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Anne Diamond | 13:31 UK time, Friday, 16 July 2010

Splashing in a puddle - doesn't it make you smile?It's Friday - and everyone has been coming up with great ideas - those little, lovely things in life that make you smile! Like the smell of bacon in the morning. Or the sound of a letter landing on the doormat. Or when someone holds a door open for you. Or kicking leaves in the autumn, splashing through puddles in your wellies even when you're old and grey, or using rock-paper-scissors to settle a dispute. Or what about this one, from texter Anne-Marie: "Getting into a bed that's got freshly laundered sheets!" What about being the first to make footprints in the snow? Or having a snowflake land on your nose?

Red Arrows at the Royal International Air Tattoo at Fairford in 2008

I love going to airshows in the summer. I have visited airshows (particularly Farnborough) many times especially during my childhood, with my Dad, and I have always loved them. My favourites - the Red Arrows (pictured above at the Royal International Air Tattoo in 2008) and Harrier jump jets.

I remember they used to make my ribcage vibrate with the strength of their engines! Many happy memories of me and my Dad. No-one else in the family came with us so it was very special bonding time. I also remember my Dad was invited into a VIP tent, and we had special lunch tickets. They served poached salmon - which was the first time I'd ever eaten it. But I knew I liked salmon - the kind you get in a tin and then in a sandwich. So I proudly told the assembled guests that I preferred tinned!

If you fancy going to the Tattoo (which is at Fairford in Gloucestershire) this weekend - take a few tips from Amy Crosdale, who's been a volunteer there for nine years. She said: buy your tickets online now, they won't be on sale on the gate. Take everything with you from water and sun lotion to rain-proof wear and be there early as there's so much to do apart from looking at aeroplanes. Like a Battle of Britain village, and live pop bands. Oooh - and remember earplugs and binoculars. Very important...

If you'd like any more ideas on stuff to do this weekend in and around Berkshire, have a listen to my Weekend Warmup.


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