I like to go out to dinner to celebrate my birthday and given our experience during the Covid period I wanted to go somewhere good (don’t I always?) and different. So I did a search on TripAdvisor for restaurants with some sort of Michelin connection. This yielded a list including Navadhanya on Newmarket Road and Restaurant 22 on Chesterton Road, The Crown & Punchbowl in Horningsea and the Tickell Arms in Whittlesford all of which I’ve been to and to which I would return. It also included Midsummer House on Midsummer Common and Parker’s Tavern at the University Arms, neither of which I’m inclined to go to, and the rather new MJP@The Shepherds in Fen Ditton which looked interesting and different. I decided to give it a go.Continue reading
This may not be the best photo of the month, there’s a bunch of good candidates from my visit to Hong Kong and the start of my vacation in Australia of course, but it’s of a type and it’s a memory of a great event.
The type is my liking for handheld available light photographs. And the event was my 70th birthday party. It was a dinner so it was nighttime and the subject is a pavlova.
The photo was taken with my Sony alpha 58 DSLR, 1/40th and f6.3 with an ISO setting of 1600. There’s been no post processing beyond a light crop to get rid of some of the clutter in the foreground.
Twice a year we get the Cambridge Literary Festival. It is what is says, a literary festival, and showcases lots of authors talking about their books. Some of these are political and I attended two this weekend which were complementary and fronted by people with strong views which they’re comfortable promoting. You might say they’re polemicists. Continue reading
It’s Xmas 2014 and I’ve been invited to a corporate event: clay pigeon shooting and dinner courtesy of Milner Strategic Marketing @milnerltd. I’m ‘director’ of the Cambridge office, hence the invite. Unfortunately the law of inevitable coincidence kicks in and I must get back to Histon so will miss the dinner but the shoot gives me a chance to relive past glories. Continue reading
We got an offer way back for what was claimed to be a £799 holiday for £149. We got it from one of the supermarkets we go to, the one we patronise when we only want to buy food and drink and not electricals and clothing and which does super dry aged beef, so we reckoned that if its name was on the offer it couldn’t be to bad. However when we booked we got stung with a ‘seasonal supplement’ which bumped the cost up to £219. Still a good deal. Continue reading
I’ve just come back from Heathrow where I’ve been seeing my son off on an SQ flight to Perth. He’s emigrating, taking a job with the Perth police so it’s been a tough experience. Continue reading
I’ve been to two trade shows this month. The first was InterPack in Dusseldorf and the second just last week was the Chelsea Flower Show. I’ve been to InterPack several times which is sad but this was my first visit to Chelsea which is also a little sad. Continue reading
I’m off to London today to learn about blogging. I’m going to a Guardian Masterclass ‘How to blog like a professional’. Start-time is 1000 so it’s an early start for a Saturday: 0815 train from Cambridge gets me into King’s Cross soon after 0900. Time for breakfast with the venue only 5 minutes further. Continue reading