June 10th, 2019

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Daks over Normandy 1: Friday 31st May

Greetings! I have spent a week in Normandy centred around the D-Day celebrations. The night before we set off, as an appetiser, we went to see Dire Straits tribute band Money for Nothing at the Churchill in Bromley, my highly generous and selfless birthday gift to Howard.

And it was fun. Goodness knows I love Mark Knopfler's current flavour of thoughtful modern folk, I loved seeing him play live a couple of years ago, and nobody plays the gittar quite like he does, but sometimes you just want to ROCK OUT and Money for Nothing delivered.

I was expecting a greatest hits playlist and that's exactly what we got. For me the second half was where it all came together: the band changed into different outfits during the interval, the lead guy really threw himself around for Sultans of Swing and the audience loosened up too.

They ended with the theme from Local Hero and I left happy, although I resisted buying a souvenir sweatband. I would be singing the songs all round Normandy for the rest of the week.

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Daks over Normandy 2: Saturday 1st June

An early start and a cruise down the M23 for the 9.30 Newhaven - Dieppe sailing. We arrived in a France so sunny and warm that I was able to go for a swim when we arrived at our first tourist destination.

Deauville is a famous seaside and casino town, very possibly the inspiration for Royale-les-Eaux in Casino Royale. The main thing I wanted to see was the beach huts along the front, with partitions commemorating famous actors who have graced the town with their presence:



I also had a redcurrant yoghurt ice cream. Equally important.