‘My imagination was caught by a tin heart fastened to a tree in a tiny 1914 – 1918 war cemetery in Marondera, Zimbabwe.’ (‘The Tin Heart Gold Mine’ Ruth Hartley) A chance discovery in a far-off country by author Ruth Hartley was the perfect starting point for a story involving that deadly combination of love, murder and art. A suspenseful story mainly played out … Continue reading The Heat of Africa
The complete quote, of Arabic origin, reads: ‘The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse’s ears’ and Mefo Phillips is well-placed to comment, having spent more time than most looking out on the world from the back of her Appaloosa horse, Leo. We were delighted to welcome Mefo onto Girls Do Coffee on Ex-Pat Radio where she recounted stories from her journeys … Continue reading The Wind of Heaven
Everyone has their own version of the French Adventure, whether it be touring France on a tandem, crossing the country on horseback or upping sticks and moving wholesale to La Belle France. James Martin, the TV chef probably best known for Saturday Kitchen, decided to embark on a French Adventure of his own. In an homage to Keith Floyd, James took on the red … Continue reading The World Will Come to Me
Who would have known? Tony Nyland, frequently on our screens in programmes such as Emmerdale and Shameless, and most recently as the postman in Coronation Street, has an alter ego of folk singer of some years’ standing. While Charles Hanson, real-life auctioneer and TV antiques expert from Bargain Hunt and Antique Road Trip, has a yearning for Strictly Come Dancing and has apparently … Continue reading What a Song and Dance!
I could be wrong. There might be scientists out there who are sent into transports of delight simply by looking at the periodic table. And why not? But, for me, it’s the map that combines practicality and imagination in such delightful unison. No doubt for some, those lines on Googlemaps or Mappy do the job so why look for more? But for me it has … Continue reading New Landscapes, New Eyes
Reading through the catalogue of Rosemary Bailey’s books one might come to the conclusion that it is she who is drawn to the mountains, in particular the Pyrenees, but this would not be the whole story. Readers no doubt have their particular favourites…for me it is ‘Love and War in the Pyrenees’, the true story of a newly-married couple divided by war with its … Continue reading The Mountains Are Calling…
So here I am, I’m around four or five years old, settled back into an armchair in front of a blazing fire, the sound of my Grandma washing up in the kitchen and, over there, on the shelf next to the fire, sits a transistor radio the … Continue reading Listening to Life
We felt that our cups were overflowing when we welcomed wine producer and author Caro Feely onto the Girls Do Coffee Show on Ex-Pat Radio to talk about her new book Glass Half Full. Full to the brim of fun, yes, but Caro’s wine knowledge is firmly rooted in reality and years of hard graft. Caro and her husband Séan have been working out of … Continue reading Our Cups Are Overflowing!
In Children’s Mental Health Week, the message ‘Spread A Little Kindness’ is already, well, spreading, which can only be a good thing. We can only hope that there will now be a surge of kindness following in the wake of this message. But now, in a week when Children’s Mental Health is highlighted, I propose adapting their message for those young people already accessing social … Continue reading Spread Some CyberKindness
Children’s Mental Health Week in the UK is from 6th February to 12th February 2017. This year the aim is to ‘Spread A Little Kindness’. Whether you are a parent or teacher, child or adult, this aim is something we can all do in our everyday lives. Children look to adults to show them how to behave, so let’s set an example of kindness. Place2Be carried … Continue reading Children’s Mental Health Week