Madam 1 minute holiday Get the beers inAssuming it’s actually become 2014 where you are that is. If not, do hurry up and join us. I suspect 2014, is going to be rather lovely.

It’s been with us in India for at least 9 hours now and even though it’s all new and crispy, it’s settling in rather nicely.

At this very moment, it’s incredibly quiet for India, which is just delightful. Everyone having gone rather large last night, they’re now having it small and quiet.

I miss quiet.

It’s one of the things I’m looking forward to about not living here – that perhaps I won’t constantly be hearing traffic or construction work way off in the distance (that last being a bit of a feature of Bangalore ) or cows. I hear a lot of cows.

Anyway, for a long time I used to spend every Hogmanay in Glasgow. I trained up there, and went to the frightfully prestigious Art School. The one designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Gorgeous building. If you’ve not seen it, do visit, or at least look at some pics.

I kept my ties with the city for years – going up every New Year for at least 10 years. As I’m sure you know, the Scots take the turn of the year very seriously. It’s a much bigger event than Christmas for them. And I loved it, to be with good friends and their families dancing and partying for days. Fabulous.

It’s all about sharing a drink and toasting in the New Year. Out with the old, in with the new. And will you be having a whiskey with that pint?

So in that spirit – I have a rather special little one minute holiday to share with you. Yes I know this isn’t a Friday… but I shot this in a pub in London in the summer.

It’s a beautiful place called The Windsor Castle – just the sort of pub that people think of when they think of Britain, but so rarely the sort you actually get to drink in as they’re quite rare.

So, come and sit next to me. Have a look round, lets see if it’s a good moment to get the drinks in. What you having?

Come on – it’s New Year’s Day – what’ll you have? This one’s on me.


By the way – just as a cultural point of reference – Notting Hill is a very nice part of London. You can tell this from the fact there are such lovely pubs as the Windsor Castle (the foods brilliant and there’s a really nice beer garden too – it’s lovely in the summer).

The other way you can tell – is the nice accents in the distance. but also the proffusion of gorgeous linen shirts on the gents. Even if they’re a bit end of the day – and it was an utter scorcher that day – you can still see a lot of very expensive material on display. Sure sign of the affluent London male.

Just so you can get your eye in for the look of crumbled, dressed down wealth there…

One more PS:
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Just in case you’re feeling a little worse for wear you might want to check out this helpful guide we did on the Rethink blog – 5 minute yoga for hangovers.

Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered!


If you liked this little moment with me in London – why not try a few other 1 minute holidays? They’re usually to be found on a Friday, but very occasionally, like today, I’ll slip another one.

Take another 1 minute holiday here:

1 minute holiday : The noisy dawn in the Costa Rican jungle
1 minute holiday : That is a beautiful curve – Park Crescent, London
1 minute holiday : The Golden Temple, Amritsar

Or check the even newer and shinier 1 minute holiday page for the whole series. It’s now got pictures – Oooh!

Do let me know what you think of this new one and all the others as they unfold in the comments below.