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Made in London.

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My Double Date

My first date this week was with Hugh, and the second with Jamie,  although I nearly stood Hugh up.  I went to the wrong cinema, waited half an hour with glass of Pinot in hand, and wondered why there were so few people in the lobby. It didn’t make sense: Hugh Grant and Stephen Frears…

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The Game’s Afoot – Enfants Terribles at Madame Tussaud Coming in July 2016, this immersive adult only experience is run by Les Enfants Terribles. It’s an interactive Whodunit led by actors and set in Victorian England. Using clues you’ll be transported to Sherlock Holmes’s Baker Street drawing room, dart around London’s gas-lit streets and amble…

A RIGHT ROYAL CELEBRATION

It’s been a merry week, with London celebrating the Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday, St George’s Day and  the 400th anniversary the death of William Shakespeare. London was awash with Union Jack flags, the Dubonnet flowed in honour of Her Majesty, and The Bard’s works were brought to life all over the city.     I took…

THE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE

The American photographer Slim Aarons, who snapped “attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places,” is on show at The Getty Images Gallery in Soho until the 7th May.  Aarons’ photos capture the razzle-dazzle and the effortless and understated affluence of the jet set in some of the world’s most glamorous places: Palm Beach, Hollywood,…

HOLI COW!

Holi is an ancient Hindu celebration which is also known as the Festival of Colours. It marks the end of winter and the start of the spring harvest season.  All over India, the day after the first full moon in March, thousands of revellers pour into the streets and literally paint the town. Bonfires are…

Oxford and Cambridge, Hammersmith, races, dove pub

A DAY AT THE RACES

It’s The Races today. Not Ascot, silly: The Oxford and Cambridge! I’ve always been a Cambridge supporter. Why? It was all about Maurice, the luminous 1987 Merchant Ivory film set in Cambridge, with James Wilby and a floppy-haired Hugh Grant. Cambridge seemed the most romantic place on the planet. I imagined every rower there was a Hugh Grant,…

HOT CROSS MUM

It’s the usual mayhem and madness. School breaks up in an hour, and Mrs Bunny has yet to procure a single Easter egg. With a household diet of vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, “I’m on a diet” or “I don’t give a crap as long as it’s chocolate and doesn’t have Marmite in it,” I’m in a flap. Growing up…

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