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The Big Debate: The Royal Wedding - Day Off or Day to Remember

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With less than 24 hours to go until the Royal Wedding, the nation is split into those who love a good Royal knees up, and those who are counting down the hours until extra bank holiday weekend begins.

Here, Kate and Emma put forward their thoughts on the day.

Emma can't wait for the Royal Wedding

I quite like the Royals. Sure, they're out of touch, eccentric and bumbling, but they make brilliant news fodder. Plus, how many 85-year-old ladies do you know who work every single day of the year? High five to the Queen for that alone.

Now we've got the Royal Wedding, the perfect excuse to throw a street party, head to one of the big screens across the country or enjoy a good old fashioned knees up at home. It's bought a huge amount of tourism to the capital, and plenty of companies have seen a much needed rise in profits from all the (tacky-but-essential) wedding merchandise.

The Royals only cost each taxpayer 69p a year to support. That's a bit of a bargain rate for an extra bank holiday in my book. And it's not like the future King gets married to his sweetheart every day, is it?

Now I'm off to put up the bunting and dig out my Royal teabags...

Kate is just happy for a day off...

Now, I'm not an anti-royalist by any stretch of the imagination - the royal family and everything that comes with them does wonders for the British tourism industry, and I won't go into details about my manifesting crush on Prince Harry - but that doesn't mean that I feel anything more than indifference towards the royal wedding.

It's all very sweet and lovely and blah blah blah that the Prince William is marrying his university sweetheart Kate Middleton, but I don't know them, and I most likely never will. With that in mind, why would I be excited for their pending nuptials? I mean, people are getting married all the time.

While I don't feel excited for Kate and Will, I do feel appreciation...I am immensely grateful for the fact that they have provided the nation with an extra day off work. Brilliant!

While others will be drowning themselves in tacky Union Jack paraphernalia, I'll be lounging out in the sun (touch wood), with a Pimms in my hand, and a smirk on my face. Forget the royal wedding...I'm all about a royal old knees up!

Are you excited about the Royal Wedding tomorrow?

Posted by Emma Cossey on April 28, 2011 8:34 AM in Holidays| Sex & Relationships| The Big Debate
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Louise Orcheston-Findlay

A tip off from the Cheeky Girls leads us to the Chocolate Hotel

chocolate hotel.gifMy first Dollymix post comes from Who's Jack headquarters and what better way to start off my week's stay than a little look at chocolate?

Who doesn't love chocolate? I have just returned from a weekend's stay at the Chocolate Hotel in Bournemouth. The weather was questionable, what with full gale force gusts and airborne sea water turning me and my partner into drowned rats.

The Chocolate Hotel is the headquarters of Jerry, self proclaimed entrepreneur. His exploits include stripper party buses for stag parties, a bar that has a cocktail jukebox (one of only two in the world), chocolate workshops and of course the Chocolate Hotel. Jerry travels all over the country with his chocolate workshops and has the largest chocolate fountain in the country! So large in fact, is his Chocolate fountain that it had pride of place at Jordan's (or Katie Price? never sure about that one) wedding and made the Cheeky Girls very happy at their private party not too long ago.

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Posted by Louise Orcheston-Findlay on January 13, 2009 2:15 PM in Food| Food and Cooking| Holidays| Louise Orcheston-Findlay| This Weekend
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Fun & Games

Things to do in London when you're Christmas


This Christmas Day, why not disentangle yourself from the hideous purple tassled sweater your mother got you, rouse yourself from your turkey coma, leave your grandmother to her sherry and stream of almost-racist invective and do something more interesting instead?

Southwark Cyclists' Christmas Bike Ride starts at the Cutty Sark Gardens, meanders through central London and finishes on the Edgware Road for lunch. Or you could follow the footsteps of Dickens and Pepys on a Christmas Day walk.

And if that's all a bit too energetic for you, The Roxy Bar and Screen off Borough High Street is open for business and showing Christmas movies all day, and City Cruises are running a Christmas Day Lunch Cruise - a ride on the Thames plus a three-course meal, and, most importantly, an open bar.

Finally, if schadenfreude is your thing, pop along to the Peter Pan Cup Swimming Race to watch hardy types observe the tradition of flinging themselves into the Serpentine.

And apologies to Dollymixers who don't live in London. If it's any consolation I shall be in north London (where nothing is happening), inflicting food poisoning on my household by roasting my first ever turkey.

Mind you, that's their fault for putting an erstwhile vegetarian on kitchen duty at the meatiest time of the year.

Posted by Robyn Wilder on December 24, 2008 1:00 PM in Fun & Games| Holidays| Robyn Wilder| christmas
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Women's "Ishoos"

Touched-up before touch down - coping with harrassment on an aeroplane

flight.jpgHave you ever fallen asleep on a plane and accidentally groped the man sitting next to you? I felt bad when I realised I'd fallen asleep on a stranger on the night bus, but I'm pretty sure I managed to control myself beyond that. That article makes an interesting point though. Esquire Editor Jeremy Langmead found himself being repeatedly touched and poked by a woman next to him on the Virgin redeye from New York...

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Wednesday news: Carla Bruni, fashion week, WWII, house swapping, autocuties

carla.jpgCarla Bruni has been hanging out with Metallica on Jools Holland's show. And singing, quite nicely. The interview's a bit awkward, though, but don't take my word for it...

Meanwhile our good friends over at Catwalk Queen have the equally stylish news that London will be keeping its September Fashion Week. The storm has passed!

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This Weekend

What to do this weekend... festivals, fashion, theatre and film

fest.jpgIf you're in or near London, and you can get over the idea of it being something to do with Boris Johnson, 'The Mayor's Thames Festival' is happening in the capital this weekend. Events include live music, a night carnival, a big feast on the bridge, and - most exciting for me in my advanced years - guided walks along the river. Excellent.

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Autumn breaks: holiday ideas round-up

holiday.jpgI feel cheated out of yet another summer. It started off alright, but, like Marvin in the Hitch-hikers' Guide to the Galaxy, pretty swiftly went into a 'bit of a decline'. Assuming you, too, have had enough of the UK for the time being I've compiled some autumn break ideas for those hoping to escape the endless, endless rain of September 08. Come on...

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Five things about the Isle of Lesbos

sappho lesbos lesbian.jpgThe Isle of Lesbos is currently creating merry hell in the courts, with the inhabitants trying to get the use of the word "Lesbian" outlawed as a description for gay women. Apparently, they feel very aggrieved that the women who are responsible for most of their tourism trade have "usurped" the word "lesbian" when it should be used to describe inhabitants of the Isle.

So, while they try to make their case in court (whilst still insisting that they're not being homophobic), here's five facts about the Island.

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Home and Living

Hippyshopper's guide to saving money

Happy camping.jpgThere are loads of saveymoney experts out there, but the tips and tricks they give you often involve buying cheaper no-brand food, or getting last minute flights. In a bid to show that you can save money AND the planet at the same time, Abi over on Hippyshopper has done a Top 5 green ways to store up cash in your bank account.

You can read the full set of tips over Hippyshopper, if you so desire. But in the meantime, to fill another paragraph, here's my favourite tip:

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Kinder Bueno's "A little bit of what you fancy" website gives great advice for travelling!

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Kinder Bueno has a fantastic website called A Little Bit of what You Fancy, where they give girls advice on everything from glamour to what the best place for you to go on holiday is, depending on your personality. They have a fantastic little quiz that helps narrow down which options would be best for you, and after just a few questions, they give some brilliant advice. They were kind enough to ask me to give advice to all you City Slickers out there, where I advise all the best things to do for a mini break to Paris!

Be sure to check it out, as you can also enter to win a five star hotel break, or one of five £200 Eurostar vouchers!

Posted by on January 24, 2008 11:38 AM in Holidays
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