• Lunugana, Geoffrey Bawa and Channa Daswatte: For the first time my driver is confused.  We’ve navigated Sri Lanka, travelling from Colombo to the North Central district, back down to the South East coast and, despite some precarious climbs and circuitous routes to enable me to see tea plantations and spice gardens along the way, we haven’t… [Continue Reading]

    Tropical Modernism – Geoffrey Bawa in Sri Lanka
  • Glorious Goodwood – A Perfect Country Retreat: Chichester, a fine Cathedral City in West Sussex is around 60 miles from London.  A few miles from the City Centre, set in the rolling hills of the South Downs, is Goodwood House and Hotel.  Most of us know Goodwood for sporting events; horse racing, golf and the… [Continue Reading]

    The Other Kind of Goodwood Revival
  • Blending Traditional Arabic Architecture with Contemporary Styling – Muscat, Oman: Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman has a wonderful ring to its name.  Like something from the Arabian Nights, I’d imagined bustling souks, fantastic palaces, mosques, and historic fortresses.  All of that is real enough in Muscat but one of the most remarkable things about… [Continue Reading]

    Building a Legacy – The Royal Opera House and Grand Mosque Muscat
  • Salt Mines and Tunnels in Wieliczka, Poland: The Salt Mine in Wieliczka, just 10 minutes outside of Krakow, was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1978, but its regional importance has gone back centuries. It was first formally mined in the 13th century, and has been expanded ever since, supplying a range of… [Continue Reading]

    An Underground Kingdom of Salt – UNESCO Heritage at Wieliczka, Poland
  • Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka – Sigiriya: A winding spiral metal staircase built into the sheer rock-face is not, for me, a place to try a race to the bottom.  And, at 11am, the sun was already burning,the temperature, even at altitude, in the high 80s.  Nevertheless, behind me the guide was fretting. Hurry, hurry… [Continue Reading]

    Hornets and Patricidal Kings – Sigiriya


The Ealing Park Tavern

The Ealing Park Tavern, Ealing

ETM goes West - Ealing Park Tavern: Situated on the Brentford border of South Ealing, The Ealing Park Tavern is the latest addition to the ETM group … [Read More...]

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Jumeirah Carlton Tower – Cocktails in the Rib Room Bar

Post Christmas Cocktails, Rib Room Bar, Jumeirah Carlton Tower: That time of year after all the Christmas celebrations are over can be just a bit … [Read More...]

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Chakra – Fine Dining in Notting Hill

Stepping out in Notting Hill: It’s funny how us Londoners tend to stick to our own patch of town which is familiar and we only venture further north … [Read More...]

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Hedone – Fine Dining in Chiswick

Ticking off my Wishlist - a Visit to Hedone, Chiswick: I eat out a lot; restaurants that stay on my wishlist for any time tend to be expensive, out … [Read More...]

Recipes (including 5:2 Diet)

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Cooking with Quorn – Meat Free Tarragon Chicken

One Pot Tarragon 'Meat-Free' Chicken: Quorn is a healthy substitute for meat.  In addition to preprepared replacements for a whole range of dishes … [Read More...]

Creamy Leek Soup

Soup Story – Low Calorie Creamy Leek Soup for #Jumpstart15

Low Calorie Creamy Leek Soup - experimenting with Raw Food: I should be doing the 5:2 Diet. I know I should be - I've put on a bit of weight and I've … [Read More...]

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Overdone it at Christmas and New Year?

Healthy Soups for the New Year: It’s the 1st of January; I had a lovely Christmas with family and friends and brought in the New Year with some style … [Read More...]

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Truffled Cream of Mushroom and Cauliflower Soup

A 5:2 Diet Staple and Cream of Mushroom Soup Recipe: Some time ago I tried making cauliflower cream.  The idea is to create something that has all … [Read More...]

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Stocking a Freezer – and a Fish Recipe – Smoked Cod

Smoked Cod with Dill, Peas and Potatoes: Moving house, with a plethora of things to remember, it was easy enough to overlook the fact that my … [Read More...]

Events in London

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Vault 2015 – Waterloo – Preview

Vault Festival 2015 - Waterloo Tunnels: Today is the first day of Vault Festival - a creative, multi-arts event happening in Waterloo Tunnels.  If … [Read More...]

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Guildhall Art Gallery – Victoriana and More

Relaunch of the Guildhall Art Gallery: For a while I was based in the City of London, working in Love Lane. Literally a minute from the … [Read More...]

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Burns Night Supper with IWSC and Think.Eat.Drink

Toasting The Bard Just A Bit Early - Burns Night Preview: With a great grandfather from Skye and a whole host of relatives on my father's side … [Read More...]

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Lindt Chocolate and Wine Tasting Event at Vinopolis

Chocolate and Wine - a Marriage Made in Heaven? While on paper the combination of chocolate and wine might sound delectable - especially if you are a … [Read More...]

Featured Posts

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Five for Five – Recipes for Oxfam

Raise Money for Oxfam and Save Money Yourself: Groupon are teaming up with food blogger and campaigner Jack Monroe this January to offer a deal of 5 … [Read More...]

My Kitchen

Joseph Joseph from House of Fraser #HouseMove

House of Fraser - Making my House a Home: House moves are supposed to be one of the most stressful life events. And, having recently (finally) … [Read More...]

Cocktail Glasses

31 Dover’s Gin Cocktail Challenge

Sarah’s Winter Warmer Cocktail: I was set a challenge by 31 Dover to come up with a gin based cocktail for these colder nights. 31 Dover are an … [Read More...]

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Appleyard Flowers – My Secret #Valentine

Flowers for Valentines or all year round from Appleyard London I love being given flowers.  It's one of those things that seem just a little … [Read More...]


Gousto Recipe Boxes

Road Testing Gousto: Not all of us are blessed with God-like powers of cooking excellence. We may watch TV-chefs knocking up a meal for 38 out of … [Read More...]


Scatter Cushions from Multiyork

Multiyork #Giveaway – A Cushy Number

Multiyork Cushion Giveaway: I'm rather obsessed with tarting up my house at the moment.  I'm spending a lot of time lurking on furniture sites trying to fit out the rooms here and Multiyork has the kind of excellent quality traditionally built furniture that I love. While I can't offer you a new … [Read More...]

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Lindt Excellence #Giveaway

Win Chocolate - Nuff Said! OK hands up who wants to win some delicious chocolate? Even if we are all meant to be dieting, detoxing, juicing or whatever, this is top quality chocolate that you can take as being good for you as well as delicious.  From helping to reduce blood pressure to increasing … [Read More...]


What’s the Hassle? #Giveaway

Take the Hassle out of Housework: Right at the moment, I have a sprained wrist. It's probably been caused by the house move. But whatever the reason, it's incredibly inconvenient. I can't vacuum. I can't polish. I can't lift boxes. I am even finding it hard to clean the bath. Of course, in many … [Read More...]

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