Zero Heroes

Last month, I celebrated my birthday sober to help raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. It's a cause close to my heart (and other organs) and, of course, I'm not alone. This, though, did not mean I had to forgo fizz on my big day, oh no. I was fully prepared to feel virtuous with my summer-time … Continue reading Zero Heroes

Lâchez-Vous!

I said a mellow goodbye to Sober October with a fruity friend from the Languedoc. The well-named Lâchez-Vous! is a full-bodied Syrah/Grenache blend, red-purple in colour with the scent and taste of black and red berries. Dry and smooth, it went down very easily as I said hello to November. The next day, on a casual wander through … Continue reading Lâchez-Vous!

Mirage

/ˈmɪrɑːʒ,mɪˈrɑːʒ/ Noun: mirage 1. An optical illusion caused by atmospheric conditions 2. An unrealistic hope or wish that cannot be achieved Origin - early 19th century: from French se mirer 'be reflected', from Latin mirare 'look at'. (With thanks to the Oxford English Dictionary). Lately, although I have felt that much appears unreal and that … Continue reading Mirage

All Is Mended

Last week, on the last day of July, I said goodbye to a dear friend at her funeral service in Southwark Cathedral. The site has been a place of Christian worship since c. 606 AD, when the first church was erected there, and the current building became a cathedral upon the creation of the diocese … Continue reading All Is Mended

High and Low

One of my favourite buildings, St. Paul's Cathedral, in one of my favourite places, the City of London. Ground level pictures were taken on 12 July from Paternoster Square, the elevated shots on 24 July from Madison on the rooftop terrace at One New Change. Even in extreme summer heat, some places always keep their … Continue reading High and Low