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Waterside Wedding Venues | Christchurch Harbour Hotel | Dorset

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Waterside Wedding Venues, Dorset.

waterside wedding venues, Christchurch Harbour Hotel

One of Dorset’s luxury waterside wedding venues. There is nowhere more romantic to tie the knot than the Christchurch Harbour Hotel & Spa. Take your vows against a backdrop of breathtaking coastline views. Overlooking Mudeford Quay, Hengistbury Head and the Isle of Wight. The stunning waterside location is the perfect setting for a wedding celebration. Enjoy the award winning cuisine and dramatic golden sunsets, guaranteeing some truly memorable photo opportunities.

Only 7 miles from Bournemouth, this sunny waterfront haven is an idyllic location for your special day. With uninterrupted panoramic views over the harbour, very few wedding venues can match the passion and beauty of this incredible setting.

Christchurch Harbour Hotel:

For more information about Dorset’s waterside wedding venues; or to book a private viewing of the hotel – please call 01202 400964. Or fill in an enquiry form.

Would you like to add premier live music to your special day?

Chilled out acoustic music to compliment your afternoon drinks reception?

Enhance your evening extravaganza with the ultimate party band and keep your guests dancing all night long!

Introducing BB3…

BB3 is the UK’s premier “Party Band“.

Having shared stages with Nadine Coyle, Alesha Dixon, Tulisa, Rumer and Bon Jovi; BB3 will ensure your event is on everyone’s lips. Their stunning organic live show contains absolutely no sequencing or backing tracks – 100% live performance! influenced by legends like Stevie Wonder, Lionel Ritchie, and Prince. The Beatles and Fleetwood Mac. Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye and Bob Marley. Through to new classics such as Amy Winehouse, Kings of Leon, Stereophonics and The Killers.

All Killer – No Filler Setlist!

BB3 Provide An evening of dance floor hits spanning 7 decades. Classic Artists through to current hit makers Bruno Mars, Robin Thicke and Daft Punk.

100% Live Performance!

3 Musicians and a wall of sound. No Sequencing. No Backing Tracks.

Satisfaction Guaranteed!

All you have to do is book BB3 – Let them deal with the rest so you can enjoy the fun!

Cooling Castle Barn – Kent

By Wedding Venues

At Cooling Castle Barn you can immerse yourselves in a day to remember, with our exceptional staff to cater for your every need and breathtaking surroundings that will provide a stunning backdrop to your day.

An exclusive venue that ensures you receive our undivided attention to make your day special and unique. We have three original barns and beautiful landscaped gardens that will wow your guests, combined with a Duty Manager to guide you effortlessly through your day.

Your guests will be welcomed to the Heritage barn upon their arrival, invited to the Fathom barn for an intimate ceremony followed by a sumptuous Wedding Breakfast in the Tithe barn and evening reception to dance the night away.

At Cooling Castle Barn, we are passionate about weddings and are available seven days a week to help make the planning as exciting as the day itself.



The Elvetham – Hampshire

By Hampshire, Wedding Venues

The Elvetham Hotel


The Elvetham is undoubtedly one of the finest wedding venues in Hampshire. Steeped in history, this magnificent 19th century mansion is set in 35 acres of beautifully manicured gardens and grounds. Licensed for Civil Ceremonies of up to 200 guests and as few as 60, The Elvetham lends itself effortlessly to both large and small celebrations. For grand weddings, a luxury marquee within the gardens will accommodate a reception for up to 350. With an idyllic location, just outside the quaint village of Hartley Wintney, The Elvetham is a fairytale wedding venue in Hampshire where the possibilities are endless… more

This unique wedding venue in Hampshire has several elegantly appointed rooms available for every part of your special day.

Your wedding will be unique in every way and help you plan your dream day, we have prepared some guideline prices and packages with ideas to explore.

Inside or out, summer or winter, see how beautiful your album will appear and preview a variety of room layouts and table settings.

The Elvetham can make fairy tale weddings come true but don’t take our word for it, see what our Brides & Grooms say.

George Orwell’s 11 Golden Rules for Making the Perfect Cup of Tea

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George Orwell on How to Make the Perfect Cup of Tea: His 11 Golden Rules

This post recently appeared on a friends’ Facebook status. As BB3, the true rock ‘n’ roll professionals that they are, survive on a plentiful diet of tea it felt only right to re-post this. There are a few things that would bring it in to the BB3 age (namely “tea should be drunk in vast quantities”) but thank you anyway Tim Bye.

In 1946 English novelist and journalist George Orwell published an essay in theEvening Standard entitled “A Nice Cup of Tea.” For everyone who’s ever believed there’s an art to making a good cup of tea, you’ll definitely enjoy Mr. Orwell’s 11 “golden” rules for the perfect cup. Read the full essay below:

“A Nice Cup of Tea” by George Orwell

Originally published January 12, 1946 in the Evening Standard.


If you look up ‘tea’ in the first cookery book that comes to hand you will probably find that it is unmentioned; or at most you will find a few lines of sketchy instructions which give no ruling on several of the most important points.

This is curious, not only because tea is one of the main stays of civilization in this country, as well as in Eire, Australia and New Zealand, but because the best manner of making it is the subject of violent disputes.

When I look through my own recipe for the perfect cup of tea, I find no fewer than eleven outstanding points. On perhaps two of them there would be pretty general agreement, but at least four others are acutely controversial. Here are my own eleven rules, every one of which I regard as golden:

First of all, one should use Indian or Ceylonese tea. China tea has virtues which are not to be despised nowadays — it is economical, and one can drink it without milk — but there is not much stimulation in it. One does not feel wiser, braver or more optimistic after drinking it. Anyone who has used that comforting phrase ‘a nice cup of tea’ invariably means Indian tea.

Secondly, tea should be made in small quantities — that is, in a teapot. Tea out of an urn is always tasteless, while army tea, made in a cauldron, tastes of grease and whitewash. The teapot should be made of china or earthenware. Silver or Britannia ware teapots produce inferior tea and enamel pots are worse; though curiously enough a pewter teapot (a rarity nowadays) is not so bad.

Thirdly, the pot should be warmed beforehand. This is better done by placing it on the hob than by the usual method of swilling it out with hot water.

Fourthly, the tea should be strong. For a pot holding a quart, if you are going to fill it nearly to the brim, six heaped teaspoons would be about right. In a time of rationing, this is not an idea that can be realized on every day of the week, but I maintain that one strong cup of tea is better than twenty weak ones. All true tea lovers not only like their tea strong, but like it a little stronger with each year that passes — a fact which is recognized in the extra ration issued to old-age pensioners.

Fifthly, the tea should be put straight into the pot. No strainers, muslin bags or other devices to imprison the tea. In some countries teapots are fitted with little dangling baskets under the spout to catch the stray leaves, which are supposed to be harmful. Actually one can swallow tea-leaves in considerable quantities without ill effect, and if the tea is not loose in the pot it never infuses properly.

Sixthly, one should take the teapot to the kettle and not the other way about. The water should be actually boiling at the moment of impact, which means that one should keep it on the flame while one pours. Some people add that one should only use water that has been freshly brought to the boil, but I have never noticed that it makes any difference.

Seventhly, after making the tea, one should stir it, or better, give the pot a good shake, afterwards allowing the leaves to settle.

Eighthly, one should drink out of a good breakfast cup — that is, the cylindrical type of cup, not the flat, shallow type. The breakfast cup holds more, and with the other kind one’s tea is always half cold before one has well started on it.

Ninthly, one should pour the cream off the milk before using it for tea. Milk that is too creamy always gives tea a sickly taste.

Tenthly, one should pour tea into the cup first. This is one of the most controversial points of all; indeed in every family in Britain there are probably two schools of thought on the subject. The milk-first school can bring forward some fairly strong arguments, but I maintain that my own argument is unanswerable. This is that, by putting the tea in first and stirring as one pours, one can exactly regulate the amount of milk whereas one is liable to put in too much milk if one does it the other way round.

Lastly, tea — unless one is drinking it in the Russian style — should be drunk without sugar. I know very well that I am in a minority here. But still, how can you call yourself a true tea-lover if you destroy the flavour of your tea by putting sugar in it? It would be equally reasonable to put in pepper or salt. Tea is meant to be bitter, just as beer is meant to be bitter. If you sweeten it, you are no longer tasting the tea, you are merely tasting the sugar; you could make a very similar drink by dissolving sugar in plain hot water.

Some people would answer that they don’t like tea in itself, that they only drink it in order to be warmed and stimulated, and they need sugar to take the taste away. To those misguided people I would say: Try drinking tea without sugar for, say, a fortnight and it is very unlikely that you will ever want to ruin your tea by sweetening it again.

These are not the only controversial points to arise in connexion with tea drinking, but they are sufficient to show how subtilized the whole business has become. There is also the mysterious social etiquette surrounding the teapot (why is it considered vulgar to drink out of your saucer, for instance?) and much might be written about the subsidiary uses of tea leaves, such as telling fortunes, predicting the arrival of visitors, feeding rabbits, healing burns and sweeping the carpet. It is worth paying attention to such details as warming the pot and using water that is really boiling, so as to make quite sure of wringing out of one’s ration the twenty good, strong cups of that two ounces, properly handled, ought to represent.

If you want to hear George Orwell read this, head on over to Brainpicker for an audio excerpt!

Ok, tea lovers! What do you think of Orwell’s golden rules? Any you definitely agree or disagree with?


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BB3live | The “Dirty Soul” Sessions

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Get your “Dirty Soul” on iTunes!

The Dirty Soul Sessions

All tracks written, performed and produced by BB3live in an electrically unsound building in the middle of nowhere.

Come and see us at a show and we can even offer you one of those old school “Compact Discs”, that you can physically hold in your hands and admire… with pictures and stuff to read ’n’ that…

WARNING: Not Compatible with iPods and Blackberrys.

Available from Amazon and iTunes.

Don’t forget to connect with BB3live on their social networks to stay upto date with all the latest news.

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BB3Live | The Indigo O2, London, UK | Sam Tanner | Craig Alexander | Darren Hodson |

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BB3live – The band (Sam Tanner, Darren Hodson and Craig Alexander) at the Live and Unsigned National Final in 2010.

An interesting experience but not one to recommend to musicians with weak hearts… An opportunity to play some great venues around the UK and to spread the word to some very eclectic audiences…

BB3Live, Indigo 02, London

BB3 live @ The Indigo 02 London – performing to a full house in one of London’s premier live music venues.

BB3live, Sam Tanner, Live Band, 02 London

Sam Tanner – on stage doing his thing with bb3 (pre Steamphunk) at the Indigo 02, London – check out more at

Live Music Band | BB3 | Best Live Band | Live Band Music | The Bedford, London, UK

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In demand, live music band “BB3” are storming shows and events around London and the uk. The pictures below were taken during a full house showcase at one of London’s coolest live music venues. Kicking off the careers of KT Tunstal, Paulo Nutini and Newton Faulkner; The Bedford in Balham has hosted many great bands and BB3 are undoubtedly at the top of the list. As one of London’s best live bands, BB3 should be on your bucket list and a first call for your next big event. Their high energy, time of your life, live music show will make you want to book them time and time again. Their setlist is huge and although they pride themselves on making any tune their own; If they get their own way – You will not stop dancing.

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Craig Alexander – The Bedford, London, UK.
Darren Hodson, BB3 Live, Bedford London

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Live music band – BB3 – Laying it down at one of london’s coolest live music venues – The Bedford.

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Featuring: Sam Tanner, Darren Hodson & Craig Alexander.
Photos taken at The Bedford, Balham, London, UK