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Love is a powerful emotion which comes in various forms. There is the love we have for family, for pets or of something (like chocolate!) and there is passionate love.

The ancient Greeks...

“In Europe, the presence of olive trees defines the Mediterranean region,” writes Richard Mabey in his book The Cabaret of Plants (2015). He describes how the olive vegetation and especially the...

Poles apart

It has been a funny old month for pole-dancing in London! Peter Stringfellow, owner of the ubiquitous club in his name near Covent Garden and various other establishments,...

It’s been a couple of weeks now since we all resolutely decided to set some newish goals for the New Year of 2018. So how’s that going? My favourite conundrum is resolving not to make any...

Happy New Year – honestly, it really does seem like only yesterday that I wrote these exact words on this very page. Is it an age thing? The memory grows shorter – and more often than not fonder...

A Christmas Carol
No city on earth does Christmas better than London. The lights, the shopping, the markets, the shows - there is always something going on and this year, in the run up to...

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...

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