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Hastings Battleaxe is under the weather.....

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Well, I know what the old wives meant by that phrase... Battleaxe feels oppressed by this January. We have had a few sunny days, but also what feels like endless rain, strong winds, dank misty days where it never seems to get light. I envy other parts of the country their crispy snow. So what does Battleaxe do to cope with this miserable winter?Firstly, trying to avoid eating too much.  Am deeply attracted to roast dinners, mashed potato, buns, cake, thick slices of buttered toast, chocolate, red wine....  There is clearly something in those foods that has benefit - is it carbs? Is it the magic ingredients in chocolate and red wine? So, I'm not cutting any of them out, even if weight remains static.
Next, keeping up some exercise. I find that if I put on my bluetooth headphones, get up some feel-good cheesy disco or Latin/ballroom music and dance energetically around the house for 30 minutes I feel firstly, better, and secondly, virtuous.  I know that me leaping about drives Philo…

Will Battleaxe become a graceful Silver Swan - or just a great big Turkey...

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Yesterday, I went to my first Silver Swans ballet class, for over-55 beginners. You may well ask, what on earth is going on?  What is it all about? Have I ever done such a thing before, and most important, will I be able to do it?     The Silver Swans programme is an initiative from the Royal Academy of Dance to encoourage older people to take up ballet - it has all sorts of health benefits including maintaining/improving posture, balance, strength, mobility and cognitive functioning. I discover that the Silver Swans 'Ambassador' is Angela Rippon. Well, she may be 74 but she is thinner and fitter than I have ever been. Here is a piece about her ballet dancing. Still, Battleaxe has lsot a good deal of weight since the gall-bladder business a couple of years ago. Keeping it off is a problem....
     Philosopher and I do Pilates every week - we have a lovely teacher, Eugenie, who comes to the house. She charges very reasonably and we get her undivided attention - no skulking at …

Hastings Battleaxe recovers, recommends - Wetherspoons at Beaconsfield M40 Services

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First post of 2018, and a quick recommendation. We drove up to Birmingham over New Year, and as usual, stopped at Beaconsfield Services. It is a positive Hades of a place, a hideously crowded, squalid, echoing shed with the noisiest loo hand dryers in the whole world.  But the Wetherspoons? A haven of relaxing tranquility.
      Beaconsfield services is the half-way point between Hastings and Birmingham, and we often stagger in there for a respite after a hellish journey on the M25.
      I've been aware of the Wetherspoons since it opened in 2014, but felt a bit iffy about the idea of a pub at a motorway services. It attracted quite a bit of negative publicity. Somehow I also thought it would be grungy, or too difficult, or something - I dunno.
     But it was recommended to us by friends, so we ventured in, both on the way up, and on the way back.
      Well, what a surprise. So peaceful. They serve up good solid Wetherspoons food. I'm not snobby about Wetherspoons meals, a…

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