I've just had an e mail from my cousin Stephen in Canada. Actually to be precise - he's not my cousin, he's my Mum's cousin, which technically makes him my second cousin (or is it 1st cousin, once removed?) Anyway, our big family (or La Famiglia as we like to be known) has a strong italian heritage of which we are very proud. We're related to the Massarella's of Ice Cream and Show jumping fame (only by marriage - but it still counts - for a lot!) and our roots are based in the Island of Ischia in the bay of Naples (next door to Capri).
Anyway - Stephen is coming to the UK to run in the London Marathon on the 22nd April. personally I think he must be barking - but each to their own. He's invited me to the finishing line at Buckingham Palace to watch him complete the race - and no doubt get wrapped in a big piece of baco-foil (what's that about?) before being carted off on a stretcher for oxygen. He has specifically requested that none of us shout encouraging words from the sidelines such as "come on.... you know you can do it..... only a couple more miles" because apparently this makes him angry!!! Especially when it is shouted out by people who have never even run for a bus!!!
My Mum, and her sister, and their cousin, and my great Aunt (told you it was a big family!) will be there, and then after the race we'll be going out for something to eat and no doubt a few drinks!!!
Can't wait!!! I wonder if the Queen will be watching from her bedroom window?