Running out of hot weather...
Hi All, we didn't see the race (hope someone has it recorded - Keith had a power cut!) but no matter LEWIS HAMILTON WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well, actually he came in 5th, but he won the overall world championship so it all good.
Sorry not been in touch for a couple of days - been busy. We had a show the other night but didn't see it because loads of people were standing in the theatre aisles and blocked our view. We complained but it fell on deaf ears, so that's something I'll deal with when I get back home! Played the captain and the cruise director at shuffleboard yesterday (pasengers versus crew), but my partner presumably decided it would be diplomatic to let them win and managed to score minus 20 in one go! So our turn was somewhat short-lived. Blow me if the same thing didn't happen today too in the first round of the daily competition. I obviously am not meant to win anything this trip!
We had a comedian on last night who was brilliant - I'll tell you more when I get home. The woman next to me decided to leave just before the comedian had finished because she wanted to get to the jazz event at the other end of the ship. We were in the front row and as soon as she got up I thought she had made a big mistake - I was right! The comedian chased after her up the stairs and gave her some real stick for leaving early!
Swam in the pool at the stern yesterday (we hadn't been in that pool before) but the it looks like the sunbathing weather is behind us now and it's slowly getting colder so we'll have to swim in the covered pool now (it a pool area with a sliding roof, like the millennium stadium at cardiff, but slightly smaller!). Trying to eat a bit less now because the clothes are getting tighter. It the black and white ball this evening, so all dressed up again. I got a sparkly bow tie on board, so I'll see how that looks tonight - it's a ready tied one and it goes against the grain a bit, but it's the only sort you seem to be able to buy, so no matter.
We have had interesting lectures on Frank Sinatra and the Mafia connection, Marilyn Monroe and various ship building/sailing subjects, so learning lots too.
Dancing yesterday was Samba and before that was Salsa and Marenge (not sure of the spelling). Today we improved on the cha cha cha we learnt earlier, but it getting technical now with hips and stuff. Loraine and I have a private Waltz lesson tomorrow - so hopefully we'll learn some new moves! Danielle, Keith and Becky would love the dancing and the teachers - an Aussie pair who are great fun. They are doing a dance demo tonight, so we look forward to that. They are friends with James and Ola Jordan, and Brendan Cole from 'Strictly'.
Well, it's 5.30 now and I have a Gibson waiting for me in the cocktail bar at 6, so I had better get going. At least the bow tie doesn't need tying tonight, so that'll save about 20 minutes!
See you soon,
Mike & Loraine (AKA Mum & Dad or Nana & Pop)