Pigs might fly

December 26, 2012

We’ve all seen those “Who is going to pay for your funeral?” ads on television. I’ll bet that really wasn’t on the mind of the Lady Katherine Howard (right), wife of the Duke of Norfolk, when she died in 1465. I recently came across the shopping list for the banquet served on the day of […]

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Attention seekers

October 11, 2012

You’re sitting in a restaurant and suddenly you realise you’ve become invisible. You’ve politely tried to beckon a waiter – and then another. You think you’ve caught someone’s eye at last, but though they are looking your way, they seem to be seeing right through you. Short of being a total tosser and rudely calling […]

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High tea in Hong Kong

October 2, 2012

During my recent trip to Hong Kong my fellow travellers and I decided to join the queue waiting to enjoy traditional high tea at the feted Peninsula Hotel. This is held daily from 2pm-6pm in the grand lobby, a beautiful area with its neo-classical arches and smart colours. Waiting was no great hardship as we […]

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Bouquets and birds

September 12, 2012

Fortunately a couple of days before we flew to Hong Kong, I bought some Stegmann slip-on shoes. I knew the minute I put them on that I’d made a good choice. They were extremely comfortable and light, didn’t need breaking in and the punched leather uppers gave good ventilation. We walked a lot during our […]

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Hong Kong food markets

September 10, 2012

It’s about a dozen years since I last visited Hong Kong so when Jess, daughter-in-law-to-be, suggested I go there with her and meet up with her parents who were on their way home from a holiday in China, I thought “Why not?” We had a week there – with a two-day side trip to Macau […]

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