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HOTEL REVIEW: The Principal York

May 28 2023
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The Principal York Hotel: 4 / 5 stars.

Monica Costa and myself headed North to sample the joys of York and review The Principal York Hotel. The Telegraph gave it 4 stars and we concord with this rating.

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Musings on acute fecal incontinence

May 27 2023
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There’s fart, there’s shit and now there’s a helpful new compound word to clarify the subtleties of bowel incontinence  –  ‘shart’ –  currently called ‘leaking poo’ by the NHS. It’s a lonely, unsettling and little spoken of place you go for 24 hours after eating an indian or some highly processed food, in which you can no longer fart with confidence.

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BALLET REVIEW: The Sleeping Beauty at the Royal Opera House

May 26 2023
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The Sleeping Beauty ballet is back at the ROH on its 99th performance, and now accessible to all in a cinema near you.

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May 23 2023

‘Get off the ****ing road!’ I bellowed across 3 lanes of traffic in my most ferociously loud teacher voice, only ever used for breaking up playground punch-ups. I’m petite so there’s the element of surprise. I’ve stopped footie fisty-cuffs in the tube at Fulham Broadway and a roly-poly drunken brawl on Putney High Street ‘Ya not our mum.’ one brother growled. That’s all bringing out the bitch for show. But on Putney Bridge last week, I was feeling genuinely GBH-ish.

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Bell-ringing for beginners: or should I say Bell-swinging?

May 22 2023
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Bell-ringing for beginners: or should I say Bell-swinging.

Did you know there’s a book listing every belfry (‘bell tower’) in the world with 3 or more swinging bells and 95% of them are in England? Swingers have the knobs on stalks (‘clappers’, as in, go like the ) inside that clang as the bell goes horizontal. There’s solo and twin bells, but they aren’t counted because all you can do with them is ding-dong or dong-ding. Not very exciting. You can’t make bell music ‘a method’ i.e.  a sequence of dongs in a prearranged mathematical order. And that’s what fires up the bell-ringers of the British Isles and certain outposts of the ex-Empire.

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