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Champagne, butlers and roller coasters...

Posted by Young Ladies About Town
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on Friday, 22 August 2014
Sometimes, we Young Ladies About Town like to venture out of the city (gasp!)

Last week we travelled beyond leafy Windsor to enjoy a day of delights. In fact, we opted to forgo our usual light lunches and rounds of cocktails for...wait for it...Thorpe Park. That's right, the Young Ladies went to a theme park.

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Now usually, one associates these sorts of places with screaming teenagers, a silly number of burger outlets, and the odd oversized soft toy thrown in. And of course the queues. Endless, endless queues.

We're here to tell you it doesn't have to be that way. You can go to the park, enjoy the thrill of the rides, and glide around like you're wandering through your very own kingdom. My dears, you have three options:

1) Buy fast track. This enables you to hop, skip and jump right to the front of every queue. It means a slightly pricier ticket, but there is nothing quite like the satisfaction slipping past the bored faces of those who have been waiting for HOURS.

2) Make an evening of it. Thorpe Park is putting on Summer Nights activities, which means that the park stays open extra late on Fridays and Saturdays. There are a limited number of tickets, so the queues are automatically lower. Perfect for a date (providing you and your beloved are not overly nauseous types).

3) Go VIP. If you really want to splash out, you can have your very own park host, VIP ride access, all day dining with a butler service, Champagne reception, backstage tours plus a gift bag to take home after all the excitement. We're of the firm belief that everyone should have luxury theme park experience at least once (a year).

VIPs can also climb to the top of THE SWARM (the terrific and terrifyingly high roller coaster). And do you know the best part? You can see the London from the top! You can take the girl out of the city...

Summer Nights tickets are limited and are priced at just £15 per person, or guests can buy day and night tickets for £35.99. VIP Gold Packages cost £400 per person. For more detail visit www.thorpepark.com

My friend has let me down

Posted by Patricia_Marie
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on Thursday, 21 August 2014
Dear Patricia Marie,

I've had this friend for years - since we were at college together. And I always thought we'd be there for each other through thick and thin. Three years ago, she went through a messy divorce and I supported her. Then, last year I found out my husband had been cheating on me, and after trying to work through it naturally, I went to my friend for sympathy. But she turned on me, telling me I was dragging her down and asking too much of her. We're still friends, but the closeness has completely gone. Was I wrong to have expected more from her?

Patricia Marie says...

No, you weren't wrong to expect more from your friend at all, but you may have to accept that she wasn't rejecting you when she let you down. Sometimes people can't be how we would like them to be, or act in the way we'd prefer them to. It hurts because it feels personal, almost as if she's decided you don't deserve her help. But in reality, her behaviour is about her, not you.

It sounds like your unhappiness, in a situation so like her own, dramatically brought back her grief and pain.

When we want to offload, we have to take some responsibility. Just because we want to get angry and upset, it doesn't mean our friends are able to deal with us being this way, especially if they have issues they are trying to deal with, which we may be ignoring because we are too focused with what's bothering us. While friends can, and should, be there for us when we need their support, often a professional can give us the care we really need to move on. Perhaps if your friend had gone for counselling as well as asking for your help, she might have been able to put her sadness aside and be there for you - and now not feel so guilty about failing you, which I suspect is what the distance is about.

I believe you may benefit from some counselling yourself to help you move forward with this situation. Hopefully, once you start to feel better you'll be able to forgive her and that closeness will return.

The British association of Counselling and Psychotherapy have a directory where you can find a qualified therapist in your area. www.bacp.co.uk



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Krug & Krustacean

Posted by Young Ladies About Town
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on Tuesday, 19 August 2014
As pretentious as this probably makes me sound, seafood and champagne do make this young lady about town very happy indeed. There, I've said it. Mock me if you will but I stand by it.

With this in mind, you can imagine how excited I was to be invited to the launch of a new pop up due to open this September, Krug & Krustacean – the ultimate seafood and champagne experience.

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Held at the newly opened Beast restaurant (the pop up itself will be on the South Bank) who have collaborated with Maison Krug for the project, the evening was spent enjoying some rather amazing King Crab canapés and of course, a glass or two of champagne.

You can enjoy King Crab delights from Norway in wooden dining pods, designed in a Scandinavian style, when the pop up opens its doors from the 3-7 September, and if the canapés are anything to go by, you'll be wanting to book yourself a table now!

To book visit www.krug.com

Relocation; the new qualification

Posted by Mum About Town
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on Friday, 15 August 2014
I am writing this abroad but this is not the relocation I am referring to. En route to the West Coast of the States, the Smalls and I are visiting my brother and his family in Chicago. So... if you like, I'm posing as Mum about (a different) Town for this week's blog post. And, while in the mid-west's largest city, as well as introducing our small people to a few skyscrapers, some stunning architecture and the story of the city's Great Fire, we managed to catch up with some old friends who have left London last year for the charming village of Winnetka, north of the city.

Driving up to their new home to check out their new lives, it struck me just how challenging a family relocation must be. New schools, friends and finding your feet socially is something which takes time and a huge amount of energy and – while few of us are offered the chance – I'm sure many would be daunted by the prospect.

But the challenge of uprooting, travelling and planting new roots feels to me like something we should all have to do at some point. We're always looking for more practical qualifications so, following GCSEs and A levels, could come Relocations could be the new points of difference on any CV. Surely it shows any new employer that you are adaptable, driven, open, friendly and that you've seen further than your own backyard.
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I think my husband is having an affair

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on Thursday, 07 August 2014
Dear Patricia Marie

Please help. I fear that my husband of 15 years marriage is having an affair.

He is spending so many extra hours at work, including weekends, and pays me very little attention when he is at home. He has become very possessive over his mobile phone and bank statements.

One day last week he failed to come home at all. He said he'd spent all night in the office, though I later found a receipt for a hotel and for a meal for two people. When I asked him about this he claimed he'd had dinner with a co-director, but I'm not so sure. I'm still so in love with him, and am scared of losing him. How do I go about confronting him?

Patricia Marie says...

It seems to me after questioning your husband about his whereabouts and the change in his behaviour, you are trusting your instinct rather than believing what he says.

You need to make it clear to your husband that you need to have a proper talk and be honest with each other. Make him aware of how unhappy he is making you feel by the lack of attention he shows you, and the secrecy he displays which is causing you to feel insecure. He may be under the impression you are accepting of this and have no idea of your concerns.

Have you avoided confronting him because you may not want to hear what he has to say, or is it that if he confesses to you that he has met someone else, the situation becomes real?

Until you talk to him about how you are feeling, and open up to him, you won't be able to move forward with this.

Listen to what he has to say, it may be that he's not being disloyal at all. You seem to have drifted apart, which is typical of many relationships when there is no communication. When this happens couples don't recognise each other anymore.

You say you adore him, so whatever the outcome, wherever it has gone wrong, if you both feel the relationship is worth saving you can start to work together towards a more positive future.

I believe you may benefit from some professional help. Ask him to go to Relate with you for some counselling sessions, which could prove helpful (relate.org.uk)


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