Smoked mackerel, beetroot and potato salad

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Like most weeks, last week saw many famous birthdays. Iggy Pop, the super-impressive and seemingly indestructible (despite his best efforts!) grandfather of punk turned 67.  Queen Elizabeth II of England turned 88  (although her birthday is only officially celebrated in June). Crispin Glover who played a fresh-faced George McFly  in Back to the Future turned […]

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A taste of Lund, Sweden

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  “Wow”, said Nick as we surveyed the scene outside the train station, “they sure like their bicycles!”.  And he was not exaggerating:  the kind of space you normally see devoted to cars is the amount of parking space dedicated to bicycles in Lund, a university town near Malmö in southern Sweden.  Like all the best […]

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Saturday Snapshots #288

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  Emirates Air Line cable car across the Thames – London, March 2013

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Dutch split pea soup (erwentensoep or snert)

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Slang.  It’s a term we use every day without really thinking of its precise meaning.  For instance, could you provide a coherent explanation of the difference between slang, jargon and colloquial speech?  Without a brief trip to our mutual friend Google?  If you put together various dictionary definitions of slang, you would come up with something […]

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Seafire Steakhouse @ Atlantis The Palm

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  If I had to describe Atlantis The Palm in a word, that word would be certainly be “impressive”.  Approach the hotel up the spine of The Palm and it stands like an exotic salmon-coloured beacon right at the pinnacle of this man-made palm-shaped island off the coast of Dubai.  Step inside and there is the 10m […]

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Saturday Snapshots #287

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  Marina Bay Sands by night – Singapore, September 2013

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Poached eggs, spinach, Boursin & mushrooms on toast

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I often hear people saying: “It’s all a matter of perspective” – which is arguably just a fancy way of saying “it depends how you look at it”. We often use this to try and find the good in an otherwise dismal situation, encouraging friends going through tough times to try and change their perspective […]

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