Have I mentioned the Family Dollar Store yet?

Have I mentioned the Family Dollar store yet? It's my new favorite place here in Nashville. Contrary to the name, not everything inside costs a dollar, which is disappointing, but nonetheless it's the kind of bargain-basement neon playground that has you dancing down the aisles in a Julie Andrews kind of joy parade. You feel high the second you walk in... at least, I do. Rows and rows of additive-riddled edible things shine like beacons alongside such necessities as glittery plant pots...Read More

Musings on a Nashville snow day…

No one told me flying south for the winter would take me somewhere colder than England. Then again, there's something so peaceful about walking alone down a frozen street - I'm pretty sure Elsa was just here working her ice-skills. While I really miss Bali in these temperatures I'm also very grateful to be able to see the magic in somewhere new. Icicles hang from bus stop signs and dustbins, like abandoned Christmas decorations in a ghost town. I spoke...Read More

Things to do in Denver, Colorado (apart from smoke pot)…

Denver is probably one of the most chilled cities in the USA. It's not somewhere I really thought I'd ever go, but seeing as I'm in Boulder just 45 minutes by bus up the road, I thought I pop over and explore. I used Airbnb.com to book a room for a few days and if you're going solo or with a partner I would highly recommend this place in Capitol Hill. My host Martin was lovely. He even left me...Read More

A real Colorado gun show…

So I found out a gun show was taking place in Denver last weekend and seeing as I've never been to one (and will probably never go to one again) I went along. My friend rather wanted to buy a gun, and the first lesson I learnt was that you need the right State license to do so. Unless you live in Colorado, you can't buy a gun here. Sadly he has to wait until he gets back to Texas...Read More

How to beat an alcohol ban (and get seriously addicted to oysters) in Denver: The Oxford Hotel has it all!

"Do you know why the hallways are so wide?" our guide asked us as we were shown around the spectacular and seriously luxurious Oxford Hotel in Denver, Colorado this weekend. We shook our heads, and then learnt that it’s because they were designed specifically to accommodate two ladies walking side by side in their gargantuan frocks, back when this LoDo Denver hotel threw open its jazzy wrought iron doors in 1891. How cool is that? I can’t imagine a hotel being...Read More

Why I am getting my tickets to the gun show…

I've never been to a gun show but it just so happens that there's one in Denver next weekend and I've decided to go. Well it's just up the road, innit. I don't think we have gun shows in the UK. No one there has guns really because... well, because they're dangerous (dur) and we can't be trusted not to kill things/people, but Americans of course never do silly things like that, so yes, there's a great big hall of...Read More

Death is imminent! Here’s what I won’t be doing on Black Friday…

To a Brit, the concept of Black Friday here in America is a lot like the Boxing Day sales in the UK... when people get up at dumb-o'clock in their hungover, woebegone states just to punch each other's lights out over a bunch of material shit they just don't need. Now... I love the Boxing Day sales! Hell, I'd even don a spiked ring and punch a girl for the right pair of discounted Louboutins, but you know what I...Read More

How to have a proper (not just for kids) pumpkin party…

I had never carved a pumpkin in my life before yesterday. I guess being British, it's not something I've ever had the opportunity to try because we don't tend to do things like that where I'm from. In fact, the whole idea of Halloween is something the English have only just started to take more seriously, and by that I mean they've started putting more sweets on the supermarket shelves in October. It's nothing like it is here in Colorado,...Read More