Taste London, have you been?

We recently spent an afternoon at Taste of London as guests of our friends at The Firepod  We hadn’t seen them for awhile so we were keen to find out all about what has been happening over the past couple of years with their pizza ovens.  If you don’t know about them, do look them up.  We have been huge fans of theirs for years (since they were on Kickstarter

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Back to school organising

This is it, if they haven’t gone back already, children all over the country are heading back to school this week.  New hair cuts, shiny shoes, pristine book bags.   And as they all head off us parents can let out a collective sigh of relief that we have done it.  We have checked everything off the kit list, remembered to sort out dinner money, or bought the new lunch box, and

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Turning off the outside world

I have been increasingly thinking about turning off the outside world because my phone buzzed at 07.18 this morning.  Not for the first time, and as before, not my alarm, I had turned that off at 5am when I had finally given up on sleep because my mind was whirring, but by a text.   A text that had been sent with a query that needed to be dealt with fairly urgently.   

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Cocochi candles (AD)

If you know anything about me you will know I love a back story which is why I love Cocochi Candles. With all the gins in my collection I know a bit about either the reason it came to being, or something about the distiller.  Products only come to exist because somebody decided to make it happen.  It doesn’t matter if that is a gin, a candle, a piece of

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Still getting notifications?

“What do you mean you don’t have notifications on for emails and only check it a couple of times a day?  I am still getting notifications on my phone as they arrive, so why aren’t you?”   I was incredulous.  The very idea that my husband didn’t get a red dot on his home screen that alerted him to the fact I had sent a message that needed his urgent

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7 Day Basket Recipes — review

7 Day Basket is a recipe book that might just be a life saver for many busy families. I have always said that I don’t have a problem with cooking every night, I have a problem with the planning of a week’s meals and the buying of the ingredients.  I sit down to menu plan, often with a ton of books or my online Thermomix recipe platform and my mind

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White Horse Hotel, Dorking — Review

The White Horse in Dorking sits right in the heart of this picturesque market town, nestled in the Surrey Hills.   The drive there was gorgeous, along pretty country lanes, through typically English villages and then down what has been described as one of the best high streets in Britain. As the great Simon Calder once said, if you want to travel you should really start in your own back

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Luke’s memorial cricket match

Every year one of Mr B’s oldest friends, Rupe, (met at uni 30 years ago and part of the crowd in this blog post about memories from Germany “old”) hosts “Luke’s Memorial Cricket Match“ a cricket match in memory of his son Luke, who died suddenly a few years ago aged 12.   Held on Luke’s birthday it’s a “lads vs dads match” and the day also raises money for

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This new CR-UK obesity campaign …

Want to know why I have a problem with the new CR-UK obesity campaign?  I will tell you.   It is based on statistics that state obese people outweigh smokers in the UK by 2:1 and that whilst smoking is still a leading cause of cancer, being fat is the leading cause of four types of cancer: bowel, liver and kidneys. But we all know that statistics can be manipulated

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50 things I have learned as I turn 50

Next month I turn 50.  A whole half a century.  In a summer that saw Woodstock and moon landings yours truly arrived into the world in a hospital in Roehampton.   It was the summer that Bryan Adams would go on to sing about and as he was buying his first real six string in a five and dime, playing it til his fingers bled, my parents were working out

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Can we talk about death for a minute?

Sorry, I know that might be a bit of a downer and that nobody ever starts a conversation with “can we talk about death for a minute?” but can we, please? I am a huge champion of having a will.  Everyone should have a will, even if you think you don’t have a home or assets, you do have “stuff”.    It doesn’t have to be about expensive pieces of

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The gift of cheese

This post contains a review item The gift of cheese, to my mind, might just be one of life’s greatest gifts (unless you are vegan or lactose intolerant and then it might be a bit of a nightmare).  When stuck with what to buy those tricky to buy for people I always go down a foodie route.   One of my granny’s favourite ever present was a hamper full of

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