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Hastings Battleaxe journeys to Derbyshire and Yorkshire

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Last week was action-packed.  We stayed our first night in Matlock, visiting Matlock Bath and the Heights of Abraham, Chatsworth next day followed by scenic Peak District drive, then Wakefield for the Hepworth Gallery and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, then York and Castle Howard, and finally Hardwick Hall on the way home followed by a night with my sister. Phew.      The first thing that struck Battleaxe and Philosopher was the price of these places.... the cable car to the Heights of Abraham was £13.60 each... that would have included admission to the caves, had we wanted to go in them. But it was late in the day, and we just really went for the ride. Don't get me wrong, we are willing and able to pay to visit places, but so often we don't get a sense of getting value for money - perhaps we are just behind the times. How on earth do people with families manage?
Matlock Bath is a charming, odd little place - wonderfully old-fashioned, all Victorian architecture - amusement a…

Great Hastings Philharmonic concert - Battleaxe gets up close and personal...

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An absolutely great night last night at St Mary in the Castle with the Hastings Philharmonic - The Elgar Cello Concerto and Tchaikovsky Symphony 5.  The Elgar is one of Battleaxe’s favourite pieces ever, and I had been looking forward to the concert for months. I loved every second of it. The acoustics at that venue are fabulous and you can get really close to the orchestra if you sit at the front. So we did.
  A friend asked me last night why on earth we wanted to sit so close - the sound would be unbalanced etc., but I really don’t care. I’ve spent a lifetime sitting in concert halls where it is like looking at the orchestra through the wrong end of a telescope, and the music is an elegant, distant blur...  The sheer volume of the music at St Mary’s, the sharpness of the sound, and the immersive excitement of almost being embedded with the musicians is exhilarating, and just simply great fun. Last night we were sitting in the very front row, between the first violin and…

Hastings Battleaxe emerges from her lair......

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Silly me, thinking that the fuss about my blog had died down.  How wrong could I be? Last week Battleaxe was in national media s**t storm.  Note to other bloggers - you may think massive  explosion of attention directed at your blog would be good - but be careful what you wish for....  Was also looking after grand daughter for the week... who, as readers will know, is not the easiest.  Special thanks to Philosopher for helping to fend off press and for long-suffering support.      Now then media, if you are reading this, it's all over. Yesterday's non-news. I am not mentioning any key words here, or making any links, so Googling will be futile.
     I know I was totally responsible for what I wrote, and I upset people who really didn't need it. As a blogger, it is too easy to forget you are playing with fire, and next thing you have this out-of-control firestorm...
     Fellow bloggers - why do we write blogs?  I know some people do it to help sell books, make money from…

A sad week for Battleaxe - she de-platforms herself.....

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Last week, Battleaxe had a bad week.  Firstly, I got into trouble about the last blog post, about the WI. Next, I supposedly made a culturally-insensitive boo boo at the WI Annual Meeting and got a telling off.  So, have decided to voluntarily 'de-platform' myself. Things did improve - we had old friend Shaun to stay over Easter... but weather was terrible.  This rather miserable post will be illustrated with lovely flowers,  cuddly cats and beautiful scenery....
No, it is no use you looking for the last blog post now.  I have edited it, and it has also disappeared from the unofficial WI Facebook group page.  My defenders will say ‘Remove? Edit?  Why? You were entitled to express your  personal opinion and it wasn’t that controversial anyway’.
     Whatever, the lengthy ‘discourse’on the FB Page got increasingly angry. One woman kept on and on commenting and responding with escalating hostility (even calling me a troll?) and then says... ooh, this horrible business will …

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