Easyjetters. If you fly frequently you will have spotted some if not all of these creatures. The casually coiffed, adorned with a cashmere cardigan, carrying a large handbag with a roughly folded copy of The Telegraph sticking out. The lone teenager going to stay with friends of the family. Loafers, no socks. Trying to look … READ MORE


Sally Brampton and Virginia Woolf. When I first saw Sally Brampton’s name trending on twitter today I felt that shudder that prequels bad news. And sure enough, she has left us. Before I knew how, I thought of Virginia Woolf. This is an excerpt from Virginia Woolf’s suicide note to her husband. …You have given … READ MORE

Sally Brampton and Virginia Woolf

Finders, keepers? Costa coffee I am sure I will be accused by some of making mountains out of molehills but there is a moral principle at stake here. I was working in the UK some time ago near a bevy of pubs, restaurants and cafes. Lucky me you might say but with only 2 hours … READ MORE

Finders, keepers? Costa Coffee

Did Prince think his religious beliefs were worth dying for? I know we are still waiting for the full toxicology report but when I saw these three words, I for one was sure. Hospital. Jehovah’s Witness. It is well documented that Prince left hospital quickly after his bout of flu-like symptoms that meant his plane … READ MORE

Did Prince think his religious beliefs were worth dying for?

Helping children with cancer. Why 7 inches is better! That got your attention, hopefully. It may seem a little incongruous when you see what this relates to but I think it is worth it. When I watch the news, look around the world at the state it is in I mostly feel helpless. However, if … READ MORE

Helping children with cancer

  40 years ago I was standing in the shower, looking across to the bay of Antibes and thought, I want this! 22 years ago I started making real changes. No more 9-5. 12 years ago I turned my dream into reality. From Sutton Coldfield to the south of France via Southampton. The story of … READ MORE

40 years ago I was standing in the shower…

Each month I am reading a new author. I want to learn what makes them successful. What is their appeal? Of course I will struggle, like most people, not to be subjective but I will try… Here are three first pages from well known authors. I say well known in the sense that I see … READ MORE

One new author per month. Help please.

The perfect way to spend 5 NICE days and four nights on the Cote D’Azur on a budget. Okay, I live 20 kms away and have been here for over eight years but there are still places I haven’t seen or really want to revisit. It just is… the most spectacular place. So, here are … READ MORE

5 NICE days on the Cote D’Azur on a budget