Monthly Archives: February 2016

Dubai: Nah Don’t Bother

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wp-1457079303840.jpgOur first visit to Dubai was a mixed affair for so many reasons. This wasn’t a holiday. Amanda had a business conference and food exhibition to attend, so I tagged along for the 6-day trip. It wasn’t planned that I join Amanda when the trip was first booked. However, after lots of research about the do’s and don’ts in Dubai culture, especially as a single woman, we agreed a chaperone was not a bad idea. Amanda can get herself into trouble easily in the UK, so Dubai was definitely a ‘red’ zone! Don’t drink alcohol, don’t show affection in public, don’t swear, don’t do anything with your left hand… The list goes on and on. Locked up by lunchtime on day one???

No, not really.

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Valentines: The Comfy Duck

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Category : Eat , Europe , United Kingdom

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We celebrated Valentine’s Day 24 hours early this year for two good reasons; firstly, Amanda had work to do on the Sunday and secondly, she had secretly booked a romantic lunch for us both on the Saturday. So, we exchanged gifts in bed on Saturday morning. I’d bought Amanda a 1L bottle of Tanqueray Gin and Amanda replenished my aftershave collection with a nice bottle of Jean Paul Gaultier.

Time to leave home and head to the secret lunch venue. From the postcode Amanda entered into the 5-Series satnav I knew we were heading in the general direction of Grimsby…but where exactly? I only figured it out as we pulled off the road and up the drive to the Oaklands Hall Hotel and more specifically the Comfy Duck restaurant.

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