Valentine themed family meals

Jan 10 2015

The importance of Valentine is totally overrated. In this piece you can find my suggestions for home-made Valentine themed family meals.

Valentine’s Day comes from an old tradition linked to both agriculture and religion. Traditionally, Spring begins on 14th February which celebrates St Valentine’s Day and in which it is said that birds choose their mates. In some parts of Britain the 14th February used to be known as ‘the Birds’ Wedding Day’. While when the modern tradition started, it was quite thought-provoking and romantic, now it has become too commercial and over the top. It is shocking that every year Brits spend around £503m on cards, flowers, chocolates and other gifts for Valentine’s Day.

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London for Londoners on a Thames cruise

Oct 27 2014

After 16 years living in London I still feel I love and live my ‘town’ like a tourist. I mean it in a good way! Inevitably living in such a metropole, you often feel like a tourist because there’s always so much you haven’t seen. Adding to that is the fact that London is an ever changing city and therefore not the same place I visited for the first time in 1988.
And yet again I feel overwhelmed with joy when I have a relaxing lunch with an old friend on a Thames cruise not filled with tourists (for a change) but with ‘regular’ Londoners who just catch up  with their peers for a birthday celebration or a special occasion.

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Bonfire Night Do’s and Dont’s

Oct 26 2014

Like every year, children cannot wait for bonfire fireworks. It’s an annual ritual and London has to offer so much for families with young children. This year Bonfire Night is on 5th November but the most spectacular fireworks display are on Saturday 8th November.

Bonfire Night is also known as Fireworks’ Night or Guy Fawkes’ Night and is a British tradition that dates back to the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, when Catholic conspirator Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament and King James I. An interesting anecdote about this tradition is that before each State Opening of Parliament the Yeoman of the Guard search the cellars in the Houses of Parliament. The 5th November remembers when Fawkes was arrested.

Fireworks displays are usually organised and advertised for locally across London usually in parks.

Some people attempt their own fireworks but that’s when it becomes dangerous. Here are do’s and don’ts in health and safety for Bonfire Night.

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