Christmas 2016


Christmas 2016 was celebrated in London. I drove down from Yorkshire on the twenty third and went to the ballet – the stunning Red Shoes at Sadler’s Wells. The bars on all floors of the theatre were packed and happy, smiling people were sipping Chateau de Blingy. The two hour show started at half past…

HMWS Christmas Lunch 2016


Fifty nine members and guests attended the Society’s 2016 Christmas Lunch held on Sunday 11 December at the Masonic Hall in Harrogate.     They started to arrive at eleven in the morning, sipped champagne and mingled, chatted and laughed. Some bought tickets for the annual Christmas Raffle. Lunch was served at midday. Wines were…

A Week In Madeira – 15. The Toboggan Run


After spending an hour or so in Funchal market that morning, we drove up the hill to Monte for the Toboggan Run. There is also the cable car which starts at Parque Almirante Reis in downtown Funchal and covers the 3,718 metres to the Monte station 560 metres up the hill in 15 minutes. The parish…

A Week In Madeira – 12. A Walk In Jurassic Park


The Laurisilva or the 15,000ha Primary Laurel Forest in the 27,000ha of Parque Natural da Madeira is an outstanding relict of a previously widespread laurel forest, which covered much of Southern Europe 15-40 million years ago. The laurels are ‘vascular plants’ which have specialised tissues for conducting water and minerals throughout the plant and are…

Sunday Roast & IPA


“The worst thing about some men is that when they are not drunk they are sober” – William Butler Yeats   You have a lot to live up to if you name your pub after a great poet and a pillar of both the Irish and British literary establishments. Many say that W. B. Yeats in Finsbury Park…