Birthday eve dinner at MJP@TheShepherds

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.

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David Jenkins steps down: the end of an era

Socially distanced with Ros Hathorn on Histon Green

HI Hub ( is a community website for the village of Histon & Impington. It recently ran an article about me not standing for re-election this year. It’s quoted below. Click here if you want to read it on HI Hub.

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Sep 17: photo of the month

DSC06918This 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.

There’s no such thing as a free lunch: a week in Turkey

W????????e 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