Mads About Town

Photo Diary: Summer in the City

Ham Yard Hotel Orange Dispenser

I lose count of the number of times I’ve refrained ‘it’s so hot’ in the past week or so. Very British trait, isn’t it? We like to complain when it’s cold and complain more when it’s hot. The problem for me, as you may have gleaned, is more advanced than Read more →

Bookshelf – Thing of Beauty: The Tragedy of Supermodel Gia

Gia Carangi Vogue 1983

by Stephen Fried Do you recognise this face? Does she look vaguely familiar? If it’s the first time you’ve clapped eyes on her you would be forgiven for mistaking her for a younger Cindy Crawford. Their resemblance is more than passing and, in fact, Cindy was ushered into the modelling Read more →

Photo Diary: Copenhagen

Canal Tour Copenhagen

The week prior to leaving for Copenhagen, I started to ask around for recommendations and was inundated with e-mails suggesting restaurants, bars and shops. It seems Copenhagen is currently considered to be very cool and as a result is flooded with fans of food and design. Don’t let that put Read more →

Photo Diary: Wimbledon & The Hut

Kiss Nails Launch Party

Monday: The Monday blues drove me to this. Looking at a week that was work dense, I buckled and hit the sugar big style. The old school nature of these made me feel a little better about my binge – sickly though they may be, they’re also delightfully retro. Tuesday: Read more →

Spa Review: Ayurveda Pura, Greenwich

Ayurveda Pura Feature

I’ve long been curious about the Ayurvedic approach to health. It seems I’m not alone; the ancient holistic medical system originating in India has come to the fore of late thanks to mounting interest in the core principle: to treat the root cause of disease rather than just the symptoms. Read more →

Photo Diary: The Sea, The Sea & Other Stories

Whitstable Beach Review

Monday: I am always pleased when meetings take me to my former neighbourhood; Notting Hill still looks very pretty indeed. Before heading to Granger & Co to interview a skincare expert over courgette fritters and avocado, I took a stroll around Westbourne Grove where all the shiny shops did their Read more →

Photo Diary: Hyde Park, Gardening and Making Colours

Hyde Park picnic

The old adage of a picture being worth a thousand words is, unfortunately for we logophiles, quite true. I have therefore decided to fuse the two for a weekly diary piece. While I wish these could all be shots of a thrilling life lived at London’s hottest spots, achieving that Read more →

First Time: Venice

My Sister in Venice

My sister’s devotion to Venice is so advanced that she is often to be found late in the evening sitting in a halo of light emitting from the computer, looking for deals that will allow her to walk its cobbled streets once more. Last year, she stumbled upon a heavily Read more →

Bookshelf: Flowers for Algernon

Flowers for Algernon Review

by Daniel Keyes. While this award-winning science fiction book is not the sort of thing I’d ordinarily choose, several people whose opinion I trust had told me this was an uncommonly thought-provoking read, so I picked it up and got going. The story is told in a series of reports write Read more →

The Lure of a Blow Dry: The House of Rush Review

House of Rush Blow Dry Review

I know people who have a weekly blow dry. Does that sound unbelievably decadent to you? It does to me. While I’m perfectly happy to take myself along to a hairdresser every three months for a trim, I tend to save a blow dry for occasions. This is perhaps remiss Read more →