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October 16th, 2009
Armstrong and Miller – RAF sketches

No matter how many iterations of these sketches I see, I always find them funny.

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October 15th, 2009
Shower Power

Ever since I came across this freestanding vintage shower, I’ve been dreaming about it being in my house. I must have it though I think the £12,950 price tag might put a dampener on things.


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October 14th, 2009
A Brighton Monday

So you know that palaver every Eid where you don’t know what day it will be and you feel like a right tit explaining to your boss why you might have to take Monday off but then again you might not? Well this Eid that worked out well for me.

Eid may have been on Sunday or Monday so I booked the Monday off work anyway. It ended up being Eid on Sunday so we drove down to Brighton that night and spent all of Monday cycling around the most bike friendly place I’ve been to. (By “we” I mean me and husband, Sol. By the way, have you met Sol? Say hi everyone.) I’m not sure how many miles we ended up cycling but according to my bum, it was quite a lot. This was also our first time cycling on roads, with other much scarier vehicles so hooray for us. Plus, just days before Sol had surprised me with a basket for my bike and this was great for carting around my camera.

I’ve been to Brighton many times before (see Flickr sets from 2005 and 2006) but each time I visit I enjoy it as much as the last, if not more.

Lowlights: There weren’t many. Only that the hotel we stayed at on Sunday night stank like a pet store. Take note Travelodge Brighton Seafront. Also, I guess I could count seeing an old man’s junk as a lowlight but it served us right for sitting on the border of a nudist beach.


Highlights: The Lanes are a great place to explore but of course navigating a bike around the tight corners isn’t really ideal. We chained ours up and explored the area, stopping off for lunch at Henny’s in Brighton Square and then buying some amazing cupcakes from Angel Food Bakery. They were the best cupcakes I’ve ever had (even if they were a bit squished by the time we ate them) and I’ve recently been to Magnolia in New York so that’s saying something.


In the olden days (2005) we would have at some stage popped into a random fish restaurant for dinner and then moaned about the sub-standard service and food. But this is 2009! So we Googled the best fish restaurant on the BlackBerry and then cycled over to Bankers for fish and chips with mushy peas and tartare sauce. It was well worth the Googling I tell ya. We also happened upon Octopus stores, the same chain as Pylones that I had seen in New York except this one was much cheaper than the one over there. I ended up buying these bad boys.

By the time the sun set, we had purposefully made our way to the old burnt out pier as I thought it would set the scene perfectly for some good pictures. I wasn’t disappointed and took a bagillion photos as the sun set rather rapidly. We grabbed some fresh hot doughnuts and then made our way home. It was the perfect ending to a perfect day.


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October 12th, 2009
Milk and Two Sugars

Wouldn’t these be great for a tea party or after dinner coffee?


Blaue Blume Milk Jug


Brown Sugar Hearts


White & Brown Sugar Ducks

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October 12th, 2009
Coffe CupCakes

I fell in love with this idea when I saw it on Sweet Paul’s blog. Isn’t he mega talented? I hope you all had a great weekend!

Cupcakes-Sweet Paul

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October 6th, 2009
An Apple a Day

Has anyone else spotted the apple motif that seems to be everywhere right now? I for one, love it.


Apple a Day Red print


An Apple a Day – wrist warmers in fleece 


Next Home



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September 11th, 2009
Quentin Blake prints

I was a HUGE fan of Roald Dahl as a child. I read all of his books and remeber being so sad when he passed away. So you can imagine how badly I want one (or two) of these gorgeous limited edition prints of Quentin Blake illustrations we all remember from his books.

How great would this George’s Marvellous Medicine print be in the kitchen?


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September 9th, 2009
Taste of London



I saw these biscuits from the Biscuiteers on the Domestic Sluttery website and was desperately thinking of an occasion I could order them for!



TasteofLondonDon’t they just look too good to eat?! Well then, however would I manage to eat these London-themed patries served at the TLSee afternoon tea at the Swissotel in Covent Garden? I’d give it a good old try!

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September 3rd, 2009
Thursday Night with Jonathan Ross

Today we went to see the recording of Friday Night with Jonathan Ross that will be airing tomorrow. Not only was the line-up great, contained my two favourite things on telly (comedy and cooking) but it was also fun watching how these shows are filmed. The compere was pretty funny too and kept us entertained throughout the whole process. The only downside was being told off in front of three hundred people for trying to take a picture. I wasn’t even taking a picture of the set, just the hundred and fifteen (yes, I counted them) heavy duty lights on the ceiling. Harrumph.

The show is filmed at BBC Television Centre on Wood Lane. You know, the one they showed at the end of some episodes of Blue Peter? That place. We got there mega early as the friend who kindly gave us the tickets told us the queue can get long and as they give out more tickets than there are seats there can sometimes be a chance of not getting in. We joined the queue at 4.45pm and gave our two spare tickets to a couple who were originally there for Ready Steady Cook. The woman said on the way there she was saying how she really wanted to see the Jonathan Ross show and now they had tickets. I told her she should have wished for a million pounds.

There was much waiting around as the filming didn’t start until 6.45pm but when everything kicked off it was worth the wait. The first guest was Jamie Oliver, talking about his new programme Jamie’s American Road Trip. As with anything he does, he was very passionate about his experience over there and he certainly sold me the idea of this show. I’ll be watching out for it on Channel 4. Then he cooked bollocks. Literally, bull’s balls.

The next guest was 23-year old cricketer Stuart Broad, fresh from the Ashes victory. I didn’t know who he was but he came across as a lovely young man. Did you know it’s called the Ashes because the trophy is a little urn with Ashes in it? Someone at work told me that and then looked at me a little funny when I asked if the ashes were of the founder of cricket. Apparently this is not the case.

The piece de resistance for me was the appearance of Ricky Gervais. He’s one of my favourites, just favourite people in terms of everything he does. And he was on fire tonight but then you wouldn’t expect anything less. He talked about his new movie The Invention of Lying which we’ve been long anticipating and is out October 2nd.

Oh, at the end Mika performed and that’s all I’ve got to say about the matter. Except that they made us dance to it. Bastards.

Catch the show tomorrow at 10.35pm on BBC1. Hopefully you won’t see me in the audience.

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September 2nd, 2009
DIY Ice-Cream Parlour

This Ice-Cream Parlour by Amy puts my efforts to shame! More photos and templates (so generous!) over at Eat Drink Chic.




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