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Easter is already behind us, the April Fools have come and gone, spring has sprung (as have the clocks) and summer will be in full swing by the time you next hear from me. Doesn’t time fly?

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Soares shock


João Soares, the former mayor of Lisbon and son of former Prime Minister and President Mário Soares, apologised and resigned as Minister of Culture...

Old man river
Many cities are defined by the river that runs through them and nowhere is this more true than with the mighty Thames. The many bridges and meandering nature of London’s main...

Panama papers and the power of the press

Portugal’s corrupt, tax-evading, money-laundering politicians, administrators and businesses this week suddenly found themselves in distinguished...

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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...

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