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Her Life, Our Times: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration,

by Alan Titchmarsh, is published in hardback by BBC Books, priced £18.99. Available now.

National treasure, TV presenter and author Alan Titchmarsh OBE celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

Using his own personal experiences of meeting the Queen and the royal family, Titchmarsh observes the Queen as woman, mother and monarch while exploring key moments in her reign.

He looks at the good times such as her coronation, world tours, her children and grandchildren's weddings and her Silver and Golden Jubilees, as well as the bad, including her "annus horribilis" of 1992, which saw the end of the marriages of her three eldest children and the Windsor Castle fire, and the death of her daughter-in-law Diana, in 1997.

The ever-changing relationship between the country and its royal family is also analysed and Titchmarsh asks why, in this Diamond Jubilee year, it is stronger than ever.

This book has been meticulously researched, beautifully produced and is packed with photos and wonderful memorabilia. It is the perfect companion to the Queen's Jubilee year.

Love's Labour's Lost

Theatre preview

Brownsea Island, Wed 25th July - Fri 10th Aug 2012

One of the biggest theatrical projects in the south, the annual production is set on The National Trust's Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour, Dorset. These beautiful surroundings make for a wonderful show, and a fantastic evening of traditional Shakespeare.

But there is more to the Brownsea Open Air Theatre (BOAT) experience than just the performance. The short ferry journey from Poole Harbour really sets up the evening, and sailing back to shore at night under the stars is memorable. Patrons often go to the island using their ticket from 5:00pm and explore the island or picnic. The ticket price includes the island landing fee, so you don't need to pay anything else to enjoy the island.

A project that takes many months to prepare each year, it is an experience that cast, crew and audience remember for a long time and relish to come back each year.

Performances of Love's Labour's Lost run from Wednesday July 25th - Friday August 10th 2012 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. We'll be updating you regularly with progress on this season's production, and our plans for BOAT's big 50th year celebrations for 2013. In the meantime, take a look at our Director's Reflections.

Tops down on the Quay every Friday night

The pride of windswept motorists from across the region will be on display as the South Coast’s premier car event returns to Poole Quay with a spectacular show of Convertibles on Friday 4 May for the first Rockley Park Quay for my Car.

Sponsored by Rockley Park Holiday Park for a fourth year, the popular event sees Poole Quay playing host to 18 unique, themed car events every Friday evening, May – August from 6pm – 9pm, putting a great selection of popular car marques in the spotlight.

Since it started in 2002, the event has grown into a fabulous free family event offering the chance to see an eclectic mix of different vehicles over the summer months. The event offers free entry onto the quayside for specific car owners to park up and show off their vehicles in a first class location, with a stunning backdrop of the Quay and Poole Harbour.

Rockley Park Quay for my Car creates a bustling, lively atmosphere enjoyed by owners as they mingle with fellow enthusiasts and spectators who want to catch a glimpse of the line up. All who attend will be spoilt for choice with the Quay’s great selection of continental café bars, traditional pubs and fine dining restaurants.

The special nights dedicated to a different marque of car each Friday night range from the popular Open Top Sports Cars to Beetles and Combis, Porsches, Lotus 7s, Audi TTs and Best of British (pre August 1983). New this year, joining the line up will be TVR’s.

Find out more at: for updates on “Quay for my Car” and all other events taking place as part of “Summertime in the South” with Wave 105FM. Life Begins 29

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