Filed: Family Life

Yorkshire Pudding posted about a family heirloom yesterday, a silver cigarette case presented to his mum when she married in Delhi in 1945.

It is a link to his past that he clearly cherishes and like many of us, he worries that it might end up in a charity shop or on Flog It! when he's gone because the memories mean little or nothing to those who inherit it. Read more ›››

Shuffle Off

Yorkshire Pudding was musing on the subject of his own mortality the other day and coincidentally I have been doing the same of late.

Like YP, the prospect of death isn't something I think about often except in the most abstract ‘sometime in the future’ sort of way. But as Ray Charles observed: ‘Live each day like it's your last, 'cause one day you gonna be right’. Read more ›››

To Arms in Leeds

When we weren't watching a musical in Leeds, we did a great deal of walking around to learn more about a city that neither me nor Mrs P are particularly familiar with.

If you've visited Leeds then you will know that it is a city of great civic pride, as you can tell from the Leeds in Bloom tub on the left already planted with cigarette butt seeds ready to blossom in the spring. Read more ›››

Strictly Leeds

We have returned from our trip to Leeds having enjoyed a performance of Strictly Ballroom and I should begin with a review of the show, but since it was the last night then perhaps there isn't much point. I'll give it a go though.

Musicals such as this are not my cup of char as a rule but I did enjoy this one even if some of the songs were pure Disney. (Life is Leap of Faith wouldn't sound out of place in The Lion King) Read more ›››

Leads for Leeds

One of the Christmas presents I gave Mrs P was a pair of tickets for the stage show Strictly Ballroom the Musical, based on the film of the same name that was the inspiration behind Strictly Come Dancing the tv show.

Mrs P is a big fan of the show and the musical featured on the spin-off Take Two programme and seemed to me to be a splendid idea for a gift a bit different from the usual scent and jewellery. Read more ›››

Busy, Busy, Busy *

I've been an idle blogger of late for all sorts of ‘being busy’ reasons, not least because darling daughter has been back home from Japan for the last three weeks.

That has involved quite a few outings to the zoo, the cinema, bowling and for meals etc so, what with one thing and another, blogging has taken a back seat. Read more ›››

Going to the Zoo

We had a family tradition when the kids were younger that we would visit Chester Zoo in the hiatus between Christmas and the New Year. Now they are grown, it is a tradition that lapsed, at least until Tuesday.

Work and other commitments meant that we had to wait until the calendar turned to 2017 before we could all be together for a family outing and off we set. Read more ›››

Plan D

You would think with all the Christmases I've seen that I would have got the hang of the festive season or at least its immediate aftermath, but apparently not.

On Tuesday we had the bright idea of taking a trip to the cinema. Had this involved Mrs P I dare say the planning would have been more precise but as it was just me and son and daughter things were rather vague. Read more ›››

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