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When we decided to clear out years of accumulated ‘stuff’, it became a horrifying eye-opener due to the amount of obsolete equipment we had lying around.

A huge drawer had 11 broken...

January 1 has not always been the beginning of the new year and it is a civil date unrelated to any seasonal marker. In the Middle Ages, the new year was celebrated in March, until January became...

First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.
– F. Scott Fitzgerald, US novelist

A very happy New Year to all my readers – may 2016 bring you joy and...

Recently two interesting auctions grabbed the headlines in London. At Christie’s, Carol Thatcher, daughter of Baroness Thatcher, Britain’s first and to date only woman Prime Minister, sold off 150...

We arrived in September 1967 with a van full of goods and chattels to make our permanent home in Portugal. We already had a house in Albufeira – a very different Albufeira to the one that exists...

Every year Christmas in London gets bolder and brasher – and starts earlier! From October onwards shops are filled with decorations and the Christmas music begins its loop. But there are some...

As Christmas approaches, we see images of the donkey taking Mary to the stable and then watching over baby Jesus, but did you know that the Miranda donkey which is indigenous to Portugal is under...

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Back to the future
In a recent report, ‘futurologist’ Dr Ian Pearson has predicted an exciting future for London with spaceports and 18-mile-high skyscrapers, all to be delivered by 2045 – a...

The booming London property market is full of good stories – usually about ridiculous prices paid for tiny plots or garages – so bargain basement tales are hard to come by. However, right now in...

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