The One and Only Roger Federer

Today I am going to talk about one of my passions.  Those who know me well and those who don’t know me quite so well will already be aware that I am just a tad bonkers crazy about tennis.  Top of the tennis tree, is my very favourite tennis player of all time, the Number 1 World Class Maestro Roger Federer – “Baryshnikov in whites”.  Roger who not so long ago dominated the tennis arena for a decade.  To watch Roger play tennis is a gift, his grace and his balletic style is second to none.  He is a true gent both […] Read more »

In Praise of Steve Jobs and All Things Apple

I want to salute Steve Jobs today – I want to sing his praises. It is my belief that Steve Jobs was an exceptional person, not an easy person we are told.     When my PC died loudly and agonisingly some 4 years ago I sought the advice of my geeky chums on what to buy next. One person whose opinion I value told me in no uncertain terms that I should not consider anything other than Apple (of which I had zero experience – in fact those Macs slightly freaked me out; I thought they were only for […] Read more »

Twitter, Twittamentary, The Hudson River and The Dominos Pizza Effect

Yesterday evening I went deep into the heart of the City of London with the purpose of finding out a bit more about Twitter and watch the screening of a short documentary called Twittamentary made by Tan Siok Siok and hosted by Media 140 .  The film is all about Twitter and Twitter users, the serendipitous meetings and connectivity that occurs there, stories which demonstrate the sheer global power and impact that just one little Tweet can cause and how this Twitter community can help others less fortunate.   I was astounded and moved by this film.  A great initiative.   I have been using Twitter […] Read more »

It’s Never Too Late to Be Who You Might Have Been

This quote by George Elliot (what a woman!) came to me this morning on the bus. I was thinking that any time to do something is the right time to do it – regardless of age.   At 6am last Thursday morning that quote set the theme for my day. I toddled along at 6.00am as I religiously do almost every Thursday morning throughout the year to Early Bird Speakers, my London Toastmaster club (part of Toastmasters International). On my journey, I was thinking how incredible it is that I am now in my third year of this splendid and […] Read more »

5 Things You Probably Did Not Know About Bianca

1) I have slept in Max Bygraves bed. Not a lot of people know that! Max Bygraves probably doesn’t know about this either as he wasn’t there. When I was very young I worked and lived in Nassau, Bahamas for about 6 months helping to sell real estate to the German visitors. I spent an evening with Anthony Bygraves, son of Max and we ended up at the end of the evening at his parents apartment. It got so late I ended up sleeping in his parents bed – on my own I hasten to add.   2) Always a […] Read more »

It’s All Go at a Photoshoot

Sometimes Life dishes up lemonade and last week was one of those fizzy lemonade weeks. Now I know what it must be like to be Kate Moss.   What happened to me was something quite out of the ordinary – I do love variety in my life. I was the model in a photoshoot – 2.5 hours of a photoshoot. Not the David Bailey kind of Jean Shrimpton shoot you understand.   Before Christmas a friend and I decided we would use up our Air Miles and travel to Istanbul for the Christmas week. The proviso was we had to […] Read more »

My Ideal Desert Island Companion – David Attenborough

Today I feel inspired to talk about one of my super heroes, the one and only David Attenborough. What triggered this is that he was this morning’s guest on Radio 4′s Desert Island Discs. The BBC chose well today for who better to mark the 70th anniversary of a classic British institution than another classic British institution? In my opinion, the description “very special” applies to him in every sense.   A few years ago I had the honour of attending a talk at the Royal Geographic Society where Mr Attenborough was the guest speaker. Due to the high demand, […] Read more »

All About Josef

I am always inspired by entrepreneurship and courage and today a fine example of both is my friend Josef Valentino. Josef is an artist and film maker in his early 20s, he is a man of many gifts, I admire his guts and his tenacity for he is not afraid of taking risks and asking for what he wants and at the same time, grabbing an exciting adventure in the process. A born creative entrepreneur.   Josef’s latest project #averagejoe – to win the Damian Hirst Spot Challenge has him on a flight to New York (as I write) at […] Read more »

The Art of Making Perfume

I had the most delightful and educational day on Saturday. I attended a masterclass. “An Introduction to Perfumery” workshop in South Kensington produced and hosted by Karen Gilbert, author and teacher – here is a link to Karen’s website. Karen is a highly experienced teacher and a most knowledgeable one on the subject of fragrance. She has been in the business of perfume for many years and really knows her stuff. There were 15 ladies gathered together to learn the art of making perfume. We were all beginners I believe. A pleasant surprise was that at least 50% of the ladies […] Read more »

This is No Ordinary Cobbler

I had a most educating morning one day last week.   A young friend of mine took me along to his father’s shoe shop in St James’. His father is no ordinary cobbler let me tell you. He is a Director of a very well known and established shoe retailer called Lobb. The people who work at Lobb make some of the finest footwear I have ever seen. Royal Warrants line the walls for all to see alongside letters of appreciation from some very well known names.   I was fascinated to see both shop and workshop, I was given […] Read more »