This week… sheep stations, Star Wars and sainthood

In the bleak midwinter. January is cold and damp in the UK. It’s my least favourite month and I’m always relieved when the 31st comes around. There are signs of spring in nature like the catkins, daffodils and snowdrops I spot on my walks, and the days are noticeably getting longer, if not any warmer. The pandemic continues to sweep across the planet and every day the sun comes up and sets again at night, and I’m grateful. Period.

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This week… monastery, Mad Max and movies

January is always a quiet month in the travel industry and especially so right now. The new year is proving slow to ramp up as we face the challenges of living through a pandemic. So I’m pleased that this week, invitations have started to trickle into my inbox. In addition to grocery deliveries and Zoom coffee mornings, I begin adding conferences and virtual events to my diary, and suddenly 2021 offers possibilities to connect with the world at large over the coming weeks.

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This week… floating pools, Così fan tutte and a Big Deal

January is the time of year when we traditionally look back over the past year to see what lessons have been learned, and set resolutions for the year ahead. What I learned from 2020 was not to make too many plans, and to resolve to live in the moment. Right here, right now, I’m simply grateful to be alive. Everything else is the icing on the cake. That doesn’t mean though that I don’t have hopes and dreams for 2021.

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New Year’s Eve. Let’s party!

Polaris Festival, Switzerland. Photo Nikita.

Let’s say Goodbye 2020 and Hello 2021! in style. The party has gone online and you can join in the celebrations around the globe. Get friends and family together – safely or virtually – put on your sparkly gladrags, open a bottle of bubbly, and party the night away. From Edinburgh to Dubai, Iceland to London, Nashville to Times Square, New York, and Switzerland to Sydney, there’s a party going on. Check out the details for Virtual New Year’s Eve 2020 Celebrations just published.

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This week… bears, bocadillos and Banksy

How have you been? It’s been mostly cold, grey and wet in Britain this week. I have been learning about the piddock and its antics. I Zoomed to the Sainsbury Centre in East Anglia to review a fascinating new Bill Brandt Henry Moore exhibition and drunk copious cups of tea, spiced with cacao, orange and cloves to warm my cockles. Confused? All will become clear, read on…

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This week… flower power, prospecting and private jets

It’s just over two weeks to the shortest day on 21 December, when the light begins to return to my little corner of the world. More significantly an end to 2020 is in sight. While there have been some silver linings, I can’t imagine there’s anyone on the planet that won’t be glad to see the back of this annus horribilis, which is really saying something if you think about it.

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