Sunday, 23 September 2012

Monaco F1 2009

Arriving in Monaco is like arriving in a Fantasy land with the Palace sitting on a cliff overlooking the whole sun drenched area. The harbour is crammed with yachts costing millions of pounds and tiny fishing boats, a cruise ship the size of a stadium anchored in the bay.

Feet away from the harbour a fairground sat along the harbour wall playing music and spinning rides. There are houses, villas and tower blocks climbing up the steep hills all vying for a sea view.

Then a steep road to the left leads up to the Hotel de Paris and the Monaco Casino, as you walk up the hill you can almost hear the roar of the Grand Prix cars. Then you choose your spot amongst the crowds and wait for the spin of   the wheels and the screams of excitement.  

The  Monaco Grand Prix race has started and Jenson Button is ripping up the tarmac. It is 2009 and the cars flash by like lightening and the cheers from the fans is heard in Cannes. The checked flags wave as the race gets closer to the finish. The cars overtaking each other with inches to spare and the drivers are hugging the tarmac. This race was the most exciting for me as I had never been to a Grand Prix before. The champagne cork pops and the spray soaks the Jubliant winner Jenson. Monaco prepares to celebrate.

Then walk into the Hotel de Paris and enter the world of the super rich, it is exquisite with a ballroom as magnificent as any palace. Outside Rolls Royce Shadows park next to Minis and tour buses spill out the day trippers.
The Monaco Casino costs 10 euros to enter and you need photographic ID no cameras are allowed inside. The card tables and roulette wheels are anxious to tempt your money away at lightening speed and the Blue Train Room restaurant winks its pretty lights. There are private rooms for the seriously wealthy and slot machines in neat rows and comfortable chairs. Outside in the square fountains reflect the manicured grass with clever mirrors and the cafe offers shelter from the midday sun.

Monte Carlo Casino

You end the day vowing to come back next year and watch the spectaculor F1 racing again as you fall in love with Monte Carlo.

Monaco flashbacks Competition. has teamed up with Independent WorldChoice sports to offer F1 bloggers the chance to win two tickets to the 2013 race taking place on the 26th May along with return business class flights, breakfast, dinner and drinks. This is your opportunity to watch the likes of Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Sebastian Vettel do battle around the famous streets right before your eyes

In order to enter our competition, all you have to do is write a blog post about the best Monaco Grand Prix that you have seen. This must be at least 500 words long and highlight the reasons for your choice. Perhaps it is due to some stand out performance such as Michael Schumacher's brilliant wet weather victory in 1997 or maybe it is because of the pure excitement at an event, like the breath-taking battle for the lead between Ayrton Senna and Nigel Mansell at the end of the 1992 race.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Vintage fashion

This is my favourite Marks and Spencers dress

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I think it has everything from secret control to striking detail. With Dallas back on the TV glamour will be with us for some time. Vintage dresses are not all about flowers but are about style and detail. With nipped in waists flattering lengths, contrasting colours and a great fit. This dress has all of those things. I would wear it with killer heels and vintage bracelets to parties weddings and a red hot dinner date.

Here is my dress which I bought in 1986 for a wedding and wore endlessly it is still in my wardrobe. Look at my 80`s big hair thankfully hair styles are more sleek today.

Monday, 3 September 2012

London Photos

London Eye With Big Ben seen through the wheel

South Bank

Raymond Blanc with Richard