December 2nd, 2016


2016 takes another gem from us.

Today the sad news broke that Andrew Sachs passed away aged 86 after a long battle with dementia.

Andrew Sachs was the genius behind Manuel, the hapless bumbling spanish waiter in Fawlty Towers, one of the iconic comedy characters of British culture.

Manuel may have been created by John Cleese and Connie Booth when they wrote Fawlty Towers, but it was Andrew Sachs who brought him to life and wedged him firmly into the hearts of every British person for whom the phrases 'Que?' and 'I know nah-thing!' have entered the national lexicon.

Thank you for the laughs Andrew ...

Adios Manuel x


100 Days of Happiness - Day 65

I wasn't around on line at all yesterday, and the main reason for that was that it was my work's HR department Christmas party.

I've said a couple of times that it's taking some getting used to not working in the charity sector any more, but yesterday sealed that fact more than anything that has heppened to me in the last nine months ...  I think this one 'do' cost more than every Christmas celebration I took part in for the thirteen years I was at my old job put together!

Our Christmas party started at 1 pm with a chocolate tasting and chocolate making session in Hackney.  There was a group of eight of us, and if making and manhandling chocolate wasn''t entertaining enough, we were plied with Prosecco throughout.  It was a fun and thoroughly enjoyable session, but it taught me that I'm far better at eating chocolate than making it ...

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