Ten things that make me happy

I recently got tagged by Fed to write my own version of his post '10 things that make me happy". But I got the notification while I was lying on the beach in Sitges, so there was no way I was going to touch the keyboard until I was back here in London. As for ...

Sitges Pride, 2017

Well. That was an experience! Up until this month, I've associated Sitges with sleepy, relaxing afternoons on the beach and wandering through narrow streets hunting out decision Catalan nibbles. A very chilled out place. But spending a long weekend there during Pride was something very different! And if I'm honest, it was just what I ...

Catalan jalapeño madness

I spent Thursday and Friday working in Barcelona - a bit of a monthly routine for me and nothing out of the ordinary. But I did stay at a new (new to me, anyway) hotel and so was able to notice the little differences that make for a nice hotel stay.  Firstly, I had my own ...

Two months until Tokyo!

Yes! In just two short months, I'll be making my way for another visit to Tokyo. And this time, I'll have a new co-pilot: my ten-year-old nephew, Andrew. I'll be flying up to Edinburgh to pick him up and, after a weekend there, we'll fly to Amsterdam, from where we'll go to Tokyo, via Helsinki. ...

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Making Alexa more accessible…

...no, not really. But the Saturday Night Live crew had some fun with it all the same. https://youtu.be/YvT_gqs5ETk

Eurovision relief!

I asked. I pleaded! I begged for your votes for this year's Eurovision entry from Portugal. And it seems to have paid off. After an incredibly tense run-off in the voting (well done, Eurovision organisers for adding such a nail-biting voting mechanism!) it looked like Portugal's hopes were about to be dashed by a 17 ...

Eurovision 2017: A plea for Portugal

So, my wishes came true. Portugal made it through the Eurovision semi-final earlier this week and now have a chance to win the final - started in just under an hour. Here's the thing. Portugal, despite performing 49 times since joining the Eurovision Song Contest in 1964, have never won. They've never even made it into ...

Going out on a Eurovision limb…

I've been a pretty poor Eurovision fan this year. It was only the other day that I consciously sat down and had a look at this year's entrants. Last year, I was blogging about the contents weeks in advance. I'm losing my edge, obviously. Or perhaps running my own business means I have more to ...

The Apple Watch is the only thing keeping me in the Apple ecosystem

I've been watching developments over in Android land with some interest. No, I'm not about to jump ship (again!), abandoning all my Apple gadgets. But I've been watching how Android is quickly shaping up to be an excellent alternative to iOS. So why wouldn't I switch next time I upgrade my mobile phone? My Apple ...