Hardwick Quiz

We are going to the annual quiz in Hardwick. We won this 3 years ago so have a reputation to uphold which is not easy as there are 20 teams. We have a team of 6 and play our joker on the first round and score 9/10 which gives us 36 points. We remain in the lead for the whole evening and win the first prize (6 bottles of wine) and add our name to the winning shield once more. Have to come back next year to defend out title.

New Renault (well almost)

Picking up the replacement Renault Grand Scenic today. Very similar to the old one but this is an automatic with leather interior. Also a little bit longer being a Grand Scenic. Drives well on the way back from Nottingham. Must remember that this is a diesel!!

Flying in Europe – Groundschool

Driving to White Waltham airfield where I attend a groundschool on flying in Europe. Most is basic and fairly obvious but there are some interesting topics. Appears that flying in Europe is easier than in the UK as less congested and controlled airspace and the ATC (when at work) actually talk to each other and hence “hand you over”. Must fly further afield when the weather gets a bit better.

MGOC Snowdrop Run

The weather is not ideal today but we are participating in the annual snowdrop run organised by the Cambridge MG owners club. We start from Melbourn village after the customary bacon butty and pot of snowdrops. We follow the road to the south and east of Cambridge and then end up next to Ely Cathedral where we park the MGF (ours is 5th from the left). We are having some lunch and then join a tour of the cathedral.  Very informative and a good day out.

ADC – My Fair lady

Another Friday and it is the ADC Theatre again. Tonight we are seeing “My fair Lady” based on the book “Pygmalion” by George Bernard Shaw.

Alan Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s ‘My Fair Lady’ tells the compelling story the ‘education’ of a Miss Eliza Doolittle.

Doolittle is a fiery, intelligent young woman who works as a flower girl. She desires upward social mobility, but her strong East-End accent prevents it. She seeks the elocution lessons from a paternalistic professor of phonetics, Henry Higgins, who gradually moulds her into his ideal of womanhood. Eliza finds herself battling oppressive ideals of femininity and class and is forced to re-evaluate her sense of self.

CUMT’s production is a compelling reinterpretation of the classic tale, with an exhilarating combination of physical theatre, ensemble multi-rolling, puppetry, and Loewe’s well-loved score.

Benidorm

We are off for a 5 day break to sunny Benidorm where we have booked a room with sea view and balcony at hotel Canfali in the old city. The weather is very pleasant for this time of year (22C) although the sea is still very cold. Went for a couple of walks and found a lot has changed in the 5 years we were last there.

Burns Night

It is the 25th January and we are celebrating the birthday of the great Scottish bard himself. We meet with a group of friends and have “Cock-a-leekie” soup, followed by Haggis with tatties and neeps. All washed down by copious amounts of whiskey. An entertaining evening.

ADC – A View from the Bridge

Another Friday and it is the ADC Theatre again. Tonight we are seeing “A View From The Bridge” by Arthur Miller

Arthur Miller’s masterpiece on human weakness.

Eddie Carbone lives with his wife Beatrice and his niece Catherine. His life is simple and pragmatic, but this all changes when Beatrice’s immigrant cousins enter the fold…

How far will Eddie go to protect the world he has created? A powerful statement of human nature and very well performed.

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