Tuesday 27 December 2011

New Year Fireworks in Central London 2011
Video Showing Last Years Show.

London.gov.uk - New Year's Eve: "On the night
Fireworks, music and Big Ben’s ‘bongs’
The Mayor’s midnight fireworks display by the Thames attracts huge crowds - usually around 250,000 people. Viewing areas fill up around 2-3 hours in advance, so arrive early.
An exclusive live DJ set from Radio 1’s Nihal will keep the crowds entertained pre and post the pyrotechnics, starting at 10pm.
You’ll also get to hear the famous Big Ben ‘bongs’ just before we launch the UK’s biggest annual fireworks display from the London Eye, alongside a tailor-made soundtrack.
Remember tickets are not required to view the fireworks. If you are offered or sold a ticket, please advise a steward or a police officer."

Saturday 24 December 2011

Animated Card, White Christmas
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Friday 23 December 2011

Merry Christmas! From the Team of All About London and the friends of the Regent Palace. 

Follow Santa in this animated card click the Image

Christmas Offer from London ZOO 2 for 1 Tickets
A Christmas offer from ZSL
Red panda
If you're looking for something special to do with friends and family over Christmas, why not visit ZSL Whipsnade Zoo?
Between Christmas and the New Year, we will be offering 2 for 1 entry to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. We have a host of daily activities running throughout December, including Christmas Crafts at the Elves’ Workshop and the dailyReindeer Rumble, to keep all the family entertained.

Download the voucher here:
2 for 1 ticket voucher>

Plan your visit to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo: Daily events>

The Zoological Society of London is incorporated by Royal Charter
Registered Charity in England and Wales no. 208728. Principal Office England
Company Number RC000749 - Registered address Regent's Park, London, England NW1 4RY
Christmas Past, Radio Times 1998

Monday 19 December 2011

Jacquie Lawson e-cards
St Paul's Christmas Services

Christmas Carol Service

23 December 2011
All welcome. You are encouraged to arrive early to this service as there is limited capacity. More »
Christmas Carol Service

Christmas Eve Carol Service

24 December 2011
All welcome. You are encouraged to arrive early to this service as there is limited capacity. More »
Christmas Eve Carol Service

Sung Eucharist

25 December 2011
Popular carols with festive Christmas music sung by the Cathedral Choir make this a joyful celebration for Christmas morning. The Bishop of London will preside and preach.More »
Sung Eucharist

Festal Evensong

25 December 2011
A traditional service of seasonal music and well-loved carols. Sung by the Cathedral Choir. All welcome. More »
Festal Evensong

St.Martin in the Fields - Home Christmas

St.Martin in the Fields - Home: "Worship at St Martin's for Advent and Christmas"

Friday 16 December 2011

Animated Cards Happy Christmas!
Santa's Flight

Captain Jack Sparrow comes aboard at Madame Tussauds London

Captain Jack Sparrow comes aboard at Madame Tussauds
London:Captain Jack Sparrow

Madame Tussauds is celebrating an exciting new addition to its A-list line up as wax figures of Johnny Depp portrayed as Disney's “Pirates of the Caribbean's” Captain Jack Sparrow, arrive at nine of its attractions, including London.

Colin Firth arrives at Madame Tussauds London

Colin Firth arrives at Madame Tussauds London:Colin Firth gets his final touches

"Oscar winner, Colin Firth, was the latest celebrity to be revealed here at Madame Tussauds London. The new wax figure of The King’s Speech star was ‘unwrapped’ under twinkling lights and surrounded by festive Christmas trees within our A-List Party area.

Whiteleys Santa's Grotto

This Item is for Historical Reference Only

Santa's Grotto at Whiteleys


Santa Claus is coming to Whiteleys with a sack crammed full of books to support the National Literacy Trust’s Young Readers Programme this Christmas.

The grotto will be launched Thursday 17th November at 7.00pm as part of the Christmas tree lights switch-on evening and will remain open until 8.00pm.

Whiteleys Grotto will be open between 12.00pm – 2.30pm and 3.00pm – 6.30pm
1st – 24th December
The Christmas Tree and Grotto are located on the ground floor in the Central Atrium."

Saturday 10 December 2011

Cutty Sark Masts are raised


Friday 9 December 2011

A Christmas Carol Animated Classics

Logs to Burn in Winter Time -Poem

Logs to Burn

Logs to burn, logs to burn,
Logs to save the coal a turn
Here's a word to make you wise,
When you hear the woodman's cries.
Never heed his usual tale,
That he has good logs for sale,
But read these lines and really learn,
the proper kind of logs to burn.
OAK logs will warm you well,
If they're old and dry.
LARCH logs of pine wood smell,
But the sparks will fly.
BEECH logs for Christmas time,
YEW logs heat well.
SCOTCH logs it is a crime,
For anyone to sell.
BIRCH logs will burn too fast,
CHESTNUT scarce at all
HAWTHORN logs are good to last,
If you cut them in the fall
HOLLY logs will burn like wax
You should burn them green
ELM logs like smouldering flax
No flame to be seen
PEAR logs and APPLE logs,
they will scent your room.
CHERRY logs across the dogs,
Smell like flowers in bloom
But ASH logs, all smooth and grey,
burn them green or old;
Buy up all that come your way,
They're worth their weight in gold.

----------Another Variation---------------------
Beech-wood fires burn bright and clear
If the logs are kept a year;
Store your beech for Christmastide
With new-cut holly laid beside;
Chestnut's only good, they say,
If for years 'tis stored away;
Birch and fir-wood burn too fast
Blaze too bright and do not last;
Flames from larch will shoot up high,
Dangerously the sparks will fly;
But ash-wood green and ash-wood brown
Are fit for a Queen with a golden crown.
Oaken logs, if dry and old,
Keep away the winter's cold;
Poplar gives a bitter smoke,
Fills your eyes and makes you choke;
Elm-wood burns like churchyard mould,
E'en the very flames are cold;
Hawthorn bakes the sweetest bread -
So it is in Ireland said;
Apple-wood will scent the room,
Pear-wood smells like flowers in bloom;
But ash-wood wet and ash-wood dry
A King may warm his slippers by.

Christmas Past, Christmas Comics

Wednesday 7 December 2011

Christmas Past Mr Snow Mr Men. 
I hope this brings back some great memories!!

Tuesday 6 December 2011

A Bit of Christmas Past, Radio Times 1979 Cover.

Mulled Wine Recipe! Yum Yum 

Mulled Wine Recipe
2 bottles of medium-bodied red wine
1 cup sugar and more to taste
6 cinnamon sticks
15 cloves
grated nutmeg
2 oranges
Push the cloves into the skin of the oranges, then cut the oranges in half. Pour the wine into a large stainless steel or enamel saucepan and warm over a medium heat. Add the sugar, spices and clove studded oranges. Keep an eye on the wine and turn the heat to very low as soon as it gets close to simmering. You don’t want it to boil or it will lose its alcohol content! Taste for sugar and add more until it tastes right for you. Keep it steaming over a low heat for an hour or so to allow the spices to infuse. Ladle it into glasses or mugs and breathe in the spicy aroma.
Other things you can add to mulled wine:
Star anise, bay leaves, mace, ginger, cardamom, lemon, lime, brandy.

Saturday 3 December 2011

Eat Well, Butchers we shop at Christmas. Moen and Sons Clapham Common 5 Star Recommendation.
Moen's staff inside the shop
Our turkeys are a special slow growing traditional breed and are raised to full adult maturity (hence 5kg starting weight). Fully mature turkeys have the benefit of a deliciously dense meat, along with a natural fat layer under the skin which helps retain moisture whilst cooking – succulence without the need for basting! In December, turkeys are dry-plucked by hand & game-hung for at least two weeks in the centuries-old way. This enables the rich, traditional flavour to develop fully, ensuring the finest taste & texture for Christmas day.

Organic Free Range Bronze Turkeys and
  Free Range Bronze Turkeys By Appledore Turkeys in Ashford, Kent

Servings based on the use of the whole bird including wing and leg meat.

5 ~ 6 Kg  = 10 ~ 12 Servings
6 ~ 7 Kg  = 12 ~ 14 Servings
7 ~ 8 Kg  = 14 ~ 16 Servings
8 ~ 9 Kg  = 16 ~ 18 Servings
9 ~ 10Kg = 18 ~ 20 Servings
Larger turkeys & boneless joints are also available.

All the geese are hatched from April to July and are reared on an extensive free range system. The geese graze over large grass paddocks and are fed on all natural foods - grass, corn, straw and a specially prepared ration containing no additives or growth promoters.

Small       =  4 ~ 6 Servings
Medium =  5 ~ 7 Servings
Large       =  6 ~ 8 Servings

            CHICKENS & CAPONS:                Elmwood chickens                                            

Pick up a book by Gordon Ramsay or Heston Blumenthal, and you’re likely to find glowing references to Label Anglais. Many a famous restaurant including Michelin starred establishments frequently offer Label Anglais on their menus.

The Mee family have been producing these high quality birds at Springfield farm in Herefordshire for over three generations. Their hard work and dedication has earned them a reputation for well finished and tasty chickens that have an abundance of flavour
2 ~ 3 Kg  =  4 ~ 6 Servings
3 ~ 4 Kg  =  6 ~ 8 Servings
4 ~ 5 Kg  =  8 ~ 10 Servings
5 ~ 6 Kg  =  10~12 Servings

Free Range Ducks.
French Mullard, and Barbary Ducks also available.

2 ~ 2.5 Kg  =  4 ~ 5 Servings
2.5 ~ 3 Kg  =  5 ~ 6 Servings
3+ Kg        =          6 Servings

A wide range of game is available. Please ask in store for details and advice.


Our special Christmas stuffings are all home-made in small batches to a precise recipe to ensure a consistent high quality: only the finest ingredients are used.

   :-Traditional Sausage meat      A great base for your homemade stuffings
   :- Sage & Onion Classic stuffing recipe using organic Sage & Red Onions
                                              :- Cranberry & Orange                
                                             :- Chestnut Sultana & Brandy  

Organic and Free Range Gammon
All Gammon is Dry-cured & available either Smoked or Un-smoked.

Gammon is the name given to Ham before it is cooked & should not be confused on ordering.

Boneless Joints:                     Bone-In Gammon

2 Kg=6 ~ 8 Servings                            6 Kg=12 ~ 16 Servings
3 Kg=8 ~ 12 Servings                          7 Kg=16 ~ 20 Servings   
4 Kg=2 ~ 16 Servings                          8Kg+=     20+ Servings
                                                5 Kg=16 ~ 20 Servings  
                                                6Kg+=     20+ Servings


All our Beef is Grass-fed and Matured on the bone for 28 days.
Our Organic Beef comes from the Black Mountains in Wales.
Our Free-range Scottish Beef is specially selected from small farms using traditional rearing methods.

Fore Rib and Wing Rib: 

“Rib of beef” is usually sold by the bone and therefore varies in size.
 Please state how many servings you require when ordering.


This cut can either be ordered as steaks or as a piece.
170~250g needs to be allowed per serving.
A whole fillet will weigh up to 2 .5 Kg

Rolled Sirloin, Rib and Topside:

For these joints 250g needs to be allowed per serving.

Other Joints:

For advice on other joints please ask in store.


Our Organic and Free-Range pork comes from outdoor pigs that are reared to strict welfare standards. They are fed a strict vegetable diet with no antibiotic growth promoters or other nasties.

Boneless joints:     Leg:  large lean joint ; Loin: most popular joint;
Shoulder: best crackling; Porketta: Loin seasoned to traditional Italian recipe
For these joints 350g per serving needs to be allowed.
Bone-In joints:  Leg, Loin, Shoulder, Belly,
For these joints 500g per serving needs to be allowed.

Organic and Free Range Lamb.

Leg:  Whole or half to feed 3 ~ 7
Haunch:  Extra large leg to feed up to 10
Rack:  Eight bones to a rack for 2 good servings
Saddle:  Will serve 6 ~ 8; more servings if stuffed
Noisettes:   1 Noisette for 2 good servings
Shoulder:  Whole or half gives 2 ~ 5 servings


Our Organic and Free Range Hams are Dry Cured and Cooked on the Premises,
They come either on or off the bone and are available in a number of varieties.
Ham is the name for Gammon once it is cooked and should not be confused when ordering.


Smoked; Honey Roast; Mustard Roast; Traditional Plain, Traditional Breaded.

Hams on the bone:

come either whole or half, they range in weight between  2.5 ~ 3Kg for small half ham to 9Kg for a large whole ham, this will give between 8 and 40 servings.

Hams off the bone:

are available cut to any size you require, but please bear in mind any joint less than 1. 5Kg will look more like a thick slice than a joint. 170g per serving should be allowed.


Free Range Dry cured bacon
All our bacon is packaged in approximately half Kg quantities; varieties as follows:
Smoked Back; Smoked Streaky; Green Back; Green Streaky


Our award winning sausages are hand made on the premises. They are made in small batches to a precise recipe to ensure a consistently high quality: only the finest ingredients are used, from using only choice cuts from the same Free-Range meats you can see on display to the freshest organic herbs.

Sausages will give approximately 6 per pack
Chipolatas will give approximately 12 per pack
Cocktails will give approximately 30 per pack



Traditional, Pork & Leek, Cumberland, Venison with Red Wine
Wild Boar & Apple, Traditional Cocktails, Traditional Chipolatas,


Toulouse Large, Spicy Italian , Merguez, Boerwors,
Lamb with Prunes, Ginger & Apricots, Chicken, Basil & Sun-dried Tomatoes , Chorizo.


5 Bird Roast :-  Goose + Turkey + Duck + Guinea fowl + Pheasant   Serves 12 – 16 £178.00
4 Bird Roast :- Turkey + Duck + Guinea fowl + Pheasant                   Serves 10 – 12 £ 98.00
3 Bird Roast :- Capon + Duck + Guinea fowl                                         Serves 6 – 8     £ 48.00

Boneless free range bronze turkey breast stuffed with one of our home-made stuffings and wrapped in pancetta will be available for collection on the 24th December.


For the perfect gravy or sauces, Fresh Home-made unseasoned Stocks are available in;
 Turkey, Chicken, Beef, Veal, & Lamb


We have a very large range of Cheeses, Cooked meats, Pâtés, Continental Hams, Salamis, Olives & Antipasto. Please ask in store for advice when ordering.

 Christmas Cheese Boards

Classic Cheese Board - £3.95 per head, minimum 4 people

Montgomery Cheddar - Mature cheddar from Somerset – a standard bearer of English farmhouse cheddars.
Cropwell Bishop Stilton -
An excellent prize-winning blue stilton with a firm, creamy paste and mature flavour.
Brie de Meaux – Donge - A wonderful brie - Creamy, vegetabley, full flavoured. Subtly oozing texture. Classic Brie.

Posh George’s Special Selection - £5.95 per head, minimum 4 people

Vacherin Mont D’Or - A unique cheese with an almost runny consistency and a rich, creamy flavour.
Cropwell Bishop Stilton - An excellent prize-winning blue stilton with a firm, creamy paste and mature flavour.
Godminster Organic Cheddar - In its distinctive purple wax, this Organic Cheddar is a powerful cheese with a real edge to it.
Individual Goat’s Cheese - One of Moen’s delicious artisan goat’s cheeses.

Individual Festive Cheeses:

Godminster Organic Cheddar Truckle 200g:
Godminster Organic Cheddar Truckle 2kg:
Cropwell Bishop Mini Stilton approx 2kg:
Cropwell Bishop ½ Mini Stilton approx 1kg:
Mini Stinking Bishop: -
A sticky orange rind with a pungent and spirited aroma. The texture can vary from firm to soft and creamy.
Whole Brie de Meaux – Donge
Vacherin Mont D’Or – Approx 500g
Other cheeses available on request.
 For information on any other product, please don’t hesitate to ask in store.

M. Moen & Sons  020 7622 1624

5 Star Rating