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Little Dome: April 2001 in Cafe Diana!

For many years, as part of his morning commute, Gareth Gwynn would pass Cafe Diana - an establishment dedicated to the memory of Diana, Princess of Wales. From the top of the 94 bus he dreamed that one day, in the future, he would visit. On that day, he would see for himself what Cafe Diana was all about. He would finally find out how it memorialized her and discover for himself what was on the menu. Well, he's pleased to say that day finally came... Sometime in 2012? Maybe 2013? Something like that. Certainly ages ago, well before he'd ever met Esyllt Sears and definitely before he owned his own portable sound recorder.

Nevertheless, he was happy to go back in 2024 so Esyllt could see it.

Gareth Gwynn and Esyllt Sears discuss April 2001 surrounded by photos of Princess Diana - who was still in the news in 2001 despite having died nearly 4 years earlier. They also cover Bridget Jones' Diary (the film) (the first one) and chocolate bar adverts which aren't for Flake.

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