Susie Fowler-Watt:

So what is Susie look­ing for­ward to this sum­mer?

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What is she look­ing for­ward to this sum­mer?

Sum­mer is here! I of­ten won­der if I lived in a coun­try that was warm and sunny all the time whether I would ap­pre­ci­ate it. In Bri­tain, when the sun comes out we go crazy, be­cause we have to en­joy it while we can. There’s so much to en­joy about sum­mer – whether it’s a heat­wave or not. Here are some of the things I’m look­ing for­ward to this year:

1When I was my daugh­ter’s age I loved Lionel Richie’s mu­sic. I knew all his songs word for word, and had them on re­peat on my Walk­man. I could even play some of them on the piano. Now, 35 years later, I can’t wait to see the man him­self per­form at Holkham – I may be a bit sketchy on the lyrics these days, but it will be won­der­fully nos­tal­gic. And what a set­ting!

2Go­ing back even fur­ther in time – when I was eight, the film Grease came out. I had seen noth­ing like it, and was blown away. I be­came ad­dicted – to the mu­sic, the char­ac­ters, the story. I even had a John Tra­volta doll (my Sindy doll stood in for Olivia New­ton-John!) My love of Grease has stayed with me; I re­cently chose a med­ley of songs from the film as one of my favourite discs when I was ‘Gud­gin’s Guest’ on BBC Ra­dio Nor­folk. This sum­mer the show is be­ing staged at the Theatre Royal by their youth theatre com­pany. My daugh­ter is tak­ing part and so I’m hav­ing the plea­sure of her prac­tis­ing the songs at home.

3I will be in­ter­view­ing the BBC’s world af­fairs edi­tor John Simpson at this year’s Holt Fes­ti­val. The vet­eran jour­nal­ist has ex­pe­ri­enced many of the ma­jor global events dur­ing his 52 years at the BBC – I don’t think we will be short of things to talk about! The fol­low­ing day my hus­band Alex will be in­ter­view­ing Frank Gard­ner, the BBC’s se­cu­rity cor­re­spon­dent, who was paral­ysed when he was shot in Saudi Ara­bia. Both fas­ci­nat­ing guests, with so much in­sight into the world we live in.

4I was very hon­oured to be asked to be a pa­tron of the Nor­folk char­ity As­sist Trust a cou­ple of months ago. I had pre­vi­ously been to visit their mem­bers to see the work they do, and was very im­pressed. The char­ity’s aim is to help peo­ple with learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties progress and move for­ward in their lives. This month they will be hold­ing an open day, so every­one can see and cel­e­brate their achieve­ments. I know it will be a won­der­ful, up­lift­ing day.

And, away from events and diary dates, I am just go­ing to en­joy the smell of the gar­den, the long sum­mer evenings that are mild enough to eat out­side, bike rides with the fam­ily and hav­ing bare legs. We may not get warm, sunny days as much as other parts of the world, but a Bri­tish warm, sunny day beats all oth­ers!

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