Happy Long Weekend! Are you looking forward to not having to get out of bed in the morning? I know I am! so what are this week’s five things…
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1. Monday 4th: Cherries Open Top Bus Tour
Having all but secured their promotion to the Premier League for the first time in AFC Bournemouth’s history, the team will be touring from Boscombe to Bournemouth on an open-topped bus on Monday. Manager Eddie Howe, who returned a couple of years ago and brought the team back from where they were languishing at the bottom of League 1, now really wants to win the league as well!
2. Tuesday 5th: Oklahoma Opens at the Mayflower
The original feel good musical is coming to Southampton, starring Belinda Lang (from 2 point 4 Children) and Gary Wilmot, and they’re bringing their boots, ready for lots of stomping dances! Fun fact: the movie wasn’t actually filmed in Oklaoma. When they filmed in the 1950s, Oklahoma was too developed to look like it would havedone at the turn of the century, when the musical is set. So they filmed in Arizona instead!
3. Thursday 7th: General Election
It’s time to go out and vote for the person who will represent you in Parliament for the next 5 years. A survey last week showed that 40% of us are still undecided as to who we’ll vote for; if you’re still not sure, this website can help you to make a decision based on party policies at the national level. The most important thing is that you do vote – otherwise you have no legs to stand on in a few months when you don’t like what the new government is doing to the country!
Rock legend Brian May has set up a website which is campaigning for common decency in UK politics (good luck with that, Brian). Part of the site shows you statistics for your constituency and is very interesting. It’s also worth looking here to find your current MP (ok, I know they’re not technically MPs at the moment) and how they have voted in Parliament. For example, my MP voted strongly against gay marriage, and against increasing benefits in line with price increases – and he won’t be getting my vote this time around.
4. Friday 8th: VE Day
This year is the 70th anniversary of VE Day, and there are celebrations going on everywere. Southampton City Council have teamed up with the local British Legion to put on a street party in Guildhall Square for veterans and people who lived through the Blitz in Southampton at the end of 1940.
There’s also a movie coming out soon called A Royal Night Out about how the Queen (then a princess) and her sister were allowed out into the crowds to celebrate VE Day in 1945.
5. Sunday 10th: Lymington 10K
I find it hilarious that we feature so many running events on this, when neither of us can run more than a few feet! There are so many brilliant races on the south coast though and this is no exception. This is the 14th annual race, which follows country lanes and flat paths along the coase alongside the sea wall, starting and ending in Woodside park. The course record was set in 2008 at 33 minutes 34 seconds… do you think you can beat that? There are also three fun runs for children aged 5-15. This year si 50 years of the Lymington Lifeboat, and this is their fundraising event of the year – so well worth taking part and helping to raise some much needed cash.
That’s all for this week, we’ll be back next week with another five things…