That takes the biscuit….

I work for a German company and spend a lot of time conversing with German colleagues whose English is one thousand times better than my German! In fact they are so fluent I sometimes forget it is not their native tongue…until I use some idiom that gets me puzzled looks. I used the phrase ‘that […]

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 […]

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 […]

Will you join me for lunch?

In the uk, the concept of having lunch in terms of a sit down meal is a dying tradition in the workplace.Yes, people will go and meet friends at lunchtime for food and drink but this is not what I mean. The concepts of colleagues stopping work and having food together with each other is […]

All you need is love

As a child growing up in the 60’s and 70’s we really didn’t know much about recycling or indeed any kind of care for the planet. Thanks to the Fab Four, we were told all you need is love, but they forgot to mention that we needed to love the planet as well as each […]