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Hayes & Harlington Gazette - - YOUR SAY -

DID you watch Girl­friends, the lat­est Kay Mel­lor drama on ITV that ended last week?

Fol­low­ing my con­fes­sion (Bm@il Jan 24?) that a stranger in Uxbridge had to tell me I was wear­ing my coat in­side out, I was pleased to see Mi­randa Richard­son’s char­ac­ter in a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion.

Ac­tu­ally, it was worse for her be­cause she was at work, and hav­ing a se­ri­ous con­ver­sa­tion, when a col­league pointed out that the white con­cealer un­der her eyes hadn’t been rubbed in. She looked like a panda.

Girl­friends was a tale of three friends who would of course al­ways tell each other if their part­ners were up to no good or their slips were show­ing. But their loy­alty is tested when they learn that one of them may have pushed her hus­band off a bal­cony on a cruise ship. Oh dear.

If that’s not enough to put you off cruise hol­i­days for life, I sus­pect some of the re­cent TV pro­grammes will have done. We all know about re­al­ity shows with their fo­cus on prob­lems and noise and dis­ap­point­ment but there’s no way Mr F and I could have spent nearly four months on a World Cruise in 2012 if it ac­tu­ally was as it is of­ten painted.

Yes, on a cruise ship you can be sur­rounded by noise, you can be over-or­gan­ised and over-eat, and you can be wholly dis­ap­pointed if you con­stantly seek out prob­lems.

But none of these op­tions is com­pul­sory. There are many ways to re­lax, from at­tend­ing a lec­ture to walk­ing the decks at sun­set. Prob­a­bly best of all is be­ing able to have a drink or a meal, or watch a mid­night movie, with­out hav­ing to or­gan­ise a cab home.

One of our favourite mo­ments was at­tend­ing a per­for­mance of The Magic Flute at the Syd­ney Opera House. And the ship was parked out­side!

Co­in­ci­den­tally I’ve just heard from reader Kath­leen Day who wrote to tell me about the ‘Strictly Come Danc­ing’ cruise she’s been on where she was pho­tographed with judge Craig Revel Hor­wood. She was par­tic­u­larly thrilled that he told her she looked ‘fab-u-lous dahling,’ his trade­mark phrase, so I imag­ine she gave him a ten.

We haven’t been tempted to go on a themed cruise (we have our own theme of chillin’) but I un­der­stand they are be­com­ing very pop­u­lar – any­thing from wildlife to mu­si­cal theatre – or golf. (Golf?!)

Mr F’s favourite pas­time is read­ing on our own pri­vate bal­cony. Push­ing spouses over the side is not ad­vised.

Watch the views not your back on the ideal cruise

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