brrr (midtown east)…

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

It’s five hours behind the UK, the sky is clear and air is dry and crisp as is the snow dusting the New York parks – yay! It’s also – predictably – very cold, but fortunately the erstwhile punters of Manhattan and the boroughs have rushed to my aid in providing warmth and comfort, not […]

planes, trains and mac & cheese…

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

And I’m back (well not just back, but finally properly awake and blessed with enough free time to do something on the computer other than answer emails, scout the next lot of hotels and flights and yes, start planning the next trip to NYC). Woohoo! After the smoothest possible journey there, complete with a decent […]

home (which was nice) and away…

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

So finally an ordinary(ish) week; peace, tranquillity and charming punters aplenty arriving from far and wide. Well, the Midlands, South Yorkshire and the Dales, anyway (wherever that is; being one of those parts of the country not easily accessible to non-drivers, I can only speculate). To the gentleman who appeared bearing not only my very […]

back! and off again…

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

And I’m back! After spending the last three days being fed, fussed, dry-flotated (?) and otherwise mollycoddled to a heinous degree (and even learning new and useful skills; hula hoop fitness class anybody?) I can happily report that I’m looking forward to a lively few weeks… I have had a special bamboo massage plus a […]

concrete jungle that dreams are made of…

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

And a couple of decent nights’ sleep later I am bright eyed, bushy tailed and very much refreshed following a wonderful few days! I began last week with the nostalgic pleasure of a night at an airport budget-chain hotel (keycarded lifts as a legitimate security measure rather than a headache being something of a novelty) […]

i heart NY…

Monday, March 7th, 2011

And hello from Terminal 2, JFK airport – the least temperamental wifi so far this week in fact, the promised free connection at the hotel eventually and after much panic-stricken hand wringing coming the way of the ubiquitous plastic boxed Ethernet cable, once I had cast my mind back to yesteryear and remembered what one […]

que pasa, NY?

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Well, three days to go now before embarking on this years’ Big Trip (last years being Jersey I suppose, if travel by air is one of the main criteria), and I have spent today happily organising warm clothing in accordance with the weather forecast (desirably and reassuringly chilly) composing ipod playlists and Kindle collections and […]

commencing countdown…

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

And a belated Happy Valentine’s Day to everybody reading; I was fortunate enough to have much of the day for some remorseless lazing about after enjoying a lovely aromatherapy massage as this month’s treat, and even got an unexpected happy ending upon discovering a slightly misshapen but desirably gym-locker-warm Snickers at the bottom of my […]

well, who would have thought it…

Friday, February 11th, 2011

…I’m being sent to Coventry! Well not sent, strictly speaking, but Other Stuff has decreed that I will be in the area mid-April, and since I was planning a return to Nottingham around-about then anyway it seems an ample opportunity to kill two birds with one stone and spend a couple of extra days exploring […]

kung hei fat choi!

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

And another whirlwind visit to the capital ends, after four days of hi-jinks, more spoiling-rotten with LadurĂ©e macaroons, wine and dining out under Waterloo Bridge (in, I should hastily explain, a restaurant) which I had at one point thought may never get underway following one technical hitch after the next, and coupled with the usual […]

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