Journeys of a Very Special Courier

When you have done 270 trips in seven years, and jump on a plane most weeks, you must know some airports and hotels very well. However, we are not talking about a high powered executive jetting off the business meetings, but a volunteer courier from Hadleigh in Suffolk, whose role is to collect donated bone marrow and return it safely, in a maximum of 72 hours, to a waiting patient in a UK hospital. 


Cruising the fjords with Fred.

For anyone in Suffolk or Norfolk who is new to cruising, a short cruise, from a local port, on an English-speaking ship is the ideal. For experienced cruisers wanting to see the drama and beauty of the Norwegian fjords, the ideal ship is a smaller Norwegian-owned ship where the officers know the area like the back of their hands. Amazingly it is possible to combine all of those requirements if you go on holiday aboard a Fred. Olsen ship. 


Trendy Knitting

Victoria from Cafe Knit in Lavenham

When I was a child, growing up in the 50’s and 60’s, it seemed that every woman was knitting. The click of the pins would be heard on buses, in the doctor’s waiting room and even at church meetings. Girls (and knitting was usually a female occupation) was one of those things that mothers taught their daughters. Many of us also spent hours with arms outstretched, as our mothers wound skeins of wool into balls - often after an old cardigan had been unpicked and washed, for the wool to be reused.


Shaken not Stirred

Bob Scott from Niche Cocktails

Think of cocktails and you may get the image of James Bond and his martinis or the Great Gatsby, flappers and the Charleston. With names like “Taquila Sunrise” and “Sex on the Beach” cocktails in the 21st century conjure up glamorous red carpet parties, riotous hen-nights or the world of luxury cruise-ships.



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