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 […]

Share if you dare

I travel fairly regularly by long distance train in the UK. Previously I have always booked the ‘quiet coach’ where theoretically people are not supposed to have mobile phone conversations or talk loudly to each other. Unfortunately the compliance levels are not so good and there are two camps. The first is very, very loud […]

Nothing on telly…

‘There’s nothing on telly’ was often the lament when I was a 1970’s teenager. TV back then in the UK was fairly limited…it had taken until 1967 for the UK to get to have have a 3rd TV channel (BBC2). And not being a nation that rushes things, we had to wait 26 more years […]

Sox appeal

I perhaps need to start with an apology for English speakers in the UK, Ireland and probably most other places…but not in the America’s…as we in Europe don’t use the word sox asĀ  plural of sock..and we only say socks, so this may grate a little on you…..sorry! Anyway there is a whole list of […]

Healthy looks and the hunt for the perfect partner

For my generation, as spotty, gawky, awkward adolescents eager to charm the unnatainable crush at school (Anne-Marie, for the record its taken 40+ years for me to get over you….) our parents, aunties, big sisters etc. always came out with helpful suggestions to try to counter our insecurities. We would be told ” beauty is […]

Oops, that was a short blog

For reasons really not known to me, the opening paragraph of a blog being edited ‘Time for an embrace’ somehow ended up being published. A one sentence blog was not my intention… If it landed in your inbox and caused surprise or puzzlement…yes same for me. The longer and intended version will arrive later today […]