50th celebrations

11.1.13. No not mine!

A friend whom I share a birthday with, celebrated his 50th in style, taking his family on a cruise through the Panama Canal. Last night he continued the celebrations with a fantastic private dinner at the Inn at Whitewell in Lancashire UK. What a great night. Great company, great food, great event. Simple, no fancy disco, lights how etc, just a group of 24 friends enjoying each other’s company.

It was certainly a long one, didn’t get to bed until 3 this morning, hence the delay in my daily post.

Pressure us on now to make my 50th equally as good.

What does Christmas mean to you?

25.12.2013. It’s Christmas Day. Merry Christmas

But what does that mean? What does Christmas mean to you? It’s an interesting question and one that tends to start a healthy debate. Does it mean presents and gifts? Does it mean food and drink? What about excess and greed? Or goodwill to all men?
Christmas means so many things to many different people and I think that your perspective is very much driven by the type of Christmas you experienced as a child, which is why it is so important to teach our children of the real meaning, rather than focusing upon the excess that is commonplace at this time of year.

I have a lovely day today. Present opening first thing – everything went down really well and then a walk with the dog to allow my daughter to try her new rollerblades, followed by a chillax, before a quick shower and shave ahead of leaving for the inlaws for Christmas Dinner. A few family games – Pointless really lived up to its name – and then back home.

An ideal Christmas Day, very in keeping with my new philosophy around simplicity.

Peter Pan

14/12/13. Peter Pan in Blackpool!

Who would have thought it would be so good? But I have to say that the whole show, all 3 hours of it was simply brilliant – a panto in the true sense. The theatre, the Blackpool Grand, has such a traditional feel, you appear to have been transported back in history – I’m sure it would have been exactly the same 50/60 years ago.

The cast, not big names but nonetheless gave an amazing performance, full of laughter and like all good pantos, littered with one liners that work at both adult and child levels. So much more authentic than the drivel that you get on things like the xFactor, which has culminated tonight with the choice of the final 2 – some young lad from Glasgow – “he’s only 16, you know” and some old battle axe from god know where.

Can’t wait for the final tomorrow – I think not!

Later in the day, had a few drinks with some good friends and the banter got round to The Trip, a great series with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon visiting a series of Northern restaurants – if you haven’t seen it, you need to. By all accounts, a second series is due out soon.