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The Arab Spring

Travel Writer

The Arab Spring

These last few months have seen the news pages of the world dominated with the comings and hopefully many more goings of various Middle Eastern dictators and despots. I visited not only the lovely city of Damascus, in Spring 2010 (http://bit.ly/iHUeZR) but also a year earlier one of the most hospitable cities in the whole world, Beirut.  Read my thoughts, ramblings and general impressions on this most vibrant of cities by clicking the link below and if possible visit it soon. The Arab Spring Did you like this? Share it:Tweet

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What they didn’t want you to hear.

Food Critic

What they didn’t want you to hear.

There has certainly been some very obviously ups and downs in the Manchester City Centre restaurant scene of late.  Where, paradoxically, the downs are terrific – and the ups less so. The sub terrain experience that is Australasia may be underground but everything else about this terrific looking restaurant is at the very pinnacle whilst Vertigo, on John Dalton Street, may have a name that implies dizzying heights but I feel it’s got some way to go to achieve this lofty ambition. The restaurant, of course, was previously Ithaca and even though its decor was very reminiscent of an upmarket, [Read More]

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Bacon on a roll

BBC TV & Radio Broadcaster Food Critic

Bacon on a roll

Everybody in this business has their food heroes, usually chefs like Alain Ducasse, Ferran Adria or the adjectorially limited Gordon Ramsay, but mine have always tended away from purveyors of fine food and more to brave restaurant innovators for entrepreneurs. In the past these have included Oliver Peyton – he of the incomperable Mash and Air – as well as masters of the mainstream such as Sir Terrance Conran.  To this short but august list should now be added Tim Bacon, who for the last decade or so has been behind the founding and opening of various restaurants for Northern based [Read More]

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Modernist masterpiece/folly now open for business

The Building Obsession

Modernist masterpiece/folly now open for business

The modernist masterpiece/folly is up and running, can you believe it?  After a mere four years of finding, designing, planning and now building our homage to contemporary architecture, we’ve at last spent our first night in our new Mallorcian house. We’ve christened it – somewhat pretentiously, Alchemy because, unlike that medieval pseudo science, we’ve succeeded in transforming worthless base materials such as stone and cement into something magical.  I warned you about the pretention. After a year of continuous building our first night was a watershed and even though for most of that time we have resembled latter day Miss [Read More]

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Best Restaurants in the World

Food Critic

Best Restaurants in the World

On one of my regular weekly appearances for BBC Radio Manchester, recently, I discussed, with Co-Presenter Matt White, the recently announced San Pellegrino 50 Best Restaurants in the World. To hear more about them, the awards themselves and how I was one of the founder judges of this, now most prestigious of marques click the following link: Gourmet night with Matt White BBC Radio Manchester Did you like this? Share it:Tweet

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Rub a dub, dub where is my tub?

The Building Obsession

Rub a dub, dub where is my tub?

The ongoing travails of my construction of a modernist Mallorcian masterpiece/folly continue. Regular followers will know that several years ago now I embarked upon an ambitious project to build a shrine to modern architecture, in the rural idyll that is the hinterland of the stunningly attractive island of Mallorca. Several episodes have already unfolded and all of these and many more will eventually be published in book form under the title of “The Building Obsession”. This latest debarcle came about as a consequence of me sourcing my bathroom equipment from UK suppliers due to the current weakness of the pound [Read More]

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