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Five great things about being single

Five great things about being single

Despite not being in one for a considerable length of time, I have every faith that a good long term relationship is like one of those very expensive duvets from the White Company. Secure, comfortable and still kind of sexy if worn with nothing underneath. When the time is right, I think the whole she...
Porto: The wine valley

Porto: The wine valley

Jesus’ ability to turn water into wine probably explains why he had more followers than Stephen Fry. If he was on Twitter today there’d be a crowd of city girls forming Belieber inspired fan groups in a bid to get their grubby paws on some of his budget cocktail recipes. Sadly I’ve never found a...
Bargain winter sunshine

Bargain winter sunshine

Judging by the number of deckchair dwellers lined up on Brighton beach like battery hens, it seems we’re all enjoying the final days of summer. Which means (much to my dismay) that Autumn is just around the corner; ready to impose its ugly, chilly, flu inducing self upon us. Some people love this time of year....
Guest Post: The Alice Tea Rooms

Guest Post: The Alice Tea Rooms

Ever wondered what became of the white rabbit and the mad hatter? Literary lover Hannah  from Palindrome Poppet  recently visited the Alice in Wonderland themed Richmond Tea Rooms in Manchester. Here’s what she thought… If someone asked me to go wander round aimlessly down the dark alleyways surrounding Canal Street, I’d wonder if they’d recently suffered a...
A weekend in Prague

A weekend in Prague

Giving a Segway to a girl with almost zero coordination is like watching a baby deer trying to escape the clutches of an enraged mountain lion on a skateboard. Dangerous, adrenalin fuelled and guaranteed to end in tears. In the end there was no weeping. (I’m a brave like that.) But there was a rather...
Olympics Loving

Olympics Loving

I’ve never been a huge fan of British flag waving events. Cooing like a sexually aroused pigeon over an unelected monarchy or a team of tantrum throwing footballers always struck me as faintly ridiculous. I’ve no desire to steal the magic for those who enjoy such union jack fuelled festivities; it’s just never been my...
Hotel break bargains

Hotel break bargains

Despite my desperate pleas to the great and powerful Gods of Sunshine, a thick blanket of cloud has taken up permanent residence over the UK. And since window smashing hail stones began falling from the sky like a scene from a low budget apocalypse movie, we’re keener than ever to claw our way out of this sodden little...
Escape the rain: The Algarve

Escape the rain: The Algarve

  “I haven’t ridden a bike since I was 10”, I casually warned our tour guide. “Don’t worry, it’s just a gentle 6km cycle around the national park.” An hour and a half later I arrived, near collapse, to a bemused guide. “Hmmm, you need to join a gym,” he said, eyebrows raised. D’ya think!?...
How to pick a good restaurant abroad

How to pick a good restaurant abroad

Though I’m often plagued with the nagging fear that my smart phone is cleverer than me, I wouldn’t be without it.  For starters, the iPhone culture has almost completely abolished disappointing restaurant meals for tech savvy diners. With a stream of reviews available at the touch of a button, I need never again dampen my...
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