Deep in the bosom of the gentle night is when I search for the light, pick up my pen and start to write…

I’m a night owl. Always have been. Despite my attempts to fall into a sleeping pattern more in keeping with having to get up at 7am every morning to do the school run morning routine, I can’t consistently settle into an early-to-bed routine. One of the things I’ve resolved to do this (birth)year is to […]

Reclaim the rights to rot teeth, you know you need it…

I went to a Nestlé reunion in Croydon tonight and caught up with old friends and colleagues I hadn’t seen for years. I’ve got these friends on Facebook but, without wishing to be all cliché about it, there’s no substitute for actually getting together. Up until recently, Nestlé had been part of the Croydon landscape […]

I leaned back on my radio, some cat was layin’ down some rock ‘n’ roll…

Last night’s episode of the BBC’s utterly fantastic radio series The People’s Songs focused on David Bowie’s Starman. I’m not going to say much more about it, you should just listen to it. I hadn’t realised until last night that Bowie’s Space Oddity pre-dated Starman by three years, being released in 1969. Space Oddity is […]

And all the time you remind me of blitzkrieg and the doodlebug, salt upon a bubbling slug…

Hidden salt ‘present in popular restaurant meals’ Apparently there’s too much salt in a lot of restaurant meals. Ironically, at a meal on Saturday night, there was distinct lack of proper seasoning on one of the dishes I had and, extremely rarely for me, I ended up having to add extra salt to my meal. […]

Mother’s Day 2013

As is becoming tradition, we went to the Vintage Tea House in Reigate for a Mother’s Day high tea (albeit at 11.30am). I’m always amazed how many people pop in and try to get a table without a reservation as it’s always popular on Mother’s Day, although to be fair, one family lucked out when […]