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Prancing Around Prague

Every now and then I like to give the good lady wife some time off, a little bit of r&r if you like, to enjoy the odd lie in or two, pamper herself and catch up on those all-important […]

Being Booked Backwards

I know, I know, December has just passed and here I am mentioning Christmas already. Do forgive me if you’re still struggling with the idea of mince pies and eggnog a mere month after the big day, but folks […]

Farewell Hawkins of Hitchin

The old saying goes ‘as one door closes, another one opens’. This is often the case, but one can’t help but feel a little sad and nostalgic when such meaningful doors close. Peter Hawkins, of Hawkins of Hitchin, has […]

The London Taxi Drivers’ Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

January got off to a cracking start for me thanks to an invitation to attend the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in aid of the London Taxi Drivers’ Fund for Underprivileged Children. This prestigious event was celebrating its 90th anniversary, […]

Traditional vs modern: which Santa is superior?

As Town Crier and Deluxe Father Christmas aficionado, the festive season often begins early for me. This year was no different, I donned my first festive outfit for my great friends at Ely’s department store in Wimbledon.
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The grand opening of AP Meats

You may remember only last month I was raving about supporting your local businesses, following a fabulous photo shoot I had with Paul Nicholls. Therefore, I couldn’t let the opening of a new city centre butchers pass without giving […]

Gloucester Santa Fun Run

Nothing quite screams ‘Christmas’ like a group of rounded imposter Santas running through the streets of Gloucester! Yes, this year our very own city is hosting its first ever Santa Fun Run, organised by members of the Rotary Club […]

Gloucester Lantern Parade

Can you believe that we are now in December? I just do not know where this year has gone. As I was scrolling through the old blog this morning I realised that I’ve been so busy telling you all […]

Playing Old Saint Nic…

This year I’ll be donning my red suit and combing my beard to make sure I’m in tiptop condition, as I shall be transformed into trusty old Saint Nic once again this festive season. If you happen to notice […]

Bringing Christmas cheer to Connaught

I’ll be spreading Christmas cheer in the village of Connuaght on 23rd November in my capacity as Town Crier. If you’ve not heard of this quaint village before, it’s near Marble Arch and I’m excited to get the festivities […]