Stressed Businesswoman Image credit to Ambro
Ming: 50 Years That Changed China At The British Museum (L) Paper money. Ink on paper. Issued in 1375. British Museum, donated by Emily Georgina Hingley. © The Trustees of the British Museum and (R) Portrait of Yang Hong (1381-1451). Ming dynasty, Jingtai reign, ca. 1451. Ink and color on silk. H x W (painting): 220.8 x 127.5 cm (86 15/16 x 50 3/16 in) Credit line: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.: Purchase--Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and partial gift of Richard G. Pritzlaff, S1991.77
Tapenade image credit to Berenguier Duncan
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Coping With

Green wetness with trees in Scotland

Give Us A Break – We’re Getting Soaked In Scotland

Holidays are for relaxation and enjoyment, an escape from stress, balm for the soul, or so Geoff and Sally thought! They aren’t meant to be spent huddled on the back seat of a minibus in Scotland trying to get warm while rain lashes against the windows and condensation falls in icy drips from the skylight overhead. Read more

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Well Being

World Stroke Day

World Stroke Day

Wednesday 29th October was World Stroke Day. Globally, more than 15 million people have a stroke each year, resulting in six million deaths. Since 2006, World Stroke Day has highlighted the worldwide rates of stroke, raised awareness of the steps that can be taken to prevent strokes and called for better support for stroke survivors and carers. Read more

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Tower of London Poppies  Image credit to Diesel Bob

Poppy Power Gives Us Pause For Thought

The country has become sharply divided in recent weeks into two distinct camps: the Haves and the Have Nots. Have you seen the poppies at the Tower of London – or have you not? Of course I am a Have Not – the story of my life, I suppose. I’d love to have gone and to have had the memory of my visit to illuminate my thoughts Read more


Off Duty

Broadway Market cheeses and cakes

Discovering London Markets

Nina spends a fun day with her daughter exploring the wonders of two London Markets – Broadway Market and Dover Street Market where she sampled some fabulous culinary delights from cheese, to cakes, breads, coffee, tea and fashion, including a visit to Victoria Beckham’s new store and Hostem. Read more


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Marcus at The Berkeley

Marcus At The Berkeley

Celebrating a recent anniversary, Sue’s helpful husband organised what turned out to be a rather special evening at Marcus at The Berkeley. They enjoyed a night of fine dining with a contemporary edge at Marcus Wareing’s brilliant Belgravia flagship. Read more

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