Out on a school night? What a drag!

“Ooh, ooh, ooh,” exclaimed my friend Paul at Cucamara, pointing his finger madly at me as he does when he gets excited, “Drag Queen Bingo, Tuesday.” “Yes, yes, no, bugger, Tuesday? I’m meant to be in London.” I’ve been very excited about the prospect of Drag Queen Bingo since Paul first mentioned it. I mean, […]

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Frites 33: A review

I never want to grow up to the extent that I no longer appreciate the joy of eating chips in a bus stop. Takeaway chips eaten in a bus stop is one of the simple pleasures in life. It transports me back to my teenage years and the feeling of decadence and esprit de corps […]

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If you go down to the woods today…

  … You’re sure of a big surprise. If you go down to the woods today, you’ll never believe your eyes. Because if you go down to the woods at Wollaton Hall, there be dragons. Well, dinosaurs actually, not dragons, and though they’re not actually living and breathing, it’s as good as. These are the […]

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Blues, meze and all that jazz

  Ok, before we start I’m going to make one thing very clear. I did not get paid to write this. I did not get free tickets, I did not get free drinks, in fact no one from the management of this place was aware of my presence (or probably my existence) on either of […]

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The Arboretum Café: Review

The day I visited Nottingham Arboretum, that stifling hot weather had finally broken and the day was cool with sudden rain showers and a refreshing breeze. “Weather has turned,” said a disembodied voice from the kitchen of the Arboretum Café to the guy front of house. “Yep, it’s cold today,” he replied. “No it’s not,” […]

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Secret Pizza: Review

Let me let you into a really good secret. Pizza. Really, really good pizza. It’s reasonably priced, absolutely delicious, created by some lovely people and it’s hidden away in a little alleyway in Hockley. Came across Secret Pizza yesterday and the smells coming from the pizza ovens were just too good for me to walk […]

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No17 Castle Gate Pink Gin: Review

I am unashamedly a gin lover. I have been since the age of about 15 when I managed to persuade a lovely French barman in a bar in the Alps to serve me my first gin and tonic. Gin is having quite the resurgence at the moment. Many bars in many cities are now stocking […]

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Saturday Night & Sunday Morning: Review

We all know someone like Arthur Seaton don’t we? Or at least we’ve come across someone like that. It’s not an ‘angry young man’ per se, it’s a young man or woman whose body has matured well in advance of their brain. Someone who is so self-centred they cannot see beyond their own gratification. They’re […]

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