My London… with Camilla Brown

You know you’ve found a friend for life when you’re running through Vauxhall Station at midnight, both dressed as brides (neither of us were getting married, it might surprise you to learn) shouting “ALAN!” at the tops of your voices. This person to me is Camilla (along with a few other blushing brides). There is NEVER a …

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Classic Car Boot Sale

Andrew and I started “going out” (for want of a better phrase) nine years ago last Sunday. It seems bonkers that I was 21 and he was 22 when we got together. Although I feel like I can barely remember a life before him, those nine years have gone fast. Probably because we’ve crammed a …

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Top 5… Recipe Books

Source I think I fall into a trap a lot of people do when you’re busy and feeling uninspired: I cook a lot of the same meals with semi-regularity. I mean I am a self-confessed foodie, as this blog shows, but I do have a few fall-back meals that I cook over and over because …

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Foodie Event – Hawker House

On Valentine’s Day we decided to spurn the cheesy restaurants, champagne and roses and go to Hawker House with our pals. Hawker House is run by the Street Feast folks, who run night markets in London that bring together food trucks, booze vendors and the hungry hordes throughout the year. As it’s cold right now, …

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Food Review – Glazed & Confused doughnuts

  Clockwise from pink doughnut: raspberry and chocolate, sticky toffee pudding, chocolate, lemon drizzle, lemon curd, rhubarb We’re on deadline at work at the moment. It’s a pretty stressful time in the office when the quarterly magazine I co-edit starts going through the final stages. There’s a lot of diplomacy, patience and accuracy needed. What’s …

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Top 5… Aims for 2014

So 2014 is in full swing now, and I’ve got some plans for it. I thought writing them down here and sharing them with the whole wide internet would make me more accountable when sticking to them. Here goes… 1. Be less busy Source At the end of last year I got in a bit …

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Crafty How To – Make a Bath Tea Bag

Every year I make the ladies in my life something homemade for Christmas. This has seen me making caramel-filled truffles, a world of chutney and industrial amounts (well, not quite!) of sugar body butter scrub. Nearly every time I take on my Christmas project I have an near-on emotional break down, get fed up half …

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Late 2013 Round-Up

I owe you an apology. Yeah, you. I know you’ve been anxiously refreshing The Z Factor, hoping for a new post. And I’ve let you down. I’ve also let myself down. The run up to Christmas and then Christmas itself was really busy, and I neglected write blog posts in favour of alcohol, cheese and …

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My London… with Alice Judge-Talbot

I’ve known Alice for quite a number of years through the wonderful world of blogging. She’s an all-round superwoman and lady of excellent taste. Here she shares with me a few of her London things… Name: Alice Job: Blogger and Marketing Consultant Neighbourhood: I moved out of London when I had kids and now live …

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Theatre Review – 1984

A few weeks ago Andrew and I bundled our way to Richmond to see Headlong Theatre‘s production of the George Orwell dystopian classic, 1984. I love the theatre – hate musicals though. But I quite rarely go, or at least not as much as I feel I should for someone living in London. Something I …

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Top 5… Annoying People on Facebook

Remember a time before Facebook was released to the masses, and society was a nice, normal place where people from primary school didn’t scream in your face about potty training their child? Yeah, I can barely remember it either so full is my mind of constant updates of what someone I met once’s cat is …

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Wine Review – Apothic Red

Winter is approaching at an alarming rate. Britain has just had an almighty storm. The clocks have gone back, meaning I leave work when it’s already dark. I can’t be the only one craving cosiness, comfort food and a nice warming glass of something. Add to that, that it’s Halloween tomorrow and I think I’ve …

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My London… with Juliet Mushens

Juliet Mushens – literary agent, Twitter agent and leopard print fan – shares her London with us! Name: Juliet Job: Literary agent Neighbourhood: Kentish Town   I love London because… I am never more than 20 feet away from a fast food joint at all times.   London is at its best when… you’re walking across the river at dusk. …

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Dog Spot – Northern Line

This week has been especially grim as Andrew and I raced to exchange on the flat we’re buying. Wednesday night saw me particularly stressed, so I took myself off to the pub with some close friends to have some salving wine. On my way home I happened across this scrappy lil’ lady. She was brilliant …

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My London… with Sam B

Sam (or Blainsing Squad as I prefer to call him) is a very good friend of mine. Sam and I live very close together in Islington, and neither of us really like venturing too far out of North London. Therefore, Sam and I spend a fair amount of time together, normally in the pub mocking …

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Dog Spot – Lewes, East Sussex

Do you know what one of the best things about writing this blog is? That people have started sending me pictures of dogs they see for the Dog Spot feature. It’s like, quadrupling my dog spots and I ruddy love it. So, as my first guest dog spotter, my pseudo-mother-in-law, Helen, is leading the way. She saw …

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My London… with Lucy C

Here Lucy gives an “outsider’s” perspective on London. Lucy moved here from New Zealand a few years ago. I had the good fortune to live with Lucy for several years when she first arrived. She uses her time in the UK effectively, and has seen so many things and acquired so many funny stories. She’s …

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Top 5… Budget London Date Venues

Sometimes life calls for a little date. Not a big date, which would demand for heels, a blowdry and ~booking~ something (P.S. I’ve never got a blowdry for a date. Soz, Andrew). I’m talking a spontaneous, “Hey, shall we go out tonight? Just you and me?” date. And it doesn’t necessarily have to be with …

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Dog Spot – A12, East London

I firmly believe there’s nothing more cheering in life than seeing a dog with his head hanging out of the car window. They look so happy, just by the simple fact they’ve got the wind in their fur and are able to see where they’re going. If only human happiness was arrived at so easily… …

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My London… With Jonathan Wilkins

My ex-colleague and long-time friend, Jonathan, shares the exploits of his champagne lifestyle and his apparent passionate hate of cyclists.       Name: Jonathan Wilkins Job: Magazine editor, Star Wars Insider Neighbourhood:  Sanderstead, South London I live in London because… It’s where I work.   London is at its best when… There are no cyclists about. …

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