How visiting the Somme changed my perspective on ANZAC Day

Sometimes places that you visit stay with you for a long time. Last year we booked a relatively last-minute trip to France’s Picardy region with the intent of exploring châteaux, quaint villages and local markets. These are the features of most regions of France but Picardy was also the scene of incredible tragedy over the past […]

Soundtrack to my life – the early years

What were your musical influences as a child? Music has always been there providing a soundtrack to my life in some form or other. On reflection my tastes are quite diverse but I have had periods of obsession that have gone on sometimes for a decade or so. Yikes. So where did my tastes evolve from and what […]

I speak Australian


If asked what my native language is I’d automatically respond – English. Lately I’ve realised that’s not entirely true. I speak Australian English. Yes there is such a thing and despite attending university in the UK and also working in several major American corporations over almost 20 years it seems you can take the Aussie […]

London loves: The Wallace Collection

Have you visited The Wallace Collection? Tucked in the streets behind Selfridges and overlooking the delightful, though private, Manchester Square gardens, The Wallace Collection is one of my favourite museums in London. Located at Hertford House the collection comprises works of art acquired during the 18th and 19th centuries by the Marquesses of Hertford. Though largely […]

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