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What do workers want?

Taking “afternoon tea” at one of the local FE colleges to mark a friend’s retirement was an insight into the catering training young people get these days. The sausage roll’s flaky puff pastry was excellent, but the plates of sandwiches…

Touch tour.

I had a great time feeling my way over a couple of Navy divers: thigh fondling and calf caressing.   No, not that! I was in the Old Customs House (previously the Captain’s Office of HMS VERNON) surrounded by the restaurants…

Sauce for the goose works for the gander too?

The idea of new laws setting “minimum service standards” seems sensible, especially when health and safety is involved.   Let’s hope that those drafting the standards take account of the provisions that nurses, ambulance drivers etc already put in place voluntarily…

What’s the truth?

BBC “Today” programme fan-fared changes in Government approach to benefits for disabled people who manage to get back to work: not losing their benefits as soon as they start; possibly not having to endure another Personal Capability Assessment if the…

Bah! Humbug!

What would Scrooge think of this vision of Christmas Present: battling between various strikes, constant price-hikes, an energy crisis during freezing weather, nations at war and intransigent politicians?   Life seems to be staggering from one crisis to the next so…

Ready for Christmas?

Download the free Christmas recipe booklet.   Try these savoury buns  I discovered in France a few weeks ago, flavoured with smoked salmon or the taste of the Mediterranean. Baked in this week’s on-line demo, I made tiny versions to serve…

Virtually cooking for Royalty.

No, it wasn’t “By appointment” but I did introduce our on-line demonstration to Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex.   The video of our butternut squash soup, ginger cake and a copy of my book were all presented to her…

The Great Honey Fraud Alert.

Too good to be true: if you’ve bought ultra-cheap honey from a supermarket, you’ve probably just been scammed!   After milk and olive oil, honey is the most adulterated food in the world. Real honey that we love is produced in…

Great audience.

The small stock of books was snapped up this week.   Speaking to the Stokes Bay WI was utter pleasure as their huge membership produced an audience of nearly 100 supportive and receptive listeners.   We had all battled torrential rain so…

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