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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...

London Calling - Splashes of scarlet

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...

The combination of a strong pound, the weak euro, dismal weather in the rest of Europe, financial meltdown at the other end of the Mediterranean, cross-Channel chaos and any amount of illegal ‘...

Online dating

I recently discovered that some friends used dating sites. My initial reaction was “poor things they must be desperate” because I, naively, did not realise how popular internet dating is.

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