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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Saturday Snapshots #286

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  Jumeirah beach cityscape, Dubai – September 2013

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Spaghetti squash, feta and chilli risotto

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  “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans” - John Lennon So on Saturday 9 February I was planning to have quadrilogie de canard for lunch at LeVaffiue, Les Get in the French Alps. But life intervened and instead, I found myself lying in agony in the snow with a broken femur beside Le Yeti […]

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Saturday Snapshots #285

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  My last ever chair lift  ride – Les Gets, France, February 2014

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