We had quite an eventful weekend for a change thanks to "friends of the family" who were in London for the day. We did what every person does when family or friends visit London…. became a TOURIST and I will tell you we had the time of our lives. We hopped onto The Bus Company tourist bus that does various routes around London, and braved the bitterly cold weather at the back of the bus. Not often one catches some rare naval tradition, but while we were looking for a pub near the Tower of London, we caught sight of a group of naval cadets marching from the frigate HMS Westminster. They were bringing a barrel of rum to the Tower of London. Read all about it below.

Navy revives rum tradition Sailors from a Royal Navy frigate visiting her home city will today revive a centuries old tradition by delivering a barrel of rum to the Tower of London. The rum is a present from captain and crew of HMS Westminster to the Constable of the Tower in exchange for the protection of the Tower of London’s guns. The Type 23 frigate is berthed alongside HMS Belfast, and during her stay in the capital will host visits from groups including Brent-based Sea Horses Sailing Club, Thames Clippers, and sea cadets from Gravesend, Sheppey and Medway. Westminster has recently has undergone an intensive period of essential maintenance and training in preparation for a six month deployment early next year. Race of Champions On Sunday we went to Wembley to watch the Race of Champions. Since England did so badly in the football, they decided to turn the "hallowed turf" into a mini race track. It was pretty damn awesome!. They had eight teams from different parts of the world competing against each, and there were many famous drivers from the Formula 1 and Rally Champions most notably seven times world champion Michael Schumacher. He reached the final by beating poor old Jenson Button (who should give up racing anything on 4 wheels, because he is what Tim Henman is for tennis – USELESS). Schummie beat the lap record a couple times, but Mattias Ekstrom was too good for him on the night. He won ROC for the 2nd year in a row. Note: I will add the rest of the photos to our gallery in the coming days.