Ramsgate Tunnels blackout tour – life underground during WWII

I studied history to A-level, which means eight years of lessons in total. Throughout this time, I failed to get excited about a single treaty-signing, nor could I remember any significant dates or locations (apologies to Mr Pugh, who remained cheerful despite my shortcomings). What really interested me were the stories of the people involved in each battle, famine and revolution. History lessons offered a … Continue reading Ramsgate Tunnels blackout tour – life underground during WWII

Crowdfunding authors: Backing books I want to read

If you’re around my age, ‘backing books’ will conjure up images of wrestling your school set texts into jackets of brown paper (or Fablon if you were a bit posh). But, this isn’t a post about the merits of attempting to protect the cover of your already dog-eared Tricolore. Last year, author Caitlin Davies spoke at the Margate Bookie literary festival. She told the story … Continue reading Crowdfunding authors: Backing books I want to read

Sirayane Boutique Hotel and Spa, Marrakech

With fresh rose petals on the sheets, and double beds surrounding the swimming pool, the Sirayane hotel and spa in Marrakech was geared up for couples, but turned out to be perfect for a short break with good friends. This week, me and four pals flew to Morocco for a few days of relaxation to mark a significant (but unmentionable) milestone birthday. Our criteria for … Continue reading Sirayane Boutique Hotel and Spa, Marrakech

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory afternoon tea

Come with me, and you’ll be, in a world of pure imagination If you’ve ever watched Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and wondered what it might be like to dive headfirst into Willy Wonka’s river of chocolate, One Aldwych can provide the answer. The 5-star hotel has offered variations on its scrumdiddlyumptious themed afternoon tea (a chocolate spread, you could say) for a good three … Continue reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory afternoon tea

Perfect present: The jar of things we love about you

I took a bit of time off today to spend with my lovely Dad, on his 70th birthday, and thought I would share one of the gifts I gave him, in case you’re looking for inspiration. Buying presents for big birthdays can be tricky. You spend hours trawling the (actual or online) High Street, part with your hard-earned cash and still end up with a … Continue reading Perfect present: The jar of things we love about you

The Body Source mosquito repellent bracelet

The best thing about going on holiday is getting eaten alive by bugs. Said no-one. Ever. With the school holidays upon us, you might be heading off in the direction of even more glorious sunshine. If like me, your skin holds a certain appeal for creepy crawlies (the bugs – no reflection on the clientele at your holiday resort) then the mosquito repellent bracelet from … Continue reading The Body Source mosquito repellent bracelet

Winner winner, chicken dinner

Food prep – the art of whipping up a few dinners, portioning it into plastic pots, photographing it for Instagram (a crucial step which must not be missed) and freezing for later – isn’t just for dieters and muscle-builders. If I didn’t spend a couple of hours at the weekend cooking and freezing food, there is every likelihood my weeknight meals would be almost wholly … Continue reading Winner winner, chicken dinner

A week in Crete: Pushing the reset button

I work a lot of hours. A LOT of hours. But before you produce a tiny violin, this is mostly my own fault. Like many self-employed people there’s a part of my brain which constantly asks me what more I could be doing on my jobs, what more I could be learning to develop myself. I also have ‘perfectionist tendencies’; a man who knows more … Continue reading A week in Crete: Pushing the reset button