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Dearest Princess Amelia it has been far too long since I posted on your blog. So as I am currently in America, in New York City (and 5 hours behind you) I thought I would give you some songs about this great city. I believe it might be a city that has more songs about it than most other cities too. I hope that you like the songs and I reckon that one day when you are older you will visit here and I think you will love it! It is definitely one of my favourite cities now. But before the songs how about a few facts about New York City which many locals call the big Apple or Gotham?

  • The Statue of Liberty, a gift from the people of France, arrived to the U.S. in 214 crates. It was assembled and then unveiled in New York Harbour in 1886.
  • The name New York originated in 1664 when King Charles II of England, granted the region to his brother who was the Duke of York and Albany.
  • The Brooklyn Bridge in New York City is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States. It opened in 1883 it cost $15.5 million to build, it measures 5,989 feet long (1825m) and at the time was longest suspension bridge in the world.
  • Native Americans came to the area now called New York about 5,000 years ago. Thousands of years later, their descendants included Native American tribes such as the Mohawk, Cayuga, Oneida, and Seneca.
  • Grand Central Terminal was opened in 1871 and became the busiest train station in the country. It is allegedly the biggest rail terminus in the world, but please don’t call it a station, New Yorkers don’t like that!


Dearest Princess Amelia, I am sorry for not posting on your blog for quite a while. But I thought that I would give you a special space blog this time. Do you remember that we spoke about the different planets when we met at the charity dog walk, that day that you helped Ziggy through here first ever agility course? I thought about that chat and chose to post about our solar system.

Our solar system has eight planets (there used to be nine, but it was decided that Pluto was too small); Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.

Mercury is the smallest planet in our solar system and it is also the hottest as it is closest to the sun. It has no natural satellites.

Venus is the second planet from the sun and it is slightly smaller and much drier than Earth. It has no natural satellites

Earth is the third planet from the sun and we live here. As far as we know it is the only planet in the solar system with life. We have one natural satellite which we call the moon.

Mars is the fourth planet from the sun and is often called the red planet. It is smaller than Earth and Venus. There is a volcano on Mars called Olympus Mons which is more than twice as tall as Earth’s Mount Everest. Mars has two natural satellites called Deimos and Phobos.

Jupiter is the fifth planet from the sun and the largest. It has at least 69 natural satellites the largest of which are Ganymede, Callisto, Io, and Europa. Ganymede is bigger than the planet Venus.

Saturn is the sixth planet from the sun and has some very distinctive rings which circle it. The rings are made of small ice and rock particles. Saturn has at least 62 natural satellites, these include Titan, the second largest moon in the solar system.

Uranus is the seventh planet from the sun and is the lightest of all eight. It has at least 27 natural satellites the largest of which are Titania, Oberon, Umbriel, Ariel, and Miranda. Uranus unlike any of the other seven planets orbits the sun on its side.

Neptune is the eighth planet from the sun and is slightly smaller than Uranus. It has at least 14 natural satellites, the largets of which is Triton. There are geysers of liquid nitrogen on Triton.

Now let’s listen to a few songs that mention many of the planets and the sun! You can even dance to some of them :-). Oh and please say sorry to Mummy and Daddy for the Venga Boys song!



Dearest Princess Amelia, I know that you have been learning about the Great Fire of London and that you have been to a firework display and as Saturday is Bonfire Night. I also want to say very well done for winning the pumpkin competion with your 1666 pumpkin!

I thought I would share some fire related songs with you. Here is a fire top ten, I hope that you enjoy them.



Dearest Princess Amelia it’s been a long while since I last posted anything for you. I hope that you and the Royal Family of Godderwil can forgive me.



I went with your Daddy to see Paul Weller playing a gig in York last night and he told me that you thought it was funny that Mr Weller had been in a band called the Jam and you said that you asked why it wasn’t called marmalade. So I thought I would give you a few bands named after things that you might make a sandwich with. So I hope that you enjoy Bread, the Jam and Marmalade!




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Dearest Princess Amelia it’s that time of year again where most people think more about love than they might do during the rest of the year. Yes it’s St Valentine’s Day, February 14th. I promised last year in your blog that I would celebrate Valentine’s Day here by posting about a different love song every year.


For this year I have chosen a song written for the Disney film ‘The Lion King‘. It was performed by Elton John. He also wrote the music and the words were from Tim Rice. It reached number 14 in the UK charts and number 4 in the USA. The song is called “Can You Feel The Love Tonight?’ I hope that you always feel the love in Godderwil and I do believe that you always will. Have a happy Valentine’s Day Princess Amelia.The-Lion-King-1-the-lion-king-20129074-1150-666

And finally if you ask Mummy and Daddy to print the next picture for you then you’ll be able to colour it in 🙂


Dearest Princess Amelia it was a delight and a pleasure to see you once again last week. Aunty Catwoman and me are very much looking forward to your visit this weekend as well. It’s not often that the residents of Calla Bryn Sturgis are treated to an official visit from the Godderwil Royal Family. Lord Benny the Ball and Lady Betty Slocombe are particularly excited about seeing you and have promised to be on their best behaviour.

let me apologise as this post is perhaps more message than music. Your Mummy told me last week that you said to her that you wanted a rocket so you could fly up into the sky and touch a rainbow. Well I think that is a wonderful idea. In fact if you close your eyes and think about doing it then you will be able to. It’s all about using one of the most amazing gifts that you have; imagination. We all have it but those of us who are a lot older than you often forget how to use it. Your imagination is completely free and powerful at the moment and you should do everything you can to keep it that way.

During your life some people will laugh at you for having an imagination. Don’t let that worry you and definitely don’t let it change you. Using your imagination makes you a much happier person than those unimaginative folk anyway. Some of the best people I know have very powerful imaginations especially those few people who I count as my own heroes. people will say that you can’t touch a rainbow, that’s it’s just a clever trick of the light. But don’t ever let that stop you from reaching for it.

My own imagination used to be just like yours but getting old has dimmed it a bit, although it is still there. When I was a little boy I wanted to be a Spaceman and I often imagined myself flying in a big rocket to the Moon or Mars. That dream has never died and I would like to ask you Princess Amelia that if you ever manage to fly your rocket to find a rainbow can I sit in the passenger seat? And whatever you go on to do in life never forget that you always have your imagination!

And finally I hope you enjoy dancing to the three songsI have chosen. Two about imagination, two about rockets and two about rainbows

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