Up all night in Norway: land of the midnight sun

Source: The Guardian >> The extreme northern coast of Norway is an unspoilt land of wonder, and the perfect place to enjoy the eternal dawn Plus three more adventures in the midnight sun Midnight. Morning. A shard of sun cuts through the cloud. Due north, not east, from my lighthouse. Gulls scream below us as […]

Say ‘No’ and change your life

Source: The Guardian >> We live in a world where ‘yes’ is the default. But we need to tame our inner ‘chimp’ and embrace the power of ‘no’ My old friend Mick calls me with an invitation to his 50th birthday party. It sounds brilliant. Mick has rented a house for a week. Lots of […]

Reading rooms: the story of an author’s house

Source: The Guardian >> John Boyne’s home is now a colourful and peaceful retreat in the heart of Dublin Any book lover would find it hard to leave John Boyne’s home. One room is devoted to English literature, another to Irish and American books. On floor-to-ceiling shelves, fat trilogies, slender novellas and tall folios, ranked […]

Nigel Slater’s pork knuckle and salsify recipes

Source: The Guardian >> Soul-warming slow cooking for lazy days in the kitchen The butcher is telling me about pork knuckle – in particular about the cut’s value for money, the meat’s habit of falling sweetly from the bone after a long, slow cooking and the way it effortlessly produces a satisfying broth for a […]

Fearless! Fierce! Feisty! Feminist slogans are just political appropriation | Eva Wiseman

Source: The Guardian >> Being a woman doesn’t mean we all have to be incredible or inspiring Walking through town at night, the week after International Women’s Day, and the shop windows screamed empowering messages. Mannequins’ T-shirts were lit from behind, a headless army subtitled in Impact font. STRONG WOMAN. FIERCE. HEAR ME ROAR. GIRL […]

United Chip, London: ‘Brilliant sauces and rather good chips’ – restaurant review

Source: The Guardian >> Opening a fully sustainable chippy could so easily come a cropper. But this place is spot on United Chip, 5 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1M 5PE (020 7490 0069). Meal for two, excluding drinks: £25 (at most) United Chip may be the bravest restaurant opening in years. Sure, you can open an […]

My daughter laughs at my London accent

Source: The Guardian >> Having his pronunciation corrected by a small child has become a regular occurrence for Nikesh A few weeks ago, I came back from work to find my young daughter waiting for me in the hallway. She had a mischievous look on her face. She greeted me and laughed. As I manoeuvred […]

How to make Date brioche (Kaak bill tamar)

Source: The Independent >> Perfect to have alongside your afternoon coffee or even served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for pudding

Blondies Kitchen's Easter cookies

Source: The Independent >> We visited its Old Street Station site to check out the limited edition treats

Pakistan's crumbling architectural heritage

Source: The Independent >> In amongst Karachi's new concrete builds, remnants of the colonial legacy can still be seen – recognisable by their state of neglect