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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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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...

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