Friday, 15 November 2013

A very London winter

I love winter.  Actually, I love the changing seasons, Autumn to Winter would be my favourite.

Autumn and Winter in London is so colourful.  The transition of the trees from green to browns and reds and then the transition to the bright lights of the celebrations.

I don't work in the centre of London any more, I haven't for a while and although I do not live far away I tend not to go in to the centre at the weekend as it is crazy and chaotic, but every time I do I am reminded of how much I love London.

During my recent civic duty spell,  I found myself with an afternoon free and did what I love to do, wander and shop.

It was a pretty miserable afternoon of heavy rain, those of you who are familiar with Oxford street will know that shopping and rain don't mix as the endless maze of umbrella daggers which need to be dodged to achieve your destination.

So I skipped the need for an umbrella and headed straight for Selfridges.  I have a love that runs deep for Selfridges.  I worked there 10 years ago and had possibly the best time with my colleagues, but grew to appreciate the splendour of Selfridges once I had moved on and had the income to match my desired expenditure.

Glitter balls and sparkle

So I relish the opportunity to spend a couple of hours having a coffee, a champagne, a manicure, a blitz round the Christmas department, (if you are at a loss for ideas, book yourself and appointment with an Elfridge!)

It's too early, even for me, to talk to enthusiastically about Christmas, but if you want to feel immersed and pretty much find everything you want (go with a hefty budget), head to Oxford Street and hit Selfridges.  Enjoy it.

Oh!  And hit the make up counters they make you feel amazing.

Saturday, 9 November 2013

My duty to tell the truth the whole truth

c/o Justice for Families

I was surprised to be greeted by an envelope from a London Court a couple of weeks ago inviting me to fulfil my obligation as a registered voter.
I have very strong views on our duty as members of the British public and take our responsibility to ensure justice is delivered in the fairest possible way.

I will admit that I was excited to play my part (even more excited by the opportunity to not go to work for a week).

It was two weeks of meeting some great individuals, the other juror.  Two weeks absorbing more information than possible.  Listening to information and  understanding a way of life I am not a part of.

Two weeks of developing a renewed admiration for people who work for our public service, those who ensure justice is served, who ensure we are kept healthy and well and safe.

There are a lot of people doing a lot of very good things for a lot of people who don't necessarily understand it.  I was one of those people.

I hope that if I learn one thing from the whole process it will be to appreciate the services and fairness given to those in the UK along with the people who deliver it.

*Just as an aside, I didn't serve on a family case, it was just the picture I liked the most from google!

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Live, love and laugh like it's your last day

You never know what tomorrow might bring.

Enjoy everyday and remember, you will never regret the things you did, but you may regret the things you didn't.

For a dear friend who will be missed more than you will ever know and will leave a memory of gin and tonics with tears and laughter.