Reality hit home hard this morning as……………….are you ready for this……….. I had to make my own breakfast. After being spoiled and pampered aboard the Queen Victoria this morning, Heidi decided she deserved a sleep in so that was me slaving over a hot toaster as tried to cook myself a gourmet breakfast of a slice of toast. I did consider trying to boil an egg but Heidi has a new cooker called an Arga……….which apparently you need a degree in Physics from Cambridge University just to turn the damn thing on……………..so………….that was me …………eggless……………….and munching on this piece of toast. I used to love jam and marmalade on the toast but unfortunately the sugar levels in these glorious pots are higher than Mount Everest …………………….bugger.So, Good Morning one and all and thank you all for the so very kind comments you have written about the Queen Victoria Blog “wot I wrote”…………….that was pure Victorian London speak there. Anyway, I truly do appreciate the nice words and congratulations and a special thank you again to all those at Cunard who made Heidi and I feel so special………………….Sabrina  🙂

Talking of comments I realise that I have not answered people’s questions this week at all and I apologize for this. Therefore, in order not to miss anyone’s questions or anyone who advice needs please can I kindly ask you to re-post your questions and Roberto will slap them onto this blog and on Monday I will answer every single one in a special Q and A blog. Therefore, if you have anything you want to ask on Carnival, Cunard or any of the sister companies, The Bloggers cruise, Marriage, Improving your Love Life ………………OK ………..forget the last one but I will be on hand to answer all your questions and comments and say hello.

Therefore, please submit your comments and questions by Monday night and Tuesday I will answer all of them for you…………..TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR ME, PLEASE CAN YOU START YOUR POSTINGS WITH THE WORDS – JOHN, PLEASE REPLY …………………………..this will help me know which ones to reply to.

What else is happening…………….oh yes………………let’s do the news. Congratulations to Carnival Corporation and in particular our German “Schwester” AIDA whose amazing success has been rewarded with two new ships as mentioned here.

CARNIVAL CORPORATION & PLC ORDERS TWO NEW 71,000-TON CRUISE SHIPS FOR AIDA CRUISES BRAND; INCREASES CAPACITY OF A PREVIOUSLY ORDERED VESSEL  Triples AIDA’s Total Fleet Capacity to 16,384 Berths by May 2012              MIAMI (December 13, 2007) – Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK) has ordered two 71,000-ton cruise ships for its AIDA Cruises brand, which caters exclusively to the German-speaking market.  These two newbuilds mark six new ships that the German cruise operator has ordered in just the past three years.            The 2,174-passenger vessels, which will be built at Germany’s Meyer Werft shipyard at an all-in cost of €380 million and €385 million, are scheduled to enter service in April 2011 and May 2012, respectively.            Additionally, the company announced that it has contracted with Meyer Werft to increase the size of the fourth vessel in the series, set to debut in April 2010, to 71,000 tons with a passenger capacity of 2,174, making it a sister to the two ships ordered today.  The all-in cost for that vessel has been increased from €335 million to €350 million.             All of these vessels will operate under AIDA Cruises’ informal “club resort” cruise concept which is marketed exclusively to German-speaking clientele and offers a product aimed at younger, more active guests who enjoy a host of on-board amenities and facilities.             “With the interest in cruise vacations among Europeans continuing to grow significantly, we are committed to investing in our European brands. The addition of these 71,000-ton ‘club resort’ newbuilds and the increase in capacity for the fourth in the series will help to ensure that we have adequate capacity to meet growing demand, while further reinforcing AIDA’s position as the leader in the German cruise industry,” said Micky Arison, Carnival Corporation & plc chairman and CEO.              AIDA Cruises’ President Michael Thamm added, “Our business has been performing very strongly and our parent company, Carnival Corporation & plc, shares our confidence in the potential of the German cruise business as demonstrated by the more than €2 billion investment in six exciting new ships.”            These vessels will join the 68,500-ton AIDAbella, set to debut in April 2008, and an as-yet-unnamed sister ship in April 2009.  The first vessel in the series, AIDAdiva, was introduced earlier this year.             AIDA Cruises revolutionized the German cruise market with the introduction of its first “club ships” in 1996. By 2012, a total of nine “club ships” will be in service, operating voyages to the Mediterranean, the Canaries, the North Sea, the Baltic, the Caribbean, the Arabian Gulf, Asia and Central America.

            Carnival Corporation & plc is the largest cruise vacation group in the world, with a portfolio of cruise brands in North America, Europe and Australia, comprised of Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, The Yachts of Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard Line, Iberocruceros, Ocean Village, P&O Cruises and P&O Cruises Australia.

Together, these brands operate 85 ships totaling more than 158,000 lower berths with 22 new ships scheduled to enter service between April 2008 and May 2012. Carnival Corporation & plc also operates Holland America Tours and Princess Tours, the leading tour companies in Alaska and the Canadian Yukon. Traded on both the New York and London Stock Exchanges, Carnival Corporation & plc is the only group in the world to be included in both the S&P 500 and the FTSE 100 indices.

###I admit that I know very little about our German sister or indeed what the experience is all about. I know, lets do an interview with someone from AIDA. I don’t know who but maybe PA 007 can help me find someone to speak to…………..in English as my German consists of the word BRA……………….”Stoppen Von Floopen”………………Heidi of course speaks perfect German but let me see if we can go behind das scenes and find out in English why AIDA is the market leader for guests from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Holland and New Jersey……….Ich will kommen back to zu later ………….aufweidersen.

Of course, we also have the exciting news that Carnival Cruise Lines will continue to deploy vesseld to Europe. Although the Caribbean is our bread and butter or…………..my breakfast in this case…………..Europe continues to offer our guests a fantastically fun way to see these exciting places. So, as you will see the Carnival Freedom and the Carnival Liberty will be sailing the Med, Baltic etc. in 2009. …………….have a read of this.

CARNIVAL’S 2009 EUROPE SEASON TO BE BIGGEST YET, WITH UNPRECEDENTED NUMBER OF ‘FUN SHIP’ DEPARTURES   110,000-ton Carnival Liberty and Carnival Freedom to Operate Popular 12-Day Northern Europe and  Mediterranean Cruise Programs              MIAMI (December 12, 2007) – Continuing its growth in the rapidly expanding European cruise market, Carnival Cruise Lines will operate an unprecedented number of “Fun Ship” voyages within the region in 2009.              The line’s 2009 European season will feature two of its newest 110,000-ton ships – Carnival Liberty, which will operate 12-day Northern European and Mediterranean cruises, and Carnival Freedom, sailing 12-day departures to the Mediterranean.             “A Carnival cruise is the ideal way to see Europe, offering consumers the opportunity to experience and explore a diversity of spectacular destinations and then return to the comfort, convenience and amenities of their magnificent ‘Fun Ship,’”  said Vicki Freed, Carnival’s senior vice president of sales and guest services.  “Plus, with the exciting itineraries and spectacular features of these two new ships, combined with today’s high euro/dollar exchange rate, it’s the absolute best way to see the grand sights in Europe,” she added.  Carnival Liberty 12-Day Northern Europe, Med Cruises            In response to outstanding advance bookings for its first-ever Northern Europe program next year aboard the Carnival Splendor, the company has announced that the Carnival Liberty will operate the program again in 2009 – with twice the number of voyages.            Carnival Liberty’s 12-day Northern Europe cruises will operate round-trip from London (Dover) from May 9 – Aug. 25, 2009.  Featured ports on these voyages include Copenhagen, Denmark; Warnemunde (Berlin), Germany; Helsinki, Finland; St. Petersburg, Russia (two-day call); Tallin, Estonia; and Amsterdam, The Netherlands.             The ship will then operate a special one-time 12-day western Mediterranean voyage from London (Dover) to Rome (Civitavecchia) Sept. 6, 2009, after which it will operate two 12-day Grand Mediterranean voyages departing Sept. 19 and Oct. 25, 2009, and three 12-day Mediterranean & Greece cruises Oct. 1 and 13 and Nov. 6, 2009.            Carnival Freedom 12-Day Cruises to the Med, Greece, Turkey            Carnival Freedom will offer the popular 12-day Grand Mediterranean and Mediterranean & Greece cruises from Rome (Civitavecchia) beginning in May 2009, following a highly successful inaugural season in Europe this year.            Carnival Freedom’s 12-day “Mediterranean & Greece” cruises include eight ports:  Naples, Italy; Rhodes, Greece; Izmir (Ephesus) and Istanbul, Turkey featuring scenic cruising of the Dardanelles; Athens (Piraeus) and Katakolon, Greece; and Livorno, Italy, as well as an overnight call in Rome (Civitavecchia).  Voyages depart May 9, Aug. 13, Sept. 18, 2009.             The 12-day “Grand Mediterranean” cruises visit seven ports: Naples, Italy; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Venice, Italy (two-day call); Messina, Sicily; Barcelona, Spain; Cannes, France; and Livorno, Italy.  Departure dates include May 21, June 2, 14 and 26, July 8 and 20, Aug. 1 and 25, Sept. 6 and 30 and Oct. 12 and 24, 2009. Exciting ‘Fun Ship’ Amenities            Among Carnival’s newest “Fun Ships,” the Carnival Liberty and Carnival Freedom, each offer a diversity of dining, entertainment, and activity options, including 22 lounges and bars, four swimming pools, a 214-foot-long water slide, a 14,500-square-foot health and fitness center, an Internet café, with bow-to-stern Wi-Fi access, and Carnival’s Seaside Theatre, a massive 270-square-foot LED screen displaying movies, concerts and other programming. Cell phone service is available, as well.             The ships’ family friendly amenities include a 4,200-square-foot children’s play area – part of the top-rated “Camp Carnival” program – and a 1,800-square-foot “Club O2” teen facility featuring a dance floor, DJ and high-tech sound and lighting system.            Dining options include twin two-level restaurants with extensive menus and wine lists, a 1,200-seat casual eatery with 24-hour pizza and ice cream, and a reservations-only supper club featuring USDA prime aged beef and other gourmet cuisine.            Carnival Freedom and Carnival Liberty also offer a variety of comfortable and spacious accommodations including a wide selection of balcony staterooms and suites.  All feature the exclusive Carnival Comfort Bed sleep system with plush mattresses, luxurious duvets and high quality linens and pillows. Reservations             Carnival will begin accepting reservations for the Carnival Freedom an
d Carnival Liberty’s 2009 European cruises on Monday, December 17, 2007.
            Special rates for third and fourth guests staying in the same stateroom and pre- and post-cruise packages in and around London (Dover) and Rome (Civitavecchia) are also available.            For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL, or visit carnival.com.

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Right, let’s chat about the Bloggers Cruise. The in cabin gifts are now ready and Roberto and the marketing team have designed some wonderful and unique gifts that will be placed in your cabins during the cruise. Now, originally we thought about presenting you all with DVD players, plasma TV’s and laptop computers but we realised that packing these items may have been difficult so instead we went with smaller items …………….which I know you will enjoy.

Originally, I had discussed that Todd would be the CD but after lots of thought I decided that I need to be on stage as much as possible and host all of the shows and events. So, I will be the CD and the only thing I will not host will be the travel talks which someone else will do. This will allow me to host some morning coffee gatherings and Q and A’s etc. I hope this is ok with all of you. Now, I do have some exciting news about Ocho Rios. With the fantastic help of Mico our VP of Shore excursions and his team we have managed to put together an exclusive Ocho Rios tour available just for our bloggers.

It will be held at one of the most gorgeous locations anywhere in the Caribbean ……………….Dolphin Cove. This is a short drive from the ship and once there we will have a 13,000 square foot area of golden beach and tropical shade to enjoy. You can relax on the beach, watch the dolphins play, snorkel, shop and then we will all enjoy a huge Jamaican buffet lunch together. Heidi and I will be there of course and there will also be an opportunity to go and climb Dunns River Falls as well if you want to. Now, more details will be available soon and as well as booking onboard we will also have the ability to pre book online. I will let you know when that option is available as well. So, things are really coming together and I also hope to announce when and where we will hold the 2009 Bloggers Cruise very soon.

It’s strange but being onboard the Queen Victoria made me realise I miss being on a ship. This vacation has gone quickly and before I know it Heidi and I will be back on the Carnival Freedom. Someone asked me the other day “what are you going to do when you grow up?:…….hhhhmmmmmmmmmmmm………………….good question. I have been thinking these past few days about the future……………….how long should I stay on ships……………..should I come to work on land……………..if so, what should I do ………………..will I ever see Sabrina again? Certainly, I am committed to the Carnival Splendor in 2008 and beyond that…………I don’t know……..but one thing is for certain. ………….. I will stay within the family. I am not sure either why I am telling you this ……………I am just waffling after all but as we are all friends I feel I can waffle…………and you will all listen.

During my time on the Queen Victoria I had the chance to meet a very important man within Carnival Corporation…………………Mr. David Dingle. As you will see he is a fellow Brit and someone who has dedicated his entire life to the sea. He was kind enough to collect my Seatrade Award thingy and during our time together we sat down and had a chat. here then, is an interview with David which I know you will all very much enjoy.

1. David, please can you tell us about your career so far and what your
current position requires of you?

A.  I joined the P&O Passenger Division in 1978,undertaking various marketing and sales roles before becoming UK Marketing Director of Princess Cruises in 1986.I was subsequently Marketing Director and then Commercial Director of P&O Cruises before becoming Managing Director of P&O Princess Cruises UK in 2000.After the merger with Carnival Corp in 2003 I became Managing Director of Carnival UK in 2003 and in June 2007 I became CEO of Carnival UK with responsibility to the Carnival Main Board for P&O Cruises, Cunard, Ocean Village and Carnival Australia. I currently have two industry positions too – I am President of the Chamber of Shipping of the UK and Chairman of the European Cruise Council based in Brussels.

2. P & O has a wonderful history within the shipping industry. For those of us who may not be familiar with the wonderful pedigree the company has and continues to have perhaps you could tell us a little about P & O’s past, present and future.

A. The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation dates back to 1837 when it was limited by Royal Charter. Originally the Peninsular Steam Navigation Company through its operation of the mail routes to the Iberian Peninsula, it later extended to the East via the “Overland” route from the Mediterranean to the Red Sea, hence adding “Oriental” to the Company’s name. P&O grew to be Britain’s greatest ever shipping company and was
regarded as the communication link which held together the British Empire particularly through its passenger and cargo trade routes to India, the Far East and Australasia. As it grew,P&O absorbed other famous companies such as Orient Line, British India and New Zealand Shipping.P&O derived the word “POSH” meaning “port out, starboard home” and referring to the preferred cabin location to remain in the shade when transiting the Suez Canal. P&O is reckoned to have the cruise – its first “cruise” in 1843 is recorded by
William Makepeace Thackeray in his book “From Cornhill to Cairo.” P&O went through many transformations and by the 1990s was a conglomerate which included cruise, ferry container and bulk shipping along with port, property, construction and exhibition businesses. With the arrival of the wide-bodied aeroplane in the 1970s, its passenger vessels, most famously Canberra and the first Oriana, we converted to cruise ships and at the same time P&O acquired Princess Cruises.In 2000 the cruise businesses were demerged from P&OSN Co. to become P&O Princess Cruises plc, subsequently the London-listed part of Carnival Corp and plc. Meanwhile the remainder of P&O
was eventually sold to Dubai ports. Proudly, it is the cruise company of P&O
which remains as the UK-listed part of the original P&O and harks back directly to the foundations of the company in 1837.P&O Cruises comprises five modern cruise ships – Artemis, Oriana, Aurora, Oceana and Arcadia – with a combined capacity of 8,900 lower beds.It is Britain’s largest cruise brand with a 20% market share. In April 2008, P&O Cruises will take delivery of the new 3,100 bed Ventura, the largest cruise ship ever built for Britain. A sister ship to Ventura is also on order and will enter service in 2010.

3. Your fleet of ships carry passengers all over the globe, can you tell us some of the exciting destinations your vessels call at.

A. During the summer all the P&O Cruises ships operate round trip Southampton with durations varying between two nights and a month. Many cruises cover the Western Mediterranean, the Canary Isles, Norway and the Baltic. Our longer cruises stretch as far as Canada/New England, the Colonial South, the Caribbean and the Amazon. also we stretch as far as the Black Sea and Egypt. Each year we increase our reach and have recently added summer cruises to Greenland and the Gulf of Bothnia, particularly taking
advantage of our smallest ship, Artemis, which is able to visit less easily accessible
ports. In the winter three ships operate round world cruises or Grand Voyages of equivalent duration (i.e. 80 to 100 days) – these again start and finish in Southampton although we carry many “liner” passengers, recreating the tradition of P&O in carrying passengers between the UK and Australia/New Zealand. Our world cruises and Grand Voyages feature all the major ports of the world – San Francisco, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore – but we are constantly innovation by including new destinations such as
Antarctica and the Chilean Fjords, and Cambodia. Our other winter deployments provide two-week cruises covering the Caribbean, Panama Canal and the Amazon from our prime winter homeport Barbados. All our passengers travel by our own bespoke air charter flights from the UK and operate from very many different UK regional airports.

4. Are there any signature items that make a P & O cruise unique?

A. The whole essence of the modern P&O experience is one which is elevated and effortless. We recognize the stresses of daily life and always aim to lift these from our passengers the moment we step on board. We have many signatures, not least the Britishness of our crew, particularly our British officers and entertainers and our “Empire” crew many of whom still come from India and Pakistan. We pride ourselves on our set-piece dining – every evening dinner with P&O should an occasion to remember – and we still provide silver service at table. Due to our heritage the P&O curry is legendary, served each lunchtime with due ceremony. In all our cabins we provide tea and coffee-making facilities – the British thirsty for a decent cuppa is timeless and we make sure that one is always available day and night. Nowadays we are adding further points of distinction. Many of our dining outlets are overseen by leading British chefs Gary Rhodes and Marco Pierre White who are responsible for product definition, menu planning and culinary oversight.

5. We are all excited about your brand new vessel which is currently under construction. What can you tell us about her?

A. Ventura will be the largest cruise ship built for Britain, at 116,000 tons and with 3,078 lower beds.57% of her cabins will have private balconies. She will have more than 8 dining outlets including three main restaurants, a buffet restaurant, Marco Pierre White’s White Room, the East Asian-fusion restaurant, the Ramblas tapas bar and the Marco-Pierre White inspired family restaurant. The ship will host a series of British
“icons” – in addition to Marco Pierre White himself we have an are programme in
connection with the Tate Modern, over 200,000 items of crockery, cutlery, glassware and cabin items designed by leading British designer Nick Munro, a full-size Scalextric model race-track lay-out and for the small children the children’s character Noddy and all his friends. Circus Ventura will provide the first passenger-participation circus-school afloat offering lessons in trapeze, tightrope, trampolining and bungee. The Metropolis observation lounge will have a 21-screen video wall showing panoramic views of the world’s greatest cityscapes, with the mood changing according to the time of day.

6. P & O cruises are immensely popular with British guests. Do you feel that British cruise ship passengers are any different to North American guests once onboard. I guess by that I mean do British guests want a different experience to their American and Canadian cousins

A. Our menus, entertainment programmes and the cultural orientation of our crews all respond to British tastes – indeed P&O Cruises is the most thoroughly British of all cruise lines.(See above for further examples).Whilst many British passengers find much to enjoy aboard the top American cruise lines, many others enjoy the reassurance and ambience of a British experience. P&O Cruises always aims to be totally in tune with
contemporary Britain and to reflect current tastes, fashions and topics of conversation (not least our underperforming football and cricket teams!).

7. Having asked that question I am sure you, like me, would highly recommend a P & O cruise to our American and Canadian friends as the ones I know who have cruised with you have had an amazing experience. If you had to pick one ship, one itinerary that anyone who has never experienced the brilliance of a P & O adventure, what would be top of your list and why.

A. I would recommend to an American or Canadian passenger a sector of a round world cruise, embarking San Francisco at the end of January and sailing as far as Singapore across a six-week period. This will take in Hawaii, the South Pacific Islands, New Zealand, a host of Australian cities – Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth – before finishing in maybe still the most British of countries in the Far East. The long leisurely days at sea will illustrate most clearly the traditional British service standards and
the fact that P&O Cruises still offers a true sea-travel experience far removed from simply a floating hotel.

8. Having met thousands of North American passengers and friends onboard, they all seem to love anything “British.” With that in mind can you chat a little about something uniquely British in Ocean Village. I know it is a wonderful concept and hugely popular, what’s it all about

A. Ocean Village is as far removed from P&O Cruises as you can get, the only common thread being that both are British. Ocean Village is our way of capturing a completely new and much younger market which has never considered cruising before. We call it “Cruises for People who don’t do Cruises”. The key virtue of Ocean Village is informality – please don’t even think of packing a tie.Our main dining offering is a fantastic
buffet in two separate locations although we have additional paid-for served-to-table dining including a bistro overseen by the UK’s most fashionable celebrity chef (and veritable heart-throb) James Martin. Ocean Village, with its two ships is really a “chill and challenge” experience – supreme relaxed informality mixed with high-energy moments including some of the wildest adventure shore tours you’ll ever witness. Entertainment is stunning and contemporary with our Madonna and Robbie Williams tributes now legendary along with our once-weekly on-deck acrobatic show. Ocean
Village operates one-week, two-week and “stay-cruise” holidays. In the summer the
ships are homeported in Palma ,Majorca and Heraklion,Crete whilst in the winter they operate out of Barbados and Montego Bay.

9. Time for some fun. You are hosting a table on the inaugural cruise on the Ventura, please fill in the blanks based on your own wishes and personal dreams.

MENU

APPETISER         Seared scallops

MAIN COURSE    Aberdeen Angus fillet

DESERT              Rice pudding with armagnac prunes

WINE                  Sancerre (white), Brunello di Montalcino (red)

DINNER GUESTS

Please choose 6 famous people from the following categories past or
present

SOMEONE FROM THE WORLD OF CRUISING  Micky Arison (how could I say
anyone else!)

1 COMEDIAN                                                   Michael Palin (ex Monty Python but now a famous travel broadcaster)

1 SPORTS PERSON                                        Dame Kelly Holmes
(the gracious godmother of Arcadia)

1 POLITICIAN                                                   John Prescott (cruising’s greatest friend)

1 MUSICIAN                                                    Elizabeth Schwarzkopf – the greatest soprano ever

1 AUTHOR                                                       Leo Tolstoy

1 RANDOM GUEST                                         My wife Lovie – of course!

David, we all thank you so very much for that wonderful interview. If Mr. Arison cannot make your table I would love to join you and your distinguished guests for dinner. We can arrange a fleet of Bentleys (not the convertible version as they do not look as good as the coupe model) to collect them! Seriously though, it was an honour to meet you and I am sure the thousands of readers of the blog thingy will now realise why your name is so respected within the world of cruising.  I thank you for the invitation to join you for the naming ceremony of the new and brilliant P & O vessel Ventura next year which I mention now in case you forget  🙂

Today, I have the wonderful task of buying the Christmas tree. Now, Heidi insists that we must have a real Christmas tree and later today we visit many garden centers looking for the perfect specimen. Then, as usual, I will carry the bloody thing to the car, it will be too big and we will not be able to close the trunk and then I will have to tie the trunk lid to the bottom of the car to allow half a Norwegian rainforest to stick out the back.

Then, I will have to carry the tree in the house and will no doubt cut myself on the pines and while blood is dripping from my wound I will be assigned to the doghouse because I have either bent one of the branches during transportation or allowed to many of the pine needles to drop on the floor. Of course, the pain and suffering will continue as I have to stand holding the damn thing while Heidi examines the tree from all angles to make sure it is standing as straight as a Guardsman outside Buckingham Palace. Now, none of this procedure can take place until Heidi has put on her favorite Christmas song on the CD player so my pain is doubled as I have to listen to George Michael and the other one from Wham tell me that Last Christmas some girl broke his heart………………..not as much as hers was broken when she discovered George was batting for the other team…………….

Then, once the tree is straight and Heidi has approved the position the real hell begins as we start to decorate the tree. My job, is to stand holding the box of balls and things which we have once again spent a billion pounds on this year. I did ask why we cannot use the same ones every year and I was told that Christmas tree decoration is like fashion……….it changes every year. So, this year we have a purple and gold motif and I am sure that as usual I will be standing holding the box for hours as Heidi does her thing and festoons the tree with various Christmas delights. Oh, but it’s not just the tree……………oh no ………….  we then have the front door and the outside Christmas lights to hang as well so instead of spending a relaxing Friday at home I will be spending the day with Sergeant Major Heidi Heald as she bellows her instructions on how this will be the best Christmas tree………….. in the world and if I make any mistakes…………….it will be my chestnuts that will be roasting on an open fire.

Goodnight

Your friends

John and Heidi

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