Yearly Archives: 2015


The World Cup comes round again…

It’s been great to see women’s football being televised over the last couple of weeks. The Fifa Women’s World Cup 2015 is with us, and so far, so fantastic. My opening watch was Germany vs Ivory Coast (1st ever World Cup and ranked 67th). There was no shortage of goals with Germany (ranked no.1) getting 10 to Ivory Coast’s nil point. The score line doesn’t tell the full story though. […]


A bloody good read…

After all the very negative, and frankly hostile coverage of “the immigration issue” in the run up to the UK general election, it was very refreshing to finally hear about, and read the stories on the subject that don’t get covered in the mainstream media. If her recent talk is anything to go by, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown’s latest book Exotic England is well worth a read. As are books on a […]


Maggi Hambling

The statue of Oscar Wilde near Charing Cross station featured early in getting to know my other half. Prior to that I don’t think I’d really heard much about Maggi Hambling. So thought we’d go and check out a bit more of her work at her War Requiem & Aftermath exhibition. Very moving it was too, particularly the room with anonymous portraits set against emotive strains of Benjamin Britten’s War […]


Sustainable Garden

Brighton Festival

Had a lovely weekend in / around Brighton during which we checked out a couple of great acts at the festival, went for a lovely walk at Castle Hill Reserve on the South Downs and visited a great artist open house whilst indulging myself with the best flapjack I’ve ever tasted accompanied by a lovely cuppa, courtesy of Connie’s Kitzchen. The orchids and other wildflowers were out at the reserve, […]


The journey continues – Hong Kong 1

After a fab couple of weeks partying in Australia, it was time for a bit of a rest in Hong Kong. We arrived a bit too early to check into our hotel on Queen Street West. Handily located right next to HKU MTR station on the Island Line of the most excellent metro system. Dumped our bags and went for a wander to check out the local food outlets. The […]

Waterfront promenade

Houseboat

I’ve come from a land down under… 3

…Recently back from a flying visit to Australia to help long time friend and emigré to celebrate a big (let’s face it it was an epic) birthday. Had a fabulous time and it was great catching up with friends old and new, from this side of the pond and the other. Started of with a night in Brisbane, followed by a morning of retail outlet shopping near the airport. Then […]


Cyclemania – And it Ain’t No April Fool, Fool

After some high drama that involved being evacuated from Holborn because of  a fire, I headed down to Farringdon to watch some films about cycling with my cycling buddies, to get us in the mood for the spring/summer sportif season. I never thought it would come to this, and was inclined to agree with a colleague who said it was a sad and boring thing to do… However, neither of […]


Spanish Apples Anyone? 1

So, came across this story on the BBC today, rather late to the game as usual. However, better late than never. The clips had me in stitches. The original interview story  of Las Paelleras is funny enough and yet… more creative mischief making individuals with a talent for spoofing came up with this hilarious take on the original. Enjoy…     Thanks! I’m still chuckling. And it’s set me up […]


Happy International Women’s Day 2015

Happy International Women’s day! Sadly it’s still necessary for Women around the world to campaign and fight to end violence against them. To this end Million Women Rise still needs to happen. The march in central London yesterday went off without incident. This despite the lack of any policing of the route, and the presence of additional thousands marching against climate change at the same time. It was great to […]

Million Women Rise demo 2015

Ruby Waz

Ruby Ruby Ruby is Her Name

Spent a very sane and sensible evening watching the very funny and entertaining Ruby Wax performing her one woman show Sane New World. Based on her book of the same name, the show suggests some explanations and practical solutions for surviving and thriving in this bonkers world of “must do more, more, more…”. As well as an open discussion of her own mental health challenges and the journey she’s taken […]