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Review: The World of Charles and Ray Eames, Barbican

  Take a seat. In this case, a quintessential seat of the 20th century. That’s the way into the The World of Charles and Ray Eames, a current design exhibition at the Barbican – about the couple who created the iconic plastic DSW chair, the moulded plywood chair, the lounge chair and ottoman, all of which still feature like furniture supermodels in modern home magazines, in films and on television, even...

Summer in London: Wahaca on the Southbank

  There are those moments when I’m reminded how much I love living in cities and how much I love living in London. Tonight was a glorious summer evening on the Southbank, the Summer of Love festival is going on, people were drinking and relaxing on the terrace and I met Selena from Oh, the Places We Will Go at the Wahaca Southbank Experience. Wahaca really is one of the best places to get — we...

Help support Sport Relief – sponsor me!

  The parent blogging community has come together for a major group fundraising effort, spearheaded by Mammasaurus, Mummy Barrow and The A Residence. It’s called #teamhonk (think: Comic Relief noses — honk honk) and more than 200 bloggers, tweeters, Instagramers and their friends and families are joining in, travelling from Land’s End to John O’Groats and pledging money. (Team Honk is a...

11 British gifts to give Americans

A couple of years ago I wrote a post about the 8 British gifts to get Americans (that I would never give to a Brit). Whoa! People went crazy for this post. It was the Strictly Come Dancing, the hit record of posts. Styles and tastes move on, so this year I’ve updated my (modestly) blockbuster post. These days so many gifts are the same no matter where you are. Living in London, that means I’m exposed to...

The scarves that can save lives

At this time last year, I was visiting Ethiopia with ONE, the campaigning organisation, and a group of terrific mum bloggers from the U.S. as well as the lovely and inspiring Mummy from the Heart. We saw the lives of ordinary Ethiopians being transformed by the aid provided by the UK and U.S. governments. Along the way, we also visited FashionABLE — an organisation in Addis Ababa that helps women escape...

The problem with thank you cards

The gifts are unwrapped, the leftovers are in the fridge covered in foil, and Christmas songs have lost their lustre. That means only one thing in our house: the race to complete thank you cards is on. On my husband’s side of the family, we draw names and everyone buys one “big” present for someone else. This is good, since there are 5 siblings along with their partners and children. That also in...

5 ideas for carving Halloween pumpkins

I love doing Halloween with my daughter here in the UK, especially since it’s still in its infancy. There’s a bit of trick or treating, there are a few parties but the celebrations aren’t over the top, like what can be a consumer-fest in the U.S.  I also find the whole super-gruesome costume thing that adult revelers have embraced creepy in the extreme. But one thing I am glad that has caught on...

Top time-saving apps and sites

On BritMums we’re running a #BGSaveTime Linky, with bloggers sharing their favourite time-saving apps and sites. The Linky is sponsored by British Gas, which has a new online account management system and smartphone app that — among other things — lets you track the engineer coming for a home visit (at last!). I’ve been meaning to blog about my favourite time-savers for ages. Ironically, trying to find...

Are American men more handsome than Brits?

Now that science has solved the question of the Higgs Boson particle, it can move on to the really pressing questions, like “Who is more handsome – British or American men?” Usually my response to hard-hitting questions like this is, “Gentlemen, please, don’t fight – you’re all gorgeous.” But I happened on a scene this week that made me revisit this issue. A friend...

Listography: My top 5 albums by male solo artist

Obviously this is a departure from usual travel focus on Jenography, but this topic is just too good to resist. I’ll happily admit I have, er, eclectic taste in music, sometimes veering into terrible, but this list turned out to pretty good IMHO. Herewith, my entry for Kate Takes 5’s listography: my top 5 albums by a male solo artist. 1. Joe Jackson – Gold I can’t listen to Joe Jackson...

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