Sofitel London Gatwick Hotel review

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A couple of winters ago, Nick and I set off on our annual ski trip.   As usual, to maximise ski time and minimise cost, we were flying out of  Gatwick airport at some ungodly hour, requiring the alarm to be set for well before dawn.  Bags packed, passports checked, house locked and ice scraped […]

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Braised baby turnips and radishes – and a workshop!

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When I was a teenager, I used to keep a list of songs that reminded me of particular people and events.  Looking back at them now, some songs still instantly transport be back to a particular time, place or company while other associations have been lost and can only be vaguely recalled because I wrote […]

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Namaaste Kitchen review

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Anybody who has visited London for any length of time will be aware  of the city’s (and indeed the country’s) love affair with Indian cuisine.  You can travel to the teensiest, least ethnically diverse hamlet in the remotest part of the UK… and I will bet money on the fact that you will find a […]

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Saturday Snapshots #282

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Window, Lagos, Portugal – January 2011

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French onion soup with Comté cheese toasts

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We have a lot for which to thank the ancient Greeks. They helped us to make sense of the world by coming up with philosophy, geometry and astronomy.  They gave us small  but useful things like levers, screws and coins.  They are credited with inventing the concept of the map, the umbrella, the thermometer and […]

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Saturday Snapshots #281

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“Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.”  (Herman Hesse) - Balquhidder, Scotland – November 2013

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Dinner at Westminster Kingsway College with WineTrust 100

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Years ago, I remember when the Cape Town Hotel School restaurant first opened on the Granger Bay campus, literally a stone’s throw from the V&A Waterfront.  ”Hmph”, said my father, ever the pessimist, “why on earth would you pay good money to go and eat at a place where the chefs don’t know what they […]

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