Secret Garden Kent: Restaurant review for Brunch

Beautiful food that tastes as good as it looks, delivered within a stunning hidden retreat from the world – a walled secret garden straight out of the storybooks. Secret Garden is one of the two great restaurants based at Mersham le Hatch Business Park, a tranquil collection of small ‘artisanal’ businesses including a Day Spa, a Cookery School, a Wine Bar, and many more. Tucked … Continue reading Secret Garden Kent: Restaurant review for Brunch

Michael Palin North Korea

North Korea: Michael Palin’s new travel adventure

Can you truly understand a culture from your armchair? Michael Palin, the man who has opened up the world in 80 days, pole to pole, the Sahara, the Pacific Rim countries, the Himalayas, and ‘New Europe‘, is back with a new documentary travelogue series from Channel 5: ‘Michael Palin in North Korea‘. North Korea has long been a country of mystery, secrecy, and fear. Since … Continue reading North Korea: Michael Palin’s new travel adventure

The Mighty Recar: Documentary series from the BBC

Mighty Redcar: Recommended docu-series

The Mighty Redcar is a shining example of the power of documentary television: Sweeping vistas of the North Yorkshire coast; industrial backdrops; engaging characters plucked from the 35,000 residents; real lives. With Amazon Prime, an Unlimited Cineworld ticket, and a Todoist list competing with my inbox for most unticked items – it may seem strange that I’ve found time to indulge my documentary passion. But … Continue reading Mighty Redcar: Recommended docu-series

Home Insurance Renovation tips

5 home renovations to tell your home insurance provider about

Wasim Bux is from the personal insurance provider, iGO4. Here, he discusses five home renovations, about which you’ll need to tell your home insurance provider. Renovating can be a great way to add some extra value to your home and give you and your family a better living situation, as well as a more enjoyable house to come back to. But, when taking on a … Continue reading 5 home renovations to tell your home insurance provider about

3 money-saving tips for your first home renovation

So, you’ve moved into a new house or are getting tired of your current décor and have decided to start renovating your space. You’ve set up countless Pinterest boards, decided exactly what you want to keep and get rid of, and have the perfect mental picture of what your home’s going to look like once the work’s been done. But, if you’ve watched any renovation … Continue reading 3 money-saving tips for your first home renovation

Dementia Friendly Garden: How to create the space at home

Creating a dementia-friendly garden or space helps to combat the stigma and confusion around dementia – focusing on ways to include and embrace those who live with the illness in a fun and creative way. In an ever-ageing society, quality of life is a crucial consideration for the elderly – making sure that their golden years are as stimulating and enjoyable as possible. Dementia is … Continue reading Dementia Friendly Garden: How to create the space at home

TripAdvisor: Typing on the floor of the airport (Photo: Bruce Parry)

TripAdvisor: Can they keep us angry and writing for free?

If you are running a travel business, or a tourist spot, or a hotel, restaurant, cafe, or nearly any other small enterprise where you have to interact physically with other human beings, then I’m sure you are aware of the mighty TripAdvisor review site and how one has to bow before them. But should it be that way? At what point does scale become a … Continue reading TripAdvisor: Can they keep us angry and writing for free?

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From small seeds

The conference had been going on all day, and although I’d loved it, my face was tired from smiling, laughing, and looking earnest – actively listening to the great and the good of the European sponsorship industry as they had been brought together for the annual congress, get-together, and socialising. I was still relatively new to this niche of the industry, although having worked ‘in … Continue reading From small seeds

How do we raise the volume of the parent’s voice in school?

People often ask what motivated me to create The School Report. The reply is always the same – the desire to bring about change- a change in the way parents engage in the educational arena. Often from negative experiences, positive shoots begin to flourish, as is the case for The School Report. After many positive school experiences, my first negative experience inspired me to talk … Continue reading How do we raise the volume of the parent’s voice in school?