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Expats exiting, and other spring tidings

Boatloads of British immigrants are expected to head from Portugal and Spain to the South Atlantic if Britain decides to leave the...

I recently found lots of letters that friends and family wrote to me when I was growing up and it is fascinating to read descriptions of how we felt, what we did, where and with whom. They are an...

Guitar man

Seminal guitar guru of the 60s, Jimi Hendrix lived and died in London. The Seattle-born, former US paratrooper had an apartment in Brook Street, right beside Claridge’s in...

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...

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