Catullus’ Bedspread Daisy Dunn Book Launch

Daisy Dunn Catullus Bedspread book launch
Ian Hislop, Daisy Dunn and Victoria Hislop

There was an excitable buzz last night at the launch of Daisy Dunn’s debut books: Catullus’ Bedspread: The Life of Rome’s Most Erotic Poet and The Poems of Catullus, at Peter Harrington Rare Books in Dover Street, Mayfair.

Daisy Dunn book launch
Daisy Dunn, Gordon Corera and Michael Cockerell

Among the 200+ guests pounding the shop’s floor were Ian and Victoria Hislop, Sir Simon Jenkins, Hannah Kaye, Mike Grady, Hugo Williams, Giles Milton, Suzannah Lipscomb, Michael Cockerell, Gordon Corera, Thane Prince…

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‘We Knew You Were Coming’

Victoria Cross in Surrey

This blog post took its genesis from a family friend who kindly lent me a fascinating booklet produced by The Maldens and Coombe Heritage Society that details the exceptional proportion of Victoria Cross medals that were awarded to military who hailed from this particular corner of Surrey. Interestingly, there were three Victoria Cross medal recipients from the New Malden area. To put that in perspective, there are only two other places in the world that share the same accolade and those are: Carluke in South Lanarkshire, Scotland and Euroa, near Melbourne, Australia. However, of the three, New Malden is the only town with no separate commemorative site, statue or memorial to visit.

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Glow January Glow!

Glow beauty products

My skin seems to be labouring under the illusion that it’s right to be lacking in glow or joie de vivre. It is dull and grey outside and party season seems like many moons ago… Oh, the moon! Iridescent, incandescent. La lune! It illuminates, unlike my skin.

So how can we get this glow back? With the help of…

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