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A trek on the seafront

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I took the opportunity to go for a walk this morning. Lovely to see the seafront so full of people walking with their families. My friend, Clare Acklam, was organising a Tiddlers Trek event for Wessex Cancer Trust. What a lovely day for it!


Clare runs her own events company, LinkedUp Fundraising, which helps charities raise funds through events. She brings together people, events and corporate sponsorship to help local charities. A great business model.




So we hope her future events will be a string of successes. In the mean time, check out her website for more events coming up this summer and help Wessex Cancer Trust gain some profile in Portsmouth.



Pizza and Pizetta

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I like to be spontaneous about cooking sometimes and tonight was just one such time. 

The plan for dinner was to make a pizza. We love our home-made pizza. We make the dough in the bread maker, so we can make a pizza for after-work dinner.

Here's the Pizza ...


While the dough is forming, which takes about 45 minutes, I make the tomato sauce. 

Tomato Sauce

4-5 medium tomatoes
1 medium onion chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves of garlic
1 tbsp fresh thyme
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 tbsp paprika


Put the tomatoes in boiling water. Fry the chopped onion in a tablespoon of olive oil.

Bash a couple of cloves of garlic, chop them up and add this to the onion. Add the herbs to the mixture. Then add 1 tablespoon Paprika powder, or as much as you dare add. 

Now peel the skin off the tomatoes, chop them up and add to the pan. Simmer on low heat until it gets to a thick sauce consistency. Usually this would just about happen when the bread maker beep to tell you that the dough is ready.

I pick up the dough and for…

May is European Month of the Brain

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I've been helping a colleague organise some events to mark the European Month of the Brain.

Amy Drahota manages the University of Portsmouth Ageing Network (UPAN) and this is a support system, bringing together a broad scope of knowledge and expertise to address the ‘Active Ageing’ agenda.

Check out the programme:


Ageing Network
We are hosting a series of free events throughout the month of May, as part of the European Month of the Brain. We will be exploring brain research from many different perspectives. Find out what is going on at the University of Portsmouth and beyond, through our short talks, lab tour, panel debate, art exhibition,and information displays. We will be keeping your minds fuelled throughout with plenty of refreshments (including cream teas!), and we welcome you to get involved in the discussion! Find out about projects in progress and see the brain in ways you have never seen it before! Spaces are limited, so book now to avoid disappointment! Timetable of ev…