World’s first female master blender (Rum)

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Hello and hi. Let’s face it, now and then we all deserve a drop of the good stuff. However, what you might consider ‘good’ might be up for debate. I am willing to debate you on this. Yup. Anyway….El Dorado-‘hands down’…which will def make you: ‘down tools.’ For real.

Anwyay, meet Joy Spence- pictured above. Spence is the rum industry’s FIRST female master blender. In short, she is a BOSS. Respect.

The rum industry, like most other places of work, ( massive generalisation. Or is it?) is definitely an ‘old boy’s club’. Sad but true. Positions such as Head Distiller and Master Blender are normally occupied by men, who work with said high-profile brands. Remind me again, is it 2017 or 1817? Good grief. But I digress, as per usual.

…But now, thanks to Joy Spence, all that male dominated nonsense in the rum industry is but a distant memory…

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An American in London

One of my fav’s…enjoy!

Life in London

Salutations. Am guessing you know by now that I am an American in London. Yup. I mean: Indeed. So get this,  I only have to open my mouth and British people pretty much know that I am an American. Sometimes they are intrigued. Most times they are not, they are probably late or lost or both. Just.Like. Me. But if I don’t manage to speak, they will still know I am American from the small American flag which is on my rucksack/backpack. So yeah, they know. As far as my accent goes, some say I sound American while some say I have a sort of British-American accent. What? I mean: Pardon?

So yeah, I represent. But there are times when I feel distinctly British. I could almost pass. Almost. I feel British when:

  • I complain about queueing/standing in a long line. Oh man, how the Brits hate this. However, queueing is…

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Happy Monday/Firebreather/Be Kind

Hello and hi. Oh my days…how is it Monday? Asking for a friend. Personally, I am somewhere still in last Wednesday. Yup. I do thank you for not judging me. Cheers for that.

Anyway, check out this song by Macklemore. It is quite simply the BEST. Ok, it is not for everyone-but do give it a listen (if you are so inclined). Oh and if you have little ones-maybe play this when they are asleep or outside or doing homework. Because the language/lyrics are pretty…erm…intense. And this is a ‘family friendly’ blog.  Most of the time. I do try. I can only try. I think you get the point.

Anyway, here is the song for your auditory pleasure. I do hope you like it as much as I do. And if not-we still cool. Yup. Oh and before I forget…be KIND. We need more kindness in the world. Yes. Yes, we do. Ok, enough talk. Now for: Firebreather.



Rosh Hashanah 101 et al (UK)

Hello and hi. Shanah Tovah. That is all. Oh, you don’t know the meaning? Allow me. You are welcome, mate. So…

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. (Evening of Wed Sept 20-Evening of Fri Sept 22). Yes. Yes, it is. My sources tell me that the biblical name for this holiday is Yom Teruah. I mean, there is a lot I could say here. But check it, I am not Jewish. But I do know plenty of Jewish people. Oh and grew up with Jewish people and I went to school with Jewish people. I think you get the point I am trying to make here. But…I am not Jewish. But I know a thing or 5. Ha. That being said, the Hebrew greeting on Rosh Hashanah is Shanah Tovah (Hebrew: שנה טובה‎‎)  this roughly translates from Hebrew as “[have] a good year.” Yup. Truth. Many times, Shanha Tovah Umetukah (Hebrew: שנה טובה ומתוקה‎‎), is used-this translates into: “A Good and Sweet Year.”

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I could say a lot more. Trust me-I totally could. But, this is not a University/College seminar. This is only a blog post. Yes. Yes, it is. If you want to know more about this holiday (and I am guessing you do…I mean..duh) kindly educate yourself. Or you could check out what I wrote about Jews in London here and here

And that is all she wrote. Although some say that ‘she’ is the cat’s mother. I am not. I am ‘Just a girl in the world’. Cue Gwen Stefani. That is all.

Shanah Tovah to my friends both here and afar (and to those friends, I have not met as yet…we are going to get along just fine…trust me.)







Bremont and British Watchmaking

A fav post of mine ( have a few fav’s actually).Brexit posts coming soon. Defo. Promise. Be patient. Patience is good. Yup.


Life in London

Bremont watches

Hello and hi. A man with one watch knows what time it is, a man with two watches is never quite sure. Well now, I don’t know about the accuracy of the above statement. I personally need more than 1 watch in my life.  But let me tell you something, if I had 2 Bremont watches, I would be the happiest person  Do you know much about British watchmaking? Do you know about Bremont? Well now, today you are going to learn. And of course, and as always, you are welcome.

There is no shortage of luxury watches here in London Town. Brands such as Patek Phillipe and Rolex practically fall from the sky here. Ok, perhaps not. But I think you get the point I am trying to make it. But when it comes to British-made timepieces or  watches, they are a bit harder to find. Sigh.

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What Rita said…

Hello and hi. Guess what our Rita Ora said? Erm…a lot. That girl has got PLENTY of opinions. But apart from that she is a sassy, quirky, bodaciously, bewildering London girl. I simply heart this girl. Yes. Yes, I do. Check out her song/ video. Ahem…you can thank me later. But now…the video. Hope you like it as much as I do. No? Yikes. No worries, mate.



Monday Jam/ Jason Mraz/The Remedy

Hello and hi. Happy Monday. My Monday Jam. Hope you like it as much as me. Or else…we simply can’t be friends. Truth.

Jason Mraz is an American singer songwriter. He hails from San Diego. I used to live in San Diego- for a ‘New York minute.’ Yup. I sure did.

Love his dulcet tones. As well as his searingly, painstakingly, honest, clear voice. Yup. Anyway…enough chat…here ya go. Have a listen. Please and thanks.


McDonald’s in the UK II

Hello and hi. Please know that I rarely eat at Mc Donald’s. But…their French fries are kinda good. Ohh and on a hot summer day, a vanilla milkshake is EVERYTHING. careful now, with the apple pies…if you put the entire thing in your mouth…you will burn your mouth. Allegedly. Omg. Oh heck…Is.This.Thing.On?

So, I like the fries at McDonald’s (and a few other things on their menu). I do thank you for not judging me-I mean, I am only human. That being said, as a vegetarian…my options are kind of limited at McDonald’s. But, I digress. So, this happened…

It was recently reported here in the UK that McDonald’s is about to commence door-to-door deliveries. O my days. What on earth? When I heard that, my mouth fell open like a cod fish. I was pretty shocked. I mean, what the what? No. Just, no. This is a terrible idea.

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The McDelivery service was rolled out here in the UK, a few months back in 22 restaurants in London and 10 in Leeds as well as Nottingham. Wow. I mean…yikes. I actually have no words right now. Eat an apple, people. Just do it. Please and thanks.

Apparently, in order to access the McDelivery service, you will have to be living within 1.5miles of the selected branches-who are in partnership with UberEATS (Uber’s food delivery arm). *Why is Uber everywhere? I feel uncomfortable about this. I feel itchy…and not in a good way* All (standard) menu items will be available from 7am-2am, with a delivery charge of £2.50.

Apparently, McDelivery is alive and well in America with more than 1K locations. Ahem…this is the first I am hearing about this…and I keep up. I guess, this one must of slipped through my net.

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So, there you have it. You can now get McDonald’s fries, milkshakes and a lot more, via UberEATS. I mean…if you are into that sort of thing/food/fayre.

Last thing, if you are still deeply interested about the history of  McDonald’s in the UK-check out what I wrote, a while back here