Meme for 2014


2014

I do enjoy me a lovely, weird year. This one’s been at times a peach, and at others a bastard, although generally I’m quite happy with it. At any rate, I figured it was worth giving it a good meme. They’re fun and cathartic to do, but please don’t feel obliged to read if you couldn’t give […]

Less is warm: Layer down this winter with free HEATTECH clothes from UNIQLO


UNIQLO, HEATTECH, clothes

Working for a Japanese technology company renowned for its staggering array of ‘world-firsts’, I’m pretty used to neat, innovative kits from my overseas colleagues. It’s not with surprise then that I can say that the mighty Japanese inventors have done it again, but this time in the world of textiles for staple brand UNIQLO. Rather than […]

Go Sober for October vs. Stoptober: Which is worse?


Sober October

I’m not sure exactly what it is about the month of October that inspires personal challenges, but here we are, our social media streams inundated with give-up-do-gooders. I’m not one to talk of course; I’ve recently abstained from caffeine and squash with visible health benefits (teeth and tum). But October seems to bring out the […]

Knightmare Live: Not for kids


Knightmare Live

I’m ever so slightly too young to vividly remember the immortal ITV kids’ show ‘Knightmare’. Just as well really, or else I think I’d still be yapping on about the nostalgic, cultish, shambolic, bombastic, and, at times, awesomely manic Knightmare Live interactive theatre show that I saw at last week’s Udderbelly Festival. Mercifully, what I […]

Hydrotherapy heaven at SenSpa


SenSpa

For purity, silence and uncensored relaxation, you need to get your stressed, aching bones to the hydrotherapy spa – SenSpa – at the very English Careys Manor, New Forest. Boasting oodles of awards and accolades, this Thai temple of watery wonders is like no spa you’ve ever experienced. To start with, it’s huge. Once you’ve […]

Tuneful treats at the Ealing Music and Film Valentine Festival


Ealing Music and Film Valentine Festival

I really never win anything. So winning a pair of tickets to a Saturday evening orchestral concert – the pinnacle of the Ealing Music and Film Valentine Festival – was quite the treat. Now in its second year, the Festival celebrates the best that Ealing has to offer, backed by a dense history of music, […]

NHS Couch to 5K: Does it work?


NHS Couch to 5K

Designed to get self-proclaimed couch potatoes (or complete running novices like myself) up and moving, the free NHS podcast Couch to 5K is a damn good initiative. It’s free to download, and judging by the awful music that clearly didn’t require licensing, must’ve been dirt-cheap to produce. Oh, and in theory, it reduces obesity, potentially […]

Ten weird things cats do


Pepe the Cat

My cat is really weird. He’s not ninja cat, sad cat or LOL cat, he’s just an utter weirdo. During the time I’ve been living with the ‘mad king’ that is Pepe Bandeira Harris Spencer (yes, he’s a posh Mexican bandit), I’ve observed a few ‘special’ cat character traits. Is it just Pepe? Or are […]