yes, a lovely memory for me too!  It wasn't my first visit when I heard it, but it still made an impression.  That, and the warm 'tropical-mixed-with-kerosene' smell as you exit the airport building. My first visit was in 1988 and my son was just 8 years old - a perfect time and we have been fortunate enough to visit Florida every year since then, often at the end of a trip elsewhere, and, deep breath, I have even booked flights to Tampa for the end of September this year 🤞. They are Amex 2-4-1 Club class flights postponed from this month, so 'only' taxes paid and are fully refundable, but it's just so nice to plan.

  4. 18 minutes ago, Eddie99 said:

    Watched Judi Dench in the Blithe Spirit remake last night.  It was fine.  Passed the time.  Felt more like the type of thing you’d see at Xmas.  Absolutely fabulous property.  Sussex coast I think


    I may give it a go then - the Times TV critic slated it and gave it one star out of five!


    I like winter when it's cold/frosty/sunny etc, but damp and grey (like today in my part of SW Lancs), not so much.  I do like watching my bulbs in pots creep up, and I planted masses this time, knowing they, and the birds, would be a major source of entertainment for the early part of this year.

  5. 13 hours ago, wowzz said:

    Anyone care to comment on the Sky Princess programme?  Obviously Princess have editorial control, but I thought overall Princess came out pretty well.



    We've sailed on 4 different Princess ships and should have been doing the transatlantic on the new (did it launch?) Enchanted Princess last November.  We've enjoyed them all but our least favourite ship was the Sapphire Princess and favourites being the newer larger Royal and Regal - the small balconies are only a minor inconvenience to us.  We enjoyed the programme but it suited DH more because he loves all the technical and engineering stuff, whereas I should have liked to have seen more on the 'softer' side of cruising; cabins, theatre, dining rooms etc, but appreciate that's not the focus for this series.  The captain and staff were as impressive as you would hope they would be!

  6. 5 minutes ago, grapau27 said:

    My only concern like Avrils is that both

    @HarryPeterson and.

    @bobupandown are both well and nothing has happened to them.



    I knew that Graham - you are both very caring and supportive posters; the backbone of this thread (along with a few others).  In fact, I’d say that the warmth and humour on this thread have contributed to my booking more P&O cruises as in, mostly nice folk on P&O 😊

  7. 1 minute ago, grapau27 said:

    I attached a post to Harry's opening thread post a few days ago and heard nothing.

    He might have decided not to post which I can understand because he did get a rough ride from some posters.



    I doubt it's anything to do with getting a rough ride.  I think that Harry, who let's be right, started some of the debates, was up to the job of defending his point of view 😄.  I miss his posts and hope he returns, but then, my views are not a million miles from his 😉


  8. On 1/6/2021 at 8:09 AM, NSWP said:

    Regal is same class ship as Brittannia, Not my style. Too big and no Prom deck, plus not enough seats in theatre for shows for 3500 pax.


    I wonder if the theatre seating is such a problem?  We go to the theatre almost nightly onboard, have sailed on both the Royal and the Regal and never been aware of an issue.  True we are not the people who wander in at the last minute, but the only time I am aware of the theatre being full way before the performance began was when it was Gareth Gates appearing, who is reasonably well-known in the UK. NB: My DH had never heard of him (no surprises there!) but he gave a good performance.

  9. 3 hours ago, wowzz said:

    I have to say that I find Ralf Little's character more than annoying. I appreciate that the writers want to give him some quirks, but they seem to have overdone it in this case. 




    And agree with Presto2 that Ralf Little is the weakest lead.  I loved Ruby though and would like her back!

  10. 10 hours ago, Presto2 said:

    Will most probably be doing school work Sunday but for now it is Friday evening and tomorrow is SATURDAY !!! Yeahhhhhhhhh



    After years of retirement from teaching, I still feel a sense of relief that I can enjoy Sundays without the burden of knowing there was lots of school work to be done  (I taught mainly exam classes; GCSE and A level with a smattering of GNVQ).  I loved the classroom part, but oh the preparation and marking workload!  😔.  I don't believe it's got any easier so I feel your Friday evening joy!

  11. 3 hours ago, ann141 said:

    Keep the positive thoughts coming!


    The frost and snow looks lovely from my living room window

    I’m getting through a lot of bird food 


    Mary Berry’s roasted sausage and potato supper is both quick to prepare and delicious 


    Trump just might get his comeuppance!


    They are my today positives, will that do? 😉





  12. 2 hours ago, indiana123 said:

    I am a minority... I don't like Creme Eggs.  Do I get banned????



    I watched the Cadbury programme on TV recently and was astonished to hear they sold 300 million of them a year in the U.K.  I’m a chocoholic but really dislike the fondant filling. Give me a nice piece of whole nut any day, preferably Lindt but Cadbury’s would do 😋

  13. 5 minutes ago, SarahHben said:

    I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned this on here before, I’ve never been to The Ritz but can recommend afternoon tea at The Wolseley next door to it. It has a lovely busy cosmopolitan atmosphere. Our most recent visit was in January last year for my birthday treat.

    I can highly recommend Sunday lunch at the Ritz.  We did it a few times when we lived in the SE.  It was great value, the dining room is stunning and it is a longer affair than the afternoon tea.


  14. 6 minutes ago, tring said:


    Can I ask how you get to see Lake Garda from Venice?  We have done the journey between Garda and Milan, but Venice a lot further, though would be good to combine stays in both and Liverpool airport less than an hour for us.


    If you look at an online route planner, such as the AA’s, you can see that much of the journey (between VCE and Bardolino/Garda) is by motorway and takes about an hour and three-quarters, 98 miles.  As the Liverpool flight arrives early, we take a satnav and avoid the motorways for some of the journey and travel through some interesting towns and villages, but take the fast motorway route for the return.

  15. 19 minutes ago, nicki-k said:

    We would love to visit Lake Garda, we went to Venice, Florence and Rome in Aug 19 and it was one of our favourite holidays. We used the train between the cities, is it easy to drive around Lake Garda and do you pick the car up from Venice or locally at the Lakes? I would be on the that plane as soon as it is relatively safe to do so 🤞

    We used to fly into Verona (closest airport to Lake Garda by far) when we lived in Herts and could access daily flights from Gatwick and pick up a car at whichever airport we use.  Manchester only has Verona flights in the holiday season - May to September - and we like to go either side of these months to avoid the crowds and easier driving to the other lakeside resorts, and so now use Bergamo or Venice airports.  My husband would applaud your use of trains - and be envious - but I like the convenience of a car.  I’m sure it would be possible to pick up a car locally, but there is quite a good bus service, which I would often use when DH was working.  You can definitely have a good holiday in that region without a car 👍

  16. 23 minutes ago, Peanut006 said:

    Love Lake Garda, we stayed at a hotel right on the Lake for a long weekend a couple of years ago but we flew into Bergamo, cheap flights as well. Hope it happens for you, at least it’s something to look forward to


    Thank you Michelle. We have flown into Bergamo many times but our current flights are from Liverpool rather then Manchester, which I prefer. We have a long relationship with Bardolino on Lake Garda, since DH often worked in the area (I would tag along as often as possible 😉) and we have been in the resort in mid winter with snow falling and not another person to be seen.  Magical memories!

  17. 11 hours ago, ann141 said:

    I know its not a cruise but we have a Warners break booked for mid feb.Think I may be being a tad optimistic?!Really want to book a Saga cruise round Ireland in June (particularly as the price has come down!) but hanging on for a few weeks before deciding

    I ‘gambled’ £75 total some months ago on 2 flights to Venice at the end of April - not paid for seats or luggage yet. My favourite hotel by Lake Garda did not want a deposit and I’ll leave car hire until the last minute. I reckon it’s no more than a 50-50 chance of happening but I really, really want it to 🤞 


    I would guess that your Saga Ireland cruise (if you go ahead) stands a good chance.  Good luck with the Warner break though, but you never know!

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