Made in Dagenham

mindWe both went to see the film ‘Made in Dagenham’ at the Vue cinema at the Oxford United stadium last night, the day it was released.

Described as “A dramatization of the 1968 strike at the Ford Dagenham car plant, where female workers walked out in protest against sexual discrimination.”
One of the best films we have seen for a long time, a classic British drama-comedy. Well worth seeing with every emotion experienced.

Not many people in the cinema for the first showing, but I think it will become as big a hit as Calendar Girls. Couple of drinks afterwards in the Kings Arms at Sandford, nice pub, must try a meal here.

Visit to The New Theatre, Oxford

The New Theatre had an open day today, £9 each and you could wonder everywhere, back stage, dressing rooms, easily get lost. A complete rabbit warren of rooms and corridors.

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Well worth it, always wanted to see how all the scenery gets ‘lowered’ in etc. There were lots of staff on hand to answer questions, especially interesting were the lighting and mixing desks. Yea, I am a geek.

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Then finished up across the road in The grapes pub, built in 1820, possibly one of the oldest pubs in Oxford.

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Visit to the BT Tower

Today we visited the BT, or, as was the Post Office tower in London. A bit of history here.

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The trip was organised by BT, just had to donate some money to BT’s chosen charity and could have an hour up the tower. The weather was dry, a bit cloudy, but just OK for photo taking.

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Wembley Stadium far right                                 The London Eye

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Big Ben                                                                   Regent Park

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Afterwards we went to Treasures of Heaven exhibition at The British Museum.

And went to the Busaba Eathai,  restaurant just of the Tottenham Court Road for a nice meal, before getting home around 9.00pm.

Visit to the Site of Ascott Park

There had been an article about the two mile long Ascott Park, Historical Trail in the Oxford Mail, back at the end of March. It was a lovely day today, so we decided to go and visit.
The trail starts at the Crazy Bear Farm Shop in Stadhampton, nice coffee and fruit juices.
There are quite a few different animals to see round here including Reindeers and Llamas.

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There are around 8 newly erected signs giving information about the site.

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The Old Dovecote                                        Pretty idyllic scene

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These were believed to be the                     The Granary
Gate Piers to the house.

Apparently the original house was built in 1662, then burned down before the Dormer family could move in, although no remains can be found. But remains have been found of a house built in about 1720, but never finished for what ever reason.

Well worth a morning trip, especially in the lovely sunny weather we have been having lately.

Birthday Meal

It was my birthday today, 25th March, never thought I’d get to 40.  Just send money Smile

Never too sure where to go for a meal other than for a curry. So decided to put on the suit and go to the Woodstock Arms, Woodstock, home of several good meals previously.

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I had the Steak and Ale pie, with Old Speckled Hen ale, delicious with fresh veg and Sue had the Venison Chilli, also delicious, with Salad. Afters was chocolate pudding and crème brûlée and two coffees. Plus drinks before hand came to a very reasonable £33. Service was excellent. Well recommended.

Welford Park and Snowdrops

It was a lovely sunny day today, so decided to visit the ground of Welford Park.
Found out about this in the Independent newspaper. The park which is near to Newbury has magnificent carpets of snowdrops.


Took around 40 minutes to get there and well worth the trip.

                      

Visited the church next door, St Gregorys and the tea rooms Springs on it way.

                      

Isle of Wight Weekend

 

Not a good start with a stop at the Little Chef costing 10 quid for 2 coffees and toast and teacakes and I thought they were cheap.
But the sun came out, ferry crossing was great taking just over 30 minutes from Portsmouth. The Castle Hotel at Ryde was nice. Owned by the Old English Inns group.

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Inside our hotel at Ryde, a well deserved drink on arrival.
Lunch followed, even better.

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Visited Osborne House, Carisbrooke Castle and Brading Roman villa, amongst others. Had some good meals in the hotel and a nice curry.

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Interestingly, the day we visited Osborne House, the favourite home of Queen Victoria, was the day she died 110 years ago, spooky.

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Great weekend and good weather for January. All over so quick.

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The Australian Classic Rock Show

Went to the see ‘The Australian Classic Rock Show’ at the New Theatre, started at possible my favourite pub in Oxford – Far from the Madding Crowd Crowd.

 

Below is a write up found on the internet –

From the producers of the phenomenally successful tribute concert, ‘The Australian Pink Floyd Show’ comes a brand new concept. Using the same winning formula of impeccable musicianship matched with a spectacular sound and lights show, animations and a sprinkle of Aussie humour, The Australian Classic Rock Show presents two and a half hours of classic rock’s best moments! A virtuoso band of the finest musicians on the planet will perform a mix of selected classic rock album sides plus a special anthem-by-anthem climax to the show, including tracks by Supertramp, Dire Straits, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Steely Dan, Genesis, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Who. An unforgettable evening of guitar rocking, air punching, chorus singing, foot stomping fun. Sore throat guaranteed!

And I got to say it was rather brilliant. The tracks from Dire Straits were especially good.