L-R: Rachel Mackley, Leon Smith GB Davis Cup Capt. & AM SUS-140529-095427001

L-R: Rachel Mackley, Leon Smith GB Davis Cup Capt. & AM SUS-140529-095427001

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My bid to become the next Martina Navratilova continues in earnest and this week I headed up to the home of British tennis, the LTA headquarters in Roehampton to be put through my paces with the great and good in the sport. Our planned lesson with Greg Rusedski didn’t come off as he was commentating at the French Open but we were lucky enough to be coached by Davis Cup captain Leon Smith and up and coming British tennis player Kyle Edmund. Continuing my “feisty and aggressive” style of playing, I was put up against BBC South East weather expert Rachel Mackley who I will be on court with for a game of mixed doubles on Tuesday June 17 at the Aegon International championships at Devonshire Park. You can come along and cheer us on – but for heaven’s sake don’t put any money on me winning.

It’s good to finally see everything is blooming at the iconic Carpet Gardens on the seafront. Just as I was about to say they were looking very shoddy and sorry for themselves and that I’d seen more flowers on an oil painting, the council’s contractors began planting the day before the May Bank Holiday Weekend. But wouldn’t it be nice to see them blooming from Easter to May? Just saying.

It’s carnival time and tomorrow the seafront procession kicks off at 4pm from the Western Lawns along to Princes Park. I have the pleasure of looking after carnival royalty Charlotte White and April Horscraft until they take pride of place on their float. After that I shall enjoy a Pimms or two on a seafront hotel balcony – the perfect viewing point for what promises to be the best ever carnival.