Travel // St Pauli, Hamburg and The Reeperbahn Festival

In late September, when the kids were just back at school, I spent a long weekend in Hamburg.  The trip coincided with the city’s Reeperbahn music festival, where industry players meet for conferences and up and coming bands play at various venues.  I’ve not visited Germany since I was a teenager, and I don’t remember it being so exciting. In June 2016, Monocle magazine rated the city of Hamburg 15th in its annual Quality of Life survey.  In fact, of

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Travel // Spice up your business agenda in Thailand…

Twenty years ago I travelled to South East Asia, then a back packer doing the usual route to Australia and back, stopping off at the typical destinations for sun and beaches. So when I was asked to return to Bangkok by Business Events Thailand, I couldn’t wait to see how the City had changed. As an event organiser I know that that it is important to keep attendees happy, So when TCEB (Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau) invited me to

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City Guide // Bristol Botanical Gardens, greenhouses…

When we go away on holiday, a weekend break or more, we try to get out everyday and visit a garden or park nearby.  Seeing something of beauty or of culture to balance out all of the eating and beach side lounging.  But when we are home, in Bristol, we often to forget to visit the beautiful gardens on our doorstep.  This is something I want to change, starting with a visit to the Bristol Botanical Gardens.

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City Guide // Nespresso launch their South West boutique..

I love coffee, who doesn’t?  So when Nespresso invited me to celebrate the launch of their first boutique in the South West, well, I jumped at the chance.  Partnering with one of my favourite restaurants in Bristol, The Bristol Lido, the evening was a culinary delight, with three courses of heavenly food cooked by Head Chef Freddy Bird, all infused with distinct coffee flavours – but more about the food later, let’s talk about coffee.

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City Guide // Bristol Harbour Festival…

This weekend, Dan was away, up in Leeds helping his brother landscape his garden.  As hard work as that was/sounds, I still feel my weekend was harder!  Yeah yeah, I know, I go away leaving the kids and Dan all the time! I know.  This time it was my turn to solo parent, and blimey I found it exhausting.  It might have had something to do with the fact I drank far too much wine – but lets gloss over

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City Guide // Pinkmans Bakery, Bristol…

Pinkmans Bakery is a newish kid on the bakery/cafe scene here in Bristol.  Taking up residence in the former Goldbrick House restaurant on Park Street.  The location seems perfect for the lunchtime shoppers and nearby office workers.  It was buzzing when we arrived, full of people grabbing a quick sandwich on the go, or sitting with co-workers over laptops and coffee.

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City Guide // Bristol – Papersmiths…

Stationery lovers, listen up.  Papersmiths is having a sale!  Oh yes.  I was there like a shot, feverishly wandering the shelves looking at pretty pencils, brass shapeners and magazines I’ve never heard of before. It is a beautiful space, to while away some time, with my nose pressed into an independent publication or checking out the latest offerings from HAY. I go there when I need a ‘hit’ of inspiration. Time for me. I love to browse through the magazines,

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