Brewdog is coming!

I've been as excited as a child on Christmas Eve knowing that Brewdog's biggest ever pub is opening about 5mins walk from my office. I'm a big fan of their beers - a conversion to which has left me leering at standard lagers. Yes, I've morphed into a craft beer snob. Recent tours and visits ...

Eurovision 2018: My favourite

It's that time of year again. On May 12th, this year's Eurovision Song Contest final will take place in Lisbon. It's also time for me to make a prediction. Seems like only yesterday that Portugal won for the very first time - with an excellent song. One that remains a firm favourite even now. And ...

Look up for the old and the new

My walk in this morning was characterised by blazing sun and blue skies. Quite the change from yesterday's incredibly awful conditions! As I walked along the Thames path, the new buildings (pictured above) in Canary Wharf contrasted sharply against the blue sky. They've been building these new offices and homes for what seems like an ...

Another view down the Thames

As it turned out, the weather had improved dramatically by the time I left my office yesterday evening, so I did, in fact, walk home. And the view over my shoulder as I approached Canary Riverside was just lovely. I know I might be turning into a bore, gushing about the London skyline over the Thames, but ...

This is why I love living by the Thames

With views like this from just outside the front door of my building, I'm regularly reminded that it's worth all the noise and hassle of living on the Thames Path. The views are spectacular and the sunsets just amazing. Plus, the Thames has always something interesting to watch; whether it's visiting naval vessels, yachts, row ...

Healthy? Or just plain stubborn.

Like the rest of London - and most of the South East of the UK - I woke up this morning to face some pretty unseasonal weather. Lashing rain, howling wind and temperatures that raised even my jaded eyebrows. As I wrote last time, I've been trying to keep up a habit of walking to ...

Keeping accountable: An April update

After January's moan-fest-slash-admission-of-fatness post, I thought it was time for an update. This month, after not a lot of progress, I've made a few changes to my routine and I'm happy to say they're paying off for me. Food On the diet front, the biggest change I've made is logging all my food and drink ...

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Greetings from the sick bed…

I've been struck down with a dose of the most virulent strain of man-flu. And I won't hear otherwise... I got stuck in Dublin last week, as it was being battered by Storm Emma and the 'Beast from the East'. Cue several cancelled flights, cabin fever as I got stuck in my hotel and a ...

Why are (some) people so flakey?

I'm noticing a trend in my life and I don't like it: being let down by other people. I don't mean end-of-the-world, life-changing stuff. I mean the day-to-day commitments we make to each other, just to keep things ticking over. Turning up on time, doing what we say we'll do, fulfilling services offered...that kind of ...

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