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I’m not dreaming of a white Christmas. Why would I? I live in the Algarve with the bright sun shining through my picture window as I peck away on my computer. There has only been one instance of...

In June 2015, I quite unwillingly became a member of a very large club, called Widowhood. It isn’t very exclusive; in fact anyone can join at any time and often without any prior notice. There is...

Whenever I go to Mãos de Ajuda second-hand shop, I am impressed by the apparent happiness of the staff. Their smiles are for each other and for their customers. What is their secret? Many of them...

Not everywhere, but certainly in the Algarve, November is an excellent month to play golf. The two main reasons are that many, but definitely not all, tourists have stopped booking up all the tee...

‘Tis the season to...
sell your window!

Judging by the ever-present crowds of shoppers in the streets of London, it is difficult to imagine that the retail sector is experiencing any...

Next Tuesday, November 7, will mark the 43rd anniversary of the famous disappearance of Lord Lucan, who once made a very private visit to the Algarve.

The 7th Earl of Bingham, Lord Lucan,...

Relighting that fire

Thomas Heatherwick suffered a setback when Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, knocked the idea of the ‘Garden Bridge’ across the Thames on the head. This fantastic idea was...

Everybody in Portugal and many around the world are deeply concerned about the fires burning after an unusually hot and dry summer season. We’re all praying for rain, so everybody in this...

I have always enjoyed words.

Not in a ‘nerdy’ way – I am not a particular fan of Scrabble, nor did I spend my lunchtimes at school engrossed in dusty volumes of the Encyclopaedia...

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