August, 2010 Archive

How to Pack for a Holiday

When are we ever taught about how to pack for a holiday or trip away? Is just something that everyone does without a manual or a guide, but we just do it. There is always plenty of advice and guides on the holiday destination, and when you book a flight there are always lots of instructions about what not to pack but not what to pack.

In a strange way this is something that often crosses my mind before we go on a holiday as its one of those things that we all do, but I bet we all do it in a different way… and where did we learn how to do it?

Saltburn by the Sea – Cleveland

At the weekend we headed to the coast to a new place that we haven’t been to before, and what a place it was. We visited Saltburn by the Sea, in Cleveland which is on the north east cost of England. It still has many of its original features of a Victorian coastal resort with a really old pier, a great sea front and an amazing tram which takes you to the beach. Here are a few pictures for you, and I’d recommend a visit if you ever get up that way.

My Favourite Place

Everyone has a favourite place, often it’s a place that has good memories for you. For me it is a North Yorkshire seaside village called Robin Hoods Bay. It is in between Whitby and Scarborough and is a very old fishing village that is famous for its fossils, its smuggling history and that its the end of the gruelling Coast to Coast walk. Today I went over to Robin Hoods Bay to visit my last remaining Grandparent who we all call B, she’s my Mum’s Mum and is a ripe old age of 88.

She lives in a cottage dating back to 1653 (that’s 357 years old) which is on the very edge of the cliff overlooking the sea with great views of the amazing Ravenscar headland. If anyone has been to Robin Hoods Bay you may recall it has a very steep bank leading down to the sea, but B merrily walks up it every day to go about her busy schedule.

Dragons Den Rip Off

My illusions have been slightly shattered when I read this weekend’s article on the Daily Mail about the experience that Sharon Wright, the inventor of the MagnaMole, had at the hands of Dragon investors Duncan Bannatyne and James Caan. It’s one of my favourite TV programs as I love seeing all of the ideas people have for businesses and I love the concept of angel investment which can make a real difference to small businesses starting out. Bronco also had a client scoop the largest investment in the Den back in 2007.