Monthly Archives: Feb 2019

Valentine’s Day Special: Top 14 Love Songs

The candles are lit, the Champagne is ready, but… What are you going to listen to? Don’t worry, here’s a completely subjective Top 14 Love Songs for the 14th of February, in no particular order. Continue reading

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Brunel’s SS Great Britain

As some of you may know, I am a bit of a Victorian history geek. So when Jon and I found ourselves in Bristol almost by accident, it was too good an occasion for an immersive experience to miss. Continue reading

#Foodie Friday: Where I Eat in Mons (And Why You Should Too)

This article is part of a series that explores Mons (Belgium)


Between the tourist traps that should be famed for the prowess of serving you meat that’s simultaneously frozen AND burnt and the overpriced cafés where the waiters are so rude you’d believe they’ve spent the last twenty years isolated from the rest of humanity in a disused bomb shelter, it is difficult to find a nice place to eat in Mons. Like all small towns whose days of glory are long gone, Mons still thinks it is the centre of the world, and it shows in the way it treats the innocent people who dare to ask for a decent dish served by a decent person at a decent price. But worry not; I’ve got your back! Continue reading

Tried and Tested: Piato


In a nutshell

Object: Piato
Location: Minoos 5, Ag. Nikolaos 721 00, Greece
Price: Starters from €8, Mains from €12
Website: http://piato.gr/
Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 13:00 – 23:00
Book a table: 0030 2841023173
Status: Highly recommended
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥


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I watched Polar. I didn’t like it.

* This post contains spoilers *


I love Mads Mikkelsen. In fact, when I say that I love Mads Mikkelsen, what I actually mean is that the man is a genius and that he probably is the greatest actor of his generation. I LOVE him. If I ever got to meet him, I wouldn’t be able to say anything else than “Fflbbfdgfd,” which would obviously translate to “Oh boy! I am so excited to be meeting you! I love your work and I think you’re really hot,” (to which he would most certainly reply “Who gave you this address?” before calling the security). I’ll watch anything he’s in, though I have a soft spot for independent Danish films, like the fantastic Adams Æbler (Adam’s Apple, 2005) or Mænd & Høns (Men and Chicken, 2015) in which you can actually see his extraordinary comedic range. Continue reading

Why We Travel

I used to teach at university until fairly recently. Part of my role consisted of teaching first-year ESL students how to read fiction and non-fiction. Before diving into the heart of the matter, I would invariably ask them the same question: why do we read? And I would invariably get the same answers. Most students would come up with individual observations, all along the lines of entertainment and edification, which is interesting on two counts. First, their answers showed that they had personal reasons to read (which always reassured me) and second, that they were missing the bigger picture. Continue reading