Amsterdam The ultimate guide

I thought I’d written about Amsterdam several times…..apparently not! Amsterdam is a lovely place to visit, and if you’re lucky enough, as I was for 18 months, it is a lovely place to live as well. The old part of the city is arranged around several horseshoe canals – study your map to find out where you’re REALLY going and you could save yourself a long walk or an expensive taxi

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Napoleon III is in our back garden

. Everyone’s all about photos these days. I do like a nice picture (I spend a lot of time on Twitter, after all. You can’t turn around on there without bumping into a #fatcat or #catsoftwitter pic. And let’s not even talk about the other ones!). But the challenge, for me, is finding different things to snap, interesting things. The other day we’d made very vague plans to ‘go out

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Reviewing Spar wine

So as I was reviewing SPAR wine (SPARValpolicella Ripasso, sent to us, retails at £10, on sale at £8 apparently) on Friday night, I remember thinking to myself “that’s a nice drop, very full taste”. Just a glass of it, obviously. And then, to try and look just a little bit like I know what I’m doing, I tried to describe it. And failed. There was something about it that I

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Wandering around Rome

. I was invited to join a bunch of journalists (I know, me, posing as a journalist) recently on a trip to Rome to learn about tyres and tyre safety with Bridgestone (see other post for the tyre stuff – you can thank me later). After the two days of serious stuff was over, we headed into Rome for a lovely dinner in the area “across the Tiber” Trastevere (Tevere

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The ‘Money Can’t Buy’ London Weekend

Ok, so just about everything on this weekend could be bought, so the title isn’t strictly speaking true, but….. Caity was 21 this month, and that gave us a bit of a (lovely) problem – what do you get a 21 year old these days? She’s moved in with her (also lovely) boyfriend so there aren’t really day to day things that she needs these days.  Anything spotted online or whilst out

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Planning a Roadtrip With Bridgestone

. Roadtrip! Planning is well underway for the Summer holiday. The ferry’s booked, currency ordered, passports located and guide book read from cover to cover. Okay, T picked up the guide book during the ad break in Corrie, but that counts I think, doesn’t it? We’re doing another road trip to a currently secret destination. If it’s half as lovely as the gite we shared with old friends last summer,

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Memories from Germany

. Sometimes things come back to you – fleeting memories that make you smile.  I have a few that crop up every now and then, and they’re quite familiar. Occasionally though, you recall one of those memories from a long time ago that you haven’t thought of in ages, and it *really* makes you smile. And with it come other memories. I had one of those the day I first

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Judie Tzuke at Ravenscourt Arts — A Review

. I’m a cheery sort of chap, quiet when I’m grumpy, but generally fairly easy going I think (WHAT????? Ed) so when I was grumpy for about 3 weeks last year, it was quite noticeable. I had seen that Judie Tzuke was playing the Union Chapel in Islington at a midweek gig, bought some tickets as a surprise and was sitting at work, looking forward to it as I’d loved

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