May 26, 2018.Reading time 8 minutes.
After we came out of the Chelsea Flower Show at 8.00pm, we decided to find somewhere to eat. I’d earlier noticed a Polpo in the pedestrianised area of Duke of York Square, just off King’s Road. On a warm late May evening after a lovely time at the Flower Show, supper al fresco seemed a […]
August 9, 2015.Reading time 7 minutes.
OK. I am officially envious. Bright green with envy! Rick Stein has just embarked in his new TV series on BBC2 on a road trip from Venice to Istanbul. If someone were to say, What’s your dream road trip? Then I’d be pretty likely to come up with this one. However, if I can’t actually […]
May 2, 2015.Reading time 13 minutes.
I love the Rialto area of Venice and while at first thought it conjures up visions of many tourists crowding across the famous bridge; traffic jams on the Grand Canal as water taxis, vaporettos, speed boats and gondolas all compete for space; and stalls full of tacky souvenirs at inflated prices, you need only walk […]
October 2, 2013.Reading time 7 minutes.
It was a day for grazing. I’d been up early as I had to finish work on some proofs and get them into the post. People are surprised that we publishers still sometimes work in the Dark Ages and I do actually read page proofs, as in a great pile of paper pages, to which I […]
July 1, 2013.Reading time 7 minutes.
June went out in a blaze of sun-drenched glory yesterday and it was thus a perfect day to head out of London and up the M40 to visit my daughter in Birmingham. Birmingham may be the UK’s 2nd city and famed for its ugly ‘Spaghetti junction’ motorway interchange but in the five years Nicola has […]