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19 August 2016 Police are appealing for witnesses after two women died in a collision on the A149 at King s Lynn on Wednesday night. It happened shortly after 5pm near to the junction with Castle Rising Road when two cars, a blue Peugeot 107 and a blue Vauxhall Astra, were involved in a collision. Emergency services, including fire, ambulance and the air ambulance attended, but the driver of the Peugeot, a woman in her mid-70s, sadly died at the scene.

The passenger of the Peugeot, a woman in her late 80s, was taken to The Queen Elizabeth Hospital via land ambulance, but died later. The driver of the Vauxhall, a man in his late 40s, suffered serious injuries and was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where he remains in a stable condition. The A149 was closed while emergency services dealt with the incident and re-opened at 10.45pm.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the collision or has information concerning the driving manner of either vehicle prior to the incident. Witnesses should contact PC Steve Bodle at the Serious Collision Investigation Team at Wymondham (SCIT) on 101.

18 August 2016 Two women have sadly died following a road traffic collision on the A149 at King’s Lynn. Police were called to the scene at Knights Hill roundabout near to the junction of Castle Rising shortly after 5pm today (Wednesday 17 August 2016) following reports of a collision between two cars, a blue Peugeot 107 and a blue Vauxhall Astra.

Emergency services, including fire, ambulance and the air ambulance attended, but sadly the female driver of the Peugeot died at the scene. The female passenger of the Peugeot was taken to The Queen Elizabeth Hospital via land ambulance, but has sadly since died. The male driver of the Vauxhall has been taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

The A149 is currently still closed whilst emergency services assess the scene.

Anyone with any information relating to the incident should contact the Serious Collision Investigation Team (SCIT) at Norfolk Constabulary on 101.

Prince Charles has urged

Prince Charles has urged Britons to holiday in areas hit by the winter floods The UK saw the second wettest winter on record, with communities in Cumbria, Yorkshire and Scotland deluged by 529mm of rainfall. KING S LYNN, ENGLAND DECEMBER 25: (L-R) Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Charles,Prince of Wales, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend a Christmas Day church service at Sandringham on December 25, 2015 in King s Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images) Hotels, bed and breakfasts and other attractions were destroyed but Charles hailed their resilience in ensuring they were open for business in time for the holiday season. Prince Charles Getty Images Arthur Edwards Pool Writing in The Daily Telegraph, the Prince acknowledged the difficulty facing rural communities with both shifts in the wider economy and the ever more extreme vagaries of the weather, thanks to dangerously accelerating climate change .

And he called on tourists to do their bit. Prince Charles also received cuddly toys for his grandchildren Photo (C) REX There is no doubt in my mind that the best way to help flooded areas recover is by people continuing to visit and stay in these beautiful places in order to keep the vital local businesses going, the Prince wrote. Charles backed Visit England s Countryside is Great campaign, which is encouraging people to choose staycations over foreign trips.

NEWS with Katy Forrester, 23/07/13 : The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall visit Withernsea. Pictured, Prince Charles . Picture: Jerome Ellerby From first-hand experience I know this initiative will give a much-needed and welcome boost to our rural economies, said Charles, who along with his wife the Duchess of Cornwall visited the flood-hit village of Stamford Bridge in Yorkshire last month.

The Geordie presenters secured personal interviews with Charles nearest and dearest for the documentary Photo (C) ITV NEWS (c) Sky News 2016 Related Party boy Harry s VERY merry wedding weekend: A lost wallet and phone. Asleep at the bar at 6am. Two all-nighters and a mystery brunette Princess Diana and Prince Charles marriage secrets reveals by Dickie Arbieter Queen ex-Press Secretary Their unquestioning, selfless dedication to the cause is humbling, and I pay tribute to all of you Prince William keeps it serious while attending the opening of the Flanders Fields Memorial Garden You ve got some competition, Kate!

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With its sprawling estates, remote location and impeccably well-bred gentry known as the Turnip Toffs it s no surprise that Norfolk is the centre of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge s world. By enrolling two-year-old Prince George at a rural nursery school in the village of East Walton, William and Kate have made a declaration of intent. They are no longer Londoners but (ooh, arrr!) Norfolk folk.

And since Princess Charlotte s christening last summer at Sandringham, they have been spending ever more time in the county with a close circle of Norfolk friends. With its sprawling estates, remote location and impeccably well-bred gentry known as the Turnip Toffs it s no surprise Norfolk is the centre of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge s world No fewer than three of Charlotte s godparents have firm family links to the county. As you d expect, the Cambridges new court are all hugely posh and more than a little eccentric.

These young blue bloods most of whom have houses as grand as the Cambridges Anmer Hall are discreet, trusted and, importantly for family-minded Kate, have small children of their own to play with George and Charlotte. So just who is who in the inner circle of Turnip Toffs? KATE S RIGHT HAND WOMAN Few women have won Kate s trust as thoroughly as Norfolk girl Sophie Carter.

Kate s close Norfolk friend Sophie Carter. The pair are pictured Kate s close Norfolk friend Sophie Carter. The pair are pictured The winsome blonde, who is also godmother to Princess Charlotte, was part of the close-knit circle who celebrated the Duchess s 34th birthday at Anmer Hall earlier this month.

She even made up part of the exclusive royal party who later attended St Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham, for a service attended by the Queen that commemorated the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli. Country girl: Kate s close Norfolk friend Sophie Carter. The pair are pictured, right, at Wimbledon in 2008 Discreet Sophie, who has been a friend to Kate for many years, is often to be found quietly by the Duchess s side at various parties and events.

While in their younger days the girls used to party the nights away, they now mainly watch tennis (they play together and hang out at Wimbledon), though they were pictured cheering exuberantly at Cirque du Soleil for Kate s 31st birthday. The daughter of Norfolk construction tycoon Robert Carter, Sophie is also, helpfully, an expert in early years learning, having been a nursery and prep school teacher. The Durham University graduate has developed a phonics educational app, Hip Hop Hen , with which Prince George is no doubt already familiar.

WILLS TRUSTED CHILDHOOD CHUM One man can be said to have inspired the royal decampment to North Norfolk and that s Prince George s godfather, 37-year-old William van Cutsem. His landowner parents actually rented Anmer Hall in the Nineties, and Princes William and Harry were regular guests at the property. One man can be said to have inspired the royal decampment to North Norfolk It s fair to say, then, that the Prince has many happy childhood memories of the place that s now his own home.

Indeed, van Cutsem s mother, Emilie, was an important maternal figure to him after the death of his own mother, Princess Diana. Today, the van Cutsems live less than half an hour from Anmer, on a 4,000-acre estate near Swaffham. The late Hugh van Cutsem, Prince Charles s friend from Cambridge who died in 2013, built an enormous brick and flint neo-Georgian house with its own chapel there in the Nineties.

One man can be said to have inspired the royal decampment to North Norfolk and that s Prince George s godfather, 37-year-old William van Cutsem (pictured with wife Rosie) Fortunately for the Cambridges, the much-trusted William van Cutsem has also chosen to move back to Norfolk from London with his blonde wife, Rosie. He s tall, handsome, debonair and discreet, something that William relies on. According to a friend, van Cutsem knows every inch and cranny of Norfolk every pub, every discreet publican, every country house, the yachts, horses, home help.

Chartered surveyor William, who works for a property development company based in Bury St Edmunds, is considered to be the most handsome and best shot of the four van Cutsem brothers. So he was quite a catch, then Indeed, the two Williams have a history of, shall we say, trading girlfriends. Van Cutsem s wife, the former Rosie Ruck Keene, consoled the Prince when he briefly split from Kate in 2007.

And he also dated van Cutsem s old flame, Olivia Hunt, while they were at university together. As well as blonde good looks, former City headhunter Rosie has an entrepreneurial streak. Recent business dabblings include starting a private riding club, as well as launching a fashion brand, Troy London, with her sister.

Described as an outwear brand , it sells things such as cashmere capes with a fox fur trim for 950. Perfect for watching your husband shoot in the chilly Norfolk countryside, one would imagine. KATE S EX AND HIS FASHIONISTA WIFE Weekend visitors to Norfolk include Kate s ex-boyfriend from St Andrews, cricket-playing lawyer and local boy Rupert Finch.

He is married to Prince William s old friend, Lady Natasha Rufus Isaacs, daughter of the Marquess of Reading and the co-founder of ethical fashion label Beulah which happens to be one of Kate s favourites. Rupert Finch and Natasha Rufus Isaacs pictured at the Cartier Queen s Cup at Windsor in 2015 While in Norfolk, the couple stay with Rupert s horsey parents, who live in an idyllic brick-and-flint farmhouse in North Creake, outside Fakenham, surrounded by land that belongs to William s uncle, Earl Spencer. The Finches also have a baby daughter, Georgia, who is a perfect playmate for Princess Charlotte.

FROM COCKTAILS IN BOUJIS TO PEEKABOO WITH PRINCESS CHARLOTTE They once drank cocktails in London club Boujis with Kate and William, but today Charlie Savory and his wife, Lucy, are more likely to be playing peekaboo with Princess Charlotte. Norfolk lad Savory, an accountant, was brought up at Thorpland Hall, a Tudor house outside Great Snoring, North Norfolk. They once drank cocktails in London club Boujis with Kate and William Today, he works for a firm in Norwich.

He and Lucy, a major-general s daughter, have a young son and daughter, ideal playmates for George and Charlotte. Another nearby chum is Rory Penn, a childhood friend of William s. Married to Francesca, the couple have two young daughters and live outside Burnham Market, the Sloaney village in Norfolk where Kate likes to go shopping.

Penn whose grandmother is the Queen s cousin has also set up a property company with Thomas van Straubenzee, another of Charlotte s godfathers. The third Norfolk godparent to Charlotte is William s literary first cousin Laura Fellowes (pictured) Last year, Penn helped to sell a 39 million penthouse at the Bulgari hotel in London s Knightsbridge, so he s clearly doing all right for himself. THE COUSIN WHO LOVES TO TEASE The third Norfolk godparent to Charlotte is William s literary first cousin Laura Fellowes.

Her parents are Lady Jane Princess Diana s elder sister and Lord (Robert) Fellowes, the Queen s Private Secretary, who is said to be the most charming dinner guest in the county . Fellowes comes from Norfolk stock himself. Indeed, his father was the Queen s land agent at Sandringham.

Shy and delightful , Laura was a bridesmaid at Fergie s 1986 wedding, and shared a flat at Edinburgh University with William s old crush, Isabella Calthorpe, who is now married to Sam Branson, son of Virgin tycoon Sir Richard. Very close to her royal first cousins, William and Harry, Laura is allowed to tease them both mercilessly according to a friend. While she s notably discreet and terribly loyal, Laura is also known for her vivacious character and love of riding and dogs.

She married equity analyst Nick Pettman in 2009 in Snettisham, west Norfolk, where her parents live in a pretty, old rectory. William and Kate were both guests at that wedding there is no greater indication of inner-inner circle status than getting both of them at your wedding, says one associate. Other than becoming a godparent, of course.

Today, Laura writes fiction under the name Mave Fellowes her nickname is Mavis and has two young sons to play with George. DIVINE DAVINA, THE GLAMOROUS BLONDE Also on hand to chat about nursery schools and phonics with Kate is the glamorous blonde Davina Barber, nee Duckworth-Chad. Davina Duckworth-Chad and her husband Tom Barber pictured at a wedding in 2011 The Duckworth-Chads are perennial Turnip Toffs, as well as being second cousins of William s, and live in splendour at red-brick Pynkney Hall near King s Lynn.

Davina s mother, Elizabeth, was first cousin to Diana, who was her bridesmaid. Elizabeth is still on good terms with Prince Charles and the whole family attended William and Kate s 2011 nuptials. Beauty Davina, with whom William has a strong, jocular friendship , lives in Norfolk with her Old Etonian husband, Tom Barber (above with Davina), who runs a luxury travel agency.

They have twin daughters. THE DASHING DINNER PARTY HOST While most of the Cambridges inner-circle are married with young families, Old Etonian Archie Soames is an exception. Great-grandson of Winston Churchill, he is a close confidant of William s.

The 27-year-old financier holds lively dinner parties at his Norfolk family home, West Barsham Hall, near Fakenham racecourse. William and Kate are regular guests. Though still single, Soames did notably have a liaison with the much older American model Caprice when he was only 17, after meeting her at the London nightclub Boujis.

THE PRINCE S FOOTY-MAD MATE Football-mad Tom Howard is the son of Tory grandee and life peer Lord (Greville) Howard. The Howard family have played very shouty football with William and Harry for years, including at the annual Christmas Eve match which is held at the family s estate, Castle Rising. And if everyone in the Cambridges Norfolk circle has an estate, the Howards outdo them all with Castle Rising, which is right next to Sandringham.

Not only does it have a Victorian Hall that the family live in, it also has an ancient keep which was the palace-in-exile of Queen Isabella, the widow and alleged murderess of Edward II. ETON PAL HITCHED TO A PRINCESS Just 60 or so miles from Anmer which is nothing for East Anglia folk, who consider an hour in the car nipping round the corner live Lord and Lady Tollemache in the ancient, vast and moated Helmingham Hall, where the Queen is a regular overnight guest. Their two sons are both true Turnip Toffs: banker Edward, Prince Charles s godson, and his wife, Sophie, have two young sons; and fund manager James, who was at Eton with William, is married to Princess Florrie von Preussen (of Prussia), who used to style for Oka, the upmarket interiors label owned by Samantha Cameron s mother.

It was at James s 21st that William did a lap of the moat, clad only in his boxer shorts, with his good friend Guy Pelly. Those kind of larks are unlikely to happen again until Prince George is a teenager or at least until Harry comes to stay. BADGER WHO WAS WILLS BEST MAN Alongside Sophie Carter at church for the Gallipoli commemorations was James Meade, fellow godparent to Charlotte and an Old Etonian chum of William s.

Nicknamed Badger (he picked up the moniker at university but the reason is lost in the mists of time), he is such a close friend to the Duke that he made the joint best man s speech at the royal wedding. He s close to Kate, too, taking her to the Badminton Horse Trials during her split from William in 2007. Badger s wife is Lady Laura Marsham, daughter of the Earl and Countess of Romney, and one of the key movers and shakers of the Turnip Toffs set.

The Romneys live at Gayton Hall, a Georgian house outside King s Lynn which has a 20-acre water garden. THE ELEGANT ARISTOS There are the two rival grandees of North Norfolk: the Leicesters of Holkham and the Cholmondeleys of Houghton. Both make up part of William s Norfolk shooting circle.

The Earl and Countess of Leicester are Tom and Polly Coke and are a few years older than William and Kate The Earl and Countess of Leicester are Tom and Polly Coke (pronounced Cook) and are a few years older than William and Kate. While Polly is a former milliner, giving her easy chit-chat with fashion-conscious Kate, former Army boy Tom is a royal equerry. Norfolk s glamour pair are the Marquess and Marchioness of Cholmondeley They have four children, and home, Holkham, is a Palladian masterpiece with a 25,000-acre estate and a four-mile-long beach where Prince Charles and Princess Anne used to play.

Norfolk s glamour pair are the Marquess and Marchioness of Cholmondeley filmmaker David, 55, and his wife, socialite and model Rose (above), who is some 24 years his junior. They live at Houghton Hall, once home to Britain s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole. Source: DAILYMAIL MAILONLINE Related Posts Prince George, Princess Charlotte Shown Together for the 1st Time 1 Queen Elizabeth has already informed Catherine Duchess of Cambridge there is no way the Duchess is getting out of the big event 2 According to reports Letters warning against acts of harassment of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at their Norfolk home have been distributed by Police 3 William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge are fiercely protective of their children s privacy and it is likely that Princess Charlotte s christening 4 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have gone the diplomatic route of alternating the yuletide holiday between their two families 5 Duchess of Cambridge joins royal family at the Order of the Garter 6 Princess Charlotte s name cost bookmakers 1million 7 The royal couple may release an official portrait of Prince George and Princess Charlotte 8 It reflects that he does have a normal life away from his duty as a prince 9 With her mother s charm and father s blue blood, she was destined to be a perfect princess 10 While the service inside the church will be private, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be pleased to welcome well-wishers into the paddock outside the church, a Kensington Palace spokesman said 11 The cast were left red-faced by the props team, who left a smelly fridge on the set 12 Catherine Duchess of Cambridge announces her new BFF will be godmother to the new arrival 13 We will admit, though, to being especially tough critics when it comes to Little Prince George 14 When you look at them, they re just gorgeous, their clothing is gorgeous.

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With its sprawling estates, remote location and impeccably well-bred gentry known as the Turnip Toffs it s no surprise that Norfolk is the centre of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge s world. By enrolling two-year-old Prince George at a rural nursery school in the village of East Walton, William and Kate have made a declaration of intent. They are no longer Londoners but (ooh, arrr!) Norfolk folk.

And since Princess Charlotte s christening last summer at Sandringham, they have been spending ever more time in the county with a close circle of Norfolk friends. With its sprawling estates, remote location and impeccably well-bred gentry known as the Turnip Toffs it s no surprise Norfolk is the centre of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge s world No fewer than three of Charlotte s godparents have firm family links to the county. As you d expect, the Cambridges new court are all hugely posh and more than a little eccentric.

These young blue bloods most of whom have houses as grand as the Cambridges Anmer Hall are discreet, trusted and, importantly for family-minded Kate, have small children of their own to play with George and Charlotte. So just who is who in the inner circle of Turnip Toffs? KATE S RIGHT HAND WOMAN Few women have won Kate s trust as thoroughly as Norfolk girl Sophie Carter.

The winsome blonde, who is also godmother to Princess Charlotte, was part of the close-knit circle who celebrated the Duchess s 34th birthday at Anmer Hall earlier this month. She even made up part of the exclusive royal party who later attended St Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham, for a service attended by the Queen that commemorated the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli. Discreet Sophie, who has been a friend to Kate for many years, is often to be found quietly by the Duchess s side at various parties and events.

While in their younger days the girls used to party the nights away, they now mainly watch tennis (they play together and hang out at Wimbledon), though they were pictured cheering exuberantly at Cirque du Soleil for Kate s 31st birthday. The daughter of Norfolk construction tycoon Robert Carter, Sophie is also, helpfully, an expert in early years learning, having been a nursery and prep school teacher. The Durham University graduate has developed a phonics educational app, Hip Hop Hen , with which Prince George is no doubt already familiar.

WILLS’ TRUSTED CHILDHOOD CHUM One man can be said to have inspired the royal decampment to North Norfolk and that s Prince George s godfather, 37-year-old William van Cutsem. His landowner parents actually rented Anmer Hall in the Nineties, and Princes William and Harry were regular guests at the property. It s fair to say, then, that the Prince has many happy childhood memories of the place that s now his own home.

Indeed, van Cutsem s mother, Emilie, was an important maternal figure to him after the death of his own mother, Princess Diana. Today, the van Cutsems live less than half an hour from Anmer, on a 4,000-acre estate near Swaffham. The late Hugh van Cutsem, Prince Charles s friend from Cambridge who died in 2013, built an enormous brick and flint neo-Georgian house with its own chapel there in the Nineties.

One man can be said to have inspired the royal decampment to North Norfolk and that s Prince George s godfather, 37-year-old William van Cutsem (pictured with wife Rosie) Fortunately for the Cambridges, the much-trusted William van Cutsem has also chosen to move back to Norfolk from London with his blonde wife, Rosie. He s tall, handsome, debonair and discreet, something that William relies on. According to a friend, van Cutsem knows every inch and cranny of Norfolk every pub, every discreet publican, every country house, the yachts, horses, home help.

Chartered surveyor William, who works for a property development company based in Bury St Edmunds, is considered to be the most handsome and best shot of the four van Cutsem brothers. So he was quite a catch, then… Indeed, the two Williams have a history of, shall we say, trading girlfriends.

Van Cutsem s wife, the former Rosie Ruck Keene, consoled the Prince when he briefly split from Kate in 2007. And he also dated van Cutsem s old flame, Olivia Hunt, while they were at university together. As well as blonde good looks, former City headhunter Rosie has an entrepreneurial streak.

Recent business dabblings include starting a private riding club, as well as launching a fashion brand, Troy London, with her sister. Described as an outwear brand , it sells things such as cashmere capes with a fox fur trim for 950. Perfect for watching your husband shoot in the chilly Norfolk countryside, one would imagine.

KATE S EX AND HIS FASHIONISTA WIFE Weekend visitors to Norfolk include Kate s ex-boyfriend from St Andrews, cricket-playing lawyer and local boy Rupert Finch. He is married to Prince William s old friend, Lady Natasha Rufus Isaacs, daughter of the Marquess of Reading and the co-founder of ethical fashion label Beulah which happens to be one of Kate s favourites. Rupert Finch and Natasha Rufus Isaacs pictured at the Cartier Queen’s Cup at Windsor in 2015 While in Norfolk, the couple stay with Rupert s horsey parents, who live in an idyllic brick-and-flint farmhouse in North Creake, outside Fakenham, surrounded by land that belongs to William s uncle, Earl Spencer.

The Finches also have a baby daughter, Georgia, who is a perfect playmate for Princess Charlotte. FROM COCKTAILS IN BOUJIS TO PEEKABOO WITH PRINCESS CHARLOTTE They once drank cocktails in London club Boujis with Kate and William, but today Charlie Savory and his wife, Lucy, are more likely to be playing peekaboo with Princess Charlotte. Norfolk lad Savory, an accountant, was brought up at Thorpland Hall, a Tudor house outside Great Snoring, North Norfolk.

Today, he works for a firm in Norwich. He and Lucy, a major-general s daughter, have a young son and daughter, ideal playmates for George and Charlotte. They once drank cocktails in London club Boujis with Kate and William, but today Charlie Savory and his wife, Lucy, are more likely to be playing peekaboo with Princess Charlotte Another nearby chum is Rory Penn, a childhood friend of William s.

Married to Francesca, the couple have two young daughters and live outside Burnham Market, the Sloaney village in Norfolk where Kate likes to go shopping. Penn whose grandmother is the Queen s cousin has also set up a property company with Thomas van Straubenzee, another of Charlotte s godfathers. Last year, Penn helped to sell a 39 million penthouse at the Bulgari hotel in London s Knightsbridge, so he s clearly doing all right for himself.

The third Norfolk godparent to Charlotte is William s literary first cousin Laura Fellowes (pictured) THE COUSIN WHO LOVES TO TEASE The third Norfolk godparent to Charlotte is William s literary first cousin Laura Fellowes. Her parents are Lady Jane Princess Diana s elder sister and Lord (Robert) Fellowes, the Queen s Private Secretary, who is said to be the most charming dinner guest in the county . Fellowes comes from Norfolk stock himself.

Indeed, his father was the Queen s land agent at Sandringham. Shy and delightful , Laura was a bridesmaid at Fergie s 1986 wedding, and shared a flat at Edinburgh University with William s old crush, Isabella Calthorpe, who is now married to Sam Branson, son of Virgin tycoon Sir Richard. Very close to her royal first cousins, William and Harry, Laura is allowed to tease them both mercilessly according to a friend.

While she s notably discreet and terribly loyal, Laura is also known for her vivacious character and love of riding and dogs. She married equity analyst Nick Pettman in 2009 in Snettisham, west Norfolk, where her parents live in a pretty, old rectory. William and Kate were both guests at that wedding there is no greater indication of inner-inner circle status than getting both of them at your wedding, says one associate.

Other than becoming a godparent, of course. Today, Laura writes fiction under the name Mave Fellowes her nickname is Mavis and has two young sons to play with George. DIVINE DAVINA, THE GLAMOROUS BLONDE Also on hand to chat about nursery schools and phonics with Kate is the glamorous blonde Davina Barber, nee Duckworth-Chad.

The Duckworth-Chads are perennial Turnip Toffs, as well as being second cousins of William s, and live in splendour at red-brick Pynkney Hall near King s Lynn. Davina s mother, Elizabeth, was first cousin to Diana, who was her bridesmaid. Davina Duckworth-Chad and her husband Tom Barber pictured at a wedding in 2011 Elizabeth is still on good terms with Prince Charles and the whole family attended William and Kate s 2011 nuptials.

Beauty Davina, with whom William has a strong, jocular friendship , lives in Norfolk with her Old Etonian husband, Tom Barber (above with Davina), who runs a luxury travel agency. They have twin daughters. THE DASHING DINNER PARTY HOST While most of the Cambridges inner-circle are married with young families, Old Etonian Archie Soames is an exception.

Great-grandson of Winston Churchill, he is a close confidant of William s. The 27-year-old financier holds lively dinner parties at his Norfolk family home, West Barsham Hall, near Fakenham racecourse. William and Kate are regular guests.

Though still single, Soames did notably have a liaison with the much older American model Caprice when he was only 17, after meeting her at the London nightclub Boujis. THE PRINCE’S FOOTY-MAD MATE Football-mad Tom Howard is the son of Tory grandee and life peer Lord (Greville) Howard. The Howard family have played very shouty football with William and Harry for years, including at the annual Christmas Eve match which is held at the family s estate, Castle Rising.

And if everyone in the Cambridges Norfolk circle has an estate, the Howards outdo them all with Castle Rising, which is right next to Sandringham. Not only does it have a Victorian Hall that the family live in, it also has an ancient keep which was the palace-in-exile of Queen Isabella, the widow and alleged murderess of Edward II. ETON PAL HITCHED TO A PRINCESS Just 60 or so miles from Anmer which is nothing for East Anglia folk, who consider an hour in the car nipping round the corner live Lord and Lady Tollemache in the ancient, vast and moated Helmingham Hall, where the Queen is a regular overnight guest.

Their two sons are both true Turnip Toffs: banker Edward, Prince Charles s godson, and his wife, Sophie, have two young sons; and fund manager James, who was at Eton with William, is married to Princess Florrie von Preussen (of Prussia), who used to style for Oka, the upmarket interiors label owned by Samantha Cameron s mother. It was at James s 21st that William did a lap of the moat, clad only in his boxer shorts, with his good friend Guy Pelly. Those kind of larks are unlikely to happen again until Prince George is a teenager or at least until Harry comes to stay.

BADGER WHO WAS WILLS’ BEST MAN Alongside Sophie Carter at church for the Gallipoli commemorations was James Meade, fellow godparent to Charlotte and an Old Etonian chum of William s. Nicknamed Badger (he picked up the moniker at university but the reason is lost in the mists of time), he is such a close friend to the Duke that he made the joint best man s speech at the royal wedding. He s close to Kate, too, taking her to the Badminton Horse Trials during her split from William in 2007.

Badger s wife is Lady Laura Marsham, daughter of the Earl and Countess of Romney, and one of the key movers and shakers of the Turnip Toffs set. The Romneys live at Gayton Hall, a Georgian house outside King s Lynn which has a 20-acre water garden. THE ELEGANT ARISTOS The Earl and Countess of Leicester are Tom and Polly Coke and are a few years older than William and Kate There are the two rival grandees of North Norfolk: the Leicesters of Holkham and the Cholmondeleys of Houghton.

Both make up part of William s Norfolk shooting circle. The Earl and Countess of Leicester are Tom and Polly Coke (pronounced Cook) and are a few years older than William and Kate. While Polly is a former milliner, giving her easy chit-chat with fashion-conscious Kate, former Army boy Tom is a royal equerry.

Norfolk s glamour pair are the Marquess and Marchioness of Cholmondeley filmmaker David, 55, and his wife, socialite and model Rose (pictured at the Serpentine Gallery last summer) They have four children, and home, Holkham, is a Palladian masterpiece with a 25,000-acre estate and a four-mile-long beach where Prince Charles and Princess Anne used to play.

Norfolk s glamour pair are the Marquess and Marchioness of Cholmondeley filmmaker David, 55, and his wife, socialite and model Rose (above), who is some 24 years his junior.

They live at Houghton Hall, once home to Britain s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole.

Prince Harry and William take part in annual Sandringham …

They usually take their places on opposite sides of the pitch but this year, royal brothers William and Harry played together to help their team to victory in the traditional Christmas Eve charity football match. The princes joined forces after William missed last year’s match and they made a formidable team in the Norfolk fixture at Castle Rising, near the royal Sandringham estate where the Royal family spend Christmas. With leg stretches, push-ups and jumping jacks, William, 33, and Harry, 31, made sure they were well warmed up before the match, although William appeared to pick up a knock in the second half, limping for a while but recovering and playing on.

Donning yellow and black shirts, they played for the local pub side The Black Horse Inn, although they didn’t manage to score, outshone by a 13-year-old local boy who netted the first three goals to cheers and congratulations from his high-society team-mates. Scroll down for video Prince William runs in with the ball and has a determined look on his face while a teammate grins behind him as he competed in the charity match along with his brother Prince Harry Harry wasn’t afraid to get muddy as he went in for the ball and sent pieces of the pitch flying in a dramatic move Father-of-two William was pictured bending down to touch his toes and also doing press ups on the pitch before kick-off, while he must have been chilly as he put his grey hooded sweatshirt on with white shorts. He was also pictured running around waving his arms to warm up in the cold December weather, but they braved the 40mph winds and torrential rain to put in a good performance in front of the 200-strong crowd.

William proudly sported stripy socks in claret and sky blue to support his football team Aston Villa. Both princes wore shirts emblazoned with the name of the Black Horse Inn, the local pub in Castle Rising. Harry wore his with black football shorts, and used the fence to keep him upright while he stretched his hamstring by pulling his leg up behind him.

Brotherly love: The pair hug in the rain and appear red-faced from their match while sharing a moving moment and William has plenty of mud on his shirt from the game Villagers living near the Queen’s Sandringham estate had the chance to glimpse the football skills of Prince Harry and Prince William during a Christmas Eve match – pictured, Harry heading the ball as William looks on in the background Royal skills: Father-of-two William proudly sported stripy socks in claret and sky blue to support his football team Aston Villa while taking a shot with the ball during the festive Christmas Eve match this morning Both William, 33, and Harry, 31, seemed to be taking the match seriously and took several opportunities to stretch on the pitch. Harry is pictured stretches his hamstring against a fence before the Sandringham Estate match kicked off this morning Father-of-two William proudly sported stripy socks in claret and sky blue to support his football team Aston Villa. He was also pictured running around waving his arms to warm up in the cold December weather Father-of-two William was pictured bending down to touch his toes and also doing press ups on the pitch before kick-off, while he must have been chilly as he put his grey hooded sweatshirt on with white shorts The princes looked at ease among the other players and got involved in the action on the pitch William doesn’t skimp on the stretching and bends backwards while appearing lost in thought William was off the pitch last year due to an ankle injury so no doubt relished taking part this year in the charity football match The prince does press ups on the pitch and shows his fitness is clearly at a peak with his technique Harry gets in on the stretching act by doing lunges and going right down to the floor before the football match kicked off Harry was prepared for any weather in a raincoat and wore navy and green socks with his football trainers The princes looked at ease among the other players and got involved in the action on the pitch.

Although Prince Harry is known to prefer rugby over football, his enthusiasm for the game was clear to see. Details of how the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be spending Christmas have been released. William and Kate will be at the Queen s traditional Christmas dinner, which is enjoyed at Sandringham House on Christmas Eve.

Children are expected to be on their best behaviour, and no one goes to bed before the Queen retires. William slides after the ball while a member of the opposing team in a white and red shirt comes in for the ball Going for a high kick William managed to tap the ball while his teammate comes in to help with the play The duo take a minute to chat and might be discussing tactics on how their team can emerge victorious in the charity match Harry goes in for a header and appears to be putting his heart and soul into the match and even extremely muddy knees aren’t putting him off his stride Harry takes a quiet moment to wipe his brow during a pause in the match, he might be wiping away sweat or simply some more mud William takes a throw in while lunging forward and doesn’t appear distracted while an opponent marks him When Prince William throws the football in his teammate, right, jogs in to lend a hand while a bystander watches the action Both William and Kate will still, as tradition dictates, attend a Christmas Day morning service at St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham estate. William hinted in a recent interview that George may also attend for the first time, along with his sister.

But while senior Royals will then head back to Sandringham for lunch, the Cambridges will go to Anmer for lunch with the Middletons, where roast turkey from the Sandringham estate will be the only similarity to the other Royal gathering. The football match is an annual tradition for the royals but last year William gave it a miss to enjoy a festive break at his home in nearby Anmer Hall. The Duke of Cambridge had injured his ankle in an earlier game and had to sit out the match.

Prince Harry was left to represent the palace alone but was a key member of the winning team, making tackles and getting involved in the action. The match is an annual tradition for the royals but last year William gave it a miss to enjoy a festive break at his home in nearby Anmer Hall Both princes wore shirts emblazoned with the name of the Black Horse Inn, the pub in Castle Rising, to play in a yellow and black shirt William looks like he’s been wrong-footed by a rival player who has tackled him for the ball but the prince doesn’t let the move ruin the game The opponent looks like he’s making off with the ball but William doggedly attempts to get it back with his tongue sticking out in concentration The prince gets ready for another shot as the ball flies through the air towards him on the pitch Harry gestures over the pitch to someone else and appears to be frustrated about something due to his gritted teeth Harry checks where his opponent is as he darts for the ball and nips past another player behind him A player for the other team flicks the ball behind him as William looks over at the blue and yellow ball Harry looks deliriously happy at the end of the match as he waves his arms in a celebratory dance Harry falls to his knees at the end of the match, raises his hands over his head and stares at the ground William claps both teams following the match in the spirit of good sportsmanship and appears to be a little worn out following the match Harry and William come in for a hug after the match in a show of solidarity while other players congratulate each other near by The pair share a word after the match with William putting a brotherly hand on Harry’s shoulder Harry stands proudly with his hands on his hips and appears happy with the game’s result while William is stood behind him Harry hugs a young girl who had been watching the match who doesn’t seem to mind his muddy shirt Both teams pose for an end of match picture with all looking on the muddy side and the rain dampening their hair but not their spirits Last year, Harry was joined last year by Kate’s brother James Middleton, 27, who made his first ever appearance in the Christmas Eve match. He and James played in the winning team and ended up celebrating a landslide 7-2 victory.

Prince Harry played right wing and James played in defence, but there was no sign of Prince William, who played in the match last year. At one point, Harry had to climb over a fence to retrieve the football after it got kicked off the pitch. The royal was a key member of the team, making tackles and getting involved in the action as well as being nominated to take all of the corners.

After the match, the brothers change into sweatshirts and jeans and head home in the rain The squad get ready before the match with William in his grey hoody and Harry in a dark raincoat while other players do stretches like lunges and touch their toes A teammate stretches while Harry and William chat and they’re still wearing outer coats before they get serious about the match

Tour Journal #2: Restorations Embark On United Kingdom Tour …

Restorations 1 has wrapped up their UK tour with Crazy Arm and Sam Russo, and we re excited to bring you an inside glimpse at what went on. Check out the second installment of Restorations tour journal below, and if you missed the first installment you can view that here 2 ! Written by guitarist Dave Klyman Monday, July 13th Day Off With a free day before our next show in Glasgow we decided to trek out to Scotland ahead of time and wander around Edinburgh.

There s a lot to see, so we walked all over, heading first to a proper hole in the wall simply called The Potato Shop where they specialized in, surprise, baked potatoes with a wide variety of hot and cold toppings. Most went for the Chili and avocado, the more adventurous went for the vegan haggis. It was fantastic and very filling.

We then headed over to the Scotch Whiskey Experience where, unfortunately, all the tours were sold out for the day. But the gift shop is an overwhelming sight with two full floors full of scotch whiskey from all the regions and the in house scotch bar was open. We spent some time perusing and drinking some local flavor, a lot of which is unavailable in the states.

We were having such a nice time that we didn t realize where the time went and, though the sun was still out, the entrance to Edinburgh castle was closed for the night. That s ok though, we have time tomorrow. The drive to Glasgow is very reasonable.

In fact, all the drives on this run are very manageable, which really helps with tour morale. After all that culture, we went back to our lovely hotel situation and relaxed for the rest of the night with plans to get up on the early side and see the parts of the city we missed. Tuesday, July 14th Glasgow Audio Waking up, we went back out and checked out Edinburgh Castle.

Because you can never see enough castles. We did the budget version where you really just walk around the immediate interior instead waiting forever in a queue to wait in more lines behind yelling children and people with selfie sticks. The castle really is more impressive from the outside anyway: From there we took a quick stopover at St.Giles Cathedral, where there was a choir singing in latin amongst the standard beautiful stained glass and gigantic pipe organ.

Unfortunately, you had to pay to even take phone pictures in the church. After that bit of indoor sightseeing we headed out to Glasgow. Audio is another spot that we hit on the last European tour.

it s a really nice room with a good sound system and it s very basic in it s setup. it s four black walls with a bar on one and a stage on another. It s the kind of no frills rock club that really needs to exist.

There are some incredible venues that are sights to behold, and that s great. But it s nice to see a club that s focus is clearly on the music and just the music. Just as last time, Glasgow was a great, respectful crowd.

It s great to see new faces but it s forever pleasing to see people coming out for the second third and fourth time (multiple shows) when we ve only been over here twice. And then there s this: We re not necessarily a band that inspires mass hysteria. That s totally fine.

We d prefer decently proliferative appreciation. But if you feel the need to tattoo our logo on your skin forever or until laser surgery, it s a truly humbling thing to see. If you re in a band and you ever become blase about this sort of thing then you re probably a pretty big jerk.

So thanks, Glasgow. You ve always been very nice to us. Let s do it again sooner rather than later.

Wednesday, July 15th Leeds The Key Club As it still stands, we are a band that would prefer to get up early and see what our travels have to offer rather than just see the van, the venue, and the places we sleep. There were two such opportunities between Glasgow and Leeds. Stop one was the historical Hadrian s Wall.

Spanning 90 or so miles, the ancient Roman fortification is still expansive in length, but it s a bit diminutive in height. Apparently a large portion of the stone was pilfered and used to build in the surrounding area. But the ruins are still a real link to a past that no one can truly imagine anymore.

But if you really need that modern touch, the gift shop sold Hadrian s sandwiches. Stop two was Angel of the North. In stark contrast to Hadrian s Wall, the Angel of the North is a contemporary sculpture that was erected in 1998.

It s expansive nature is totally different, but no less impressive. We took it in for a brief moment, snapped some photos, and piled back in the van to get to the show. Restorations had never been to Leeds.

Doing well in markets you ve hit before is gratifying but it s the untested stops that make things interesting, if not just nerve wracking. There had been a small amount of presale tickets so, like Cardiff, no one knew what to expect. But, like Cardiff, things turned out great.

It may prove to be one of the most well attended shows of the whole tour. A great day all around. And then the night ended at a pub that was having whiskey Wednesday so things got a little loose.

Thursday, July 16th Derby The Venue Another reasonably short van ride means more time to see what the UK has to offer. We wanted to visit Sherwood Forest but it turned out to be just far enough away that it wouldn t work. So instead our historical stop for the day was the Royal Armourie Museum.

Naturally, none of us are supporters of war or weaponized violence, but if you can put that aside for a moment, the mechanical and historical aspect is undeniably fascinating. It s amusing to note that many of the factual tidbits accompanying different historical weaponry was more focused on the failures and what didn t work well and the general problems surrounding weaponry and war. Fairly progressive actually.

They also had crafted replica swords from the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit, which pleased some of the more nerdy sensibilities in the group. The museum was fun and informative and all that, but really we were there for the in house crossbow range where for 3.00 you get 8 arrows for target shooting. With still a bit more time before load in we headed for Bolsover Castle where we again walked around the exterior and hung around the courtyard area.

There are some pretty great views in the area and the castle itself was nice, but after seeing Edinburgh it wasn t really up to castle snuff. But still fun to explore. After this last bit of tourism we drove off toward The Venue, which is about a half mile or so from the city center.

Show time came upon us quickly. The Venue has the feel of an old school VFW hall show, which makes sense considering they also host weddings and other formal functions. But tonight it was a group of weirdos playing loud music.

There were some familiar faces among the crowd, some folks that had been to other shows along this tour and the last. Thanks for the support. Solid show.

Friday July, 17th Norwich Owl Sanctuary As previously stated, you can never see too many castles, so we popped over to Castle Rising on the the way to the show. It wasn t quite as precarious as the sign would lead you to believe. You just have to pay attention to where you step.

The next sight was Hunstanton Beach, where tide was out. Really, really out. We walked for a good clip on what normally would have been the sea to a patch of water where people were windsurfing.

It s a beach like none of us have ever seen (except for Dave March who couldn t fathom why we were so flummoxed). And then, in a show of typical UK weather, it began to rain. Except this was huge, hail like drops of rain, forcing us to rush back to the van and head over to the show.

The Owl Sanctuary is a great DIY bar/show space/recording studio/band flat that has hosted countless touring bands from all over the world from Reggae legend Mac A Bee to seminal NYHC band Biohazard. They take very, very good care of their bands and welcomed us with open arms. And the show, well, so much to say.

There was a human pyramid for both us and Crazy Arm, a uniquely European method of showing appreciation for a band s performance. But it went next level during Restorations set when a whole row of people dropped to the ground, joined hands across, and reenacted the rowing of a viking boat. The only memory of this occurring anywhere else is a video from an Amon Amarth show, where there are legit Viking overtones.

It was the first time we ve seen anything like that for us. Between the sea that wasn t there and the crazy attendees at the show, it was definitely and eye opening day. For the first time on the tour we added an extra song to the end of the set in appreciation of the amazing and enthusiastic audience.

New Old is a song that we haven t played much with Jeff on drums. Though he is the original drummer of Restorations, he did not record the song. When we explained that it might be a rough rendition, everybody started chanting his name in encouragement.

And the song turned out great. A warm welcoming back into the fold for Jeff. All around, this might have been the best show so far.

But tomorrow we have London to contend with, so let s see where we land. The rest of the night was spent in the band flat having celebratory drinks with the tour cast and crew. Jon from Crazy Arm isn t just a traveling musician, he s also a tattoo artist.

He put permanent art on Sam Russo s body in record time with expert skill. Saturday, July 18th London The Lexington After a quick service stop off for gas and sandwiches, we head directly to London. It s not a terribly far ride but the traffic that surrounds the city can be very thick and trying.

London is a city that is at once expansive and at the same time everything and everyone seems right on top of you all the time. It s nerve wracking watching bikers and buses using the same harried lanes. Paths crisscross and intersect, cutting at seemingly random intervals.

But it s all probably in some grand plan. In some ways, it s comparable to New York city, but with a different, underlying UK personality. First stop was to the flat of our good friends Matt and Anna, another meeting from the Smith Street/Astpai run.

Matt is one of the nicest, most accommodating, and validating people this band has ever met. He has truly saved our collective asses a couple times. When he flew over to the states for last year s Gainesville Fest he was the only person outside the band that we fully allowed to join us and crash at our lakehouse HQ.

He and Anna are, simply, the best. From their flat it was a strenuous thirty second walk around the corner to Camden Town Brewery where they were celebrating their five year anniversary with live music, food trucks, a halfpipe with skaters and BMX, a dunk tank, an inflatable castle, and, of course, the full range of their beers on tap. A nice, calm way to gather thoughts and composure before heading over to the show.

Heading further into the city center, things got more congested. The Lexington is a short distance from King s Cross Station. Luckily we were able to load into the Lexington without too much trouble.

Compared to the last time we played London, things seemed a bit more relaxed. Well, relaxed is maybe the wrong term for anything happening in London, but it wasn t as stressful. Presale for the show was very positive and the touring party was hoping for a sellout, like last time.

Things looked good as folks started piling in. It s been said a few times now that this or that night was the best of tour. London was clearly the best night Sam has had the whole run.

The room was completely focused when he played and he was engaging, funny, and all around excellent. The room was completely packed for Crazy Arm as well, and they were just as energetic as always. It d take some pros and cons work to decide if London or Norwich was, well, crazier for them.

For all the headaches that can surround getting in and out of London, it all takes a back seat when you get on stage for a capacity sold out crowd. Everyone was enthusiastic but also considerate of those around them and the show went off with no glitches. It was exactly what we hoped London would be.

There wasn t really proper time to get a good picture from the stage before or during the set, so here s what things looked like right after we finished. Thanks in advance for not minding being a bit blurry while facing the other direction, London. Minor complications aside, London was verging on a near perfect night.

This was apparently noticed by the vengeful gods of Touring and Vans. Once everything was packed and we were ready to retreat back to Matt s and Anna s for the night, the gods visited their wrath upon our fledgling troupe. Somehow, there was a miscommunication in the van s security computer system, causing it to lock up completely and freeze the starter.

Our swift exit was brought to an immobile halt. Ever the professional, Dave March took control and got on the phone to figure out a solution. When an immediate one was not forthcoming, he instructed us to to get a cab back.

No one wanted to leave without him, but none of us could properly help either, so we hailed and piled into a cab. In downtown London on a Saturday night. Traffic was backed up in all directions and our destination was behind us.

Having absolutely no fear, our cab driver pulled a K turn in the middle of the street, completely disregarding and cutting off a police van with lights and siren ablaze. When we gently suggested that the authorities might frown upon his actions our driver simply stated, Fuck the Police, made the turn, and got us to our destination. For an older gentleman, he was pretty punk rock.

At the flat we enjoyed Matt and Anna s vast array of liquors, of which they are avid collectors. They always have something new and intriguing to try. As we sat enjoying our libations, our thoughts were with Dave, hoping issues with the van could be rectified.

Ben sent a text asking how it was going, to which he responded, Open the front door. Dave made it back! He had managed to get the van started and made his way.

It would have to be looked at properly in the morning, but finally we could close the book on this crazy night in London. Sunday, July 19th Kingston The Fighting Cocks Kingston is a quick hour or so ride from London so luckily Dave had time to sort out what would have to be done with the van in order to get us to the show and then the airport. Reluctantly, a new van was hired to complete the drives.

He would have return to London after the tour to transport his van home. Since Kingston is so close, Matt and Anna accompanied us in the van to hang at the last show of the tour. Upon arrival we stopped in at Kingston landmark, Banquet Records.

Banquet is more than just a store, they also put out and distribute records in the UK for Restorations and many of our peers. They also sponsored and put on the show. They also happen to be next door to Spuds, another baked potato spot, at which most of the touring party ate.

Thankfully, on the other side of Banquet, was a shop where one could stop in and grab one last, proper doner kebab. They just don t do them the same or as good in America. Kingston has a bustling, mostly commercial downtown.

It also boasts a famous art sculpture of sorts in a display of domino stacked phone booths, which is a twenty second walk from the venue. The Fighting Cocks is another one of those bars that isn t quite a dive, but also isn t quite high class. It sits in that comfortable spot where you can sit and enjoy a conversation with friends or get rowdy by the pool table and nothing feels too loud or out of hand.

The attached show space is a nostalgic sight as it was the start of our last European tour. Nice to be back on that compact little stage pulling a crowd of our own. It was an interesting contrast to the night before.

Maybe it was because it was a Sunday , maybe it s because Kingston isn t that raucous a town, who knows? But everyone involved seemed cool, calm, and ready to have an easy good time. It was a welcome atmosphere since we knew as soon as the show wrapped we would have to totally break down gear, repack bags, and drive overnight to the airport.

It being the last night, things got a little looser and both Sam and Jon (of Restorations, since Crazy Jon was obviously already playing) joined Crazy Arm on stage to sing on a few songs. It s nice to have a tour where all the bands genuinely enjoy each other s music. And then we took the stage and closed out the night.

When the last strains of Separate Songs rang out, it was both triumphant and wistful. Another show down, another tour down. This was a shorter run than what Restorations has been doing recently and it s end represents a temporary break in our touring cycle.

We ll be back out there probably before any of us realizes it, but for now we have a little time to catch our collective breaths. But that s not before some travel. There s a ways to go till home and it starts when we get in the van in Kingston to drive to the airport in Manchester.

It s during this ride that Sunday night turns into Monday, July 20th Departures and Arrivals Part II Restorations has had to make overnight bomb drives many times. Some of them have been fun, like rolling through Roswell, New Mexico right before the sun came up and taking pictures with random aliens. Other times have been awful, like having a place to stay fall through and driving to Boston to wake up a very gracious host at 6:00 a.m.

to let us collapse at her place that morning and that night. This one wasn t so bad. The drive was just long enough to make it something to be dealt with but still short enough to not call it an ordeal.

Much respect to Dave March for this, and every other drive he powered through to make this tour work. After some naps, some coffee, and a very sleep addled service stop, we made it to Manchester Airport with plenty of time. Of course, no airport stop is predictable, so we spent a good chunk of time in line waiting to check our gear and pass security with our personal belongings.

Another flight, another security check where they ask if guitar pedals are DJ equipment and we say, yes, those are definitely DJ equipment. Finally, we board and fly direct to JFK airport where, believe it or not, customs and security were a breeze. Our friend Tom picked us up in our actual own van and, just to pile on, we waded through New York traffic to get back to Philadelphia.

Home. What a trip, what a tour. Till next time.

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