BANARAMA ARE BACK!

After almost THIRTY YEARS have flown by, Banarama are back – in their original line-up -for 15 tour dates and a brand new single…. Everywhere you look at the moment there is a band from the past making a come back and I for one am loving it. If you’ve got the right songs you still…

DREAM DESTINATIONS…MY TOP 5

So it’s almost mid-week or hump-day as we have come to affectionately call it. Let’s indulge ourselves in a bit of daydreaming ladies, the best kind of daydreaming in fact…the ‘if money were no object’ kind! Here are 5 of my Dream Destinations, I have so many more to share another day, don’t forget to…

LOVE ACTUALLY IS BACK!

Only briefly, but still. This is pretty exciting stuff if, like me, you watch the movie every single December! Let me explain… a large chunk of the cast (bar Emma Thompson for obvious and very sad reasons, we will sorely miss the late Alan Rickman for evermore) have come together to make a short movie…

BEAUTY & THE BEAST BOYCOT MAYHEM

Disney have remade this classic tale and all the teasers look epic – so why is it then, that people are already refusing to go and boycotting the brand altogether? Allow me to explain. The new Beauty & The Beast movie out next week (I actually can’t wait) has an openly gay character in it,…

SKIING WITH KIDS

From a woman who was adamant she would never venture out onto the pistes with toddlers or kids in tow, I am now a total family ski convert and cannot get enough! I had nightmarish visions of me sweating in snow gear whilst dragging screaming kids behind me plus a hundred pairs of skis/helmets etc., amidst…

Dawn Ward’s Mission to help Polly.

The photographs show a fabulously festive room full of glamorous ladies dressed in their finest enjoying some champagne and having fun at Christmas-time, but behind this sparkling imagery there is a heart of gold campaigning to help a fellow Mum stay around to see her three beautiful children grow up… Dawn Ward hosted a Ladies lunch in…

My Lunch with Gary Barlow

Julia Periac tells us about her day to remember and a fantastic, noteworthy cause – Child Bereavement UK. The function room at the Hilton was filled with twinkling lights, tables were covered with crisp white linen, ladies dressed in their finery sipped on champagne and the room was filled with celebrities and influential business women…

It’s A Wonderful Life!

And it really truly is! In these worrying and complicated times, I really urge you all to take some time-out during the run up to the festive season and watch this movie. Better still, find a nice old-fashioned cinema in your area and hope they’re showing it there. Why? Because it will fill you with all the…

Opera For Beginners

Are you already a lover of all things Opera or are you, like me, slightly unsure where to begin? Catherine Clayton-Young gives us a little insight to start us off on the right note (see what I did there?). Puccini’s La Boheme… It’s a strange old world going to the opera. It is considered so…

Croatia

Julia Periac takes us on a guided tour of her much-loved Croatia: Northern Dalmatia, a blissful, Adriatic haven for holiday makers and my home away from home. My Dad was born in the small village of Polaca in Dalmatia, the southern coastal region of Croatia.  A decade ago when I mentioned my Croatian heritage people…

Two Days In Verona

Mum, Teacher and avid traveller Emma Kilheeney talks us through her romantic Italian mini-break…. After arriving in Verona on a warm October Monday evening, we got a taxi from Verona Villafranca Airport to the Escalus Luxury Suites where we were staying for two nights. Taxis in Verona are expensive but it is the easiest way to…

Alton Towers Enchanted Village

If you have young kids like me (and haven’t been put off theme parks for good after the recent publicity surrounding the safety aspects), then a night or two away in Alton Towers Enchanted Village should definitely go on your wish list. We took advantage of an offer this summer and bought a night in the…