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April 26th and 27thAnother KARAOKE WEEKEND

Red Alert....Oonnngarrgh.....Oonnngargh.....The Brumfitts are back in town for a fun packed couple of nights on karaoke. Its always a party atmosphere when they're here so come and join us and make some new friends why dontcha!
April 12th and 13thKARAOKE WEEKEND

The Redditch Brigade are coming back for their 3rd Karaoke Weekend. Great bunch of people.....its going to be fun fun fun!! Plenty of space available for some new faces who also like a sing song

Come On Over to My Place!!!
Hey You!! (Hey You)
We're having a PARTY!!!
Valentines Weekend 15th and 16th FebCuddly Teddy for all guests this weekend

Treat your loved one to a break in Blackpool. Karaoke subject to enough folk wanting it.

Thursday 25th October 2012Google tour added

Just in case you missed it I added a Google tour to the bottom of the front page

Tuesday 16th October 2012Google Trusted Photographer

I'm so pleased to announce that I've passed the exam and have now trained and qualified to perform photos within Google Business Photos and will shortly be PROUDLY displaying the badge for the Google Business Photos TRUSTED PHOTOGRAPHER

www.360Blackpool.com will tell you more about it. To say I'm excited about this opportunity would be the understatement of the decade.
Saturday 16th June 2012Kadie Got Hitched

Kadie chose to stay with us at the weekend...along with 150 bikers!!!
See some piccies here

16th June for rest of the seasonFree beer anybody?
You're going to have to work for it and find the offer page (hint: link at bottom of front page)

Friday June 22nd 2012Olympic Flame travels by the Canasta

Read more about it here

Friday June 15th 2012Bikers - Did You Know...

We have secure locked parking facilities for motorcycles!!
We have enough space to park up to 15 motorbikes securely behind a high brick wall out of view of anybody and can be padlocked (although the gate that gives access is bolted shut anyway. The area is our rear yard and is right next to the owners living accommodation - your bikes are probably safer here than at home!! Does this make us BIKER FRIENDLY?




June 8th & 9thDeal or No Deal
Come and join us for the second Deal or No Deal weekend in association with Carlbee Productions :)
Great crowd already booked in - newcomers very welcome - you'll have a ball!!
Prizes galore and a bit of karaoke too!
Details here
April 27th 2012KARAOKE WEEKEND

Like a sing song? Or do you just enjoy singing along to a good tune?

The weekend of Friday 27th April is earmarked as a KARAOKE weekend for both Friday and Saturday nights.

A great crowd are already booked in and I'm sure some of our regulars will be joining us too.

20th February 2012Flash Bang Wallop Updated

Finally got around to updating the site with some newer stuff - aargh!! I didnt realise it was in such a mess..
Will have to finish it off this week!
A quick plug for it here - Blackpool Photo Studio
January 28th 2012Photography Workshop 28th January 2012
Photography workshops
The Canasta has teamed up with www.TakeBetterImages.com to offer accommodation to students during their photography workshops. For any hobbyist photographers that want to improve their skills this is fantastic two day event packed full of great information. You'll also get the opportunity to shoot in my studio!!
Check out their site for more information.
www.TakeBetterImages.com

January 2nd 2012New Years Party at the Canasta
Phew!!!! Another belting party at the Canasta
It was lovely to see some new faces this year

Pics can be seen here

November 28th 2011Just back from a Cruise around Grand Canaria

Brill chilly out holiday with some good mates

Some of the piccies here
[Hint: click on top right icon to go full screen]

Some VERY LARGE panorama shots here:-
[Hint: when images have loaded click on them to zoom in for all the detail]

Tenerife Harbour Panorama

Lanzarote Harbour Panorama

Madeira Panorama



November 15th 2012Create The Light
Photography workshopsJust finishing a website for a mate of mine down south. May as well try and get him some Google link juice from this page

Photography workshops in Hertfordshire

Wednesday 7th September 20111000 guestbook entries
Thanks for all the entries folks. 99% good and a few bad 'uns which keeps us on our toes! We appreciate you taking the time to let us know how we are doing.
Colin and Annie made the 1000th entry and win a £100 Gift Voucher. We couldnt publicise this as obviously everybody would be posting for it...the prize is our way of saying thanks for all the entries.
Nobody knew about this prize....not even Swampy...it was all in my head :)
I'm sure Colin and Annie will be raising a glass to all our correspondents :)
1000th Guestbook entry here and was made on 7th September 2011
Tuesday 6th September 2011Ouch...that smacks a bit
Just spent £10,000 on furniture for some of the rooms. Not before time I hear some of you say... :) Yes, some of the rooms were looking a bit "tired". Only having a one week holiday this year now!
Altogether please: "Aaaawwwww!"
Tuesday 30th August 2011Ride the Lights
Whoops...not been updating this, this year. Will have to rectify that. Thanks to everybody for sponsoring Mandy to Ride the Lights. She raised over £100 for the RNLI.
Here's a piccy of Elaine, Kyle and Her Swampiness on the bikes.
Until 20th October 2011Free family or couples portraits
Free family portraits in BlackpoolFollowing the success of last years promotion we are running it again this year for all couples and families staying 4 midweek nights or more
[More info here].
Saturday 12th Feb 2011Do You REALLY want to book that foreign holiday this year?

Icelandic Volcano Set to Erupt

Hmm....maybe a few days in Blackpool may be safer...and a lot cheaper
Don't say I didn't warn you!

Wednesday 12th Jan 2011Blackpool Photo Studio

As some of our friends will know I'm really enjoying clicking away on my camera and feel that I have learned loads over the last few months. I've been looking for a studio...somewhere I can go to chill out a bit and develop this hobby further. I think I've found one...it's perfect and I'm putting an offer in tomorrow....so fingers crossed!! In the meantime it won't hurt to do a bit of search engine promotion. When Googlebot comes along to this page (he does every other day) he'll notice a nice new link for Blackpool Family Portrait Photographer

There's not a lot on the site yet...and it really doesn't pertain to the hotel ...the link is here JUST to help the site get established a little quicker (no harm in that eh!).

Bummer....offer declined...oh well the search continues

May just have found another.....fingers crossed

Just got hold of a great domain name for this project:
Flash Bang Wallop.com

Blackpool photographer


Saturday 1st Jan 2011Happy New Year!!

Phil BaileyPhew!! What a night!!
Apart from being nearly blinded by my better (?) half...it was another cracker.
Some of the piccies can be seen here


Send me all your piccies folks!!

Mon 12th Dec 2010Webcams are back online

Blackpool webcamsFollowing loads of requests for the webcams I finally managed to get another line installed so that the bandwidth thye use won't affect my other internet requirements. The two IP cameras are online now...and the other 9 cams should be online later this week. Look out for two additional exterior cams looking up and down the Promenade which should prove popular with the myriad of tramspotters we get using them worldwide. They are quite easy to connect to but if you have problems let me know and I'll put together a step by step guide.

Watch them here

PS....Karaoke Cam coming to a computer screen near you real soon - join in the fun even if you're snowed in!!'

New for 2011CELEBRATION EVENTS

celebrate your party with usSelected weekends from January through to July you can book the whole hotel for your CELEBRATION EVENT. We can cater for up to 60 people and provide cabaret and/or karaoke, hot pot suppers, full buffet or extensive sit down evening meals. Please let us know expected numbers attending and how many would expect to stay over and let us give you a quote.
Thursday 9th SeptemberJangles has a sing song...

Now and again Jangles likes to have a sing song
Click here to hear him sing for his supper

Thursday 9th September 2010All TV's upgraded!

OK...I admit it...I skimped when we went digital and it was a pretty poor decision. What I did was to just buy freeview boxes and kept the old portable TV's. So guests have been having to use TWO remote controls and...invariably...I had to go up to the rooms and get them working. Not a good idea!! Problem solved... we just purchased 30 integrated units from Tesco. Now guests get one remote and a simple on off switch so they can watch telly without the need for a scientific degree. Previous guests....sorry about that ...I promise not to be so stingy again

Urm....if anybody wants 30 cheap TV's and Freeview boxes you might want to visit this link

Freeview TV's at this Blackpool hotel


Wednesday 11th August 2010 Yeeow! Ayipioeeay!
We're only sayin'
You're doin' fine, Oklahoma!
Oklahoma O.K.

Soooo much enjoyed this show at the Grand in Blackpool tonight....ENCORE!!! Top notch show in Blackpool (much more like this PLEEEEASE!!)
(if anybody hears where Calamaty Jane is "a playin" please let me know)

Here's a flavour of it.....





Sunday 7th August 2010Red Arrows Come to Town!

The Red Arrows put on a spectacular display today

Pictures here

Every ThursdayLadies - FREE MASSAGE on Thursdays!

Ladies ...we are now offering a FREE aromatherapy massage for any ladies staying two midweek nights or more (Sunday through Thursday). Relax and let Elaine take you to another place in her salon on the top floor of the Canasta. Advance Booking essential.
Terms:-
Guests must be staying at least two midweek nights Sunday through to Thursday until November 1st
Offer is for one person and one massage per booking
This offer is strictly subject to availability - and must be booked a week in advance.
Offer is available for Thursday afternoons ONLY.
More details about our Pampering Packages here

Due to poor response this offer has now expired

Elaine's prices are very reasonable though so please check her details here
Wed 11th AugustOklahoma!

Oklahoma the Musical at the Grand Theatre BlackpoolWhoo hoo...just booked tickets for Oklahoma coming to the Blackpool Grand on 10th August. It's one of my favourite musicals

"West End star Marti Webb heads an all-round spectacular cast and her star quality seems to have rubbed off on the bright young talent around her. Mark Evans ticked all the right boxes as happy go-lucky-cowboy Curley. Vocally he was an absolute delight from the moment he opened the show with Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’. His love interest Laurey – played by Gemma Sutton – had an exquisite voice too. The sets, the costumes, and the fabulously choreographed dance routines – especially Laurey’s breathtaking ensemble dream scene, rival any West End show. Be sure not to miss it!" Daily Echo – Bournemouth

Date for your diaryIlluminations Switch On

This year the "Switch On" is on 3rd September 2010

Blackpool Illuminations switch on this year 3rd September

Check Availability here

Tuesday 13th July 2010 The Sands Venue - Blackpool
Oh....now this looks like something REALLY GOOD!!!
Opening 6th August in the old Palace Nightclub:- The Sands
Big band nights, Soul, Elvis and loads of tribute bands and somewhere to have a nosh as well!! This looks like my kind of entertainment - can't wait for it to open!
Check out their events list here:-
http://www.the-sands-blackpool.co.uk/events
Friday 9th July 2010 FINALLY...getting around to tidying this website up
I was sooo sloppy back in 2000 when this website went live...it's a mammoth task cleaning it up and bringing it up to 2010 so please excuse the broken links whilst I continue tidying it up. The PINK has gone (well very nearly....). It should load a LOT faster now - which hopefully Google will appreciate :)

Urm...there's hundreds of pages...you may find a link that will take you back to the old design...I'll be getting round to it soon. Thanks for your patience.
Tuesday 29th June 2010

Blackpool Cycles For Hire
If you're feeling a little more energetic we'd like to let you know about a new service we can arrange: Blackpool Cycle Rentals. We are an accommodation partner with BCR and can arrange for your bicycles to be dropped off and stored with us. You can then take advantage of the new cycle lanes to Stanley Park and along the promenade to Cleveleys, Fleetwood and beyond. Blackpool is low lying and flat and cycling is the perfect way to see all the resort and surrounding areas. Click here for more information



Friday 25th June 2010

Blackpool FC Fixture List
Blackpool FC FixturesThe fixtures are out - if your team is playing at Blackpool this coming season please check this page for the fixtures and then you can check availability. We'd love it if you cam to stay with us though we'd reserve the right to shout for the Seasiders!!!

Blackpool FC Fixtures here





Thursday 11th February 2010

We Have a Grand-Daughter!!
Baby X Dan and Carla had a baby GIRL!!! (Whooooo Hooooo!!!!!) on Thursday night. 8lb 3oz...so a bit of a whopper... All is well and as you can see she's a beauty. Another one for the Smith Clan Expect a few piccies later next week.

Friday 22nd Jan 2010

Canasta Scrapbook!!
I guess I should be keeping my personal stuff away from this page as most viewers here will want to know what's new at the hotel. OK...so I created a scrapbook where I can post more personal stuff for friends and family to mull over.
Canasta Scrapbook here

One of my first posts to it is about the Smoke Art I recently had a bash at. I got this new all singing all dancing camera and it can take some great shots (in the right hands) and I'm quite pleased at the results I'm getting.
Smoke Art page here

Thursday 14th Jan 2010

Lenny's First Day at School!!
Awww.....HE LOVED IT!!!!

Lenny's first day at Bispham Endowed Some piccies here.....

I have a new hobby...photography. It's a steep learning curve trying to understand what apertures, f-stops and ISO's are but I'm getting there and beginning to get some really nice shots. Guinea Pigs required!! If you are staying with us midweek and want a portrait doing...let me have a go....no charge....if I have the time it will be extra practice for me!!

New Years Eve

Another Great Party
Happy New Year everybody!! Anyone got any piccies? Please email them to me

Mon 29th December 2009

Christmas in the Lakes

Christmas in the Lake District

Went to the Lake District again for Christmas...it was awesome this year as everywhere was covered in a foot of snow!!! (I'm sooo glad I didn't sell my 4x4!!) The family joined us on Xmas Eve and Xmas Day and....we had a GREAT time! (videos coming soon)

Pictures here

The Kids Go Toboganning video here (Broadband and Flash required)

Thurs 26th November 2009

Back from Thailand....awesome time

Koh Samui pictures here

Urm....Mandy did seem to be "conversing with the animals" a bit...so much so that I was calling her "Doolittle" by the second week. And, yes, there are a lot of boats. I was captivated by the colours of them all. Anyway....it was definitely one of the best holidays we've had...


Mandy (aka Dr Doolittle) feeds a few tigers in this video (flash and broadband required)

and here are some of my favourite pictures... (Flash Macromedia required)

and here is a view from our balcony where we had breakfast every morning (flash and broadband required)

Thurs 22nd Oct 2009

Whoo hoo...another season done
Just asked Dan to do the honours and turn the vacancy sign around for the last time this year - signifying no more vacancies for the rest of the year. We're completely full now until 1st November and then we close....off on our holidays on the 5th (countdown here)
So thanks to all our guests, old and new, for getting us through our 8th year and we hope to see you in 2010.
Now taking bookings.

Anybody booking for the weekend ending 10th October 2010 you get 10% discount. It does of course mean that you'll be with us at Ten to Ten on the 10th of the 10th ....twenty Ten Discount code: Cowboy Time

hmm....what about ten passed eight on the 20th October ...OK..we'll give you 20% discount for that one if you can explain the significance


Tues 20th Oct 2009

Long Haul from Gatwick?

Gatwick Airport hotels

Going long haul this Winter from Gatwick airport?
...chill out and relax before your long flight. Cheap Gatwick airport hotels here

Tues 6th Oct 2009

Its nice and quiet midweek...
...and too be honest we like it like that - weekends are hectic enough. Anyway...gives me chance to work on a few more websites. Today Koh Samui hotels was born

Koh Samui hotels and villas

Mon 5th Oct 2009

Another shameless plug...
Just another domain I'm putting to work in my spare time and am listing it here to give it a "Google boost". Anybody need a hotel in Llandudno. Also Cheap London hotels continues to grow.

Fri 3rd September 2009

Illuminations Switch On
Hasn't it come round quick again!! The Lights get switched on tonight.
WHAT A LINE UP OF STARS!!!!
More info here

Fri 28th August August 2009

Paris Hotel Directory
Another hotel site goes live...anybody going to Paris check this one out

Paris Hotel Directory
Paris Hotels

Sunday 23rd August August 2009

Blackpool Marathon 2010
Just took a booking for the Blackpool Marathon 2010 - which seems to be getting bigger and more popular each year. May as well do a page promoting it here....Blackpool Marathon 2010

Thursday 20th August 2009

Portugal Flights
Another domain I never did anything with goes live today. Portugal Flights.com is a one way landing page which pushes viewers through to wegolo....who in turn will search over 75 low cost airlines to get you the cheapest airfares.

Flights to Portugal

Sorry - nothing to do with the Canasta, I know, but according to our log files Googlebot visits this page nearly every day...so it's clearly impressed. I may as well keep it busy and throw him off to my other business ventures

Sat 15th August 2009

Ireland Hotels
Just found an old domain that I've had for a few years and not done anything with...a few clicks here and a few clicks there...and www. Ireland Hotels .co.uk is born.


Ireland Hotels


Tuesday 21st July 2009

London Hotel.com
Not much to report at the Canasta - its been a slow start to the season and after major expense of the new fire alarm system we could have done with Blackpool being a little busier. BUT...advance bookings are really healthy.
Time for a bit of search engine plugging...I've been working on one of my other domains whilst its quiet - it was in dire need of a re-design...but its ready now. Anybody going to London to catch a show or just for a few chill out days...please check out one of my other business domains www. London Hotel .com

London Hotels

There's still a lot to add to it but the backbone is there now and its looking good...even if I do say so myself :)


Hotels in London

Tuesday 5th May 2009

New Pics
360 Virtual Tour of the Canasta Hotel

Started taking some new 360 shots of the hotel. I REALLY need to practice internal shots as the exposure is all out of whack...and they're VERY grainy (Any photographers please give me some advice for a Nikon D80)

Virtual Tour Pics here..

Wed 15th April 2009

Quick Trip to Paris

Quick tripto Paris Swamps bought me a trip to Paris for my 50th Birthday. We've been many times and I loved it (so thanks for that Swamps). Saw all the sights but the best part was just lazing on the banks of the Seine with a bottle of Merlot in the afternoon. Night time was expensive...£26 for two vodka and Cokes!!!

Some of the best pics are here...

...and a 360 panoramic shot on the bank of the River Seine outside Notre Dame can be found here. It's a bit over exposed but you should be able to spot the drunk on the bench with the bottle of wine ...

Related: Visit Blackpool (Blackpool Tourism) have a great new promotional video here

Wed 15th April 2009

Spend Spend Spend!!

Well..Swampy decided we needed new bedding for all the rooms....and her decision just cost me £5000 !!
BUT...it is nice!! We ordered 60 Duvet covers, 120 pillow cases and 120 sheets from King of Cotton. Their sales blurb goes like this: "Simple and stylish, this self stripe design (1cm. wide) will enhance the look of your rooms for years to come. Made from Luxury Egyptian cotton Percale with a superior high thread count of 600 Threads per square inch."
"Whoo Hoo!!" I shouted as I looked at the invoice, "600 threads per inch...I hope our guests appreciate it." And..as I took another glimpse of the invoice total....Ko Samui looked a long way away....I hope the exchange rate with the Baht improves.
They will look nice as we get around to changing all the bedding over the next few days...the down side is...I got to take new pictures of 30 bedrooms now!! So....thanks for that Swamps!!

Saturday 21st March 2009

Just Booked Our Holidays!!

Going back to Thailand in November.
The countdown is here...

Monday 16th Feb 2009

Fanatical About Film?

We're giving away FREE ODEON TICKETS !!!
(restrictions apply)

Free Odeon Vouchers at the Canasta

From April 14th we're giving all guests staying 3 nights or more FREE TICKETS to go and see the latest blockbuster at the Odeon Cinema. We're Fanatical About Film at the Canasta and love a good night at the movies and teamed up with the Odeon Cinema to make this offer for you.....we hope you have a great night out!!

OFFER NOW ENDED


Sunday 15th Feb 2009

TOWERING INFERNO
Yates Blackpool set on fire

Yates Wine Lodge set alight by suspected arsonist
More Details here...


Tuesday 3rd Feb 2009

A Bit of Culture in Prague!
Click here for the pictures
Always wanted to go to Prague so flew over on Thursday for a short stay. Its a wonderful city - the architecture is beautiful. Mandy's not into concerts, castles and culture so I was Wilhelm Nein Maten (that's Czech for Billy No Mates). I went to 3 concerts...Gershwins Rhapsody in Blue, Vivaldi's Four Seasons and a bit of Mozart which were all fantastic and the highlight of my trip. (I included Rhapsody in Blue on the pictures page..you may need to allow the ActiveX control to play it)

The food was fantastic...plenty of pheasant and duck...my faves!! The Czech wine aint half bad either...had a bottle or three from the vineyard attached to Prague Castle - delish!!

Took my new camera and had fun trying to get to grips with all the buttons!!
So....in case you're interested...here are the pictures

...and here are some panoramic shots


Thursday 1st January 2009

Ouch ....my head!

Another great party - thanks EVERYBODY for coming and Swamps and I would like to wish you all a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR. There's a 5 page comic here that just about sums it up ADULTS ONLY!!

REMINDER (copied in the guestbook) - send me your pics and videos asap please!!!

Pics are here...
and the videos will be coming real soon
Here's one of Jimmy (Chubby) and Lynne (Petula Clarke)
and Colin taking us out of 2008 with Broonie bringing us into 2009!

Saturday 27th December 2008

Just Back from a Week in the Lakes
Swamps and I went with Andy, Gail, Bomber and Mr Bojangles and stayed at a cottage in the middle of nowhere (well it was about 8 miles from Keswick). It was BLISS!!! We had a great chilling out time, plenty of urm...Xmas spirit...and even went for a hike on Xmas Day around Tarn Hows (BEAUTIFUL!!)
Thanks Andy and Gail for joining us...we really enjoyed it and would love to do it again next year

A few piccies here....
A very shaky video here....
..and just messing about here...
...the trailer for Swampy's new movie can be seen here


Tuesday 16th December 2008

Decorators in...
The decorators are in doing the dining room....not a lot to do so I thought I'd do some work on Mandy's forthcoming movie. You can see the trailer for it at www.swampduck.com
[turn your volume up real high!!]


Friday 12th December 2008

Pottering about...again
Hotel Reception softwareHotel Reception Desk website was in dire need of a makeover..so thats what I've been doing this week. Looks much better. Its nothing to do with the Canasta...just a little sideline I have...fingers in pies and all that

Hotel Reception Desk software site here

Monday 1st December 2008

Pottering about...
Well..we're having a nice time just chilling out and doing ...not much...apart from decorating the dining room...spring cleaning the rooms.

Also busy redesigning some of my other sites. May as well list them here to help Google find them
Local florist site - fresh flowers delivered next day...thats at www.bunch.co.uk

David, one of my staff at www.bestdesigns.co.uk made a neat little script that produces a page for every county and town in England. [Note to self...need to add Scotland and Wales next]

Fri 15th November 2008Tenerife 2008
Just back from Tenerife. Too be honest...I wasn't much looking forward to this one BUT...we got away from the tourist trap, went on drives everyday and saw some awesome sights around the island. We had a great time!!!

Pics and vids here (for those that like to see what we're up to)

Fri 3rd October 2008It's OFFICIAL!!
Cool Karaoke in Blackpool

It's COOL to stay at the Canasta!!!
Just spent five grand installing air conditioning in the sun lounge....so our Karaoke Nights are guaranteed to be the COOLEST in town!!! (sorry...couldn't resist)

Sat 13th September 2008Well Done Jen!!

Jenny (Gary's girlfriend) did the Walk For Life last weekend. 13 miles of it!!!
Piccy here

Sat 6th September 200837 Years Together!!

Saturday was our anniversary...37 years. Not married (...thats only 29 years) ...since the day I asked her to go out with me. I was 12...I cornered her on Clevedon Road (not far from here)...and said "Will you go out with my brother?". She said, "No....but I'll go out with you!!" ...and that was that. So thanks Swamps for 37 years.....and I'll look forward to getting old and crinkly with you!!! Thanks to everybody who shared our fun over the weekend - and especially BIG THANKS to Andy (the nutter) and Tom Tom G100 !!!

Sunday 31st August 2008Blackpool Fireworks World Championships 2008
Blackpool Fireworks Championships

Top firework companies from around the globe will be invited to stage pyrotechnical displays, bringing an International flavour to Central Promenade during the opening weeks of Blackpool’s World Famous Illuminations season.
To out-shine their opponents, entrants must demonstrate cutting edge pyro-musical design with a display that represents the style or traditions of their country. Each competing company will launch fireworks particular to their homeland and showcase their own pyrotechnical expertise, to win the public vote.
Build up will commence around 7.30pm Fireworks from approximately 8.30pm All displays subject to suitable weather conditions

Piccies here (weather permitting)

Friday 29th August 2008Illuminations Switch On!!


Yes...Clarkson, the Hamster and May are having a race to Blackpool. The first one here switches on the Lights!!!! My money is on the Stig!!

Here are some "Stigisms"

Thursday 28th August 2008Debenhams Has Come To Town!!


It's looking really good....only had time to go around the Menswear section but that was good with PLENTY of choice. I hope they do well because they're sure to bring lots of other investment into the town!! Anyway...after a hard days shopping in Blackpool....you'll always get a nice cuppa at the Canasta!!!

Saturday 16th August 2008Downtown Annie's 50th Birthday Bash
Annies 50th Birthday Bash

A great night was had by all...

Piccies here

Friday 25th July 2008Matt "Superman" Clark
Matt Superman ClarkMatt stayed with us whilst competing at the Stan James World Matchplay. He did well...our brekkies must have helped him along the way. He beat Roland Scholten 10-4 on Monday but was unlucky against James Wade on Thursday for a place in the semi-finals (16-12). Better luck next time Matt!!

Thursday 10th July 2008Alfie was born today!!!
Alfie GreenElaine, the beautician at the Canasta became a Nanna when Alfie was born today. Welcome to the world Alfie Green !!!

Pictures on his own website!!

Wed 25th June 2008Pre-book your Pleasure Beach wristbands and Blackpool Tower Circus tickets
We think the Tower Circus is the best show in town. Avoid disappoinment and Get Your Blackpool Tower Circus Tickets Here and avoid the queues for your Blackpool Pleasure Beach wristbands by clicking here

Wednesday 25th June 2008I'm a Multi-Millionaire !!!!
...and am considerably richer than yow!! I know...I got too much time on my hands

Details here

Friday 20th June 2008Just Back From Lake Garda
Lake Garda holiday June 2008 Well....June was quiet (always is really...and too be honest that's how we like it) so decided to have a quick trip to Lake Garda in Italy. It was our first time there and was SPECTACULAR!!!! The food and the wine were delicious!!!!

Click here for the piccies...

and the snippets from the cutting room floor can be seen here (videos)

Wed 4th June 2008Its going to be a GLORIOUS SUMMER!!
so we bought some flowers and put the window boxes back out again. Also added some new furniture to the front and even bought a nice new water feature..
Piccies here

Friday 23rd May 2008Blackpool Tower Circus
We think the Circus is the best show in town...it's not JUST for kids...its great entertainment for adults too!!
Avoid disappointment and book your tickets in advance.

Click here for booking your Blackpool Tower Circus Tickets

Monday 7th April 2008St Andrews - the home of golf
We played St Andrews!! In March Terry and I joined Andy and Davey in Scotland for a couple of days golf. On the Tuesday we played their course: Leven - great course!! and on the Wednesday we played.... St Andrews. It was the best golfing day of my life. The place was fantastic!!! Terry and I played really well on the front nine but couldn't handle the wind on the way home...and Andy and Davey retained the Anglo Scottish Cup by two points. So well done lads...we'll try a little harder next year!

Pictures here

Video here

Forthcoming EventsKaraoke Competition
Lets have some fun this year....
What about a couple of cheap weekends in May - and lets throw in a Karaoke Competition with £100 cash to the winner!!
Karaoke Competition16th / 17th May
Friday & Saturday nights - £19 pppn (standard rooms - two night minimum) Standard doubles now sold out - family rooms available from £120 for the two nights
Karaoke on both nights 8:30pm to midnight with the most ENTERTAINING singer (as judged by the whole audience) winning £100 cash.

Full Details here

Friday 11th Jan 2008More web-sites
[Just search engine plugs for some of my other sites....]
Ain't the internet great...in 1998 I became a travel agent....in 2000 I became an internet service provider in 2006 I became a florist and a gym equipment e-tailer.

New Years Day 2008Phew - what a party!!
Pictures here....

Saturday 8th DecemberBig One - Pleasure Beach
Found this video of the Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Video here

Thursday 6th DecemberWell ..it's that time of year again...season's ended....back from holidays...enjoyed doing nothing for a week now...and now I'm bored, bored, bored. So may as well put another site live...and plug it here to get extra traffic. If anybody is thinking of getting fit as part of their New Years resolution then look no further than: www.gymgadgets.com

Friday 23rd November
Back from our holidays

Just back from Thailand 2007

We had a GREAT time in Thailand again. This year we went to Phuket for 16 nights. A WILD time was had by all !!

Kim Amess in Uptown Girl [Broadband required]
Kim...£50 and I'll delete it !!!

Here's a snippet of Terry's Phuket Golf Academy

...and another of Terry, Eddie and I smashing three balls down the fairway

All our pics here......
We know some of you like to look at these....


and
Trev & Joy's pics here...

Not forgetting Lady Daniels of Strathdon....

More Cheese, Gromit?

Saturday 6th October
Anna & Paul's Wedding

Anna and Paul weddingAnna sent us some piccies - it looks like they had a fabulous time
Piccies here

Monday 24th September
Not much to report....

Regular readers are reminding me that there's nothing new on "Latest News" ..urm thats because...not much has happened out of the ordinary. Swampy's recovering at home (and out from under my feet). All her jobs are covered (that took about 3 minutes). Weekends mad busy (so nothing new there). Midweeks ....just how I like it...not too busy. Vinny's growing fast (as babies have a tendency to do...). Looks like that's the "summer" over and done with....typical Illuminations weather today. The Fireworks Championships are pretty spectacular this year....on Friday nights at about 8:30pm. I'm definitely on countdown now to our holiday....6 weeks, 2 days to go (note to self...get to Driving Range). This year we're going back to Thailand...coz we love it there!!

Monday 6th August
Blackpool FC Fixtures

Now that we have gone up a division into the Coca Cola Football League it's worth fishing for a few football supporters so I copied the fixture list here in the hope it will get found by a few suupporters on search engines...and maybe they'll choose to come to us. Couples and families only though please!!
Full Fixture List here
PS....Sea... Sea... Seasiders!!!!

Friday 3rd August
We're Grand Parents...AGAIN!!

Vinny was born tonight at 7pm (...ish) weighing in at 7lb 11ounces. Vinny is our third grandson and the first from Jamie (and Faye). So...welcome to the world little one!!
Bigger picture here

Friday 3rd August
Discounted Blackpool Zoo Tickets

Discounted Blackpool Zoo TicketsWe've negotiated a great deal for you at Blackpool Zoo. Well....actually the deal is they give us an attractive £1 off each ticket to entice our guests PLUS they give us £1 per ticket commission but we've decided to pass that saving on to our guests so they get £2 off each ticket!! If the weather is nice it's a great day out and a nice stroll through Stanley Park will bring you back towards town centre. Offer is only open to our guests
Blackpool Zoo website here

Friday 6th July
Anna's Leaving Bash

Anna leaving bashAnna has been with us for nearly 2 years and is going back to Poland to get married to Paul. She's been very popular with guests so we threw her a party...well it was more like a three day binge!!

Piccies can be viewed here

Monday 2nd July
Kwizeen Blackpool

Fancied something different to the normal Italian and Chinese last night and paid a visit to Kwizeen. We've been a couple of times and always had a top notch meal but last night I was especially impressed so we'll be recommending this restaurant to our guests in the future who want something a little bit different to steak and chips. Last night I had Lytham Wood Pigeon, Birchwood Strawberries and Pepper Sauce as a starter - it was REALLY REALLY nice. The Lancashire Tea Smoked Goosnargh Duck Breast in Liquorice Sauce as a main meal was also delicious and something a little different. You can view the full menu here. We think it's a great Bistro offering something a little bit different.
www.kwizeen.co.uk

Tuesday 12th June
Time to get fit!!

Julie Foster  - Fylde personal trainerAfter 6 years of those Mighty Big Breakfasts regular guests and friends will know that they've taken their toll on my tum (Mandy: ...and your bum's a bit big too!)
So...I decided to get myself a personal trainer and start working out a bit. The upshot is I'm losing weight and feel MUCH BETTER!! Julie has helped me so much I'm building her a website - you can view its progress here

I hope I keep the training up ....the exercise really does make me feel better

Shameless plug to help search engines find the site:-
Blackpool and Fylde Personal Fitness Trainer

Saturday 12th May
Gail's 40th Birthday Bash

Ouch.....my head still hurts!!
Gails 40th Birthday Bash Phew...what a weekend. Gail and Andy came down again to celebrate her 40th. Friends, Colin and Anne, Lee n Gill, Ces n Cath, Allan and Pauline, Mr Pastry, Maggie and the boys, Phil and Colleen, Jimmy and Dianne, Eddie & Lisa, Kim & Hils, Paul & Jeanette and many more came also to ensure it went off with a BANG!!!
Thanks everybody for making it a GREAT WEEKEND!!!
Piccies here

Thursday 3rd May
Get Your Blackpool Show Tickets Here

We've joined forces with Ticketmaster and can now offer tickets for all the shows at the Blackpool Opera House. There's some great shows this season including:- Roy Chubby Brown, One Night of Queen, G4, Hits Reloaded, One Night of Elvis, The Meat Loaf Trilogy, Summertime Special, Russell Brand, Blondie, Cannon and Ball's Comedy Bonanza, Chicago, Jimmy Carr and many more....

More info and links here...

Friday 27th April
Who Switches Lights On

I must be psychic - ages ago I made a page "who switched the lights on". Well it's quite aptly named this year as David Tennant aka Dr Who switches the lights on Friday 31st August.

Advance bookings are phenomenal this year (which is strange as the early part of the season is REALLY quiet...) ....so BOOK EARLY for high season!!!

Tuesday 3rd April 2007
Directions for Extra Terrestrials

Directions for aliens Sat twiddling my thumbs...waiting for Easter when it all starts to get busy for the season I thought I'd put together a page for our Extra Terrestrial guests.
If you are from another planet (and occasionally we get guests who we think are!!) then please click here for directions

I know...I'm sad...but I'm running out of ideas for extra pages...

Saturday 31st March 2007
My Birthday

Thanks for all the pressies guys!!!
Loved the wine - thanks Terry and Lesley and Trev and Joy and Eddie and Lisa!!
and look at the one Andy and Gail got me!!!!

Tuesday 28th March 2007
Anglo Scottish Trophy

Gleneagles March 2007

Just back from a great two days with Andy, Terry and Davey in Burntisland. On the Tuesday we played GLENEAGLES Centenary Course.....it was awesome!!!!!!!! Gleneagles March 2007

Well ...we had to test it out prior to the Ryder Cup being played there in 2014. Terry pointed out to the greenkeeper that "the Par 3's would need toughening up a bit but apart from that it was a good test" (urm..without actually hitting a green)

Andy won the new trophy - he played the round of his life - I was so envious!!! So...well done Big Yin!! It was nice to meet Davey and hope he can make it for Gails Bash in May.

Pictures and video here...


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