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my journey to health and well being via exotic destinations


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CPL 20/20 cricket thrills in Barbados

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Here we are on a gloomy night…

I have always loved cricket. I learned to play it at school, but graduated to umpiring and scoring after nearly losing my front teeth to a fumbled catch. As a young publisher of school textbooks in the Caribbean, I decided early on that the perfect icebreaker was cricket, so I set about revising and updating my knowledge. It was the golden era of WIndies cricket and soon I was following Viv Richards, Clive Lloyd, Malcolm Marshall, Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Hayes, Big Bird Garner, Michael Holding et al. round the islands as they blackwashed all the teams in sight. While I was working, you understand.

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The truth about hip replacement…

Re-blogging this so I dont have to write this twice…the latest leg (haha) of my journey to wellbeing!)

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“Mrs Cattell? This is University College Hospital. I am sorry to have to tell you that we have had to cancel your operation. We will let you know when we can re-schedule.’

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Basel Art 2107 – but is it art?

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Subodh Gupta’s Cooking the World –  fabulous pots and pans installation – you could even have a meal inside!

From Czechia to Basel to catch the world’s largest Art Fair. Cousins Diego and Christine come for the weekend, and I find them on Friday night, sipping wine with Ross on the banks of the Rhine. Continue reading


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Boskovice: town of the Ungar ancestors

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The KaiserHaus, where my grandfather Hermann Ungar was born and the most imposing house in the Jewish quarter

We set off early for Boskovice. The drive takes us through gentle undulating hills, with verdant pine forests adorning the hilltops like crowns. Once off the main road, we pass a cart pulled by two handsome palomino horses with a pony trotting alongside and we are in countryside that looks much as I imagine it would have done in my grandfather’s time. Now there are fields of lavender pyrethrum, green wheat and yellow rape, all contrasting with the azure blue of the sky. It reminds me of Ungar’s story The Brothers which describes such a landscape. Continue reading


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Prague: travels with my long-lost sister

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Bonnie on the Charles Bridge, Prague Castle and St Vitus Cathedral in the background

This was my fifth trip to Prague, but one with a difference. Eight years after discovering the existence of an older half-sister, I am taking her on a journey to discover her heritage. Bonnie has never been to Prague, let alone Boskovice where our family hail from, and she as thrilled as a little girl waiting for her Christmas presents. Continue reading