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Life’s funny little coincidences

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Last night, I had dinner with my mum, and our conversation veered onto my late American grandmother – her life and upbringing.  Of all the titbits of information I learned, I was astounded to hear that my great grandmother had packed them up (my gran and her siblings) and taken them to Europe for a year, with a private tutor, travelling over on the Queen Mary. Fancy that!

Then, funnily enough, earlier today I received an email from author Freda Lightfoot who mentioned she had just returned from a wonderful trip to New York on Queen Mary 2! (pictured)

What are the chances that I should hear about travelling on the Queen Mary in the space of 24 hours? I love little coincidences like this – makes the world feel small and connected in inexplicable ways.

The original Queen Mary is retired and docked at Long Beach California, but Queen Mary 2 (as Freda will attest) is available should anyone wish to enjoy a similar luxury – and be far more affordable I should think than it would have been in my great grandmother’s time!

Read Freda’s blog about her Queen Mary 2 trip here.

Chiara Priorelli, Publicity Manager


june francis Says:


I am not really a blogger because by the time I’ve had a day’s writing my eyes are tired – I am long and short sighted so my eyes don’t focus together. But as I have arranged a North West Chapter RNA lunch tomorrow in Southport and my writing friend, Freda Lightfoot, is one of the founder members of the group, the same as me, I decided to read Freda’s blog to see what she was up to, so I could tell the group. I enjoyed very much reading about her cruise celebrating her Ruby Wedding with David. What an achievement 40 years of marriage and she has done so well with her writing too. Congratulations, Freda and David, you’ve only five years to catch up with John and I.
I also enjoyed her blog about picking olives.
As for Chiara’s comment about coincidences. It amazes me how many there seemed to be. As a Liverpudlian, I am ashamed to confess that I have yet to go on a cruise. I have been across the sea to Ireland, the Isle of Man and crossed the channel to France, as well as taking the ferry across the Mersey on numerous occasions. But I have a big birthday coming up in a couple of years and am working on my husband to make a cruise to Norway, the land of my mariner great grandfather.




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