val de ree, val de raa…

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

A few days decompressing later (helped along in no small part by a big Sunday lie in only curtailed by an all-consuming craving for sausage sandwiches at 1pm) and the now usual unpack-launder-top up-and-repack of the work suitcase is done; likewise the accounts, including the painstaking conversion from € to £ of every receipt for […]

a room with a view…

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

And true to form after the undisputed fabulousness of my last London base a scant three weeks ago, the payback – as regular readers may remember, hotel-karma is a good friend of mine and the deceptively nicely-furnished and clean but otherwise utterly shambolic Edinburgh incall base which I have called home for the last three […]

a is for…

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Tonight’s post is brought to you from my overly warm but otherwise surprisingly charming Newcastle digs, boasting as they do excellent linen, a large, comfortable bathroom from which I entertained the idea of beginning this posting had the marble surrounding the bath been a touch wider, and a refrigerator replete with FREE bottled water, orange […]

i got 99 problems but a fish ain’t one…

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Firstly, and as so many have now asked, above is a picture (of one at least) of my oft-mentioned piscine companions; Chubby Chops is a brand new addition to the household, and is settling nicely in Tank 2 having shrugged off a touch of whitespot from the pet shop. He enjoys eating, digging, and getting […]

the great escape…

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Well, as the karma fans among us might have reasonably expected following my extremely good fortune room-wise in London the other week, and more recently at my truly luxurious boutique hotel in Sheffield a scant 48 hours ago, the gods of travel retribution were merely biding their time and unfortunately struck with the oft-quoted great […]

full steam ahead!

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

And spring has most definitely sprung at last – yay! The sun is still shining outside my windows at seven pm, Scarborough’s lovely daffodils and primroses are all in full bloom amongst the woodlandy-bits and I, ever the optimist, have left home without a coat on two separate occasions this last week for the first […]

can’t say they didn’t warn me…

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Well time to pack up and I am happy to report that my Glasgow trip has been lots of fun, at least in the impromptu mini-break sense of the word! Having followed a visit to the Gallery of Modern Art with a pot of Darjeeling at the Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed Willow Tea Rooms before spending […]

waterloo sunset’s fine…

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

Once again, a delightful few days in London comes to an end and despite missing a couple of my regular callers who were sadly committed elsewhere, and unbelievably being no-showed for the first time in ten months (the only real irritation here being that I could have gone out earlier rather then sit around the […]


Sunday, October 10th, 2010

Sod mid-January. I will be back in St Helier at the end of November for more fun, a proper look round and a spot of Christmas shopping; I am not yet advertising (officially), but I have arranged my travel and accommodation, plus I have been kindly forewarned about the weather so this time will be […]

notes from a (very) small island…

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

I’m back! That is, back having this afternoon safely returned from my (all too brief) jolly to lovely St Helier, and after a faintly shaky start aided by a 5am alarm, the usual AW timewasters, torrential rain and one lone visitor who inexplicably arrived smelling like a farm animal (but unfortunately lacking any of the […]

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