Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition


A lion cub locks eyes with yours, inspecting you with an intense curiosity as the last of the day’s embers fizzle out.  It’s just you and him.  You try to move but can’t, paralysed by a mixture of fear and fascination. Mosquitoes whine; birds sing; and the warm wind flicks specks of sand into both of your eyes. But still, neither of you breaks the stare. You can’t. You won’t.

CREDIT: Hannes Lochner/Wildlife Photographer of the Year<br />SOUTH AFRICA<br />Curiosity and the cat<br />JOINT RUNNER-UP: Animal Portraits

CREDIT: Hannes Lochner/Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Curiosity and the cat
JOINT RUNNER-UP: Animal Portraits

It’s moments like this that keep me coming back to the annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum. It may be a cold, dreary Winter day in London, but for that moment you’re in South Africa, face to face with a lion cub at sunset. You forget everything else around you, unable to concentrate on anything but the exhilarating sensation of a lion cub’s eyes burning into yours. And when you eventually do muster the strength to peel your gaze away from his, you’ll find yourself transfixed by a herd of elephants at a waterhole; a lone ibex, shrouded in fog on top of a mountain; and 97 other stirring scenarios that transport you to undiscovered corners of this amazing planet that we call home.

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Le Gavroche

A very belated review of dinner at the magnificent Le Gavroche to celebrate my Dad’s 60th birthday! Disclaimer: this is a LONG restaurant review. But it’s Le Gavroche, so 800 words just wouldn’t do….

The black cab made a right off Park Lane, turning onto Upper Brook Street where a pristine row of townhouses stood to attention, their façades adorned with blooming bouquets dappled with magentas and whites. Immaculate wrought iron railings guarded each building, overlooking the lean trees that lined the pavement.

Upper Brook Street

Number 43 came into view, and the taxi slowed to a stop. An elegant awning sheltered a mahogany door, through which two figures bedecked in black and white uniforms could be made out.  Emblazoned above the door were two words: “Le Gavroche”.

Image credit: Le Gavroche

Image credit: Le Gavroche

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In search of the ultimate Veggie Burger

Sometimes, you just need a burger. You know which times I mean. You’re tired, starving or maybe you’re feeling the effects of a few too many drinks the night before. It’s a nasty combination of symptoms that only a burger will sort out.

But it can’t be any old burger. It needs to be the QUEEN of burgers, scoring full marks in the four key areas – bun, garnish, chips and of course, the burger itself. The first three elements need to set the stage for the burger, which means a freshly made bun, a crisp, complementary garnish and homemade chips so good that you’ll want to dedicate your favourite love song to them. With the stage set, the burger can then shine in all its glory. It needs to be handcrafted, zinging with flavour and so big that you need to open your mouth REALLY wide to devour it. These are MY requirements for the ultimate burger.

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