The life and times of a happy go lucky blogger in London
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It’s the last day of April which means I’ve come to the end of my life overhaul. It’s been a brilliant way to start Spring. When I began it was snowing and cold and now it’s sunny and colourful flowers are popping up everywhere. I’ve posted 29 out of 30 days about the things I’ve […]

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It’s day 29 of my life overhaul and I feel like I’ve done a lot thing, not quite as much as I’d like but it’s been an interesting few weeks all the same and really enjoyable to boot. Isn’t it easy to get swallowed up by life in London, or elsewhere, and not take a […]

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Autism is still a misunderstood condition, when I grew up it was called the middle class malaise which it certainly isn’t. It’s Autism Awareness month and I’ve not seen much about it except via Crystal Jigsaw who is compiling posts about it throughout the month, so pop over and have a read if you want […]

Sex and the City: Carrie's walk in closet

If you’re a fan of Sex and the City, no doubt you will have drooled over the amazing walk in closet that featured in the films. I have to to confess, I have a similar walk in box room full of crap closet. While this should be a thing of envy, in reality, it couldn’t […]


Phew, five days in to the ‘no-meat-no-wheat-no-dairy-or-booze’ and today I’ve really missed…ummm…wine. Especially, burgundy wine, with a nice rare steak and a plate of cheese. I can easily survive the working week on rabbit food on a detox diet, but when it’s time to unwind on a Friday evening, another bowl of rice noodles and […]

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I’m living the dream and blogging from my iPad but the app doesn’t work and so I’ve logged in from the web and can’t see any of the flash stuff on the CMS, and it’s taken ages, not really what I was hoping for but that’s what happens when you delve into the world of […]

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After a very spritely start to the day, I hit a wall at 9pm… I can’t even face watching Mad Men. I’ve been thinking about the mental list of things I set myself to do this month and running it over in my mind’s eye, there’s still quite a bit left to do, but I […]

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The sun, blue skies and blossom everywhere makes life amazing doesn’t it? It’s almost dreamlike, as if some kind of flower-power was shooting petalled fireworks from the gnarly knots of the winter trees. It was 19 degrees in London today and everyone was buzzy and happy. I breezed through the day and kept to my […]

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Bright-eyed and bushy tailed on a Monday? Who am I trying to kid! A day without dairy products is probably one of the hardest things I’ve done so far this month. Breakfast without butter, tea without milk and not even the slightest nibble of cheese has been difficult. An evening without wine is easy, but […]

I was lucky enough to have a lovely lunch with a group friends this afternoon, we had hugely indulgent and divine plates of food. Wouldn’t it be great if life was always like that? But it can’t be so – especially if a Summer holiday is in the planning and the dreaded bikini reveal moment […]

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Conversociable - digital and social media marketing

It’s always a shock to the system when the new term starts, even though it’s only been a fortnight break, having to sort out uniforms, snacks, lunches and all the other gumph is easily forgotten until that time comes around again. While I’ve resorted to getting up earlier but continue to switch the 6am alarm […]

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Trusted wisdom says we need eight hours sleep a night, but BUPA says seven or eight and the NHS says six or nine, so maybe it depends on who your health provider is. For me, seven hours unbroken sleep is more like it, but when I watched Bed Time Live last night I saw a […]

vitamin d

You don’t need to resort to drastic measures for a life overhaul. Sometimes, it’s the small things which can really make a difference and I’ve been trying three things out over the last couple of weeks. This is the new wonder drug in our house, well it’s not really a drug, it’s much less exciting, […]

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After the terrible events in Boston yesterday, my daughter was really upset before going to sleep. She had gone to bed, sneaked her iPad under the covers to look at stuff online and then read the news articles, watched disturbing video footage and came downstairs crying inconsolably at 11pm. She had got herself into such […]

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Thoughts and prayers with everyone in Boston, that is all.

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If you really want to do something, you’ll always find the time won’t you? Well, sometimes you have to try a little harder, well I do, especially when it comes to reading. Over the last year, my capacity for reading books has nosedived. I’ve gone from reading between two and five a month to about, […]

Supporting my local flower sellers and ditching the supermarket packaging

Do you buy flowers? I do and while they’re an indulgent treat, they’re also a lovely way to mark the passing of seasons. We’re awash with hyacinths and daffodils at the moment but that will soon pass and well be tip-toeing through tulips and daisies. Someone once told me that it was good feng shui […]

Paul Thorne - comedian

It’s been a really busy week and today was no exception, but as it’s Friday, I’d cannily scheduled in a bit of up time for the evening. As they say, there’s nothing better than having a few laughs, so today’s vodka and tonic was a big night of comedy at Headliners, a night of stand […]

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My luxury facial ingredients starring Olos

Today has been hectic, I mean really hectic, my week has been hijacked by deadlines brought forward by a week and an early return home from my daughter…While I’m delighted about both, it’s had a concertina effect on my to do list. This is why everything I usually plan gets put on the back burner […]

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Hampstead Kitchen lunch

Who needs friends? We all do. Feeling good every day has a lot to do with being in touch with people you love, who you have shared experiences with both good and bad and you can continue to share your lives with in any way possible. I have two very amazing friends who I have […]

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The Hampstead Kitchen - lunch with Saima

Overhauling your life is all about stepping outside of your comfort zone and doing different things. Today, I did that very thing. I spent a great afternoon with Saima who owns The Hampstead Kitchen – a most fantastic start up business which cooks up amazing food according to what you like, where you like and […]

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The Human League

The day has been overwhelmed with news, first PIP was everywhere, and then the news that Lady Margaret Thatcher has passed away broke. The biggest surprise for me was that the circumstances of her death were more Rock and Roll star gone bad than former head of state; it’s sad that she died alone in […]

Lift app on iPhone

At the end of week one of my Spring life overhaul, it’s time to take stock – is it going well?  Have I achieved what I set out to do? And more importantly, can I manage this for a month? The answer is yes, yes and yes. I feel healthier, more energetic and slightly more […]

Style 1 - instagram sharpie

I’m always full of ideas and part of this 30-day process is to substantiate them into something real. This week of culture and inspiration has sparked some creativity in me and for the first time since I can remember, I’ve been sketching.   It’s utterly absorbing. I’ve had this idea for a while for illustrating […]

Unhappy Birthday hails itself as a no budget movie and has an intriguing synopsis (below) and like Sightseers, it’s a grotesque pastiche of Britain rather than a gentle drama, so be warned but prepared for a Tales of the Unexpected meets Hammer Horror type tale… A surprise birthday party becomes a living nightmare for city-dwelling […]

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Not a big post as it’s just before midnight…I’ve been catching up on stuff I’ve been given to review and was happily waylaid by some unexpected visitors… Expect more tomorrow

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Lichtenstein at Tate Modern

Phew – four days in to this malarkey and I feel quite refreshed but being so busy, hitting the sofa for a bit of R&R this evening is no bad thing. It’s still f-f-f-freezing and feels more like the Christmas holidays with the snow. It’s hard to believe it’s April but we’ve been dosing up […]

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Well, the day’s not quite over yet but it’s been productive and busy with lots to feel good about, even though I’m knackered.  I’ ve also had some lovely tweets and comments about my 30-day challenge, which is great so thanks everyone. Today’s big win is that I managed a 5k run.  Getting started the […]

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This is day 2 of my winter to spring/summer overhaul and things are moving along nicely.  I thought this spring clean idea was an invention of Mrs Beeton or some such but actually spring cleaning is an ancient Persian tradition called Khouneh Tekouni – who knew?  I certainly didn’t.  The literal translation is ‘shaking the […]

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After a bad fall running a month ago, I’ve  not hit the streets to do my 5ks since and I’ve grown a bit too fond of Sky Atlantic to make my evenings at home productive.  I’ve been using this extended Winter as a big excuse and decided it’s time for a change. The sun is […]

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