And still they bang on about lessons to be learned

  I wrote about this phrase four years ago:  Lessons to be learned in the wake of the Baby P case.  “Lessons will be learned“. And yet here we are, with a different situation four years later but still hearing the same phrase being trotted out.    I am sick of it. How many more

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World Gin Day 2017

  Is here!  World Gin Day is here.    And if you will excuse me whilst I say “thank feck for that”. What a week. What a sodding week.    And it is not getting any better is it?  I have a bit of a “no politics” rule at home because we are all often

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An open letter to the BBC

Dear BBC Like many people on Saturday night I was just thinking about taking the dog for a walk before going to bed when a news alert popped up on my phone that there was an “incident” developing at London Bridge.   We all know that “incident” is not a word used lightly these days

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Gin of the month — June — Manchester Three Rivers gin

  I was actually planning on talking about gin made in Manchester last week, after we spent the weekend there for BlogOn and Mr B’s birthday but I didn’t get around to finishing the post and then, well, world events overtook us all and writing about Manchester gin somehow didn’t feel appropriate.     The

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Window Wednesday — The Vyne’s Roof

Okay so it not so much an actual window I am featuring on Window Wednesday this week but the metaphorical window that let’s you view the £5.4 million roof restoration project at The Vyne.   We have been to the Vyne before since it is one of our closest National Trust houses and has not only

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6 things that really annoy me about hotel bedrooms

I started writing this post in my head after another ten minutes trying to find a plug socket in a hotel bedroom about a year ago and I was reminded that this post was languishing in my drafts when the same thing happened recently.  A gorgeous hotel, on the Thames, £190 a night for the

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The Handmaid’s Tale — My view

The Guardian has said that The Handmaid’s Tale, which aired for the first time last night on Channel 4, is “The best thing you’ll watch all year”. I beg to differ.  Not because I have seem something better, but because I won’t be watching the Handmaid’s Tale.   Why? Well for a number of reasons.

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Dealing with world changing events

  Social media and rolling news channels have a lot to answer for.   For the most part I am a huge fan of both, loving the fact I can feel connected to people and events all over the world from the small phone in my hand.  That I can Skype my parents to show

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