Portuguese portcullises – Castelo de Almourol

Medieval castles are all wrapped up in our imagination with damsels in distress. And ever the knight in shining armour I am always there to protect my lady’s honour. We’re in Castelo de Almourol in the middle of the River Tagus in Portugal. It is our wedding anniversary week. And this is without doubt the […]

This Sporting Weekend… Andy Murray

It’s not surprising that Andy Murray has had to have his body reconstructed from spare parts. Because it’s not easy carrying the sporting hopes of an entire nation, Scotland, on your back. And yes, we know he’s also British. But, of course us Scots love to joke that the English media call him British when […]

Flyday Friday – Ryanair

‘If only I’d known being nice would be good for business I’d have done it earlier.’ Michael O’Leary’s much-vaunted volte-face (remember the picture with the golden labrador) was either just for our benefit… Or it failed. Ryanair has come last of 100 brands for customer service in a Which? survey. Now it is unapologetically no-frills, […]

Flyday Friday – Madeira

The mother-in-law has been asking where to holiday. I thought a single fare but I’m not that brave. And then changed my advice to Madeira. The Bamba (the kids couldn’t say Grandma) has something of the green fingers about her. So she’d love lush Madeira. Madeira’s flora and fauna benefit from the volcanic ash on […]

Holiday Snaps

I love an oul’ festival…. they’re almost always not what you expect, and even better too. Take for example the Festival of the Trays which too me conjures up an image of people banging beer trays over their heads. It used to be popular in the Seventies and was featured in one of Esther Rantzen’s […]