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Panic On The Streets Of London! Well, £10 Notes Shaped Into Dogs Anyway.

Posted on 31st March 2015 in money

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In an amazing feat of generosity and sensational marketing, @BeagleStreet have released the hounds with their #ReleaseThePounds publicity stunt.

What more reason could you need to visit London this Easter?

According to the Telegraph: A total of 500 tenners have been released in different locations across London as part of a stunt by online life insurance provider Beagle Street

“Hopefully our £10 note Beagles will put a smile on people’s faces and pounds back into their pockets,” said Matthew Gledhill, the company’s managing director. 

More of the £10 note origami canines will be released in other cities around the UK in the next few weeks. 

Let’s hope they don’t all blow away.

People have already started finding them and sharing the news, will you be next?

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Dinosaurs!

Posted on 24th April 2011 in Dinosaurs/ Natural History Museum

On Wednesday, we were very lucky to get a sneak peak at the new dinosaur exhibit at the Natural History Museum in London.

The ‘hands on’ interactive displays were brilliant and a great way of getting information over to technology hungry children!

Moving the items around, enlarging, scanning etc. All felt very CSI!

The displays were interesting and accessible with lots of things out to touch as well as information to read.

The pièce de résistance however was the animatronic dinosaurs – my rubbish photos in no way do them justice!

The moving heads, blinking eyes, rumbling floor and sound affects all make it feel very real.

We were also delighted to have a chat with a lovely lady there who confirmed that the shark tooth we found at Walton on the Naze recent is the real deal and approximately 20 million years old!

All in all, a fab day out. And with the science museum right next door it was well worth the trip to London.

You can find out more about the exhibit here

Magical #WinterWonderland

Posted on 20th November 2010 in #winterwonderland/ children/ days out/ family/ ice skating/ rides/ roland rivron/ roller coaster


Thursday night we were lucky enough to get a sneak preview of the Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park in London. To say it was magical is one big fat understatement! It was an incredible night out that I know will have created lasting memories for my boys.

As you get close to the park the skyline is alive with brightly lit towers, rides, big wheels and all manner of exciting looking things.  I’m not sure who was more eager to get in there – the kids or me!

Amazingly it is free to enter, so if you don’t fancy the rides it’s still worth going along to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the Christmas market.

As you walk in there are some lovely Christmassy stalls offering a range of different wares for unusual present ideas. Plus a tantalising aroma which is a meld of spiced pretzels, BBQ, roasted chestnuts, hot flavoured nuts, candies, steak burgers, german sausage, hot chocolate, waffles, crepes and much more.

The children were keen to get the huge (frightening looking) rides but before we ran ahead we stepped into an innocuous looking ‘Hall of Mirrors’ I’m so glad we did, it was hilarious! Before you get to the maze of mirrors, there is a room full of different moving floors, which had us all in fits.

After much persuasion, I did manage to convince DH that ice skating was a great idea and we all donned incredibly crippling skates and headed onto the open air ice rink. We did place bets that I would be the first to stack it but it was actually DS1 who went first, and second and third and….. I think I was the third member of the family to ‘go down like a sack of spuds’. Have to say I was reasonably impressed that the ice didn’t shatter 😉  I learnt two things, one that I am not Jane Torvill and two that it is sometimes useful to have a well padded derrière!

Also spotted Roland Rivron in the ice rink, I think he was with the skating display (whether as a skater or not I don’t know as the boys were keen to get onto the scary roller coaster!) DS1 says that I scream to much on roller coasters…

As you enter and leave the park you go by a German singing reindeer – highlight of night for me, he was fab!  Just don’t laugh too much at the glimpses of me!

#Winterwonderland at Hyde Park. Witness the German singing reindeer – no day out is complete without one! Please excuse the glimpses of me and the nest of snakes that is my hair….

If the video doesn’t play for you, you can access it via the link below.

Winter Wonderland from MrsLJHall on Vimeo.

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