The Matching Myth

This has been the bain of bespoke tailors for generations: the little detail of matching pinstripes [and chalkstripes] through the shoulder seam of a bespoke coat. Over the years, I’ve had to constantly wrestle with customers to educate them that if you’re tailoring a hand-made coat properly, it’s practically impossible … Continue reading

Salt Cod with Chorizo and Chickpeas

The only time I eat dried food is normally when I’m having a “filthy” pot noodle or when I remember to soak some pulses, like black beans, chickpeas etc. But occasionally I use salt fish, which is also dried and something that is not very common in the UK, which … Continue reading

ReadIt1st: Don’t Let the Movie Spoil the Book

ReadIt1st is a new project created by one half of the Vlogbrothers, Hank Green that urges people to read a book before they watch the movie. The project is his way of re-igniting a love for literature in Americans and the world. He thought about creating the website after discovering … Continue reading

Baked Potato Skins

Delicious oven baked cheesy potato skins with a spicy sweet corn filling. Preparation Time- 10 minutes Microwave-10 minutes Baking time- 25 minutes Serves- 4 Ingredients: 4 medium white baking potatoes 125 grams / 4 oz grated cheddar cheese 2 tablespoons cooked sweet corn 2 spring onions finely chopped 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 … Continue reading

Diet High in Vitamins and Fish May Protect Cognition and Brain Size

US scientists have found people with high levels of certain vitamins and omega 3 fatty acids in their blood do better in cognitive tests, and are less likely to have brain shrinkage associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The study, which is published online in the journal Neurology on 28 December, is one of … Continue reading

Peas and Potato Curry

A fast and easy dish to make. Simple flavours but a classic curry that makes a good accompaniment to any rice dish or chapatti. Preparation Time-20 minutes Cooking time 20 minutes Serves 4 Ingredients: 240 grams peas (fresh or frozen) 2 medium potatoes peeled and diced. 2 medium tomatoes de … Continue reading

Savile Row & English Heritage

If the tailors on the Row are guilty of anything, is that we have failed to inform people about what bespoke is. We’ve not communicated the good information properly. It’s a double edged sword- Savile Row isn’t about changing; and why should they? They’re in the suit business and they … Continue reading

Beat The Holiday Bulge!

Recognise this very frustrating scenario? You have been super-disciplined for a few weeks or longer , you have lost weight, you are looking and feeling good, you are ready to bare all on the beach and determined to enjoy every single minute of your well-deserved break. But, somehow or other … Continue reading

Matoke – Kenyan Green Banana Plantain Stew

Delicious wholesome spicy Kenyan style plantain stew. Preparation time -10 minutes Cooking time – 15 minutes Serves- 2 Ingredients: 5 green bananas -raw plantain (Matoke) 2 medium tomatoes 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 2 tablespoons sunflower oil 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 green chillies. 150 ml water 1 … Continue reading

Tinder Dating App: Light Me Up!

So… Tinder.  The free app that lets you anonymously ‘like’ people based purely on their photos, and then ‘matches’ you if you both like each other.  Online dating made incredibly simple.  No cringe-worthy Match.com profiles here, no description of personality, no ‘this is what I’m looking for’.  The only question … Continue reading

Telesales in Complementary Health

Whilst not specifically designed to gain more one to one clients, telesales can be very effective when selling complementary health packages, seminars or training to companies. It is however very important that you know how to approach a prospect on the telephone as there specific techniques which, if applied correctly, … Continue reading

Challenging Family Relationships

One of the most frequent things that I hear when I talk to people about loving yourself first is “How do I deal with negative family members?” This is a great question. There are no absolute answers to this but I will offer my opinion on the subject.   Every … Continue reading

Winter Caravanning in Switzerland

Beautiful snow covered mountains, cosy log cabins; Switzerland in the winter is a magical and spectacular place. After holidaying many times in our caravan in the summer, last year we decided to take our caravan over to Lauterbrunnen in Switzerland, for the first time at Christmas. We packed all our … Continue reading