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  • Sunny days are fab, as are hot ones – but really hot ones make me grumpy, tired and even more intolerant. Sweating (or should it be glowing?) hot cars, traffic and sleepless nights all have the ability to send me slightly mad.

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  • Gin and tonic cannot be beaten on a hot summers evening.  Hendricks with cucumber is so 2013 – this is a Monkey gin (not sure what constitutes ‘monkey’ but ask no questions) with a cinnamon stick and rose petals – as delicious as it looks.
  • The sleeping choices in hot weather are; windows open to let in the breeze but get woken by the dawn chorus at 3.49am or windows closed and wake at 2, 4, 6….?
  • Jumpsuits are great – until you need the loo, then the real fun begins.
  • British Rail has it’s critics but let no one slag off the mighty Chiltern Line – it has aircon and wifi (on some trains)!
  • The Regal Cinema chain has fabulous marketing – on the hottest day of the year they mailed me and said, ‘come!  We have aircon and wine!’  Regal, you had me at wine.

The list is not all weather related, I’m British but I can talk about other things – I also learnt;

  • I can now ditch my family (paper) calendar (no one uses it except me) and use the one on my iPhone (anyone have any tips on how to share calendars with other family users?)
  • I belatedly discovered there are two folders for messages on Facebook, one for people who are your friends and one called Other for people who aren’t.  If you are reading this and are still expecting a response to your message sent to me back in 2012, sorry!
  • A husband doing a 3 day cycle ride needs more last minute trips to the shops than a child going on a school trip!
  • That Sir Nicholas Winton who died  this week aged 106, as well as having a statue on the railways platform in Maidenhead (where he lived), also has a statue in Prague railway station commemorating his showing the best of humanity in the worst of times.  His actions (getting Jewish children to the UK to avoid deportation and certain death in the camps) saved 669 children (and many more adults).  After the war he didn’t tell anyone about his heroic deeds, just quietly got on with his life.  Luckily, his wife found a cache of letters and documents that did talk about his actions and the huge number of people he helped, in the attic  – when Sir Nicholas was in his early 50’s, so began the path to recognition by his peers and by many of the children he saved.

Sir Nicholas on Prague railway station

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Sir Nicholas on Maidenhead railway station

Have a great weekend. S

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