Out of Season Travel: Malaga & Granada

Whilst the weather takes a turn for the cold here, I managed to squeeze in a couple of days in sunny Malaga & Granada, Spain. It’s not quite the season for vacations but here’s a potential summer place to bear in mind because I have absolutely never been to anywhere quite like these two places before. Malaga is often known for its beaches & summer … Continue reading Out of Season Travel: Malaga & Granada

Where to eat for Christmas

So it is time once again to start debating the age-old question with your house mates/course mates/ family… where to for the annual Christmas meal? Luckily, Exeter has options a plenty, ranging from the distinctly bargainous and alternative to the very special. It definitely makes sense in my mind to venture somewhere exclusive to Exeter and so the following Christmas menus are institutions exclusive to … Continue reading Where to eat for Christmas

Making a Statement: Scarves, Bow Ties and Necklaces

I’m going to level with you – I’ve never been very good at accessorising. I’m just more interested in swatches than watches. That was until I discovered how much fun statement neck-pieces are. Anything on your collar is in the prime position to be an ensemble focal point and just gives your outfit that edge. This can totally vary as well, as there are a … Continue reading Making a Statement: Scarves, Bow Ties and Necklaces

Pear and Chocolate Crumble French Toast

With Bonfire Night’s pulled pork, burnt marshmallows, cinder toffees and bitter ales behind us, there’s less than a month to experiment in the kitchen before it’s all about three bird roasts, apple and sage stuffing, pigs in blankets, goose fat potatoes, vol-au-vents, mince pies, brandy butter and port. Three gleaming weeks to nourish the festive spirit (nostalgia, comfort, indulgence and all) without a figgy pudding … Continue reading Pear and Chocolate Crumble French Toast

Book Review: Minotaur by Benjamin Tammuz

Whilst in Rome I stumbled onto a very special looking bookshop – Liberia Minimum Fax on Via Della Lungaretta for those interested – that had me lamenting my lack of Italian. A small corner of English books were all I had but that soon proved sufficient because I’d never seen/heard of those authors before. Minotaur instantly piqued my interest – mythological name for a clearly … Continue reading Book Review: Minotaur by Benjamin Tammuz

Review: An Elephant in the Garden by Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Simon Reade starring Alison Reid

Talking to children about war is hard. Facts are the easy bit – most primary school children can tell you all about wars. They know when they happened, who fought who, names and dates and numbers. To convey the human side of war to children, to demonstrate things like suffering and hardship, and convey the stories of individuals without making war seem distant and unreal, is more of a challenge. Continue reading Review: An Elephant in the Garden by Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Simon Reade starring Alison Reid