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I am really looking forward to this event.
Rick Wakeman concert live in the Centaur at Cheltenham Racecourse
Support Act: 7:30pm Rick Wakeman: 8:30 – 10:30pm
The show is Rick Wakeman’s personal selection of highlights from his three most famous albums: “The Myths & Legends of King Arthur”, “The Journey to the Centre of the Earth”, and “The Six Wives of Henry VIII”.
During this astonishing 2 hour programme Rick will take his audience on a seamless journey through the albums that established him as an individual artist and global icon of progressive rock music.
He is bringing together a full orchestra, rock band and choir to bring to life an unforgettable and unique music experience for all Rock fans. 90 musicians will support Rick Wakeman on stage comprising the acclaimed English Rock Ensemble, the Cheltenham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Guy Protheroe, and the Choir of Gloucester Cathedral.
Yesterday I decided that enough was enough and deleted my Facebook account. There are many reasons, but here are the principle ones:
- Facebook now permits anyone to advertise on my pages and timeline, even direct competitors
- Facebook now seems to echo the old CB channels of a few years back. A large proportion of people I saw every day were people who for various reasons don’t work, so they can sit there all day
- Every day, on my timeline I saw the most dreadful lefty propaganda posted, particularly from the “Nobody likes a Tory” group. I do wonder how they won the election.
- My work, particularly local photographs have been consistently stolen and put up on Facebook. When I tried to challenge these out of work thieves, the reply was, “If you don’t want it stolen, don’t put it on the web”, and another was “If I want it I’ll take it”
- My wife asked me, how many of your “Friends” on Facebook would you invite to your home. The answer was depressingly few.
- Other social media groups like Twitter and Linked In, do provide contacts and even work. I have had some very good leads from both, but not 1 single one from Facebook. In fact looking back, 200 orders direct from Linked in and about 50 from Twitter. None from Facebook
- I am frankly bored with it, and the time spent there is just wasted.
So in the end I pulled the plug and will not be going back
Performers included The Gloucestershire Drag Kings, Miss Felicia and Clair Le Brocq. This is a colourful addition to Gloucester’s festivals.
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The priory, the oldest medieval Dominican priory in Britain (dating back to 1270AD) was opened by Sir Timothy Laurence, husband of HRH The Princess Royal and English Heritage Commissioner. The site will now be used for wedding ceremonies and receptions (it is fully licenced as a wedding venue), music and theatre events, exhibitions, filming, education and private hires. Preserving the site’s historic and heritage aspects will also be a key part of the Council’s plans for the venue, as per their agreement with English Heritage.
Apart from Sir Timothy Laurence, there were many councillors present, and the cities MP Richard Graham. It was marvelous to see this magnificent building open again, and I was only sorry that business matters prevented me from staying longer.
Here are a few pictures from the event.
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If there was ever a real “hero of Gloucester”, then that person should be Ivan Taylor, chairman of the Westgate Quarter Traders’ Association, who runs Truscot Jewellers .
Ivan can be seen every day early in the morning sweeping up, not only in front of his own shop, but all of College Court and into Westgate Street. He is incapable of walking past any rubbish without picking it up and putting it into the nearest bin. Most of the decorations and many of the plants that are brightening up the westgate quarter were bought by Ivan, and then put up and planted by him. He is over 70 years old, but nothing seems to stop him.
Not content with running the Westgate Quarter, Ivan is also the driving force behind the four gates of Gloucester , and a great supporter of local business. If we had another dozen like him, then Gloucester would be transformed. We all owe him a great vote of thanks.
This will be a great day for the city of Gloucester, but don’t forget that many roads into Gloucester will be closed early in the morning. We plan to be here for 7 am. Naturally we will be taking some video and photos as the torch passes my office twice. It will run down Westgate Street, into the Cathedral and then back up Westgate Street, so we will have 2 bites of the cherry.
I am hoping to get the video up live on line within an hour of the procession passing us.
If you are in Gloucester we are at 46 Westgate street. Do drop in and say hello.
The Gloucestershire Portal was created by a local man who is intensly proud of the county and his home town of Gloucester. It started when I first started my company and was then SoftData and Virtual Gloucester. For those of you who would like a laugh and a bit of nostalgia you can still see the site on the Way Back Machine in May 1998 which is when archive.org first crawled the site.
Since then the site has gone through many updates until it now sites on it’s own domain that you see now. The current site consists of many pages about the county, Old Gloucester, Gloucester history, Forums for personal and business use, Streaming videos and our famous Gloucestershire Directory
The busiest sections are the forums and the directory. If you have any interest in the county at all, whether it is business or personal then our forums are for you.
My better half had a very painful accident on Friday, and on Saturday morning I had to take her to the Accident and emergency unit in Gloucester.
I have to say that everyone there were kindness itself. A nurse saw Vanda hobbling in and quickly fetched a wheelchair for her. We were seen speedilly by a doctor, x rays were taken and Vanda was given a splint and crutches as well as a bag of pain killers.
Outside the unit when I fetched the car to take her home, she just couldnt manage to get into the front seat, and while she was struggling to get out an ambulance was trying to leave. The driver and medic, got out and helped her into the back seat. So, a very big than you to all of the staff at Gloucester Royal Hospital.