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In Search of England: Her Majesty’s Official 90th Birthday Parade

Trooping the Colour
It’s almost Her Majesty’s birthday again, thus also Trooping the Colour, and here is my guide* to watching the day’s events in front of Buckingham Palace, with thanks to the lady who stood beside me – my “neighbour” – when I went in 2016 for her 90th official birthday. It was my first time spectating, and I had a good enough time that the Queen, touch wood, should see me for her 100th birthday!

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In Search of England: Costume spotting

Been busy this month so here’s a quick roundup of the one activity that unites all my October weekend experiences – costume spotting. From 1066 to the modern day to “out of this world”, I’ve spotted it all.

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It’s been a month since I left The Pigeonhole, a digital publishing start-up, so for Throwback Thursday I’m going to recount my unexpected moments there:

  • Stroking a taxidermied pigeon.
  • Setting a lunch trend.
  • Encountering questionable websites in my media list research.
  • Trying to concentrate with a dog’s head heating up my lap.
  • Arguing over Brexit with everyone but the dog.
  • Receiving a photo of a newborn baby in an email.
  • Eating “the best falafel in London”.
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Flat Iron: ‘Best in class’ – restaurant review

Flat Iron Butcher's Diagram

The back of the menu, showing all the different cuts of beef.

The Flat Iron made its way onto my list of “places to eat” easily. The restaurant was recommended to me by my Dad – who over the course of his brief stay now knows better places to eat in London than me – via a Chinese website promoting the best value London eats, and in reviews closer to home it ranks among the top places to eat for steak-lovers in London. A fine reputation among both local and foreign diners was all it took, plus a special occasion to justify yet another dining-out night. Continue reading

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Laos Café – hold your nose…

Laos Café

On Chinese New Year day, my Dad and I tried the new pop-up Laos Café by Saiphin, who runs Rosa’s Thai Café in Soho, London. It runs until the end of February, and is located 3 minutes’ walk away from London Victoria station on:

25 Gillingham Street London SW1V 1HN
Mon-Sat 12:00-22:30
Sun        14:00-22:00

I myself would not recommend it, but I think I am the odd one out, as everybody else (see photo) seemed to be enjoying themselves, and this other review says that the food is authentic. Maybe I’m just not suited to Laotian cuisine. Continue reading