#SupportSyrians

The news is dominated today by news of a conference in London where 70 nations are coming together to discuss #SupportSyrians.   What needs to happen to not only stop the civil war in Syria but how we can all help the Syrians displaced and the host communities now breaking under the burden of looking after

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Dinner — A review

Most nights one of our Sage Appliances helps me put vaguely edible food on the table.  I like to think that Heston (who helps design the range) is in my kitchen, helping make cooking a bit more of an experience than it really is. Though he does always seem to leave me with the washing

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Why the road to Al Azraq made me sing Hotel California

On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair Warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air Up ahead in the distance, I saw a shimmering light Swap the colitas for oranges and the shimmering light for a young chap with a tea tray and this could have been California.    Except it

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#HDYGG — Jane Austen’s House

Last weekend it was about trying to get over being away for five days: the culture shock of processing the stories we heard; the lack of sleep; the two 6 hour flights in five days; the lack of fresh air as we were mostly inside etc etc.  The weather was not really on our side

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Ahmed and Mohammed

It was his eyes that got me.  And his eyelashes.  One of the most gorgeous little boys I have ever met.   With a smile that lit up the room.  And a cheekiness about him that I knew we wouldn’t see today but I wanted to know more about.   Ahmed, on the right in

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Chicken Kabseh Recipe

.   One of the great things about travel is discovering different foods.  I love mooching round supermarkets in whichever foreign city I am in to see what local delights they have, and what imports we might recognise. On my recent trip to Amman we had Kabseh for lunch one day and I fell in

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A day at Azraq camp

I wasn’t sure what to expect during our day at the Azraq refugee camp, 80Km from the Syria border.   I have so much I want to say, so much to process and share.  I wanted to get this out though as we have just half an hour before dinner. The white shelters are iconic

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Daed and Manar’s story

.   Desperate.  That is how I would describe Da’ed and Manar’s lives now.   The two sisters living in a basement flat with not only bars at the window but also boards up so they can’t see out.   Presumably also so people cannot see in.   Maybe it is the lack of natural

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