THE next flights to Liverpool, UK, are only on Saturday, but there are always charters and private planes…

While worried South Africans go to the streets today in protest against evil and the mood is gloomy, England will be focused on happiness and horseracing – words with more or less the same meaning.

It’s Ladies Day at the Aintree Festival, regarded as the absolute highlight of the Grand National Weekend, and 55,000 people are expected, most of them female and dressed in cute, colourful frocks. Can’t we just import, like, 10,000 of them for Champions Day?

Hair salons, boutiques and spray tan parlours have been overbooked for weeks as Liverpool’s finest prepare for a somewhat wild day out – a day before the running of the Randox Health Grand National.

It’s a brilliant day for people-spotting, – whether that’s admiring how glamorous the racegoers look in outfits they’ve been planning for months or checking out what the celebrities are wearing.

A bright afternoon is expected (that’s what they call 10 degrees in Liverpool) with sunny intervals breaking through the cloud particularly during the afternoon. It should remain dry, except for the areas at the where booze will be consumed.

Prices range from around the equivalent of R16 for a splash of cordial, to R70 for a vodka and R1,300 for a bottle of champagne, with glasses of wine costing R75.

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