Sparkles & Crumbs Surfing: April 2015

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  Oh, hey there, darlings! Oh my Greg Peck – can you believe it’s April tomorrow? It seems like only yesterday we were dusting off our [virtual] boards to surf March’s most Sparkles & Crumbs web wonders – yet it’s that time again already! Get ready to hang ten and have a read of some […]

Let’s Run Away Monday: My Favourite Pool In The World!

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  Hola, amigos! So, regular S&C readers will know that I just can’t stay away from the Canaries! The climate of these gorgeous islands – just a cheap and cheerful Ryanair flight from my own, somewhat more cold and rainy island – is famously described as “eternal spring.” Perhaps I’ve just had exceptionally good Greg […]

Thursday Verse Day: “Here I Love You” by Pablo Neruda

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  Here I love you In the dark pines the wind disentangles itself. The moon glows like phosphorous on the vagrant waters Days, all one kind, go chasing each other The snow unfurls in dancing figures. A silver gull slips down from the west. sometimes a sail. High, high stars. Oh the black cross of […]

Let’s Run Away Monday: The Poison Garden!

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Ciao, amici! Did you have a glorious weekend? I was lucky enough to have the loveliest jaunt, hopping on the Cambridge Express back to my old stomping grounds to collect my MA. It was a fabulous few days: chowing down on steak medallions and milkshakes with my parents, donning fur-lined robes to be presented to […]

Thursday Verse Day: “since feeling is first” by ee cummings

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  since feeling is first who pays any attention to the syntax of things will never wholly kiss you; wholly to be a fool while Spring is in the world my blood approves, and kisses are a better fate than wisdom lady i swear by all flowers. Don’t cry —the best gesture of my brain […]

Let’s Run Away Monday: A Mirrored Mosque in Iran

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  سلام، دوستان ! This week, let’s take our [glittering, imaginary!] passport off to Iran, to visit an incredible twelfth century mosque, mausoleum and shrine. LET’S RUN AWAY and gaze at the mirrored walls at Shah Cheragh!   This stunning structure, in the city of Shiraz, is named “King of the Light.” Long ago, Ayatullah […]

Deep Fried Artichoke Hearts and Full Jamaicans: A Foodie Diary For London!

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  Ciao, bella! As Virgina Woolf once said, “one cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well” – and I whole-heartedly agree! Since my move to the Big Smoke, I’ve been trying to sample as many of the city’s culinary [and cocktail!] delights that time and budget allow. Every week, […]

Thursday Verse Day: “This Is Not A Love Poem” by Caitlyn Siehl

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  I cannot tell you how long it’s been since I thought about kissing you. No, no, no. I promise this isn’t a love poem, just let me say this. I cannot tell you how long it’s been since I wanted to call you and pretend it was an accident, or text you and ask […]

“Don’t let people cast you as the side character”: My love affair with Mindy Kaling

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  Oh, Mindy Kaling! If I had to pick any actress, living or dead, to play yours truly in the movie of my life, it would be you. Ms Kaling and I don’t just share the same rampant gluttony and excessive character flaws [when she wrote, “I’m the kind of person who would rather get […]

Let’s Run Away Monday: A Bar In A Vintage Dress Shop!

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    Ciao, bella! Isn’t it lovely to find idyllic little escapes in your very own city? As someone who likes to dress and drink like Sophia Loren frolicking about in Old Hollywood-era Rome, you can imagine my delight when I discovered this little Shoreditch gem: a bar inside a vintage dress shop! LET’S RUN […]

Thursday Verse Day: “Frida Kahlo to Marty McConnell” by Marty McConnell

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  Leaving is not enough. You must stay gone. Train your heart like a dog. Change the locks even on the house he’s never visited. You lucky, lucky girl. You have an apartment just your size. A bathtub full of tea. A heart the size of Arizona, but not nearly so arid. Don’t wish away […]

Let’s Run Away Monday: Eating lobster in the middle of the Caribbean Sea!

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  Hola, chicas! So, I’ve been buzzing with excitement this weekend: I just booked an early spring break to Colombia! I’ve always daydreamed of visiting South America – and since my friend has been living in Bogotá for the past year, what better excuse to hop on that long-haul flight and check into a Chocolate Hostel […]

Sparkles & Crumbs Surfing: March 2015

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  Ciao, amici! Gosh, it’s been far too long since our last surfing-the-web round-up! But it’s the first day of March, and the Pimm’s and sangria pitchers are starting to pop up in Borough Market… which means spring is coming, at last! Let’s celebrate by dusting off our surfboards and catching some scintillating blogger waves […]

Thursday Verse Day: “There Is So Much Love Here” by Fortesa Latifi

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    I am kissing your hands and learning to speak again. You are setting a ladder against the side of your house and we climb it together. I am telling you how I was before and your lips are on my forehead. You are offering me a place to lay my head and it […]

Let’s Run Away Monday: The Alcázar of Seville

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  Hola, chicas! You know how sometimes, you pick up a good book, and it transports every one of your senses to a place you’ve never been before – so vividly you can almost feel the air change around you? I’m having jsut such an experience with Béa González’s ‘The Mapmaker’s Opera.’ Turning the pages, […]

“Play is the highest form of research”: 15 Ways to Relive Your Childhood in London

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  “On these magic shores children at play are for ever beaching their coracles. We too have been there; we can still hear the sound of the surf, though we shall land no more.” – J.M Barrie Bonjour, mes amis! Donning a Disney Belle dress and waltzing around the living room to Beauty and the […]

Thursday Verse Day: “What The Bird Said Early In The Year” by C.S. Lewis

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  I heard in Addison’s Walk a bird sing clear: This year the summer will come true. This year. This year. Winds will not strip the blossom from the apple trees This year, nor want of rain destroy the peas. This year time’s nature will no more defeat you, Nor all the promised moments in […]

Let’s Run Away Monday: A Luxurious Luncheon In The Sahara!

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  مرحبا، صديقي!  So, Sex And The City 2 was a truly horrifying cinematic experience in many ways: but despite myself, I did love the idea of a camel trek through the Sahara, stopping to feast on a gorgeous spread of scrumptious Moroccan cuisine beneath a cool Arabian Nights-esque canopy! Ever since I read The […]

“Often deceived, yet open once again your heart”: My Valentine’s Message

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  Well, hey there, my honeybuns: happy Valentine’s Day! So, in many ways, this holiday is super-strange for me in 2015: it’s the first time I’ve celebrated it single for five years. Fellow free agents, I’m sure you’ll agree with me – dating is bizarre, especially in a big city. Whilst it’s relatively easy to […]

Thursday Verse Day: “We Could Have Watched Our Love Grow Old” by Fortesa Latifi

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  I. We could have grown apart the old fashioned way- watched our love get old with the seasons. Maybe it would have left us in the fall. I could’ve written a poem about how winter felt without you. II. We could have broken each other’s hearts quietly. It could have been sad but simple […]