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Breakfast at Tiffany’s

One of my favourite films of all time drew me to the superb Audrey Hepburn exhibition Portraits of an Icon at the National Portrait Gallery last month. This photographic journey through Hepburn’s...

I was born at the tail end of 1944 and can’t say I remember anything much about the second world war from my personal memory bank, so I’m glad that I have been able to see all the amazing footage...

Sue Parker battles against increasing waste and waist

While the USA is castigated as the most wasteful nation on earth, some European countries are not much better. Recently yet another...

Magical mystery tour

A couple of great Beatles’ stories from the UK capital this month ... A letter to Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein, apparently penned in 1967 by Ernest O’Follipar, Chief Executive at the Royal...

Waterloo!

There’s a great place to visit right in the middle of the traffic at Hyde Park Corner in London. A fine Georgian Mansion – Apsley House or, more colloquially, Number One London. The former home of...

Sunshine Superman

As the church bell high above my beloved Alvor – relocated to the village’s summit to provide refuge in case of a repeat of the 1755 tsunami – chimes eight times, the small blackboard outside an...

Hospitals: Lisbon v Portimão

My husband received a letter from the Barlavento Hospital in March this year telling him to be there on Friday the 6th for a long awaited umbilical hernia repair. He was rather concerned that he...

Dethroning the kings of corruption

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Just as the international news was getting really bleak and boring along comes Sepp Blatter to cheer things up and add to our waning excitement over former Prime Minister José...

Wonky weekend for the European Union

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A weekend is a long time in politics. It certainly was last weekend, especially for the future of the European Union.

Immediately before the election in Britain, it was no...

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