All countries should take on board what Sweden has done, then for some to set up the same recycling for others to use. We cannot keep making the amount of rubbish we do, there needs to be more recycling for many things.

Luxembourg has made all public transport free, it clears so much congestion and fumes so if our public transport was free then they would employ more people as the services would run more often and hopefully on time.

Why can’t we be one of these cities, if other countries can do it why can’t Britain?

What a simple idea, you could also have trees planted for every child when they start school. There are many ideas we could take on like planting a tree when you get married.

So many things should be just banned as then people would find other alternatives. Why does our government not do things like this also banning single-use plastics? Stop keep saying about our environment and what we could do, ban everything that destroys it.


All shops should do this, ban the plastic bag.


We have so many clever young people that want to help improve our world, the government should be supporting them by banning the things that destroy it and help to find the solutions to what we have created.

Some of the ideas that other countries have taken on board make me ashamed to be living here, our government does not appear to want to do anything to help the situation which is only going to get worse the longer it goes on.





It felt like an awfully long time ago that we had the full nine of us at lunch, then we realised it had been since February, so we need to do better next year girls. This place used to be called Brickfields, they have given it a paint job and changed the name. The prices are very reasonable with a good selection.  Plus they have a round table, so much better when there is a group of you as you can chat with everyone. The starters were a good size and very tasty, nothing was left.

I don’t think the chat stopped at all as there was so much to catch up on. Jackie has recovered really well and is back to normal so that’s good. Corinne is waiting for tests so our thoughts are with her and hope it is something that can be sorted.

Most had the turkey Christmas dinner but the steak burger looked very good and the pie was fake n ale, very different.

The new menus are good with lots of choice plus catering for different tastes. The desserts were super I had the sundae, many had the Christmas pudding then you had the gin trifle and baileys profiteroles, what a choice!

These two have us in stitches, I’m not sure if they are funny or stupid LOL but we all love them lots. It was so good to have all the ladies here and I am looking forward to January already.

So it’s a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the ladies who lunch, see you on the 22nd January 2020.



Is that your hand wrapped around your mug to keep it warm?

In an ideal world, it would be enclosed in another not just warm but hot with anticipation and wonder.

What will this bring, will I enjoy it and many other questions jumping into your head. Can you remember those feelings and butterflies in your tummy as you get ready for a first date? The anticipation or nerves are always there but in a nice way as we always like to think that the next person we meet will be our dream mate or even our soulmate. If you are still looking for yours or your back in the game after a failed relationship then please don’t worry, as the saying goes there are plenty more fish in the sea and you are about to start reeling them in for your appraisal.  There is no better feeling and you can feel it again by logging in to the Cumbria Dating Site.

Online dating has never been easier so you can have a date for the works Christmas event or the family drink in the local pub or even the pantomime that you go to every year but normally on your own. Won’t it be good to share those special events with someone that ticks all your boxes? Then carry on reading as these tips will help you find a partner who is just what you need in your life.

The world of online dating has evolved over the last few years making it so easy that even if you have no experience of websites all you need to do is follow the instructions which help you to join and start your search.  All the important points are there just remember to be honest when filling in the questions as then it helps to find you the ideal date. Be very precise in what you are looking for as they don’t want to waste your time sending you profiles that don’t match your criteria. Not only that but also you can tick the boxes as to what you do not want as well. If you are honest with yourself about what you want and don’t want then it makes this process so much easier and then the fun bit begins.

You will be matched with things you both agree and disagree with so you know you should have some things in common before you start. Then look at the photos, many people use good pics now as let’s face it you make sure you look good when you go out to meet someone so you should look good in the photos that you put on your profile.  Also make sure you put a selection on head and shoulders, profile, full and maybe a couple of funny ones if you have a sense of humour that overflows. I have heard many people say that if they make you laugh then that goes a long way to a great first date!

Good luck and remember to enjoy yourself.



My two girls are having a lot of fun thinking up all the things that the elf’s appear to be doing this year, I sometimes thing they enjoy it more than the children. Some of them are so funny, if you are stuck for ideas then just click on to Pinterest as they have hundreds there.

Elf ideas on Pinterest



I appear to have read a few books lately so I have to review all these! Why do I always get so behind, I would like to stay on top of this and be a month in front of written reviews. That is one of my plans for next year.

I also want to do some journaling and gratitude writing every day, plus my blog and then at least 1,000 words on the work in progress. I realise that is going to take some planning but I have from now until January 1st to get straight and in front, as then it should be achievable.

I need to edit and finalise my memoir and children’s book and send them off. Then research and plan my next book so it’s ready to write starting January.

I have arranged all guest speakers for my writing group, written up the agenda for the first meeting on 9th January, large and small posters completed. Planning is underway for the retreats and workshops to commence next year, very excited about these. There will also be a writing session one day a week which I think will be Thursday mornings, (10 to 12) or should that be longer like all day so people have the choice what time to come? Plus there will be special events during the year, like a crime day with Charlie Gallagher and Lisa Cutts who not only write about crime but solve it during their day jobs.

Our first guests in January for Write By The Sea will be Hannah Palmer and Karen Irving, they both wrote their first books this year with one self-publishing the other traditional publishing. I will be talking to them on the sofa about each of their journeys so start thinking about questions for them.

I will carry on doing the storytime at The Wellbeing Centre Thursday afternoons (1 to 2.30) as I do enjoy that. It is a good place to sit and listen to the many different pieces of work from people.

Christmas is almost sorted I just have to wrap a few presents, write cards to friends. It was all relatively easy this year as all the older grandchildren wanted money for things they are saving for like cars!

I do have the three family birthdays during December as my eldest daughter will be 40, that makes me feel very old. Eldest granddaughter will be 22, will she become sensible I wonder? Plus a grandson has his 7th birthday.

It all sounds very achievable when written down, fingers crossed I manage it.





Monday 25th November Phil McIntyre Live Ltd in association with NRH Management presents… 


MILTON JONES ADDS A MULTITUDE OF TOUR DATES FOR AUTUMN 2020 DUE TO PHENOMENAL DEMAND and will be at LeasCliff Hall Folkestone on the 13th November 2020 


Box office: 0844 871 3015*

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Phil McIntyre Live Ltd are delighted to announce a multitude of additional tour dates in Autumn 2020 for Milton Jones – star of Mock The Week (BBC Two), BBC Radio 4 and Live at the Apollo (BBC One), household favourite, king of the one-liner and one of the UK’s biggest selling comedians. His Milton:Impossible tour will now take in a huge total of 100 dates across the UK and Ireland in 2020, beginning at the Dartford’s Orchard Theatre on 22nd January 2020 and concluding in London at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 29th November 2020. Tickets will go on sale on Thursday 28th November, with a presale on Tuesday 26th November, available via 


One man. One Mission. Is it possible? No, not really.


Complete with his unique style and eccentric shirts, Milton will reveal the truth behind having once been an international spy, and then being given a somewhat disappointing new identity which forced him to appear on Mock The Week (BBC Two), Live at the Apollo (BBC One), Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow (BBC One) and even headline on Dave’s One Night Stand (Dave). This is a love story with a twist or at least a really bad sprain. Is it all just gloriously daft nonsense, or is there a deeper meaning? Every man has his price. Sainsbury’s, where good food costs less. 


Milton Jones said previously: “My latest show is called Milton:Impossible and is loosely based on a Tom Cruise film I saw once called something like Undo-able Task. In it, I play a Milton who appears to just have a job in Asda, but at night he’s also an international spy involved in secret things and quite bad situations. But if daft jokes give you an allergic reaction and send you into a coma, then don’t come running to me! Also, at a difficult time for our country, I believe there’s a chance this show could unite the nation. Admittedly quite a small chance.” 


Milton’s last sell-out tour, Milton Jones Is Out There, was seen by over one hundred thousand people, with an entire leg of extra shows added to cater to demand, underlining his position as one of the UK and Ireland’s most popular comedians. Milton has co-written and performed in twelve of his own radio series for BBC Radio 4 and in 2012 Another Case of Milton Jones won the Silver Sony Award for Best Comedy. He won the Perrier Best Newcomer Award, is the winner of two Sony Awards, a Writers Guild Award nominee and his radio show Very World of Milton Jones was nominated for a British Comedy Award. Milton hasalso released three hugely successful live DVDs – Milton Jones – The Universe Tour. Part One – Earth Milton Jones Live, The Lion Whisperer and On the Road.


Tickets for the Autumn 2020 leg of Milton Jones in Milton:Impossible go general sale on Thursday 28th November at






For further information and interview requests, please contact Multitude Media: 

Steph Pennells,

Karma Symington,

Eleanor Davies,

0207 299 4241


Praise for Milton Jones: 

“He’s fast, absurd and very Funny”  Radio Times


“No-one can touch Jones when he hits his stride” The Guardian



Date: Venue: Website: 

22/01/2020DARTFORD, Orchard Theatre

23/01/2020DORKING, Halls

24/01/2020COLCHESTER, Charter Hall

25/01/2020HASTINGS, White

26/01/2020WOKING, New Victoria

29/01/2020BRIGHTON, Theatre

30/01/2020BRIGHTON, Theatre

31/01/2020STEVENAGE, Gordon Craig Theatre

01/02/2020NOTTINGHAM, Royal Concert Hall

02/02/2020LINCOLN, Engine Shed

05/02/2020TUNBRIDGE WELLS, Assembly

06/02/2020ST ALBANS, Alban

07/02/2020DUDLEY, Town Hall

08/02/2020COVENTRY, Warwick Arts

09/02/2020HIGH WYCOMBE, Swan 

12/02/2020ALDERSHOT, Princes Hall


14/02/2020BROMLEY, Churchill Theatre

15/02/2020LEICESTER, De Montfort Hall

16/02/2020OXFORD, New Theatre

19/02/2020WARRINGTON, Parr Hall

20/02/2020WREXHAM, William Aston Hall

21/02/2020STOKE-ON-TRENT, Victoria Hall www.atgtickets.com22/02/2020YORK, Barbican

23/02/2020HALIFAX, Victoria Hall

26/02/2020BASINGSTOKE, Anvil

28/02/2020SOUTHAMPTON, Guildhall


01/03/2020SWINDON, Wyvern

04/03/2020 KENDAL, Leisure Centre

05/03/2020CARLISLE, Sands Centre


07/03/2020FALKIRK, FTH

08/03/2020BUXTON, Opera House


11/03/2020CARDIFF, St David’s Hall

12/03/2020CHELTENHAM, Town Hall

13/03/2020CAMBRIDGE, Corn

14/03/2020NEWCASTLE, City Hall

18/03/2020HULL, City Hall

19/03/2020LEEDS, Town Hall

20/03/2020SCUNTHORPE, Bath


22/03/2020CREWE, Lyceum

25/03/2020REDHILL, Harlequin

26/03/2020HAYES, Beck Theatre



29/03/2020PETERBOROUGH, The


02/04/2020BOURNEMOUTH, Pavilion Theatres

03/04/2020PORTSMOUTH, Guildhall

04/04/2020TORQUAY, Princess

05/04/2020SALISBURY, City Hall

08/04/2020KINGS LYNN, Corn Exchange

09/04/2020NORWICH, Theatre Royal

15/04/2020CRAWLEY, The

16/04/2020GUILDFORD, G

17/04/2020AYLESBURY, Waterside

18/04/2020SOUTHEND, Cliffs Pavilion

20/04/2020CORK, Opera

21/04/2020GALWAY, Town Hall

23/04/2020LETTERKENNY, An


25/04/2020DUBLIN, Olympia

26/04/2020BELFAST, Ulster Hall

08/10/2020WALSALL, A3 Arena – Forest Arts Centre


10/10/2020ISLE OF MAN, Gaiety

14/10/2020CHATHAM, Central

16/10/2020CHESTERFIELD, Winding

17/10/2020COVENTRY, Warwick Arts

18/10/2020BIRMINGHAM, Alexandra

21/10/2020ABERDEEN, Music

22/10/2020GLASGOW, Pavilion Theatre

23/10/2020BLACKBURN, King George’s

24/10/2020MIDDLESBROUGH, Town Hall

28/10/2020LANCASTER, The


30/10/2020NEWARK, Newark

01/11/2020LYTHAM ST ANNES, Lowther

04/11/2020WESTON SUPER MARE, Playhouse, Theatre Severn

06/11/2020EXETER, Corn


08/11/2020DUNSTABLE, Grove

12/11/2020TROWBRIDGE, Civic

13/11/2020FOLKESTONE, Lees Cliff Hall

14/11/2020READING, Hexagon

15/11/2020WEYMOUTH, Pavilion

18/11/2020ISLE OF WIGHT, Shanklin

19/11/2020WORTHING, Assembly

20/11/2020BEXHILL, De La Warr Pavilion

21/11/2020LEAMINGTON SPA, Royal Spa

22/11/2020LIVERPOOL, Auditorium

25/11/2020TELFORD, Oakengates Theatre

26/11/2020BEDFORD, Corn

27/11/2020BRENTWOOD, Brentwood

28/11/2020GRANTHAM, Grantham

29/11/2020LONDON, Shepherd’s Bush Empire


What a busy month that was and in some ways I am pleased it is over and everything went ok. I think there were three main things that stood out for me and they were the National Novel Writing month which I did fail on and only wrote about 22,000 words but I was still pleased with myself and let’s face it a few words on the paper is better than none!

I also carried on doing the Storytime at the Wellbeing Centre where we have had some pretty good subjects and some super stories, I just love it when someone says I can’t write but then they read out a beautiful story that they wrote themselves.  There were also some brilliant things for sale at the centre so I have been trying the CBD oil bombs and melts and I would recommend them.

Dinners and time spent with the family are always good and now we are all looking forward to Christmas and parties together. The family all came to my book event at The Chambers, I had 31 authors in one room selling their books and chatting to each other and their readers. What an absolutely brilliant afternoon, it really could not have gone any better with everyone saying they really want to do it again.

Then there was the usual Acadamy FM radio shows that I did with Kay, we had an extra one last month with some authors, that was fun. Will be on again this week. I have read and reviewed a few books and am now in front till January so I can read some books that I have bought over Christmas.  My total for the year now is 70 so only ten more for my target!

I loved this picture of the cat in the doll’s bed, if she had a bed she would not go in it! So that was a condensed version of a great November. We now head into December where my writing group are doing a door on the Living Advent Calender on the 10th and once that is over, the presents will be wrapped and then I can spend the month writing, reading and watching Christmas films with the family, I can’t wait.




From the bestselling author of The Girl in the Corner comes the moving story of a man whose life is changed in an instant. How do you start again when you lose the only love you’ve ever known?

When Nick’s wife Kerry falls ill and dies, he realises for the first time how fragile his happiness has always been, and how much he’s been taking his good life and wonderful family for granted. Now, he suddenly finds himself navigating parenthood alone, unsure how to deal with his own grief, let alone that of his teenage son, Olly.

In the depths of his heartbreak, Nick must find a way to navigate a life that pleases his son, his in-laws, his family and his friends—while honouring what Kerry meant to them all. But when it comes to his own emotions, Nick doesn’t know where to begin. Kerry was his childhood sweetheart—but was she really the only one who could ever make him happy?

And in the aftermath of the tragedy, can Nick and his son find themselves again?

IMG_2422 copy.jpgAmanda Prowse is an International Bestselling author whose twenty-three novels and six novellas have been published in dozens of languages around the world. Published by Lake Union, Amanda is the most prolific writer of bestselling contemporary fiction in the UK today; her titles also consistently score the highest online review approval ratings across several genres. Her books, including the chart-topping No.1 titles ‘What, Have I Done?’, ‘Perfect Daughter’, ‘My Husband’s Wife’, ‘The Girl in the Corner’ and ‘The Things I Know’ have sold millions of copies across the globe.

A popular TV and radio personality, Amanda is a regular panellist on Channel 5’s ‘The Jeremy Vine Show’ and numerous daytime ITV programmes. She also makes countless guest appearances on BBC national independent Radio stations including LBC and Talk FM, where she is well known for her insightful observations and her infectious humour. Described by the Daily Mail as ‘The queen of family drama’ Amanda’s novel, ‘A Mother’s Story’ won the coveted Sainsbury’s eBook of the year Award while ‘Perfect Daughter’ was selected as a World Book Night title in 2016.

Amanda’s ambition is to create stories that keep people from turning the bedside lamp off at night, great characters that ensure you take every step with them and tales that fill your head so you can’t possibly read another book until the memory fades…

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WHAT DID I THINK?  Amanda has the ability to write from the heart, I used to think that she had experienced these things as she wrote about them with such feeling and knowledge. But I need to rethink that as she is just not old enough to have crammed all these things into her life! So she is a very talented person to know just what these people are thinking and feeling. Every one of her books is a best seller and that is why she gets right to the nitty-gritty of feelings. Most people would end up a crying mess but she just writes it all down and gets it all out.

This book drifts between the two main characters which I found really interesting as you get both sides of the story. Let’s face it there are always two sides to everything so what a brilliant way to write it. The characters are down to earth so you can feel with them as you go through the book. I really liked this and it would be an ideal Christmas present to curl up in front of the fire with.









Why not enter our Kiddies Christmas Writing Competition. Tell us in 70 words Why I Love Christmas, put your name and phone no. at the top of the page. Take your entry to the MIND Charity Shop in Hythe with a £1 coin, to receive your free gift !! Larger prizes for the winners !! Closing date 12/12/19








2020 UK TOUR



The United Kingdom, Friday 22nd November 2019 – The UK’s best-selling country act The Shires today release a taster single ‘New Year’ from their eagerly awaited forthcoming album ‘Good Years’.  ‘New Year’ is out now on BMG, listen here. ‘Good Years’ will be available as a limited edition red vinyl as well as on CD and streaming platforms.

The title of the group’s newest record couldn’t ring truer for Ben and Crissie as the release follows two gold-certified albums and three Top 10 singles firmly cementing their status as two of country music’s most prominent voices.

The band’s new music coincides with the announcement of a UK tour which will see the duo play the likes of the London Palladium, Bristol Academy, Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and Brighton’s Dome alongside a number of other venues across the UK.

As with all their albums ‘Good Years’ was recorded in the home of Country Music, Nashville. It is a poignant project for Crissie and Ben now having made huge waves both on home soil and across the pond as the first UK artists to win ‘Best International Act’ at the prestigious CMAs.

Speaking on the release of their latest single and the new album Crissie and Ben said; “We are so excited to be releasing ‘Good Years’, our 4th album recorded in Nashville and also announce our next UK tour!  Honesty and storytelling have always been such an important part of our songwriting. We’ve poured some of the incredible experiences and life we’ve lived into these songs. We can’t wait to hit the road next year and play these live across the country. The songs mean so much to us personally, but there really is nothing like looking out at our fans in the crowd and seeing how much of an impact they can have in someone else’s life. It’s truly a very special thing”. 

Ben and Crissie will embark on a UK tour in May 2020, full list of dates noted below: 

27th April, Weymouth Pavilion

28th April, Torquay Princess Theatre

29th April, Stoke Victoria Hall                

1st May, Lincoln Engine Shed     

4th May, Birmingham Symphony Hall

5th May, Aberyswyth Arts Centre

6th May, Guildford G Live

8th May, Bristol o2 Academy

9th May, Cambridge Corn Exchange

10th May, Nottingham Royal Centre       

12th May, Carlisle Sands Centre

13th May, Aberdeen Beach Ballroom

14th May, Edinburgh Liquid Room

15th May, Gateshead The Sage  

17th May, Ipswich Regent Theatre          

19th May, Manchester Bridgewater Hall

20th May, York Barbican

22nd May, Oxford New Theatre

23rd May, Liverpool Philarmonic Hall

24th May, Cardiff St David’s Hall

26th May, Basingstoke The Anvil

27th May, London Palladium                  

2nd June, Brighton The Dome

3rd June, Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall

4th June, Bedford Corn Exchange

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