One of the classic cult books, this is one on everyones ‘ultimate reading list’. I have to admit I only picked it up initially after a good friend of mine started some of the Route 66 journey that Jack is synonomous with, after hearing so much about the book. When it was released in 1957, The New York Times hailed it as “the most beautifully executed, the clearest and the most important utterance yet made by the generation Kerouac… View Post

If, dear blog reader, you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, first of all Thank You. Secondly it’s probably fairly obvious that I’m a bookworm. The other day I wandered into the English book mecca – the British Library. According to the official website, you can explore 14 million books, 920,000 journal and newspaper titles, 58 million patents, 3 million sound recordings, and much more. Find what you need – in the arts and humanities, sciences, or any… View Post

Perfect for an Autumn night, this dish is quick and light, but refreshing and filling – and not too bad on the calorie front. Chestnut is something that doesn’t seem to be used a great deal, seen as a gourmet ingredient, but I really enjoy the taste of it and quite often pick up the vaccum-packed boxes. It makes a scumptious Turkey, Leek and Chestnut Pie (a post-Christmas Jamie Oliver recipe I think) and can… View Post

Thank you Twitterverse. Lenin, cops in Wardrobes, Olive Cromwell, hangings, Tudor gates and the St John Headquarters. Who would have thought that the Clerkenwell/Islington area has such a grisly past? With an afternoon to spare, and my usual partners in crime holed up in various pubs and whatnot I decided to enjoy the blue skies and check out what was happening in London. It’s the best city in the World. Handsdown. The only problem was… View Post

Mother restaurant to Kopapa, we’ve heard so many rave reviews about The Providores in Marylebone Village we had to head over and check it out. With two lovely wing-ladies, a rendezvous was arranged for 10.30am, knowing that the restaurant gets busy, hoping we could get a table in the lower non-book Tapas (known as such because of the Tapas cloths on the walls) portion of the restaurant. We had pretty poor seats as the luck… View Post