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Chatham Maritime Food & Drink Festival, Kent

I’m really excited that this food and drink festival, practically on my doorstep, has become an annual fixture on the calendar. It usually takes place on the late May bank holiday weekend. There are loads of stalls selling artisan and locally-produced food and drink, as well as live musicians, dragon […]

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Travel curse strikes again!

Dropped. Squashed. Lost. Dropped. Lost. Survived. No, that’s not a strange new take on the fates of Henry VIII’s wives; it’s actually the fate of my sunglasses during my travels over the last few years! Sadly, among my family and friends, it’s become expected that I’ll either lose or damage […]

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Holidays are coming…

No, not Christmas, but Italy. And I must stop picturing it as a holiday; it’s a ‘working trip’ 😬 But after more than six months of thinking about and planning this one I can’t believe we’ve actually reached this point. The little things have started coming together… we finally got […]

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Travel collections

I’ve never been a big fan of the idea of adults collecting stuff. To me, large collections of random things like cat ornaments or biscuit tins are utterly pointless: they gather dust, make a house look really untidy and they’re mostly redundant, not being used for their intended purpose. Collections […]

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Brexit and International Driving Permits

In a very short amount of time I’ll be going to Italy. Flights were first booked many, many months ago in a flurry of excitement about travelling in one country for an extended period, working and writing as I go. It’s a step towards a much-anticipated personal dream. Back when […]