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Long before Buzzfeed or Mashable saw the light of day, I was a fan of lists.  As far back as the early 1980s, some of my brother’s and my most treasured possessions were the two volumes of the wonderful Book of Lists. The lists ranged from the banal (the world’s 5 tallest mountains) to the positively racy (5 famous people who died while having sex), and we loved and them all (and memorised an alarming number!). In the files of magazine clippings that I fanatically collected as a teenager and student, the overwhelming majority of the clippings relate to some sort of list: 5 ways to firm triceps; 10 superfoods you need to know about; 101 things to be happy about; and one of the earliest versions of 30 things you need to have done by the time you are 30.  One of the 30 things that inexplicably stuck with me was: “Must be able to mix a proper cocktail.  And, no, brandy and Coke is not a cocktail.” Click here for a full portion →

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The 2014 Henley Festival with BMW and Michel Roux Jr

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There are some things that the Brits are just better at than anybody else. Off the top of my head there’s… queuing – the art of standing in an orderly line and wait amicable and patiently for your turn pomp and ceremony – think State occasions, weddings, funerals and military parades humour – the Monty […]

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Homemade cranberry clementine vodka and a Christmas cocktail

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When I was a student, we loved to play Pictionary – even more so if we could convert into a drinking game of some sort.  Of course, I always insisted on being in a team with my darling future sister-in-law Paola because a) she is a talented artist, which helps a lot; and b) we know […]

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A Gourmet Ski Safari in the Dolomites

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There are many things to love about skiing.  There is the exhilaration of gliding down a snowy mountain at speed; or the sheer magic of being the first person at the top of a lift in the early morning, and then skiing down the crisp corduroy of freshly pisted snow as the golden rays of […]

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Etihad’s The Residence suite in the sky – a sneak peek

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My mom always said that if she managed to win the lottery and become a billionaire, she would have a few houses dotted around the world, and because money would be no object, she would have an identical set of possessions in each house so that she would never have to pack again – everything […]

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Beet green, feta and Prosciutto frittata

Thumbnail image for Beet green, feta and Prosciutto frittata November 27, 2014

A few years ago I wrote  a Thanksgiving post which listed the ten things that I was thankful for at the time.  Reading back over it, it is comforting to see that most of the things I was thankful for back then ate still the things for which I am most profoundly thankful. But reading the first point sent […]

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Eight excellent reasons to visit Jersey

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  Tell somebody that you are off to Jersey for the weekend and they are likely to respond with something along the lines of: “Isn’t America rather a long way to go for a weekend?”, assuming that you meant the state of New Jersey in the USA. And how ironic that people would sooner asusme that […]

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