A few of my favourite things…?

A subjective question and of course answered in song by Maria in the classic movie, The Sound of Music. There was no Google back then to answer this question (assuming she had been asked such a question, or had just decided to tell people her favourite things anyway!) If there had been such electronic guidance, […]

I Wish I Loved Gingerbread…

The list of foods I wish I loved or even just liked, but don’t, is relatively small. People rave about Macaroni Cheese, but I don’t feel a gap in my life for not liking it. Likewise asparagus is not on my list either or indeed any kind of shell fish. I work on my principle […]

It’s our other national food…

Growing up as a teenager in Scotland and influenced by both TV, cinema and bill board advertising I strongly remember adverts for Irn Bru stating ‘it’s your other national drink’…that first drink in question being Scotch Whisky. The two drinks actually have a similar (ish) colour but not much else in common other than being […]

Romantic Paris?

There used to be a TV advert on CNN International many years ago advertising Long Distance phone calling . It showed a picture of a young American businessman with a beautiful nightime Parisian scene in the background calling his wife with the caption…here I am in the world’s most romantic city ………… and I am […]

Please come and visit us!

Visitors to the UK from North America are often bemused by the complexity of choice in our ‘next generation’ coffee shops. A university degree in coffee is really most helpful when bombarded with questions and choices. Flat white?, Americano?, Latte?, Machiatto?, Espresso?, Latte?, to name just a few; then choose your milk – full, semi […]

I’ll send you a postcard…

At one time sending a postcard was an integral part of the holiday routine. Smart phones and instant messaging have played a big part in the demise of this activity. Nowadays entire holidays are captured on Instagram and Facebook with intermittent updates also available by text, e-mail or Instant messaging . It was therefore quite […]

Paper boy

As a teenager I had a few Saturday jobs, but my most favourite was in a pet shop. Happy days except when selling goldfish as the customer would always want the fish that swam like a torpedo and was impossible to catch in the tank. I never was a paperboy back then..quite dissapointed that those […]