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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...

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...

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