Covid-19 | How Are You Feeling?

The atmosphere in our bit of suburban West London is strange. There's a sense of waiting and I don't just mean the lengthy queues every morning outside the local branches of Superdrug and Boots. Right now, life feels ominous but semi-normal. Certain shelves in the local supermarket are empty. Dried pasta, toilet rolls and any … Continue reading Covid-19 | How Are You Feeling?

The Luck of the Irish

Outside the Irish Embassy, August 2018 Like many people who grew up in England's North West, I have Irish ancestry on both branches of my family tree. North and South of the border. Roman Catholic and Church of Ireland. Migration to England in both the 19th and the 20th Centuries. It's something that I've been … Continue reading The Luck of the Irish

Tour of the Palace of Westminster

The Palace of Westminster is one of the most recognisable buildings in the world (even when parts of it are hidden under seems like acres of scaffolding). With Big Ben's Elizabeth Tower at one end and the Victoria Tower at the other, its striking façade stretches for 287 metres alongside the River Thames. The palace … Continue reading Tour of the Palace of Westminster

For the Love of Books | Favourite Reads of 2018

Last year was a great year for reading.  It was difficult to whittle the list down, but here are my six favourites:  Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman: Back in January, I told you  that I received this for Christmas (it may have been a gift to myself …) and I devoured it between … Continue reading For the Love of Books | Favourite Reads of 2018

For the Love of Books | Currently Reading December 2018

Even though this month was such a busy one, I managed a fair bit of reading (there are some pluses to doing the school run twice a day by bus) and everything read was in the form of a 'real' book. The Zion Chronicles by Bodie Thoene: This is a set of five books, all … Continue reading For the Love of Books | Currently Reading December 2018

Currently Reading | September 2018

Everything I read in September was in 'real book' form. There was a biography, a novel and a compilation of letters. Ma'am Darling by Craig Brown: In this rather irreverent look at the life and times of Princess Margaret, Brown serves up 99 tales, some funny, some cringeworthy and some simply awful.  I never met … Continue reading Currently Reading | September 2018

National Army Museum

After visiting Carlyle's House, we had lunch at the Royal Hospital and then popped into the National Army Museum. We focused our attention on the temporary exhibition Special Forces: In the Shadows, which presents ideas of security and secrecy through the lens of the UK's Special Forces. It's a fascinating exhibition and one that makes me … Continue reading National Army Museum