5 Ways to Enjoy Autumn in the Time of Corona

Autumn is a good time. Yes, the days get shorter, darker and colder. But the leaves are crisper, the pubs cosier, the wine redder and the jumpers thicker. The winter coats and the wooly hats make their long awaited appearance. Picnics are replaced with roasts. Pumpkin spiced lattes and hot chocolates make their grand entrance….

The Rise of the Staycation

Summer in the time of Corona is drawing to a close. Probably a summer unlike most have experienced before. There was some respite – thanks Mr. Covid for that, it was genuinely appreciated and didn’t go unnoticed. So what did Summer 2020 bring? More home offices. The re-opening of pubs. And the return of holidays,…

Summer Reads 2020: 6 Reviews

Summer holidays bring lots of nice things. Sun. Cheap wine. Lovely cafes in French squares, beach trips and long lunches. Also time.  I did my research for my summer reads well this year. A mix of recommendations from friends, family, Instagram, and Amazon resulted in one of the best sets of books I’ve read back…

Clash of the (Tech) Titans

This morning my Apple iPhone alarm woke me up. I turned it off. I scrolled through Instagram. Then Facebook, and Twitter. I replied to a message on Whats App. Then I googled the opening times of Starbucks, as I was meeting a friend there soon. On my iPhone I was hit by no fewer than…

The WFH Pandemic – 4 Cons & 3 Pros of Remote Working

Pre covid, WFH was a bit of a novelty. We had a max once a fortnight policy, and this worked perfectly. The night before the chosen WFH day had a bit of a Friday night feeling – maybe you’d have an extra glass of wine or watch an extra episode of whatever series you were…

The Great British Picnic 

Us Brits have always loved a picnic. The origins of picnics date back to the Middle Ages, where snacks were brought out to huntsmen who decided to stop in the open air for a break and a bite to eat. The term picnic is French (pique – nique), and exploded in popularity in the 1700s…

Normality Within Tape 

Last week our work put a live stream in our calendar. A very millennial and all too common feature of many businesses in 2020 – a good ol’ virtual update. In it, we were told, unsurprisingly, that we would not be back in the office until at least early September.  The last day we were…

Albert Göring: The Anti – Nazi Brother of Hitler’s Right Hand Man 

Göring is a name synonymous with evil.  Hermann Göring was Hitler’s right hand man – one of the masterminds behind the establishment of the Gestapo, concentration camps and the Battle of Britain. He was the most high profile Nazi to have been tried at Nuremberg, but escaped the hangman’s noose by committing suicide hours before…

The 3 Best Corona Leaders… and the 3 Worst

Let’s start with the worst. 3. Boris Johnson – UK Best Corona gaff: ‘I was at a hospital where there were a few coronavirus patients and I shook hands with everybody’.  The quote above sums up pretty well Boris’ attitude of British exceptionalism in the face of Coronavirus. The virus may be causing havoc everywhere…

Pasta is Love and Pasta is Life

Lockdown has had the whole country discovering hidden talents and suddenly practising hobbies they’d never considered before. From knitting to painting by numbers, learning new languages to Tik Tok videos, the creativity with which people have taken to amuse themselves when deprived of normal activities has been impressive to say the least.  One of the…