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E-mail and ‘Brideshead Revisited’ Visited

I made no resolutions this year, nor planned anything, Life has continued, mostly with a relaxed energy and efficiency. One thing I’ve noted is that I’ve started unsubscribing from e-mail marketing lists. Now, not only am I going out more into the world, but also getting far more done. It wasn’t my intention to unsubscribe, it […]

A MacUser goes cycling

I’d “liked” Mac|Life’s Facebook page a while ago, sporadically responding to various posts they put up. They say they are “your favourite source of Apple news, reviews and how-tos”, but actually it’s a sycophantic source of propaganda, with no balanced arguments, no deep dives and it mostly serves up adverts. Their final post before I […]

Hemsley & Hemsley and the Art of Eating Well

My brother and his delightful new Portuguese girlfriend’s Chrimbo pressie was a copy of a cook book Hemlsey & Hemsley the Art of Eating Well, which seems to be all the rage at the mo. In of itself, as a book, it is a thing of beauty. High production values, excellent design, lots of superb food […]

Car hire companies – how to complain and win!

The web is full of horror stories of holiday car rentals that go wrong. Usually these complaints involve hidden charges at the point of collection and are centred on spurious refuelling policies or unexpected insurance upgrades. But in my case our holiday car rental nightmare started after we dropped the car off back at the […]

‘Zuckerberg’: A Contemporary Fairytale?

When I wandered into our local video store last week in search of ‘Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale’, for you know who aged 8 years, I found myself instead  asking ‘Have you got Facebook?’ The shopkeeper, who knows our penchant for the queen of fairies and all things pink and shiny was not taken aback. After […]

Pitch Anything

Pitch Anything is a book that I would never in a month of Sundays have read if I didn’t have a little buzz thing inside my head called Ed Dale telling me, “you have got to read this book, you have got to read this book, read this book, read this book, best book of […]

Book Review: Torn by Drew Wagar

The two main protagonists are as different from each other as two people could be… Drew does a good job of describing the backgrounds of these characters and brings them together in an unusual way. In fact while the story in one sense is a fairly standard romance, the topics that collide and forge the […]

Book Review: Get off the Sofa by Dr Andrew Curran

If you want to know how your body works and how to keep it healthy this is a book that will fill you with knowledge. It’s well written with good and as simple as possible explanations of the complex processes within the major organs of the body… But I’m not sure who this book is […]

Cowboys and Aliens: A Bloke’s Review

Whether you have seen this or not, whether you want to or not, you should read this review . . . Cowboys and Aliens: ‘B’ Movie Seriously, what a stupid, ‘B’ Movie type title, I am willing to bet there isn’t a single ounce of intelligence around the table that chose that title, they must […]

Wine review: Freixenet Elyssia Pinot Noir

Last week I reviewed Freixenet Cordon Oro. It appears Madam had another bottle that she was saving for a rainy day. Hmm. As I liked Freixenet Cordon Oro so much I thought I’d try Freixenet’s Elyssia Pinot Noir (£14.50) even though I am not a lover of Rose wine or Rose Champagne. What it says on […]