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Life across the grassy knoll

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Life across the grassy knoll

Cooking paella is to many an art form, whilst to others it’s a way of life and the search for its perfection is their sole raison d’etra. So, how is it then that my neighbour at Alchemy – an ex derivatives trader, hotel and restaurant owner and now Mallorca’s premier landscape garden designer – created on Sunday unquestionably the greatest example of this exalted dish – and he’s English! He has become in recent months, my very own Capability Brown but in the process has consigned me to live in a perpetual miasma of dust and dirt as JCB drivers mold, [Read More]

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Savannah, Georgia and the Low Country

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Savannah, Georgia and the Low Country

Those good ‘ol boys of the American South know a thing or two about hospitality, unless, of course, you’ve been viewing the Bert Reynolds classic film Deliverance. Thankfully, the only person to squeal like a pig on my recent trip was my better half, so delighted was she by the calibre of the food in this most under explored and most overwhelming part of the US of A. To read more click here Savannah. Did you like this? Share it:Tweet

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Heeley’s “Hot” Plates at the Edinburgh Festival

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Heeley’s “Hot” Plates at the Edinburgh Festival

Which is Europe’s premier city? Where would you like to enjoy a street corner cappuccino? A pre-prandial aperitif with views of historic rooftops and rolling hills beyond? Take in a live performance? Visit a gallery? Or mooch and mingle with the great and the good? Rome, certainly, Paris indubitably, Barcelona quite probably.  But were it not for the vagaries of its climate, my number one choice would be Scotland’s capital city Edinburgh. Every year the festival hoves into view in August and is now so all encompassing that everything from the Fringe, the Book Festival and a myriad of art [Read More]

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The Arab Spring

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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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Every volcano cloud has a silver lining

So, there we were ensconced in the back of a sumptuous BMW limousine, on route to Damascus airport when the fateful phone call came in. The driver answered his ringing mobile and – inexplicably – turned and said it was for me.  For me, I thought, for me? – how could it be? The voice at the other end confirmed, however, that it was. “Mr David? I’m afraid your flight has been cancelled due to the volcano in Britain” and so began one of the most surreal episodes in my life, my time as a refuge. The only difference being, [Read More]

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Wynn-win

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Wynn-win

  Barely a week goes by without me receiving an invitation to one do or other.  Some are ridiculous – like the recent request for me to visit an abattoir in Accrington to sample their award winning tripe, still warm from the kill.   Others meanwhile are sublime and recently included an offer of lunch with ex-Emmerdale starlet Amy Nuttall. Now, with all due respect to busty ex-soap stars, I was particularly pleased to receive an invitation from none other than Steve Wynn, to visit his eponymous hotel in Las Vegas, especially in view of the current controversy raging around Britains [Read More]

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