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The weather apart, you know that winter hibernation has just received a rude wake-up call when Alvor’s leading poor man’s crumpet – the ‘Dog House’, held dear by many, and anything but expensive...

London is home to the most famous clock in the world. Probably the most iconic picture of the UK capital features Big Ben or, as we should more correctly call it, the Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben is...

I have become an arctophile – someone who collects teddy bears. The word derives from the Greek words ‘arctos’, which means bear, and ‘philos’, which means love.

Most of my bears come from...

Corruption! In Portugal … never

In my early days of living here when Salazar was still alive and we lived under a dictatorship, bribing someone for what you wanted was often the only way forward if you were to get anywhere....

Churchill and London

Last month London saw a series of events commemorating the funeral of Britain’s great wartime leader, Sir Winston Churchill. Astonishingly 50 years had passed since that bitterly cold day in...

A healthy, happy New Year to all our readers! We are into the second day of 2015 and hopefully you will have recovered sufficiently from recent excesses – and already broken a few of those...

The arrest of top officials suspected of corruption involving the administration of the Golden Visa Scheme has tarnished Portugal’s reputation as a signatory to the United Nations Convention...

London band Pink Floyd are set to delight their fans next month with the first new album in 20 years. Endless River will be released on November 10 2014, astonishingly nearly 50 years after the...

Heartfelt Farewell

To be unwell during August in the Algarve is something to be avoided if possible, and if it is unavoidable have a wallet full of money on hand. Other than for emergencies, the State health service...

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