Travel Safe – Keep hold of your belongings

Portugal shepherd

How to Travel Safely: I hope everyone who travels does have at least basic travel insurance cover.  For me it is a travel essential, as much as anything because I don’t want to have to work out whether the country I am visiting has reciprocal health cover or not.  But, I must admit I take […]

Cinnamon Island Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka River Boat Safari - cinnamon production 2

Of Crocodiles and more on Cinnamon Island: Scarcely a metre long, the silvery green baby crocodile looks for all the world as if it could be a child’s toy made of rubber. Fierce beady eyes and a mouth full of razor sharp white teeth are just a warning for the future. For now, a miniature […]

World’s End Market – King’s Road

Worlds End Market Restaurant

The World’s End Market Restaurant and a Walk Down Memory Lane: I was not the sort of teenager who would sneak out of my dorm to go and see the Sex Pistols at the Haymarket in Leicester.  Far too shy, I idolised those girls in my year who did just that and never seemed to […]

#Giveaway and Discount – Country Living Spring Fair


Country Living Spring Fair Giveaway and Discount: Here’s an event to help you get a bit of spring fever.  The Country Living Spring Fair  takes place from 18-22nd  March in the Business Design Centre, London.  What a great way to start the new season, you’ll find lots of ideas for your home and garden and a […]

Celebrating Chinese New Year with Hong Kong Tourism Board – Claypot Rice

school of wok dumpling making

Claypot Rice at the School of Wok: In the last few years I’ve been to quite a few cookery classes at the School of Wok.  A favourite  of mine, I particularly enjoy the classes there – many of the techniques are ones I still use, many of the recipes are accessible.  Each time I visit […]

Ceru – a Taste of the Levant in Fitzrovia


Bringing Sunshine to a Chilly February Evening – Ceru, Fitzrovia: According to Wikipedia the Levant  is an approximate historical geographical term referring to a large area in Southwest Asia bounded by the Taurus Mountains of Anatolia in the North, the Mediterranean Sea in the west, and the north Arabian Desert and Mesopotamia in the east. […]

Making the Most of Twitter for Travelling and More

Twitter (1)

Making the Most of Twitter: Do you know your way around twitter?  Despite the fact that I tweet a lot, if I’m honest I am no expert in how to make the most of my twitter experience.  I first started to use twitter when I was home-alone and watching TV, just as a way to […]

Live at One – One Aldwych Screenings

Axis - Dingley Dell Pork

The Crucible at One Aldwych – A Screening from the Old Vic: I had an inkling that the screening of The Crucible at One Aldwych might be something special.  For a start, although it was the only Live at One productions that was not a ‘live screening’,  I know it had been a sell-out production […]

#Giveaway – Lake District Short Break at the Blue Duck

Blue duck exterior

Win a Short Break at The Blue Duck with Lake-Lovers It’s not often that I suffer from ‘prize-envy’ – giving away something I’d really like for myself.  But, in the case of this short break at The Blue Duck, I have to admit to coveting the prize I’m giving away.  Why?  because I love the […]

The Year of the Sheep – Chinese Cricket Club Dinner

Chinese Cricket Club - dumplings

Chinese Cricket Club New Year Dinner: About this time last year I visited the Chinese Cricket Club for a celebratory New Year lunch.  We had a great meal although dining with just one other person it was a quiet affair.  This year I was invited back in the evening for a press dinner in anticipation […]

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