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Blithe Spirit starring Jennifer Saunders at Malvern Theatres: Review

Iconic comedy actress Jennifer Saunders is at Malvern Theatres this week, starring in Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit. The play is in Malvern as part of a national tour, prior to opening in the West End. As expected, the theatre was absolutely packed for opening night. In fact, it’s very close to being completely sold out all week. Blithe Spirit: The performance Laughter reverberated around the theatre as the unfortunate Edith made her unsteady way onto the stage carrying a tray of drinks. We were soon introduced to Charles and Ruth Condomine and their plans for the evening became clear. Dr…

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Why we swim

A foot plunges into the icy blackness. Cold penetrates the skin like a knife. Bit by bit, the rest of the body becomes submerged. Slow, intentional movements. One leg, then the other. A cautious step forward. Edging in, feeling for the river bed. Numb from the waist down. It’s time to take the plunge. A leap of faith The intentional part is done. Now there’s nothing for it but to submit completely to the water. Falling slowly forwards. Every breath is an effort. Slow down, don’t gasp. Lie still, weightless. Wait for the panic to pass. Self-awareness is all-consuming. Focus…

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Thursday photo #298

For the first time in a long time, there’s a half term approaching and we don’t have any plans. My husband has used all his leave so we won’t be going away for the week. We may manage a few days but for the majority of the time, we’ll be staying local. Writing about what’s happening in the West Midlands this half term has made me realise that staying local will be just as fun as going away. I also feel that a few quiet days will be just what we need. Hidcote Gardens We’ve had a National Trust membership…

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Things to do West Midlands February half term 2020

If you’re looking for things to do in the West Midlands during February half term 2020, this list should give you plenty of inspiration. Not all local attractions are open in the Winter months, but these fantastic destinations have prepared lots of exciting events to keep families entertained during the school holidays. For more things to do in the area from family or dog friendly attractions to ideas for a rainy day, head to my comprehensive days out guide. I’ve split this guide up by district. If you’re looking for activities in a particular area, please click on one of the…

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Hiking and swimming adventures [ad]

Learning to swim is a slow process. Perfecting techniques, ploughing across a pool. Progressing to swimming competitively. Monotony, up and down. Up and down. Then, a discovery. Swimming as an adventure. Getting from A to B. Combine it with walking or running and a whole new world opens up. Swimming to a destination I’ve been open water swimming regularly for nearly two years now but there came a point last summer when something changed. We realised that there was a lovely farm shop just under a mile down river from where we swam. We could probably get in there and…

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