Pure Jersey afternoon tea at London’s Park Lane Hotel

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  “There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” So wrote author Henry James and it seems that he is not alone in this sentiment.  If there is anything that cheers the heart of an Englishman (or Englishwoman!), it is a steaming cup or […]

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Saturday Snapshots #295

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  Reflections at the Pier 39 Marina, San Francisco – May 2014

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Saturday Snapshots #294

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Memories of Rome – in the Vatican City museums, June 2011

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Masala-roasted pumpkin salad with halloumi and rocket

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One of the most often-quoted bits of linguistic trivia is the fact that the Inuit peoples have more words for snow that any other language – somewhere between 50 and 100, depending on which languages you include in your survey (to be fair, these words refer to both ice and snow!).  At the other extreme, […]

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A Brazilian supper club with Tilda rice

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I remember when it was announced that the next host nation for the FIFA World Cup was to be Brazil.  On the faces of my Brazilian friends I saw the same eye-rolling mixture of boredom and scepticism that my own face had adopted when it was announced that South Africa was to host the 2010 FIFA […]

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A foodie walking tour of Hong Kong

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There are many ways to discover a new city.  You can spend months before your arrival reading every book about your destination that you can lay your hands on. Or you can visit its museums and palaces.  Or you can take an open-topped bus tour and see as many of the sights as you can […]

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Spicy rainbow chard on creamy polenta

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I can always spot them.  So can you.  And who are they? The cool kids. You know, they are the ones that everyone wants to hang out with; that everyone wants to have their picture taken with; the ones that hog all the front pages and win all the popularity contests.  It just doesn’t seem […]

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