Tag Archives: writing

October 12

5 Things Playwrights can do to Improve Their Writing By Geoffrey Williams

Play texts are strange things because they are difficult to read if they work well on stage. This is because so much of what’s in your head as the playwright doesn’t easily jump from page to imagination; it’s not designed to. What you have to remember when you’re writing a play is that the purpose […]

September 05

5 Things to Do When You’re Experiencing Writer’s Burnout #Writing

If you have a blog or a newsletter or are facing a blank page in a book or website project, sooner or later you may experience burnout. Bobbi Linkemer, an experienced and prolific writer gives us five tips that will get us over the coals and onto the other side! Read More

August 18

5 things to do today by Danventure Travels #Travel #Life #Inspiration

1 – Take a moment to be grateful for what I have. 2 – Tell the people in my life I love them. 3 – Do some form of physical activity – not only is it good for my physical well being, but my mental well being as well. 4 – Learn at least one […]

August 03

2. ALAN BENNETT’S ALLELUJAH! TO BE SHOWN IN CINEMAS THIS NOVEMBER WITH NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE

Allelujah! reunites the award-winning writer/director team of Alan Bennett and Nicholas Hytner, who were responsible for smash hits The History Boys andMadness of King George III Bennett’s first new work in the theatre for six years National Theatre Live currently screens to 2500 venues across 65 countries including 700 in the UK Allelujah! – the new play by Alan Bennett which received its […]

August 01

The Essential Guide to Artisan Entrepreneurship

There’s never been a better time to sever the ties from the corporate world to walk down the road of entrepreneurship. More people than ever are choosing to wave goodbye to the job security, excellent promotion prospects, work environment banter and steady wage of full time employment to travel a riskier yet more fulfilling path. […]

July 05

Can They Walk And Talk Like A Human?

Artificial intelligence has always been a hot topic on the frontline of technological advancement. AI is seen by some as an enemy that is waiting to emerge and thus we should take extra precautions. And by other people it’s seen as the future for humanity, being able to program machines to do things we would […]

May 16

5 things to do on a Lazy day by blogger Katie Lauren

Thank you to Katie Lauren for these 5 Chuck on some comfy clothes: pjs, onesie, fluffy socks, dressing gown or wrap yourself in a blanket or your duvet. Allow max comfort! Watch the hell out of Netflix: binge-watch a series, repeatedly play Love Actually or watch all the films your friends have been telling you […]

May 09

Vegan afternoon teas, immersive dining, virtual reality blasters, Dublin airport hotels and Disney’s Aladdin

Wednesday 9th May 2018 Dine at Collage restaurant if you happen to be at Dublin Airport. You will find Collage at the Radisson Blu Hotel. Collage is an exciting new brasserie concept featuring authentic local cuisine with a unique twist. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Collage provides an informal, fun culinary option for guests, […]

March 31

Read An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Education by Tony Little, The ex Headmaster of Eton College

Tony Little was The Head Master of Eton for 13 years. One of the most progressive and imaginative people in British education today he has hitherto kept a low profile. This book, published to coincide with his retirement, sets out his educational fundamentals. There is a crisis in the British education system. Year on year […]

January 07

Spend four days in London like this

I’m an avid traveler, so returning to destinations can sometimes feel like a wasted opportunity to visit somewhere new and mysterious, full of exotic and novel experiences. But after such an incredible weekend, I can hardly think how I could have NOT wanted to go back to London….Four days full to the brim with sight-seeing […]

October 24

Sunset Boulevard at The Palace Theatre, Manchester and four other things to do today

Start the 30 days de-clutter challenge. Day 1 throw one thing away (or donate/sell). Day 2 – this time get rid of two things. Day 3 – 3 things. I think you have got it. You could even vary it by trying the Fibonacci fling (0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13). Try the […]

September 27

Blogger Alexia Booker of Lost Found Keep shares her 5 things to do in London

5 things to do in London by Alexia. You can read Alexia’s travel, fashion, DIY and lifestyle blog here. One Sunday mornings spent at Columbia Road Flower Market are my favourite; there’s an amazing atmosphere, beautiful flowers, live music and good coffee. Two Explore the South Bank; especially in the Summer or Christmas time. You […]

May 11

visit London’s first annual Chinese book festival held in China Town (Friday 12 to Sunday 14 May 2017)

China Exchange presents China in Context, London’s first annual festival celebrating Chinese writers and writing, held in partnership with Cypress Books. Running from Friday 12 to Sunday 14 May 2017 11am-8pm, the festival will feature a host of inspiring events exploring literature, publishing and poetry, all in the heart of London’s Chinatown. There will be […]

November 27

Car Share co-writer Paul Coleman talks about his life and comedy with us

We interview comedy writer Paul Coleman about Car Share and the life of a writer. What was the first piece of comedy that you ever wrote? The first piece of comedy I wrote has never seen the light of day! My first paid gig was working as Script Editor on Max and Paddy’s Road to […]

October 10

Eat for free at Balthazar in Stars & Stripes this Independence Day

4th JULY CELEBRATIONS AT BALTHAZAR Balthazar is calling all Londoners to dress up in both Stars AND Stripes on 4th July, to eat an exclusive American-inspired 4th July menu for free. The 4th July menu, created by Chef Robert Reid, will include a show stopping ‘Independence Day–Dog’, layered with beef and crispy shallots, a signature […]

October 10

Celebrate chocolate week with Remeo Gelato Dark Chocolate 72% Cocoa

The exceptionally high amount of the finest quality cocoa used for this dark chocolate flavour provides an extremely intense and rich taste.  The chocolate is hand-melted and blended with the highest quality fresh milk in a delicate and smooth texture. Remeo Gelato is on a mission to make Brits fall in love with gelato.  Remeo […]

September 25

5 things to do today to improve your small business

How to Start Improving Your Small Business No matter what kind of company you run, nothing works better to help you improve than looking at your strengths and weaknesses. By getting a better understanding of where you stand as a business, you can identify steps and measures you need to take to see significant growth. […]

August 03

Do you know the difference between Rum and Rhum?

Rum vs Rhum: The Battle of the Bottles “I pity them greatly, but I must be mum, for how could we do without sugar and rum” William Cowper, English Poet In the 14th Century, famous explorer Marco Polo wrote of tasting ‘a very good wine of sugar’. Since then, rhum (and rum) has evolved to […]

July 15

5 things to do today at Harvey Nichols OXO Tower Restaurant 

There can’t be many fine dining places in Britain with a view such as the OXO tower restaurant. The views of the River Thames are impressive and provide a totally immersive experience watching boats pass by and helicopters fly past. People feel the need to dress up and rightly so. One Start with a gin […]

June 07

5 things to do today at The Crown at Bray – a traditional English pub in Berkshire

The Crown at Bray has just won ‘Best Pub in Berkshire 2016’. Taken over by Heston Blumenthal in 2010 this pub is very traditional, ‘olde worlde’ and serves stunning food and drinks. One Find a seat (maybe by the window) avoiding the low beams and order a drink. The wine menu is impressive as is the […]

May 08

5 things to do at the superb Emlyn’s restaurant at the foot of Box Hill, Surrey

Last Thursday ‘5 things’ had the privilege of dining at Emily’s restaurant at the Mercure Box Hill Burford Bridge Hotel – not far from Dorking. Two years ago this restaurant was the casualty of flooding – a quick Google reveals Dinghies, floating cars and more! Fortunately the restaurant has bounced back with a vengeance and […]

April 20

Try the ‘Meat by the Kilo’ menu at the Hungry Donkey Greek restaurant in Aldgate – just near Petticoat Lane market

5 things to do today tries out the Hungry Donkey Greek Kitchen, on Wentworth Street in the East End of London One Sit down, look out of the window of  The Hungry Donkey and see what you might like to buy from Petticoat Lane Market (Sundays 9.00 AM to 3.00 PM) – T shirt for £5.00 […]

April 16

5 things to do at the Fairmont St Andrews

The Fairmont St Andrews is situated a short ride away from the coastal town of St Andrews. The hotel does provide a shuttle bus however so it’s very straightforward to travel into the town. ‘5 things’ had the privilege of recently staying at this first rate hotel. One Walk into the hotel and be impressed […]

April 16

Have a drink at The Oxford Bar on Young Street in the New Town of Edinburgh 

This local bar was made famous in Ian Rankin’s Rebus novels.     It’s not to everyone’s taste but is gladly firmly off the tourist trail.  We didn’t feel we could take too many photos ourselves.  There are a few photographs in the back room giving a nod to Insprctor rebus.  Ian Rankin we were told […]

April 14

5 things to do at The Petersham Hotel, Richmond upon Thames 

5 things was recently privileged to stay at  the four star Petersham Hotel in Richmond upon Thames and sample their fine dining menu in their restaurant. One Arrive and park up at the majestic and Victorian Petersham Hotel. The drive up to the Petersham is grand and you feel that you arriving somewhere special.   […]

April 11

Add to Harry Potter fan scribble in the toilets at The Elephant House Cafe in Edinburgh – Can you spot yours? 

    No glamorous pictures in this thing to do I’m afraid. There are so many Harry Potter fans and they do like to scribble! Everywhere! Can you spot yours?    Here is a frame of J K Rowling at The Elephant House Cafe in Edinburgh   

April 05

5 things to to at Nunsmere Hall Hotel, Cheshire 

5 things stays at Nunsmere Hall Hotel in Cheshire – This beautiful and historic hotel is so much more than an impressive wedding venue. One Park up, check in and be shown to your bedroom. Our room ( Begonia) was spacious with a huge bathroom. The bedroom key alone is impressive!       Two Walk […]

March 17

Have you ever been to a music festival on the Island of Malta? Here are three of the best!

FESTIVALS YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS IN MALTA The Maltese islands have become a music haven for festival-goers worldwide offering a wide range of diverse music events this year. With guaranteed sunshine, idyllic landscapes, azure waters, chilled out vibes and intimate boat parties with discerning DJ’s, it’s a recipe for a hedonistic paradise. With the […]

March 13

Have a look at On My Mind Daily

onmyminddaily.com is the fastest WRITE to POST blog online. I use it to write about psychics that I have seen; aliens that I have encountered, nteresting out of body experiences and subjects such as cryptozoology and parapsychology.   I am a spiritual person and some people do not understand me. I use onmyminddaily.com as a […]

March 07

Interview with radio and television personality Sarah Powell

Sarah Powell talks to us about her life in media so far. How do you deal with nerves? Do you still get nervous when broadcasting live? I always get nervous. Sometimes it comes the night before or on the way in or sometimes it comes just as the red light goes on, which is remarkably unhelpful. […]

March 04

Interview with Derek and Dad’s Army star Holli Dempsey

Holli Dempsey so far has had an amazing acting career playing Vicky with Ricky Gervais in Derek and Vera in the recent film remake of Dad’s Army. Soon Holli will be starring in E4 TV series The Aliens first showing March 8th at 9 PM.   What advice would you give to a school pupil that […]

March 02

Interview with Broadcaster and Journalist Brenda Emmanus

We are very grateful to Brenda Emmanus for sharing a few things with us. Brenda is currently Art, Culture and Entertainment correspondent for BBC London News. What advice would you give to child at school that wants to be on the television? How do you get to a starting point? Anything that you have a passion […]

February 25

Interview with Miss Universe turned presenter Amy Willerton about life, celebrity, California and Bristol

Out of everything you have done in your career so far what do you consider to be the highlight? Miss Universe, because it was my dream since I was about 5! I was always obsessed with watching pageants on television , the gowns , the sparkles and everything to do with being a Princess. So […]

February 23

Here we interview Eva Holland, author of the novel ‘The Daughters Secret’

Eva Holland has just had her debut novel ‘The Daughters Secret‘ published by Orion books. How much research did you do before writing The Daughters Secret?  I didn’t do any research before I started to write. I started with the character, Rosalind, and the situation she found herself in when she discovered that the man […]

February 16

You may splash all you want when you enter! Have a reality check by reading ‘The Indispensible Man’ 

February 08

5 things to do on Monday 8 February 2016

Try out the new Yorkshire pudding slider menu at Reform Social and Grill. The menu is available until 29th February. Sweet and savory versions are available. Lose weight by becoming a premier member of mini v nutrition – by Queen of the jungle Vicky Patterson. Book your tickets to go to Ascot racecourse on Saturday […]

January 31

Welsh novelist Holly Muller shares a few things about life as a writer with ‘5 things to do today’

What advice would you give to a school pupil who wants to be a writer? Read and read and read and think about what it is you enjoy in novels or short stories or poems. Let them excite you and then ride that wave of excitement into your own experiments with writing. It’s OK to […]

January 09

Nigella’s Brine, pubs near Euston and three other things

This is a little out of date now but next Christmas make sure that you brine your turkey using Nigella’s recipe. Enjoy a pint of beer at the Bree Louise pub just near Euston Station. This is the best pub around this area and perfect if you are waiting for a train to the North. […]

December 19

Mindfulness fun, eat Momo’s, celebrate NYE on The Thames and two other things to do today 

Eat at Heston Blumenthal’s Perfectionist Cafe whilst waiting for your flight this Christmas. Have quality food at Heathrows Terminal 2. See the London Eye fireworks this New Year’s Eve with London RIB Voyages. Zoom down the Thames and avoid the crowds. Read a humorous take on Mindfulness by reading The Ladybird book of mindfulness. Mindfulness […]

December 18

Real Ale in Manchester, Film and Fizz in London and three other things to do today

Enjoy a pint of real ale at The Piccadilly Tap about a minutes walk from Manchester’s Piccadilly station. They serve a massive range of ales if that’s your thing. Turn right out of the station down the hill. The tap is on your right. If you find yourself in Surrey then you will be hard […]

December 08

Interview with World Renowned Classical Pianist Lucy Parham

We are very grateful Classical Pianist Lucy Parham for this interview with ‘5 things’ What advice would you give to a pupil that wants to do the same as you? Work, work, work! Dedication and focus is just as important as talent. How important is it for you to stay fit? What 5 things do […]

December 03

We interview Made in Chelsea’s Emma Walsh

Thank you to Emma Walsh for being interviewed for 5thingstodotoday What advice would you give to a school pupil that wants to be famous and on the television? Really think about your end goal and why you want to do it. Get some good experience and credits behind you then find yourself an amazing manager/agent. […]

December 03

Eat at The Giggling Squid, Esher | Thai Restaurant – Thai Tapas

The Giggling Squid Thai restaurant chain has made its mark on the busy and bustling Esher High Street. Its rustic charm décor creates a warm and welcoming ambience without feeling hemmed in. The staff are just as welcoming, they are polite friendly and attentive, but in a subtle none imperious manner. You immediately feel relaxed […]

December 03

Read ‘Learning to Speak American’ – the debut novel by Colette Dartford

After the tragic death of their only child, Lola and Duncan Drummond’s last chance to regain their lost happiness and rebuild their marriage lies in a trip to America.  Day tripping in the heart of California’s wine region, the couple stumble across a derelict house in Napa Valley that’s crying out for love and attention. […]

December 02

Read our interview with comedian, Justin Moorhouse – currently on his ‘Destiny Calling Tour’

Thank you to comedian Justin Moorhouse for this Q and A. Justin is currently performing his Destiny Calling Tour. Out of everything you have done in your comedy career so far what have been the highlights? There have been loads, appearing in two great plays at the Royal Exchange in Manchester, working with Ken Loach and Eric […]

November 30

Read our interview with Maggie Mitchell, author of the novel Pretty Is

What things go through your mind when you are deciding on a plot for a new novel? As a first-time novelist, I’m not yet sure how to answer this question! For my first novel, I circled and circled around and idea that had obsessed me for a long time, and finally I pounced. That seems […]

November 24

TV presenter and relationships expert Tracey Cox shares ‘5 things to do today’

We are very grateful to Tracey Cox for sharing her ‘5 things’ with us. Instigate sex Nothing makes you feel more powerful than being the one who desires. It also lets your partner know you enjoy it as much as they do. Try something new every single time you have sex from now on It’s […]

November 18

Read our interview with fashion model Mariah Idrissi |The world’s first Muslim model to wear a hijab in an H&M campaign

Mariah Idrissi might be new to the fashion world, but she’s already causing a stir, having become the world’s first Muslim model to wear a hijab in an H&M campaign. Since starring in the high street brand’s video this year to promote its Close the Loop recycling initiative, the 23 year old, who is of […]

November 17

Please vote for 5thingstodotoday in the category of Blogger of the Year in the Dot London Small Business Awards

5 Things to do Today has been selected as one of the 6 shortlisted finalists for the Dot London Small Business Awards in the category, Blogger of the Year. Now it is time to vote for us! We would be very grateful if you could cast your vote by clicking here and following the instructions. […]

November 06

Book tickets to see The Manchester Shakespeare Company’s ‘Winter’ at The Three Minute Theatre, Oldham Street, Manchester

Playing: 17th-21st Nov 2015 The Manchester Shakespeare Company’s fifth production following their successful musical ‘Summer Dreaming 1973’ is ‘Winter’ a new adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘The Winter’s Tale’: A story of hope and friendship against all the odds. Book tickets here  Set in the dark austerity of Post- Second World War Mancia, and the brave new world […]

October 30

5 Things To Do Today at The Royal Horseguards Hotel, 2 Whitehall Court, London 

5 star luxury on the banks of the River Thames.  This week we had the privilege of staying at The Royal Horseguards Hotel in Whitehall.  Explore your bedroom and find some surprises. We were staying in an executive double room on the fifth floor of the hotel. The room overlooked the The River Thames with […]

October 29

Thursday 29th October 2015 | 5thingstodotoday

Stay at The Horseguards Hotel, Whitehall. This five star luxury hotel in London is just near Charing Cross Station. It’s so historic and beautifully situated near the River Thames and many of London’s main attractions. We will put a full review of this hotel on ‘5 things soon’. Eat at My Kitchen, Chelsea. This restaurant […]

October 28

5 things you can do every day to build customer loyalty by Michael Heppell

International speaker and best selling business author Michael Heppell shares his 5 things to do today to build customer loyalty. Use names – there is no sweeter sound than to have someone use your name during a conversation. The person who says you can over-use someone’s name is usually the one who is useless at […]

October 22

Try dishes with white truffle at a San Carlo Restaurant – it’s truffle week!

This morning Aldo Zilli, Executive Consultant Chef for the San Carlo Restaurant Group received the most expensive delivery of white truffles in the UK as the restaurant group invested £60k on the indulgent ingredient for Truffle Week. Truffle experts, Truffle Paradise who supply the country’s leading chefs and restaurants confirmed it was their biggest delivery […]

September 23

5 things to do today to get that new job with Interview Fit

Are you job hunting? Do you need some help? Have a professional CV service write a high impact CV for you Our CV writing service will put you in the strongest possible position for interview selection Invest in professional interview preparation Our interview skills coaching and preparation will help you succeed at your interview Work […]

September 08

5 things to do in Boulogne-sur-Mer, Northern France

Take a trip to Boulogne-sur-Mer and visit NAUSICAA One Enjoy a surprising way of transport between the UK and France: a little ferry cruise (1h30) or a tube under the sea? Make your choice… Two Discover one of the greatest aquariums in Europe – NAUSICAA – which is located in Boulogne-sur-Mer in North of France, […]

August 30

Blogger Interview: Christina Thompson from Blahnikgirl

You can visit Christina’s blog here.   What is your blog about? It is a lifestyle and travel blog in which I also explore current fashions, especially my obsession with shoes. I wanted to create a place to celebrate all the beautiful shoes out there, as for me shoes are the most important part of […]

August 30

Charlotte Price shares her blog with us – Scarlet Slippers

  We would like to thank Charlotte Price for completing a blogger interview for us. You can too! Please have a look at Charlotte’s blog here. What is your blog about? My blog holds all things beauty, fashion and lifestyle related; it has versatile content to suit my viewer’s preferences. I like to review products […]

August 26

Blogger Interview: Lucy Ralph – Founder of Madame Lucia Blog

Thank you to Lucy Ralph for being interviewed for our site. Please have a look at Madame Lucia Blog and make sure that you comment. What is your blog about? My blog is a fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog, documenting different periods of my life and my hobbies. What inspired you to start your blog? […]

August 19

5 simple things you can do to feel instantly happier by Laura Jones

Laura is the creator of La Bella Blog and has written these fantastic five things about happiness. Enjoy! As part of my Body Reboot series I want to share 5 simple things you can do to feel instantly happier. Feeling happy is really important to help you stay motivated in all areas of your life, […]

June 04

Blogger Interview: Maaike van Kuijk – founder of the blog Travellousworld

Name: Maaike van Kuijk   Blog Address: http://travellousworld.com What is your blog about? Travellous World is a blog on London and other travels. It tries to highlight the less known aspects of London. It is aiming to show the best sides of the city and of other travel destinations with stories and travel photography. What […]

June 03

5 things to do in Sydney today by Roshan Lewis, founder of the excellent life and travel blog Roshan’s Ramblings

We are very grateful to Roshan Lewis for writing these ‘5 things to do in Sydney’. Please have a look at her excellent  Roshan’s Ramblings blog. Enjoy the read! My number one place in Sydney is Taronga Zoo. I love animals and will go to any zoo at any given opportunity. Taronga Zoo is special […]

May 22

Hear eerie and fantastical stories for adults by Vanessa Woolf

Come and hear eerie and fantastical stories for adults in London’s derelict housing estates, muddy foreshores, urban forests, midnight cemeteries… or just in your own front room! Story telling by Vanessa Woolf.  There are two events coming up. On Sunday 31st May at 2pm we’re meeting in a secret and very atmospheric location in the […]

May 18

London Wine Week, the Eurovision Song Contest and three other things to do today

1. Make sure you vote for the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest this  Saturday. This year we have Electro Velvet singing ‘Still in Love with You’. The video of this is below. The grand final is on at 20:00 on BBC 1. 2. This week is London Wine Week. Buy a wrist band and […]

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5 things to know about the Splutter Theatre company

These five things are from the  Splutter Theatre company. One We’re a theatre company made up of graduates from Queen Mary University. Splutter Theatre. Two We use many different techniques to create deeply grotesque performance. Three We were originally inspired by the in-yer face movement of the ’90s and play around with ideas of audience discomfort. […]

January 30

5 things to do on a Skyros Holistic Holiday

We are very grateful to Skyros holidays for featuring their 5 things on our site. If you have a business that you would like to appear on the site then please get in touch. 5 things to do on a Skyros Holistic Holiday 1) Atsitsa Bay – Holistic holidays with activities such as: yoga, windsurfing, […]

January 18

Blogger Interview: Roel Loopers

Name: Roel Loopers Blog Address: www.freoview.wordpress.com What is your blog about? About the lifestyle and politics of the port city of Fremantle in Western Australia What inspired you to start your blog? I wanted to create an outlet for the community to participate in, promote events and new businesses and scrutinize council. When did you […]

January 17

Watch The Unquiet Film Series’ by The Times such as this one on Photojournalism.

January 04

Blogger Interview: Aurora HuiMin Lee

We are very grateful to Huimin Lee for submitting this blogger interview. If you would like to submit your interview then please see this link. Blog Address: http://huiminxoxo.wordpress.com What is your blog about? My blog addresses topics related to fashion, beauty and lifestyle. I usually do a OOTD post, give some style tips regarding a […]

January 04

5 inspirational things to do today from Rafia Khan

We are very grateful to fashion blogger Rafia Khan for sharing her 5 inspirational things. Please have a look at Rafia’s Fashion diary for more inspiration. We all need a little inspiration once in a while. So here are the 5 Inspirational Things I Do Everyday: One I often Smile at Strangers, you never know […]

November 16

Winter Pride UK 15th November 2014 sponsored by Smirnoff

Last night ‘5thingstodotoday’ attended the Smirnoff sponsored Winter Pride UK Award ceremony held at the magnificently historic Tobacco Dock in London. The ceremony was compared by Irish television and radio presenter Brendan Courtney and introduced by BBC arts correspondent Brenda Emmanus. We were fortunate enough to be sitting at the same table as the as the […]

November 15

Blogger Interview: Mayra Vasquez

We are very grateful to Mayra Vasquez for this blogger interview. Please check out her blog her: www.mayralamode.com What is your blog about? My blog is about Fashion, Beauty, and Lifestyle. I’m also documenting my journey into entering the Fashion Industry. What inspired you to start your blog? Well, I’ve always wanted to share with others […]

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November 02

Can the world tell a story? – Please Reblog to maximise the people involved

The idea behind this ‘thing’ to see if the world can get together and tell a story. The link below is for a google document which is completely editable by everyone. What will the readers of www.5thingstodotoday.com come up with? Who is going to start? https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gHEkrrk7IdEpJQ8vxEwQtm9hYbZixqeXuBxRSpL_Rhk/edit?usp=sharing

October 29

Read Stephen King’s ‘on Writing’

I remember Stephen King as a Horror writer. As a child (maybe a bit older) I remember reading Christine and The Shining. As I was trawling though Foyles Bookshop in London I came across ‘on writing’ by Stephen King. This book is part autobiographical and part ‘real advice’ on writing. If you are serious about […]

October 29

Explore the Yamaha Music Shop in London

Yamaha Music London is a huge shop selling all things Yamaha – musically that is. As you walk in you are treated to a white digital piano which you can play. In fact they seem to enjoy people trying out their keys. The ground floor is clustered with keyboards – some very impressive indeed. The […]

October 29

Be brave and order a bottle of water in a pub

It’s not all about beers and wines when you go out for a drink. Sometimes the simpler the better. A bottle of water can really help to cleanse the system. Served with plenty of ice and a lemon wedge it’s hard to beat sometimes. Don’t always feel you need to drink alcohol in the pub.

October 26

Watch the cruise ships from the Presedential gardens in Funchal

October 26

Enjoy one of the best views in Madeira from the Cliff Bay Hotel

If you are in Madeira then take a walk to the Cliff Bay hotel. Once through the entrance turn right and head to the pool area on the next level down. The views from here are stunning. You can then take the lift down to the bottom pool area for more magnificent views.

October 23

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 […]

October 23

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 […]

October 23

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 […]

October 23

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 […]

October 22

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

October 13

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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