Category Archives: Personal

Review: Peter Pan, Edinburgh. Or, Allan Stewart makes my life

It’s been our tradition in recent years to go to the Pantomime at the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh, which always stars comedians Allan Stewart and Andy Gray and Grant Stott from Radio Forth. Usually I book the tickets at the … Continue reading

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Laura: 21 moments for 21 fabulous years

I love my wonderful niece Laura. 21 years ago today, she appeared on the scene 6 weeks earlier than expected, in the middle of a Liberal Democrat Conference. So I have to nip home this evening from a Liberal Democrat … Continue reading

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Thirty memories to celebrate thirty years of Lib Demmery

Today is my birthday. I can barely bring myself to say the great age I’ve reached, but it does mark a significant milestone for me. Three decades ago today, I joined the SDP. I hope you’ll forgive the narcissistic indulgence, … Continue reading

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How exciting can one weekend get?

I am sitting on my bed during a brief lull in Doctor Who convention proceedings sipping Earl Grey & marvelling  at how many exciting things are going on this weekend. On the Liberal Democrat front, Portsmouth Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson and … Continue reading


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Sunshine and pandas. Is Summer really here at last?

So, I bunked off on Tuesday. I’d always half intended to, especially as it was a school holiday, and an opportunity to spend some time with Anna, but the fantastic weather meant that the laptop stayed firmly switched off and … Continue reading

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Easter holidays: Black Isle bliss in a Boathouse – and a beautiful baby, too

So, I said to the Liberal Democrat Voice team just before I headed off for a week in the Highlands mostly sans internet signal “Don’t let anyone do anything interesting while I’m away.” That worked out well. A wee bit … Continue reading

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Baby Ethan is here!

How gorgeous is my lovely younger nephew, born at 12:20 am today? Unlike the rest of his siblings, we knew his name and what he looked like before his arrival due to the wonders of technology. He may have been … Continue reading

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Who’s been messing with my blog?

Yes, I know it’s been a while – over a week since I last wrote anything here. Trust me, it’s been no fun. I thought I was coming down with a cold last Thursday. By Friday lunchtime,I was in bed, … Continue reading

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Wahaca – smile inducing Mexican street food

Last week I read a mouthwatering review of the Mexican street food restaurant Wahaca over on Katy Riddle’s Feel-good Foodbook blog. Her photos and write-up looked so enticing and as I had to go to London for FE on Monday, … Continue reading

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In which Grant Stott scares my daughter…

We’ve made it a bit of a thing to go to the pantomime at the King’s Theatre, Edinburgh for the second last performance, the Sunday matinee, of its run. Normally, I don’t bother booking until a couple of weeks before … Continue reading

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