Theatre 2018 – King Lear, Duke of York’s Theatre, London

Saturday, September 29th 2018 – King Lear, Duke of York’s Theatre, London We swore after our 2016 “Year of Lear”, having seen Michael Pennington, Sir Anthony Sher and Dame Glenda Jackson all give superb if wildly different interpretations of the role, that we would spare ourselves the gloom of it for a while and would…

Recipes 2018 – Recipes (Uzbek Plov)

Thursday, 27th September 2018 – Recipes (Uzbek Plov) Following on from recent posts about food in Kyiv and Ukraine, here’s a pair of recipes for plov. Both will probably easily serves 10 people, or possibly more, depending on hunger levels. Uzbek Plov – Recipe 1 Ingredients 1 kg moderately fat lamb 1 kg medium grain…

Travel 2018 – Kyiv, Ukraine, Day 4

Thursday, 20th September 2018 – Kyiv, Day 4 We were due to leave on an early afternoon flight, and a car had been booked to pick us up at 11:30 so we figured we’d have time to go and see at least a tiny part of one of Kyiv’s greatest monuments, the Lavra (which was…

Travel 2018 – Kyiv, Ukraine, Days 2 and 3

Tuesday, 18th September/Wednesday, 19th September 2018 – Kyiv, Days 2 and 3 Day 2 was manic and intense work-wise, and the only sightseeing that was done was from the seat of a mini bus taking us back and forth from the hotel to the office, mostly while stuck in traffic that wasn’t much going anywhere….

Travel 2018 – Kyiv, Ukraine, Day 1

Monday, 17th September 2018 – Kyiv, Day 1 Finding myself in Kyiv for a 2-workshop and meeting session with the rest of the 12-strong team I am part of, the London contingent (two of us) were on the ground and in our hotel about 3 hours ahead of everyone else, so with the dispensation of…

Food 2018 – The Hopping Hare, Duston

Tuesday, 11th September 2018 – The Hopping Hare, Duston This was one we’d been meaning to try for a while, having heard good things about it on the grapevine. There was a rumour the chef had once worked at the late lamented Roade House, and that he was in good form here. We were keen…

Travel 2018 – Goodwood Revival, Goodwood

Sunday, 9th September 2018 – Goodwood Revival Meeting, Goodwood 2018 was the year of Goodwood for us. Having failed to get to any of the main meetings in previous years, largely because they tended to clash with international F3 meetings elsewhere in Europe, we’d pretty much given up on the idea. Last year, the club…

Travel 2018 – Fishbourne Roman Palace, Chichester

Saturday, 8th September 2018 – Fishbourne Roman Palace, Chichester I have no idea why but I’ve never been to Fishbourne Roman Palace. The only reason I can come up with is that we never went on holiday to Sussex (though I had an address there for a couple of decades – I didn’t do a…