While out for a walk around the Isle of Dogs in the Spring sunshine this afternoon, we stumbled across our new neighbour – Bokan, on the 38th floor of the Novotel on Marsh Wall. I’m so glad I was persuaded to make the trip upstairs, both to check out the marvellous views over Canary Wharf […]

I was working in Barcelona Thursday and Friday of this week. It’s something I usually look forward to as I get some time in one of my favourite cities, work with great clients and arrange travel set to a very human schedule.

Thursday went well and I landed in some lovely Barcelona sunshine. I even had time for a coffee in the sun and enjoyed the walks I had to and from the hotel I was staying in. All in all, one of those work days that reminds me that setting up my own business was one of the best decisions I’ve made in life.

Friday? Not so good.

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While out for a walk this morning, I noticed that there’s a new coffee shop coming to Westferry Circus here in Canary Wharf: the brilliantly-named Department of Coffee and Social Affairs. I’ve only visited one of their outlets, the one around the corner from Liverpool Street. If memory serves, the coffee was delicious – but […]

Being my own boss and working from home regularly means I can ‘step out’ of work when it suits me. And today at lunchtime, it definitely suited me. Although really cold, the sun was shining and the sky was blue. I’d spent the morning huddled over my keyboard, furiously re-writing a new workshop, so I […]

I’m really not proud of myself this evening. I’ve done absolutely nothing except eat far too much and then regret my actions.  Let’s start at the beginning. Yesterday evening, @FrankDJS booked us brunch at the local ‘Big Easy‘, kicking off at 11:30am. My plan was therefore simple: get up early, go for a run, then […]

On my way back from Cheltenham on Friday night, I passed though Paddington Station (which, bizarrely, now seems to smell almost permanently of burnt cooking oil and chips…). Stink and slightly drunk Friday night commuters aside, I was surprised to findĀ a brass band performing at the end of one of the platforms! They were from […]

I live! I didn’t just survive this year’s Royal Parks half-marathon, I enjoyed every minute of it! It was, as ever, a well organised and very picturesque race. But the addition of some unexpected sunshine was simply an added bonus. My pacing was a little off due to navigating early crowds and needing to stop […]

I’m sitting in my kitchen, sipping a coffee and preparing to get dressed. At 0900, I’ll start the Royal Parks half-marathon and run 13 miles / 21km around London’s stunning parks. All in aid of Epilepsy Action. Training has gone well and I’ve been very pleased with my longer runs, both in terms of pace […]

They’ve been a guilty pleasure on every trip I’ve taken to Asia…a visit to a Starbucks for a delicious matcha green tea frappuccino. Malaysia. Singapore. Japan. It’s always the same. That said, I’m not normally a frappuccino drinker – if I go to Starbucks, I have a very ordinary coffee. No syrups, no cappuccino, nothing […]