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Have a tour of Blandy’s Madeira Wine Lodge

Today we visited the Blandy Madeira wine lodge. This is situated in the centre of Funchal a short walk down from the presidential gardens. The Blandy wine company offers three tours at different prices each offering different things. We opted for the premium tour (middle) which included a tasting, explanation of vine to wine and […]

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Cook your own steak at Leeno’s bar and restaurant in Funchal, Madeira

The most popular main course at this excellent restaurant in the Lido area of Funchal is ‘beef on the stone’. Your fillet steak comes raw on an incredibly hot marble slab. Served with a tasty jacket potato and three sauces you have the job of slicing and cooking your steak how you like it. The […]

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Take the Yellow Bus Company open top bus around the sights of Madeira

There are a few open top ‘hop on hop off’ bus companies that take you around the sights of Funchal and beyond. We opted for the ‘yellow bus company’ for a price of 12 Euros per person. This price was for a two day pass (consecutive days) included two possible routes. One slightly longer than […]

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Explore the fish market of Funchal

This magnificent fish market in Funchal sells fish like no other. Walk to the old town, pass through the fruit market and then head down the stairs to the fish. You will see a wide variety of the freshest fish here from tuna to scabbard. Go early as it sells quickly to trade and the […]

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Have a journey on the cable cars up in the hills of Funchal, Madeira

These cable cars take you to the top of the hills in Funchal. The round trip takes around twenty five minutes. If you want to stop at the top then you can visit the botanical gardens or be pushed down a hill on a basket! Also you can visit ‘the church of our lady of […]

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Sit by the outdoor pool at the Melia Mare Hotel, Funchal in Madeira

Just arrived at this beautiful hotel. First stop is a lounger in the Sun by the select pool overlooking the ocean.

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Use iWatermark to watermark your images

If you want to add text to your images then I have found that iWatermark is a simple but effective app. Once watermarked you can then save the image back to your camera roll. This will stop others from using your images.

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Have flambed steak in Funchal, Madeira

These pictures were taken in a restaurant in the lido area of Funchal, Madeira. You don’t always see outside cooking.

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Study this info graphic about Mcdonalds – How much did you know before?

There are also several other interesting facts such as McDonald’s has more customers daily than the population of France. McDonald’s annual ads budget is as big as that of a recent US presidential campaign One McDonald’s meal nearly equals the USDA average calorie intake for men

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Watch Hans Klok 15 World Record – 15 Illusions in Five Minutes

These illusions will blog your mind. We went to see Hans live a few years ago. If you have a thing you would like to feature then please get in touch.

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Read Flip it by Michael Heppell

This excellent book is also available as an audio download. ‘Flip it’ covers all areas of life including your work and friends. There is invaluable advice in this book with lots of real things you can do now. This is just one of a several books that Heppell has written. The ‘Edge’ is also a […]

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Enjoy landing at a different airport than you expected

Today we should have taken an Easy Jet flight to Funchal, Madeira from Gatwick. Instead we landed in Tenerife. This was due to high winds. To be honest communication was poor from inside the plane and even worse at Tenerife airport. They were however thrown into a unusual situation and had two members of staff […]

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Drink the best real ale you will ever have at Ye Old Shambles Tavern

This is a place that wasn’t actually on our ‘things to do’ list but were very glad we stumbled across Ye Old Shambles Tavern. Basically it looks like a shop that sells bottled beers from the outside but step inside you realise it is much more. The front of the tavern is bar area which […]

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Try out the Canbury Arms in Kingston-upon-Thanes

The Canbury Arms is a fantastic gastro pub in Kingston-upon-Thames. This pub has a bar area and a larger more spacious dining area. There is a full range of real ales and fine wines. The food is brilliant. I had the steak and ale pie as a main course and pork belly squares for starter […]

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Take a trip to York Minster

Experience one of the top visitor attractions in York with a trip to York Minster. Regularly voted one of the most popular things to do in York, the Minster is not only an architecturally stunning building but is a place to discover the history of York over the centuries, its artefacts and treasures. The Minster […]

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Visit York’s Chocolate Story

The York Chocolate Story is a mixture of guided tour and demonstration. You even get to make your own chocolate lolly – adults too! The guide we had was passionate about giving the customers a good experience and delivered the tour with wit and humour. This is a perfect thing to do if you have […]

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Have breakfast at the Hotel Du Vin in York

This breakfast is worth a feature all of its own. Uniquely these days the cooked breakfast is made to order and not buffet style. The menu has the traditional cooked breakfast but also some healthier options. There is also a continental buffet table containing cereals, fruit juices and pastries. This breakfast is excellent.

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Stay at The Hotel Du Vin in York

Hotel Du Vin is a luxury hotel about ten minutes walk from the centre of York and around five minutes walk from the city walls. The hotel is ‘wine themed’ with a fine restaurant and regular wine tastings. We stayed here this weekend to feature places in York with Visit York. At night the hotel […]

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Download the iYork App and have the entire of York offline on your phone

Download the iYork App and have the entire city on your phone. The app is completely off line due to the somewhat poor data signal in York. There is every shop in York and restaurant listed on this App including around 4000 menus. Download it and please comment to tell us how you got on.

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Admire the view on the top of Clifford’s Tower in York

Treat yourself to the best views in York – climb Clifford’s Tower or tackle the steps at the Minster, the views are breathtaking. Or ride the York Wheel boasting magnificent views of the city, entrance through the gardens of the Royal York hotel. Discover York for the first time in 2014 – visit http://www.visityork.org and […]

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Take a ride at York’s Jorvik Viking Centre

The world famous JORVIK Viking Centre is a ‘must-see’ for visitors to the city of York and is one of the most popular visitor attractions in the UK. Discover York for the first time in 2014 – visit http://www.visityork.org and book your accommodation with Visit York for an exclusive 20% discount off a 3 day […]

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Dine at The Blue Bicycle restaurant in York

For lunch we booked a table at the Blue Bicycle restaurant. This restaurant is in a quiet area of York but only about a five minutes walk from the main centre. Here are five things about the blue bicycle restaurant. Very friendly staff. We were made to feel so welcome from beginning to end. The […]

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Buy the York Pass – the best way to see Yorks things to do

The York Pass – Once purchased the York Pass offers you a choice of free entry into over twenty five York attractions and tours as well as restaurant and shopping offers. You can buy a 1, 2 or 3 day pass making it a superb addition to your leisure break. To buy a Pass Tel […]

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Walk the walls in York

Circumnavigate the city as you walk around York’s famous medieval walls, the longest in England – the best way to get your bearings.

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Sit up in the balcony at Vecchia Roma Italian restaurant on Bridge Road near Hampton Court

Vecchia Roma is an Italian restaurant about 5 minutes walk from Hampton Court Palace. It has been established in Bridge road for many years. The food is very good quality with a set menu that is reasonably priced. On the menu you will find such delights as King Prawns in Garlic butter and calves liver. […]

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Have a pint and experience history in the Coronation Hall in Surbiton

Yesterday we went to the Coronation Hall in Surbiton. This is now a Weather spoons public house but has a massive history behind it. It used to be a cinema and then a bingo hall. Away from the massive selection of ales you can spend ages looking at the film memorabilia on the walls and […]

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Drink a Firecracker Cocktail with Royal China on Bonfire night

Explode this Bonfire Night with a Firecracker Cocktail at Royal China Royal China has launched an explosive new cocktail for Bonfire Night which is guaranteed to send temperatures rising on 5 November 2014. East meets West with the Firecracker cocktail, a spicy infusion of rum, coriander, fresh red chillies and mango juice, topped with ice-cold […]

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Spend fifteen minutes doing something you don’t want to do

If you have a job that you need to do today but have been putting it off then do this. Just spend fifteen minutes on it and you will be amazed how much you get done. In most cases if it is a thing like dusting or washing up you will probably have finished the […]

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Drink a pint of real ale complimented with a bag of crisps.

This old school treat never fails. Go to your local pub and enjoy. Think of the how many beer and flavoured crisp combinations you can choose from.

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READ ABOUT FRANCES SEGELMAN SCULPTING SIR DEREK JACOBI

IN JUST TWO HOURS FRANCES SEGELMAN SCULPTED THE HEAD OF SIR DEREK JACOBI LIVE AT THE LONDON FILM MUSEUM I had the privilege to be part of a VIP audience to see the Royal sculptor, Frances Segelman sculpt the head of the English actor and stage director Sir Derek Jacobi. The event was held in […]

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Fine Dine at Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot takes place this year between 17th June and 21st June and is one of the major highlights of the UK horse racing calendar. Last Saturday I travelled to Ascot by invitation to sample a fine dining taster menu that people will be enjoying at Royal Ascot this summer. There was of course a […]

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Download the Dice app and book Gigs without any fees

Dice is a unique app that allows you to choose Gigs to go to in the London area. Dice is a beautiful app that is stylish, simple and a dream to use. The main advantage is that you do not need to pay any booking fees. The price that you see on the screen is […]

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STAY AT BROOKLANDS HOTEL FOR AFTERNOON TEA AND SPA

The Brooklands hotel is modern and smart. The Spa is out of this world and feels like the ultimate in luxury. Enjoy a sophisticated cocktail in the bar after a massage and relax in the hot tub.

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Eat at the Wharf Restaurant overlooking the Thames in Teddington

The Wharf Teddington is situated on the riverside in Teddington, overlooking Teddington lock – famous for Monty Pythons Fish Slap Scene! The Wharf Restaurant and Bar is unique in that it is the only dedicated restaurant in Teddington that takes advantage of the River Thames. Nearly all other restaurants in this area are on the […]

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Have afternoon tea at the Lancaster London Hotel

Lancaster London Launches Sweet New Afternoon Tea Lancaster London, overlooking Hyde Park, has just launched a new Afternoon Tea guaranteed to put a smile on guests’ faces. New Executive Chef Ben Purton has created a fun yet traditional Afternoon Tea, with nostalgic candy inspired sweet treats such as: White chocolate truffle & raspberry lollypops with […]

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Watch the Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse due to Resonance

The Tacoma Narrows Bridge is a pair of twin suspension bridges that span the Tacoma Narrows strait of Puget Sound in Pierce County, Washington. The bridges connect the city of Tacoma with the Kitsap Peninsula and carry State Route 16 (known as Primary State Highway 14 until 1964) over the strait. Historically, the name “Tacoma […]

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Drink Real Ale at The Mute Swan in Hampton Court

To celebrate last months Great British Beer Festival and make the most of our dedicated ‘research’ from the day, they are holding their own Champion Beers of Britain Week from Friday 17th October to 26th October. They’ve put together a decent line up of our favourite championship beers from the festival including the supreme beer champion – Timothy Taylor’s Boltmaker. […]

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EAT AT KASPER’S SEAFOOD BAR AND GRILL AT THE SAVOY HOTEL

HAVE YOU EVERY BEEN TO KASPER’S SEAFOOD BAR AND GRILL? Keep on walking through to the back of the iconic Savoy Hotel, London and you will find Kasper’s Seafood Bar and Grill – a fresh, crisp, high quality brasserie completely void of all the stuffiness you might expect of a hotel of this caliber. If […]

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Download and Use the Parker Car App

If you live around the Teddington and want a reliable taxi firm that you can order using your phone then try this one. We use them frequently and their app technology is fantastic. You can track the vehicle and they text you when your transport is on route. You even get receipt emailed to you. […]

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Stay at the Cranley Boutique Hotel in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Cranley Hotel is one of London’s most charming and welcoming townhouses, a luxury boutique hotel situated in the of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Comprised of 3 Victorian buildings which date back to 1869, the 39 bedrooms offer a tranquil home from home in the heart of London. It’s traditional English character and […]

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Eat at the Warehouse Restaurant in Southport

The Warehouse was our first stop in the seaside town of Southport. This is one of the finest restaurants in Southport and is only a short walk from the station. Once you have eaten here you could then move onto the Vincent hotel for a cocktail before heading home. Buying an old clothing warehouse in […]

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SUPPORT THE PRINCE’S FOUNDATION FOR CHILDREN AND THE ARTS LIVE AUCTION AT THE SAATCHI GALLERY

Last Wednesday we went to the Be Inspired art Auction at the Saatchi Gallery. This live auction was to raise money for the Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts. Children & the Arts engages with disadvantaged children nationwide who do not have access to high-quality arts activity because of either social or economic barriers. […]

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Eat at 63 degrees French restaurant in Manchester

There is now no need to travel to Paris for authentic and modern French Cuisine. In fact you need look no further than Manchester City Centre if you want to eat high quality French food – perfect for a special meal with a loved one. 63 degrees is gaining quite a reputation for excellent food […]

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Stay at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bristol

The other day we stayed at the Radisson Blu Hotel which was very central and had riverside views. We thoroughly recommend it.

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Visit the new Foyles Book Shop near Tottenham Court Road

Foyles has moved just next door and has completely been modernised. This is by far our favourite bookshop in London. There is also a brilliant coffee shop where you can relax with your laptop.

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Go to see Black Coffee at The Rose Theatre in Kingston-upon-Thames

Jason Durr is the new Poirot Tonight is the first night of his new play at The Rose Theatre in Kingston-Upon-Thames Hercule Poirot returns to the stage in Agatha Christie’s Black Coffee, now starring Jason Durr from ITV’s hit series Heartbeat in the role of the famous Belgian sleuth. Since Heartbeat Jason has appeared on […]

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Declutter your Kindle

Your Kindle book reader is probably full of books that you don’t read. It could be argued that you read less because you are focussing on too many books. Spend fifteen minutes deleting/archiving all books that you don’t read. Just spend time enjoying one and appreciate every turn.

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Have Afternoon Tea at Penny Hill Park Hotel in Surrey

Enjoy a huge unlimited range of teas and coffees to enjoy with your food Admire the shine on the beautifully presented scones. Enjoy the pastries and the sandwiches presented to you on the layered stand. Take a trip to the luxury spa afterwards and relax by the pool.

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Use the Fiverr app to get inspired

Fiverr is a website and app which is an online market place where people offer to do little jobs for you. Each job is 5 dollars. There is also a UK version called fivesquids. The best thing to do is to have a look yourself and see what you find.

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Buy a good quality cabin bag for your short flight

Most budget airlines now make it quite expensive to put suitcases in the hold. Fortunately you can buy a smart, good quality cabin bag which is guaranteed to be put in the cabin with you. You will be surprised how much it holds. Featured here is a Samsonite 50 times 40 times 20 bag which […]

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