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Zacry’s, Watergate Bay

  Wind back to the late 1970s, and I remember Watergate Bay in autumns and winters as this extraordinary and enormous, empty stretch of flat firm sand and ever roaring surf.  The wind would whip through my duffel coat toggles and I’d have to force the lapels together with mitten-clad hands. I remember groups of camper […]

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Three men in a boat, a picnic hamper and a dark tale involving suitcases….

Going to the theatre is a bit like catching buses. You don’t go for ages and then multiple opportunities to climb on board come along in quick succession. Well, I know it’s not everyone’s analogy. But that’s how it is for me. One trip to the theatre is special. Two in the same week is […]

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Who are the Silent Majority?

According to wikipedia,  the silent majority is an unspecified large majority of people in a country or group who do not express their opinions publicly. The term was popularized (though not first used) by U.S. President Richard Nixon in a November 3, 1969, speech in which he said, “And so tonight—to you, the great silent majority of my fellow […]

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My Shop Local Dilemma

Rodda’s, and I’ve no shame in saying it, is my favourite ‘local brand’. This was last Christmas’ surprise  present from Rodda’s. It was as if they knew! My Christmas pudding would have choices; local butter for the brandy butter, clotted cream which is in my opinion the perfect complement to its  sweet, rich stickyness or, Rodda’s […]

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The Rattler Run

Cornish endurance event launched by Healeys Cyder From Barefoot Media I occasionally get these ‘nudges’. “Off-road endurance runners can test their mettle in a new Cornish mud run and music festival this summer.” Yes, Jessica, food and drink cannot be the only motivation in life, sometimes a kick in the pants to run off some […]

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Philleigh Way repeating

How does one give thanks properly (and sincerely) for gifts; especially those that unexpectedly go on giving? A last minute invite from Philleigh Way, a relatively new cookery school located deep in south Cornwall’s beautiful Roseland, en route to the King Harry Ferry crossing, recently turned my hum-drum life on its head. I can’t tell if it’s the tediousness of […]

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Erase the Negative. Embrace the Positive.

Poor old St. Austell, beleaguered, battle worn and blighted in particular over this last year, by division and negativity.  The refusal of an out-of-town retail development for St. Austell at Coyte Farm didn’t bring jubilation in the street, despite the ‘Stop Coyte’ spurious claims that 83% of the people were against it. In fact, judging by […]

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Very Underprepared in the Feeling Festive

Christmas has barely touched me yet. Except for two preparations: Sloe Schnapps (don’t let the Cork Dry Gin bottles fool you)  and the Christmas Cake. This is how they currently look.  Tomorrow, I must write the Christmas letter :-( Come back every few days to see if, and how, my Chrimbo preparations  have progresses…. Moving […]

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Why the internet has made me try to be a better person.

Want me to trust your integrity? Just tell me your name. In the past couple of weeks I’ve been told to ‘get a life’, that I’m ‘naïve’ on more than one occasion and it’s been applied that I’m stupid, I’ve even been accused of being ‘paid to promote’ a ‘greed’-driven project. All of these have […]

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Extreme Food (Fifteen Cornwall)

Cornwall has extremes. Often so beautiful, on clement days and in sunshine, that she steals all words that might adequately describe her as a welcoming marvel, leaving the spectator speechless and in awe. In contrast, this southwestern extremity, with craggy toe posturing towards the Atlantic, can turn overnight into a salty wet, ill-tempered, moody bitch especially […]