Author Archives : Katja

Why I resigned from the Campaign for Real Ale


  Dear CAMRA,   I’m afraid I come bearing bad news. We’ve had, at best, a complicated relationship but I have tried to make it work. I joined you because I thought a voice from the inside would be more likely to drive change than criticism from the outside. I joined your committee. I defended you to people who argued…

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10 signs your friendship is toxic


  Friendships are seriously good for you. A 10-year long Australian study showed that participants with solid friend groups were 22% more likely to live longer, and researchers at Harvard concluded that happiness was “infectious” among friends who lived within a mile of each other. So why am I writing about ties that were cut and friendships that ended instead of celebrating how…

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Five new-in finds under £20


Oh hai there accidental bargain fashion from New Look. We’re good friends, aren’t we? Of course we are. That’s why you come at me, with some sweet, brand-new-in gear and all for under £20? You shouldn’t have.   Check these out, right now.     White Spot Print Peplum Hem Top, £17.99 I don’t know about you, but I’m all…

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My two new favourite beauty products


  I hail from the Northernmost longitudes of Europe, where blistering cold winters, arctic air and brutal winds attempt to kick the residents butts pretty much all the time. I’m telling you this because I think it might help you understand my skin-troubles better if you’re in the know about it. Apart from my regular woes of oils and pores,…

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You should take this beer tour around Amsterdam


  Alright – you know how much I love beer right? Sorry, scrap that, you know how much I love good beer, right? I mean I swear you guys it just keeps following me around like a lost puppy because it knows I’m going to give it some serious love and never let it go.   That’s exactly what happened…

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5 things to remember when you argue with your Significant Other


  It was my second anniversary a while ago, which means that I have been happily married for over 730 days now. I think hubby has also been happily married however I can’t always guarantee that – I am not an easy person to be with.   I know that’s often something we say in jest; “I’m not difficult, I’m…

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#Tryanuary beer tasting


In the spirit of #Tryanuary (of which we are a local champion for) we hosted a Beer and Food pairing at Chester Beer and Wine to check out some insane beers with some other bonkers beer lovers.   What is #Tryanuary, you ask. Well. Tryanuary was created to encourage beer fans to support independent breweries, pubs, bars and other retailers…

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Breakfast in the Big City: La Farola


  La Farola Cafe & Bistro is firmly parked right at the corner of Therberton and Upper Street in Islington, that there London. Just a short walk away from the Angel tube station or the Business Design Centre. It’s on a road that has more restaurants and eateries than you care to shake a stick at, and yet it’s always…

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None of this New Year, New Me b*llocks


  It’s a little belated, but Merry Christmas and a happy New Year y’all! You may have noticed I took a little break of blogging during the festive period and it was totally on purpose. No, it really was – I needed a break from the computer and wanted to concentrate on friends, family and festivities for a few days…

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