Global Lunch and Street Art: Brick Lane

Brick Lane certainly attracts a mixed crowd, photographers, foodies and the cool and trendies! This place has a unique personality that is inviting and timeless.

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Stationery Addict, Take Note!

Pretty pens, patterned paper and pointy pencils! There is something about nice stationery that I have always found charming and addictive, every since childhood. If you have nice stationery on your desk it just makes home and office tasks all the more enjoyable, be it homework, a shopping list, a journal entry, online research for […]

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Salinas Salt Mines, Cape Verde

You will be encouraged to go for a dip in one of the salt lakes, and experience the feeling of the dead sea – you won’t sink. The salt and minerals in the water are good for your skin too. I had my swimsuit on under my clothes, fully intending to get in, but it […]

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Driving around Sal

It’s not all turquoise beaches and tourist resorts. Cape Verde is slowly developing and building its tourist industry, but still suffering deeply with poverty. The buildings are very colourful, there never seemed to be two buildings the same colour side by side. The roads are not all typical tarmac, sometimes a left or right turn takes […]

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Rumour Has It….Cape Verde

As usual, I spent a lot of time scouring reviews and reading up on this destination well before my holiday. Funny how two people can go to the exact same place, experience the same things and come away with opposing points of view on how good or bad it was. This time I thought I’d […]

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Ash Shilo Boots

A bit of bohemian…. Texture and movement…. They’re suede, tan, tasselled, studded and slightly wedged. Had my eye on these for a while, perfect for adding a bit of a ‘wild wild west’ or American Indian to a casual look.  

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Time For A Cuppa

Watched Bridget Jones’ Baby the other night – I didn’t realise Bridget was being played by the same actress, her face looks completely different in the film – is that prosthetics, age or surgery?? I saw a man walking down the street with his dog the other day, the dog abruptly decided to just lay down […]

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Time For A Cuppa’

This is where I just write whatever springs to mind whilst having a cup of tea, so it’s usually  dry random, and probably not that interesting, lol! Freezing So we’ve had some mighty cold weather in London these past couple of weeks – the kind of days when you feel the chill go through your bones. […]

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Knapsack On My Back: The Thrifty Wanderer!

Val-deri,Val-dera, Val-deri, Val-dera-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha Ok that’s enough of that. Bargain time! Knapsacks, more commonly known as rucksacks or back packs are the ultimate in hands free bags. There is no need to succumb to the big bulky mountaineering style back packs of old; nowadays there are a whole host of stylish variations to suit a range of […]

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A few Realisations and Self-Reminders

Sometimes I just have to remind myself that not everyone sees the world like I do, they don’t share my views, uphold my values or care about the things I care about, and that’s ok. Financial independence isn’t purely about how much money you have, but how wise and forward thinking you are with it. […]

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Second Chances

Every new day offers a new start, new chances, reasons to begin, reasons to continue, reasons to persevere. Each sunset is a reminder of this. No two sunsets look the same, just as no two days are the same, we shape and mould each one in a unique way, never to be repeated twice. Photographs […]

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Contemplating Tomorrow

Seize moments, grab opportunities, have faith, be courageous, pursue your goals, live your dreams. Each sunset symbolises the promise of a new tomorrow, so start as you mean to go on. Photographs taken in Barbados.

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Head In The Clouds

Cloudy skies are not always gloomy. Clouds are some of the most beautiful things you can rest your eyes on. Sunsets touch the soul, warm the heart, encourage reflection and thought, remind us of the beauty this world holds and the ceaseless awe and wonder we feel each time we see it. Photographs taken in […]

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Reflecting On Today, Heading for Tomorrow

Start now, today, why wait until tomorrow to start as you mean to go on? A quote I came across sums it up with ” excuses will always be there for, opportunities will not” Make that change, take those steps, build that momentum and keep it going. You will thank yourself someday. Sometimes the shapes […]

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Secrets and Lies?

Well, I was intrigued by the idea that there are people who are earning a living by leading a double life. Spying on a target group of people and ‘becoming one of them’ in order to get close. I was intrigued by the notion that people who do this are prepared to develop fake relationships, […]

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Beach Banter #4

If the cap fits! Hmmmmm, I’m intrigued as I spot the lady with the ‘shower cap’ on her head, out in the sea, kitted out in a glamours yellow bikini. Glam + shower cap = a whole new fashion concept. Wonder if it’ll catch on! When you think you’ve seen it all, well – you haven’t. […]

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Bird Talk

Why is it I never notice birds at home but as soon as I’m on holiday they ‘suddenly appear’ and become really interesting?

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Dover Beach

Literally on the lower end of St Lawrence Gap, more nice blue seas and soft sand, and plenty of shade. Dover beach seemed a bit more relaxed and quieter than Accra beach (which is off a busier main road).

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Down Town: Bridge Town, Barbados

The capital of Barbados, a hub of busy hustle and bustle, compared to a lot of other caribbean islands, Barbados seemed to have very big ‘town centre’ with lots of little back streets and shops. The bus from St Lawrence Gap took roughly 15 mins into Bridgetown…not long.

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St Nicholas Abbey

St Nicholas Abbey, one of Barbados’ oldest plantations, was built in 1658. Woodlands and plantation (including Cherry Tree Hill) sugar cane fields, the plantation house, rum tasting, the boiling house  for rum and sugar  – all form part of this heritage site and popular tourist attraction. I’d recommend visiting via a ‘Glory Tours’ package.  

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On The Buses, Barbados

From large blue government owned buses to small privately run white mini buses, you won’t be waiting long for a ride. Mini bus drivers will often beep at you and call out to see if you ned a ride if they see you walking (no chance of that back at home lol!). A few short […]

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Avoid Getting Robbed On Holiday

In addition to Being a Chameleon Abroad here are a few tips to help you avoid being a victim of theft on holiday (and at home): If you must take expensive items out with you, try to make them appear broken or damaged. Stick some tape around parts of your gadgets,  (e.g. parcel tape on your iPad). […]

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Go West! Barbados

Out and about around Holetown…. If you’re looking for high end designer brands head over to Limegrove, plus a little shopping village known as Chattel Village, for souvenirs and touristy shopping. Holetown is on the quieter side of the island where more of the big hotel/resorts are lined. Also, the waters are generally calmer on […]

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Barbados: Yellow Bird Hotel

I’m a stickler for reviews, Trip Adviser etc…and was really impressed with the overwhelming positive feedback on this hotel. Furthermore, it’s very reasonably priced in comparison to the big east/west coast, all-inclusive resorts. If you’re on a tight budget, or want to claw back more money for spending, you could easily spend your entire holiday using […]

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The Penguin Lessons, A True Story

If it wasn’t for the fact that I adore penguins, and that this is a true story, I would never have bought this book. Ever since watching ‘The March of The Penguins’ years ago, I have been won over by penguins, their cuteness and similarities to humans. I was intrigued to hear a story about a […]

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Sheraton Shopping Mall, Barbados

If souvenir shopping hasn’t satisfied your retail therapy needs, head over to the Sheraton  Mall. If you’re not driving, just agree a pick up time with your taxi driver, a couple of hours should be enough!

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Wild Thing! Barbados

At one with nature It was like walking through a scene in a fairytale. Monkey’s swinging all over the place, various animals wandering around you as you take in everything the reserve has to offer. Please watch your step, and don’t tread on any passing turtles like I almost did, they are everywhere, and will […]

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Friday Night at Oistins Fish Fry: Barbados

Oistins is a fishing village in Christ Church, Barbados (not far from St Lawrence Gap). Oistins fish fry is an absolute must, especially when you’re in Barbados for the first time. The food may not be free but you pay nothing for the music and atmosphere. The vibe here is buzzing, with music and smells […]

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An Underground Grotto, Harrison’s Cave

Sometimes you just get a feeling about something, someone or somewhere. There is no logic to the feeling, you only know the feeling is real and strong. For me, the grounds leading to Harrison’s Cave felt like a scene from a James Bond film; I’m not sure which film but I could just picture Bond running around […]

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Only When We’re On Holiday: The Things We Do!

There are definitely a few things about us that change when we’re on holiday, (apart from reduced stress and being blissfully relaxed) and if we’re honest with ourselves, we know it. Here are a few I think I can hold my hands up to: Talking to and smiling at strangers, because it just feels right! […]

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Yellow Submarine, well not quite!

Since I’d never been on a submarine before, and I adore tropical fish – this seemed like really good excursion to cross off the list whilst in Barbados. Now we cross over from our boat to the submarine Down the hatch (not for the claustrophobic) Know your fish. At this point or commentator starts to suggest […]

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Barbados: St Lawrence Gap is Where it’s at?

Anyone who knows anything about Barbados will be familiar with all the hype surrounding St Lawrence Gap. Party scene Clubs Bars Restaurants Nightlife Street vendors All things touristy Down to earth Affordable hotels Lively vibe Dover beach Close to Oistins and Bridgetown It just wouldn’t be right not to spend at least a few nights in the […]

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Sleep, Sit, Lean and Read on it!

As with everything, I usually spend quite a lot of time shopping around, and reading reviews before making a purchase. This particular travel pillow seems to be relatively low cost (on Amazon),  though  they cost a bit more on Ebay.       This pillow looked thicker and more deeply cushioned than a lot of others I skimmed […]

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Farewell Antigua

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Antigua and Barbuda, and wouldn’t hesitate to stay at the Verandah Resort & Spa again in the future, a nice little hideaway. I’ll miss the butterflies, and pretty beaches. Farewell Antigua, until next time….. 😘

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Antigua: Shirley Heights

Shirley Heights is one of the most well known tourist spots on the island of Antigua, within the English Harbour area, visited for its beautiful views of the island from the most southern point. Live music is played every Sunday evening, drawing a regular crowd for food and dancing. It certainly ‘is’ on the steep […]

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Turner’s Beach, Antigua

Turner’s beach is quiet a beautiful powdery beach on the west coast of Antigua, perfect for a day of lounging if you don’t require much shade. The guide books advise you to avoid this beach during the cruise ship/peak season as the beauty of the beach is spoilt with all the crowds and commotion. Fortunately […]

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Nelson’s Dockyard, Antigua

Nelson’s Dockyard is a national park, a historic site restored from 1743; it forms part of the English Harbour area of Antigua and is also an operational Georgian naval facility. British ships used to be repaired, restocked or disposed of here. Marinas and boats on a backdrop of blue water always make for a lovely […]

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Flex it: Gorilla Tripod

Have you tried shopping for a camera tripod online recently? There are so many different designs, makes  and model – it just gets a bit too much. After a persuasive travel vlog I happened to stumble upon, the Gorilla Tripod caught my eye and I was sold. I bought the version designed for a compact […]

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Chest Puffing Frigates, Barbuda

It’s a scorching hot day, and a short boat ride from mainland Barbuda takes us out to the Frigate Bird Sanctuary, the second largest of its kind in the world, a protected area where frigate birds choose to mate, nest and raise their young. It was such a privilege to get up close and observe them […]

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We Are Sailing: To Barbuda

Interestingly, Antigua and Barbuda used to be one whole island until floods/rising sea levels ended up separating them. The journey takes approx 90 minutes via Barbuda Express ferries                     Barbuda feels like a deserted Island, very untouched and unspoilt by tourist trade.   Barbuda feels like a […]

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20 Enriching Things Worth Doing Whilst On Holiday

  Go on organised excursions to learn more about your destination, stretch beyond the limits of your resort. If you have a room with a view, order a meal to your room and eat out on the balcony. Keep a journal of your travels, thoughts, experiences to reflect back on in the future. Keep a journal Get […]

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Long Bay Beach

Just a few minutes walk from the Verandah Resort & Spa  takes you to Long Bay beach. The white sand and turquoise water looks far better in real life than it does in the pictures below. Click here for Bloglovin’ link

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Beach Banter #1

Mr Mighty So we’ve probably all spotted one of these at some point or another. Mr Mighty relishes in having a captive audience readily waiting along the entire beach strip, he flexes his muscles repeatedly before carrying out some very focused stretches. Mr Mighty simply must show you the extent of his physical prowess by […]

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Out and About in St John’s, Antigua

A taxi drive down to the western side of the island takes us to Antigua & Barbuda’s capital, St John’s. Lots of people, traffic, shops, colour and day to day hustle and bustle. Antigua and Barbuda’s first prime minister, Sir Vere Cornwall Click here for Bloglovin’ link

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Let Me Entertain You! Verandah Resort Antigua

Well you go to some hotels and get virtually no entertainment in the evening, but not at the Verandah! I was super impressed with the amount of effort the resort staff put into organising a fashion and talent show during my stay – they didn’t just organise the entertainment, they ‘were’ the entertainment. Hats off to the […]

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The Verandah Resort and Spa, Antigua

I think Antigua should be renamed ‘Butterfly Island’ because I have never been to a place where butterflies are swarming the air like confetti. I noticed this on the drive to the hotel and initially thought it was some sprinkling from nearby flower petals blowing in the breeze, but no  – it was hundreds of […]

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What a load of pants!!

Yoga/boho pants are the height of comfy casual, perfect for lounging around at home or away. Perfect items to pack for your hols’ They’re stretchy, thin, vibrant, colourful, versatile. Others are sheer and easy breezy. They can double up as a pyjama bottoms and easy to wear with a basic vest or off shoulder top. […]

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Farewell Grenada, Next Stop: Antigua

All packed and ready to go. Upon leaving Grenada I was greeted with yet more rude staff at the LIAT check-in desk this time, I can’t even leave without another dose. Our driver had taken special care to bring our luggage into the airport and place it at the front of the queue to make […]

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Sail Away: Goodbye Carriacou

I was sad to leave Carriacou and would have liked to have spent longer there – I would definitely like to return for a dedicated holiday in the future. A peaceful, battery recharging holiday. Having flown to the island, sailing back to mainland Grenada by ferry was a welcome contrast. The sunsets along the way were […]

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Sandy Island

A tiny crescent island off the coast of mainland Carriacou, Grenada. An isolated island with a rustic charm. Uninhabited. The crabs featured at the end of the clip were quite something. There seemed to be hundreds of them all living under a big pile of old fallen coconut tree leaves. As soon as our picnic/lunch […]

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Carry Me To Carriacou

Carriacou is one of Grenada’s sister Islands, and delightful contrast. The second largest of Grenada’s Tri-Islands. As well as the SVG Air flight, it is also possible to sail via Osprey Ferry from Grenada’s capital, St George or book an organised tour. I had always vowed never (under any circumstances) to fly in a light aircraft, […]

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Grenada Street Art

Art is anything that inspires creatively, or exudes a creative flare, there are no rules, it’s a free for all. Grenada certainly showers you with bursts of colour as you wonder around. “Look at the beautiful things in life”   Click here for Bloglovin’ link

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Downtown: St George, Grenada

The bus ride into town: Vibrant Colourful Fishing boats Local produce Hustle & bustle Steep narrow streets Vendors on the side walk The waft of spices in the air Spices for sale on every corner Locals going about their daily chores Picturesque views from Fort George and around the marina St George, the capital of […]

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Tutti Frutti Sunsation Tour: Grenada

A great day long tour, highly recommended. Concord Waterfall View of Carib’s Leap Lunch at the Belmont Estate River Antoine Rum Distillery (1785) Pearls Airport Grand Etang National Park & Crater Lake And of course the Gouyave Nutmeg Processing Station was also included in this tour : Spice Up Your Life: Grenada Nutmeg Factory Courtesy of […]

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Another Not So Warm Welcome in Grenada, St George.

So we decided to eat like the locals and pop into a restaurant/cafe in the hustle and bustle of St George. Sample some local cuisine I thought, give some custom to local businesses (who you’d think would appreciate it more than your bigger more flourishing hotel empires), surely this couldn’t go horribly wrong. Surely not. Well sadly it […]

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Spice up your life: Grenada Nutmeg Factory

  The nutmeg aroma is fragrant throughout the tour, as you would expect. There is a very calm, peaceful atmosphere throughout as everyone gets to work.   Courtesy of the Grenada Sunsation Tutti Frutti Tour. Click here for Bloglovin’ link  

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Grenada: Coyaba Beach Resort Hotel, Grand Anse

A quiet hotel on Grand Anse beach. The staff are generally friendly and polite (with the exception of one housekeeping lady who beat on my hotel room door  one evening, with such force and persistence I thought maybe the hotel was burning down or the police had some urgent matter to discuss with me) – but oh […]

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A Not So Warm Welcome to Grenada!

After long flight, and landing at Maurice Bishop International Airport, nobody expected to be greeted with the rude and hostile attitude of some ‘female’ immigration staff we encountered. What a welcome, and how embarrassing on their part. Perhaps these staff did not wish to encourage tourism into Grenada and preferred for us to return home to our […]

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‘Twas The night before the flight

This is when it finally sinks in that you are about to jet off somewhere – no more thinking about it, no more pondering over how many weeks or days left to go – its tomorrow!!  Spend this night the right way and you will feel relaxed, and ready for you flight the next day, […]

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Use Protection?

Worryingly, a lot has been written about the harmful effects of sun protection products, including their contribution to a variety of cancers (which, ironically, people think they’re being protected against). In the past, when I’ve looked at the ingredients on these product bottles, all I see is a long list of ‘unpronounceable’ words that quite […]

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What’s Your Type? 12 Tourist Types

Most of us are probably a mixture of types, depending on where we are, the mood we’re in, and who we are with. On the whole, I’d say I’m the ‘photographer type’, I just can’t stop taking pictures of everything when I’m on holiday. I carry about 20 memory cards, external hard drive, countless fully […]

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Sunsets at Rick’s Cafe: Negril Jamaica

Rick’s, one of the coolest spots to hang out in Negril. Pull up by road or boat  (try both). Get drinks Watch daring divers Be a daring diver Listen to live music Watch the most amazing sunsets Job done.   Click here for Bloglovin’ link

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YS Falls Waterfall: St Elizabeth, Jamaica

When it comes to Jamaica, we hear about ‘Dunns River Falls’ to no end.  It’s the ‘bees knees’ according to all the brochures and travel guides. Here is a lesser well advertised waterfall, in a lovely lush park  – YS Falls in the parish of Saint Elizabeth. You can go swimming , have a picnic, […]

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Riu Club Negril Hotel: Bloody Bay Jamaica

In a nutshell. This hotel was clean, spacious, generously catered for food, with a good range of entertainment each evening. Rooms are spread over four blocks along the beach strip The holiday reps are very hyper, all day, but they work exceptionally hard  – especially with all the entertainment routines they put on throughout the […]

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Margaritaville Negril: Jamaica, on the Seven Mile Beach Strip.

Margaritaville is a 5 minute drive down Norman Manley Boulevard from the Riu Negril resorts. Some hotels, like Riu Negril, will call the Margaritaville bus to come and pick you up from your hotel and the drop you off again at scheduled times throughout the day/evening. Here you will find miles of beach to wander, […]

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Should Schools Put Tracking Devices in Students’ ID Cards?

In response to an old New York Times article: http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/09/should-schools-put-tracking-devices-in-students-i-d-cards/    Although this article isn’t about UK schools, it’s still worth pondering on. Isn’t it true that absenteeism from school, playing truant, involvement in antisocial and delinquent behaviour  are all well known reoccurring problems with school aged teens. Youth workers, social workers, education welfare officers, youth offending officers, […]

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Time for a cuppa!

Hmmm, so we’re in for another heatwave that’s set to last most of August, sounds good. Ironically, the autumn/winter ranges are starting to make a bold appearance in most high street stores. Great time for some summer bargains!! 🔆 It’s a hard gamble waiting for clothes to go down in the sales, by the time the price […]

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Quick Pizza? Not So Fast.

It may be known as fast food but pizza actually takes up a heck of a lot of your time to make from scratch. By the time you make the dough, knead it, leave it to sit and double in size (approx 45 mins), come back and roll it out, chop/prepare all your toppings, dress the […]

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Zookki Essential Accessories Bundle Kit GoPro Hero 4 3+ 3 2 1 Black Silver and SJ4000 SJ5000 SJ6000, Sports Action Camera Accessories Set

I received this kit as a free product in return for customer review. Firstly, I figured the Zookki kit was probably adaptable to any GoPro-like action camera. I’ve yet to give my action camera, the Lynec 1080P action camera a thorough test run (including underwater) and will review this at a later date; in the meantime I’ll be […]

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BHS: The end of an era

This has to be one of the most extreme closing down sales I’ve ever encountered. ‘Everything must go’ takes on a whole new meaning when even the shop mannequins, and display rails are up for grabs, along with furniture from the offices out the back. BHS has been a household name my entire life, and […]

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Pedestrian Rage

So maybe the term isn’t so common yet but pedestrian rage is definitely a ‘thing’, I see it every day in London. Tutting, huffing and puffing at slow moving buggy pushers, the five friends who walk side by side taking up the entire width of the pavement, the sound of an irritable voice clearing it’s […]

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Medieval Meanderings: Warwick Castle

Built by William the conquerer in 1068 and still standing tall. The majority of of this attraction has been turned into a theme park for children, but the main tower is where you’ll see historic exhibitions of how things would have looked. The video below (not great I know, but it might give you an idea of […]

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La Petite Auberge: Traditional French Restaurant

La Petite Auberge Islington. Delicious food that doesn’t disappoint. Maybe next time I’ll try the frogs legs! Tourette de légumes grilles Tower of marinated grilled aubergine, courgettes & halloumi Served on bread with saffron and roosted pepper dressing Champignons de Paris farcis Mushrooms filled with garlic butter, topped with breadcrumbs, parsley & cheese Filet de Cabilleau […]

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Clutch of the day: Bagged it!

There will never be just one bag for all occasions, seasons and tastes. A clutch bag offers a few note worthy things: Minimalism Elegance Tidiness Formality De-cluttered presentation A clutch bag forces you to go into your bag with that bit more grace. As opposed to drilling your arm, elbow deep into your bag and rummaging […]

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Delightful Deal!!

Another great bargain. Quilted leather gloves, extremely soft. Perfect for a smart, formal look. Echoes of Chanel…. Thick and fleecy on the entire inside of each glove – very warm Black. You can’t get any more versatile. Originally £29.95 Bought for a thrifty £8.99, can’t go wrong!!      

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The National Gallery: art and history combined

Art galleries are great places to pass time, ponder your own thoughts, and feast the artistic eye. There is something very calming about art galleries, regardless of whether you find any appreciation in the art. The National Gallery is oozing with historic pieces. I am amazed at the beauty and incredible size of some of these paintings, […]

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Out and About: Trafalgar Square

A place where people tend to flock, gather and potter. The National and Portrait Galleries are conveniently located in the square. On weekends there’s always some ‘Trafalgar Square-esk’ things going on to amuse you: Musicians (e.g. guitarists steel, band players) Magicians Illusionists Various kids’ entertainment (giant balloon blowing, break dancing etc..) Artists Protesters (on various matters) Tourists […]

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How to Read More — Discover

Just stumbled across this on WordPress: The pile of unread books by your bed keeps getting higher? Artist, writer, and creativity unlocker Austin Kleon shares six tips for reading more every day. via How to Read More — Discover

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Nails Inc Giveaway

    Nails inc: Very ‘on trend’ Rich colours Easy to apply Smart heavy duty bottles Popular non UV Gel effect polishes. Up for Grabs!!   Nails Inc Covent Garden Place Gel Effect Nail polish and New Globe Walk (Glitterglobe) https://www.nailsinc.com/nail-polish/covent-garden-place_319/?r=nail-polish-colours     Nails Inc Vitamin E Cuticle Oil Pen https://www.nailsinc.com/accessories/vitamin-e-cuticle-oil-pen_76/?r=cuticle-care   To win, simply: Share your […]

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Alamar: Father & Son, Scenes of Mexico.

The first time I watched Alamar I wasn’t sure what to make of it until toward the end. I didn’t get the point of it and thought it was a bit strange, long winded and lacking in any sort of meaty storyline. Where is this going, I asked? Now I get it. Alamar is a true/real life […]

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