Ground control to Major Tim

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My husband and l joined around a thousand other people at Bath Pavilion last night to hear a presentation by Tim Peake who – in December 2015 – became the first British astronaut to visit the International Space Station where he both conducted a spacewalk and ran a marathon whilst orbiting Earth.

Tim’s account of his six months spent looking down on a planet that has no physical boundaries – despite our often disgusting human behaviour – was thrilling and so, so well-presented.

I suppose that should come as no surprise with his military background – everything planned and timed with precision.

Plus he is in the middle of touring his personal guide to life in space around the country and has another evening at the Pavilion tonight – Friday, November 19th.

Humble but humourous, eloquent and energised – he is an inspiration to us all – especially the younger generation.

The last show we witnessed at the Pavilion was actress Joan Collins – with a book to promote.

An absolutely amazing 80-plus year old – still awash with glamour and so many stories to tell – but choosing old buddy Christopher Biggins to talk to her was a big mistake. I didn’t come away with the same buzz as l did last night – where l really did share the passion of a man lucky enough to view our spaceship planet from above.

Our thanks to Hope and Rupert who bought our tickets as a present – and joined us for the experience.

Just a couple of notes for the venue.

You really do need to mark out your rows with letters on the floor. It’s very difficult to find your seat when most people are seated and you can’t see what is on the back of the chair.

Plus with Covid ever-present, not that many people were wearing masks in a tightly-packed hall with poor ventilation.

They opened a side door during the interval but not enough through air to help play safe – in my opinion.