Diplomatic Diva

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2019-12-14: 14 DECEMBER “Morning has broken / Like the first morning”

2019-12-13: 13 DECEMBER “You cheat / You lie / You make me want to cry”

2019-12-12: 12 DECEMBER “This is the road to hell”

2019-12-11: 11 DECEMBER “Oh bring us a figgy pudding”

2019-12-10: 10 DECEMBER “We’ll leave the world behind / Tonight / From now the place and time is right”

2019-12-09: 9 DECEMBER “Every day is like Sunday / Every day is silent and grey”

2019-12-09: Hey there @smokey - there is a statue of a bull outside the Bullring shopping centre in Birmingham. …

2019-12-08: 8 DECEMBER “Sweet darling / You can leave your hat on”

2019-12-07: 7 DECEMBER “I was dreaming when I drove / The long straight road ahead”

2019-12-06: 6 DECEMBER “I don’t care about the presents / Underneath the Christmas tree”

2019-12-05: 5 DECEMBER “And when those blue snowflakes start falling / That’s when those blue memories start …

2019-12-04: 4 DECEMBER “‘Cause I remember when you were here / And all the fun we had last year”

2019-12-03: 3 DECEMBER “I’ve been standin’ here / Waitin’ Mr Postman so patiently / For just a card or a …

2019-12-02: 2 DECEMBER “Sunrise, sunrise / Looks like mornin’ in your eyes”

2019-12-02: This is the wrapping paper for my godson Ben @smokey -

2019-12-01: 1 DECEMBER “So I’m sending you this Christmas card / To say it’s nice to have you here”

2019-11-30: 30 NOVEMBER “Because the night belongs to lovers / Because the night belongs to us”

2019-11-30: I have no idea how to integrate my various blogs, writing and other social media accounts into a …

2019-11-29: 29 NOVEMBER “I’m like a bird / I’ll only fly away / I don’t know where my soul is / I don’t know …

2019-11-29: The response to the suspected terrorist attack on London Bridge today, by ordinary members of the …

2019-11-28: Here in the UK, there are lots of property reality shows on the TV: whether you are interested in …

2019-11-28: 28 NOVEMBER “I bless the rains down in Africa / Gonna take some time to do the things we never had”

2019-11-27: 27 NOVEMBER “Oh what a thing to do / ‘Cause you were all yellow”

2019-11-27: “To be rich in friends is to be poor in nothing” is one of my favourite quotes. #mbnov

2019-11-27: 26 NOVEMBER “If you fall, I will catch you, I’ll be waiting / Time after time”

2019-11-27: I had dinner with old friends from uni this evening. We talked a lot about politics; royal scandals, …

2019-11-25: 25 NOVEMBER “Although I’m not worthy / You fixed me, I’m blinded / By your grace”

2019-11-25: Will Nottingham Forest secure a promotion to the English Premier League this season? #mbnov

2019-11-24: 24 NOVEMBER “You are lost and gone forever / Dreadful sorry, Clementine”

2019-11-24: We had unexpected company for dinner on Saturday night. My dad’s brother paid us a surprise visit, …

2019-11-23: 23 NOVEMBER “De La Soul posse consists of three / And that’s the magic number”

2019-11-23: It’s been a tough week at the salt mines. I have an expressive face and I must have looked …

2019-11-22: 22 NOVEMBER “Streetlife and there’s a thousand parts to play / Streetlife until you play your life …

2019-11-22: Rattle and Hum was one of my favourite U2 albums. There was a film about that tour too, and I …

2019-11-21: Almost nothing is going to annoy me more than biting into a chocolate Easter bunny, expecting it to …

2019-11-21: 20 NOVEMBER “Darling leave a light on for me / I’ll be there before you close the door”

2019-11-20: My second substantive overseas posting was to Ottawa. I absolutely loved it there! The city is easy …

2019-11-20: 20 NOVEMBER “All day long they work so hard / Till the sun is goin’ down”

2019-11-19: 19 NOVEMBER “Honey, honey, how you thrill me, aha, honey, honey”

2019-11-19: The only way to abate the noise and chatter at work is to wear noise cancelling headphones. But as …

2019-11-18: It is important to build trust at work. In the last 12 months or so, I have placed my trust in a …

2019-11-18: 18 NOVEMBER “It’s good to hear your voice, you know it’s been so long / If I don’t get your calls, …

2019-11-17: 17 NOVEMBER “Cause summer is here / And I’m still waiting there / Winter is here / I’m still waiting …

2019-11-17: One of my friends has a running joke about the Super Bowl on Twitter. If one of the teams has a bird …

2019-11-16: 16 NOVEMBER “Seasons don’t fear the reaper / Nor do the wind, the sun or the rain, we can be like …

2019-11-16: I am not particularly selective when it comes to chocolate - I am quite happy scoffing a bar of …

2019-11-15: When things seem murky, you have to head towards the light. But what if those we expect to shine a …

2019-11-15: 15 NOVEMBER “London calling, see we ain’t got no swing / Except for the ring of that truncheon …

2019-11-14: In my neck of the woods, we say bread roll; but in the north west they say barm cake; in the north …

2019-11-14: 14 NOVEMBER “Sweets for my sweet / Sugar for my honey”

2019-11-13: I haven’t been able to sleep properly for two consecutive nights. I’ve got a cold and a sore throat. …

2019-11-13: 13 NOVEMBER “Black velvet and that little cat smile / Black velvet with that slow slinky style”

2019-11-12: 12 NOVEMBER “I want to ride my bicycle / I want to ride my bike”

2019-11-12: I’ve been lucky enough to travel all over the world with my job. I’ve been to Kathmandu, San’a and …

2019-11-11: 11 NOVEMBER “Though some might mock and some might sneer / We’ll keep the EU flag flying here”

2019-11-11: Although I am not as keen about it as I used to be, I still have a Facebook account. I use it to …

2019-11-10: 10 NOVEMBER “Oh, war, I despise / ‘Cause it means destruction of innocent lives”

2019-11-10: Are you taking up too much space if you’re not living on the edge?! As someone who likes routine and …

2019-11-09: 9 NOVEMBER “It was a day that I will always remember / The saddest day in November”

2019-11-09: A cold and foggy morning. I quite like Autumn days like this, because it usually means it will be …

2019-11-08: We were presented with an extensive menu of cocktails at the bar this afternoon! I stuck to one I …

2019-11-08: 8 NOVEMBER “Cheers to the freakin’ weekend / I drink to that, yeah yeah”

2019-11-07: 7 NOVEMBER “I’ve been watching, I’ve been waiting / In the shadows for my time”

2019-11-07: I am not a fan of horror films. I would definitely not pay money to see a scary film at the cinema. …

2019-11-06: 6 NOVEMBER Too soon?

2019-11-06: If you always stick to what you know / How will you continue to thrive and grow? #mbnov

2019-11-05: 5 NOVEMBER Do you know why we remember, the fifth day of each November?

2019-11-05: My parents have lived on the same street, in the same house, for over fifty years. When my mum was a …

2019-11-04: 4 NOVEMBER I hear the sound of rain falling in my ears / Washing away the weariness like tears.

2019-11-04: Say what you mean; and mean what you say. I try to live this by this, so that there are no …

2019-11-03: It’s always fascinating to me how languages adapt and change. Not so long ago, here in the UK we …

2019-11-03: 3 NOVEMBER “The weekend mood and she’s feeling proud / Live in dreams Sunday Girl”

2019-11-02: 2 NOVEMBER “Trains and boats and planes are passing by / They mean a trip to Paris or Rome”

2019-11-02: My dilemma: how to mark my birthday when I don’t actually like celebrating my birthday? In the …

2019-11-01: 1 NOVEMBER A fresh start. Again.

2019-11-01: I keep reading that the [key]() to creating new habits and making them stick is consistency. So I …

2019-11-01: OCTOBER “The ghouls all came from their humble abodes / To get a jolt from my electrodes”

2019-11-01: SEPTEMBER “Do you remember, the 21st night of…”

2019-11-01: AUGUST “In the pale light of the morning / Nothing’s worth remembering”

2019-11-01: JULY “What more in the name of love?”

2019-11-01: JUNE “Home again ‘cross the sea”

2019-11-01: MAY “Every day I look at the world from my window”

2019-11-01: APRIL “I feed the pigeons, I sometimes feed the sparrows too” Parklife Blur

2019-03-16: Friday 15 March *”In the bonds of love we meet”

2019-03-14: Thursday 14 March ”I can’t stand the rain”

2019-03-14: Wednesday 13 March ”Be right here / No fear, have no fear / No tears, love is here”

2019-03-14: Tuesday 12 March ”Don’t look back in anger”

2019-03-11: Monday 11 March ”Just like a tree that’s planted by the water / We shall not be moved”

2019-03-11: Sunday 10 March ”So put it in all of the papers, I’m not afraid / They can read all about it, oh”

2019-03-09: Saturday 9 March ”And everything you do / Yeah they were all yellow”

2019-03-08: Happy International Women’s Day! ”All the honeys, who making money / Throw your hands up at me”

2019-03-08: Friday 8 March ”You owe me five farthings / Say the bells of St Martin’s”

2019-03-07: Thursday 7 March ”Sunrise, sunrise / Looks like mornin’ in your eyes”

2019-03-07: Wednesday 6 March ”Now that it’s raining more than ever”

2019-03-05: Tuesday 5 March *”Leaving on a jet plane”

2019-03-04: Monday 4 March ”When will my reflection show / Who I am inside”

2019-03-03: Sunday 3 March ”Every day is like Sunday / Every day is silent and grey”

2019-03-02: Saturday 2 March ”I made it through the wilderness / Somehow I made it through”

2019-03-01: Friday 1 March ”Baby you dropped them keys / Hurry up before your taxi leaves”

2019-02-28: Thursday 28 February ”Your lights are on / But you’re not home”

2019-02-27: Wednesday 27 February ”I’m gonna be iron like a Lion In Zion”

2019-02-26: Tuesday 26 February ”But maybe pressure can make Jo’anna see / How everybody could a live as one”

2019-02-25: Monday 25 February ”Blinded by the light / Revved up like a deuce / Another runner in the night”

2019-02-24: Sunday 24 February ”But in my heart, it’s Spring”

2019-02-23: Saturday 23 February ”I’m walking on sunshine / And don’t it feel good”

2019-02-22: Friday 22 February ”There’s a dark and misty place / Everything is hazy…”

2019-02-21: Thursday 21 February ”Now ooh, you’re moving too fast / Better sit back, relax”

2019-02-20: Wednesday 20 February ”O what a beautiful morning! / O what a beautiful day”

2019-02-19: Tuesday 19 February ”There are nine million bicycles in Beijing / That’s a fact”

2019-02-18: Monday 18 February ”These boots are made for walking / And that’s just what they’ll do”

2019-02-17: Sunday 17 February ”You got a fast car / Is it fast enough so we can fly away”

2019-02-16: Saturday 16 February ”Clap your hands if you feel like a room without a roof / Because I’m happy”

2019-02-16: For @smokey

2019-02-16: Friday 15 February ”A deep shade of blue is always there / The sun ain’t gonna shine anymore”

2019-02-14: Thursday 14 February I love how this card is channelling Elton John and Kiki Dee! Happy Valentine’s …

2019-02-13: Wednesday 13 February ”When the working day is done / Oh girls, they wanna have fun”

2019-02-12: Tuesday 12 February ”Shock shock horror horror, shock shock horror! / I’ll shout myself hoarse for …

2019-02-11: Monday 11 February ”As long as I gaze on Waterloo sunset, I am in paradise”

2019-02-10: Sunday 10 February ”This wheel’s on fire, rolling down the road…”

2019-02-09: Saturday 9 February ”Oh Saturday night’s all right for fighting…”

2019-02-08: Friday 8 February ”Feel it on my finger tips, hear it on my window pane / Your love’s coming down …

2019-02-07: Thursday 7 February ” I shot the sheriff, but I swear it was in self-defence”

2019-02-07: Wednesday 6 February ”Steamy windows / Zero visibility”

2019-02-05: Tuesday 5 February ”… in the name of love / Before you break my heart”

2019-02-04: Monday 4 February ”There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done”

2019-02-03: Sunday 3 February ”Now I’ve lived with heartache / And I’ve roomed with fear”

2019-02-02: Saturday 2 February ”… My love don’t cost a thing”

2019-02-01: Friday 1 February ”… I set fire to the rain”

2019-01-31: Thursday 31 January ”… Red light spells danger / Can’t hold out much longer / ‘Cause red …

2019-01-30: Wednesday 30 January ”… it don’t matter if it’s black or white”

2019-01-29: Tuesday 29 January ”… Sometimes I feel / Like my only friend / Is the city I live in” Under …

2019-01-28: Monday 28 January ”On the streets where once was pity / Mister blue sky is living here today, hey …

2019-01-27: Sunday 27 January ”… Before you roll those dice / Baby think twice”

2019-01-26: Saturday 26 January ”If I could make a wish I think I’d pass / Can’t think of anything I need” The …

2019-01-26: Friday 25 January ”… Cause when the world takes me away / You are still the air that I …

2019-01-24: Thursday 24 January ”… Seems like everything I see / Reflects the love that used to be” Diana …

2019-01-23: Wednesday 23 January ”… I want to ride my bicycle” Queen 1978

2019-01-22: Tuesday 22 January *”… Don’t rain on my parade”

2019-01-21: Monday 21 January ”… I drove all night”

2019-01-20: Sunday 20 January ”… Chapter One: we didn’t get along” I am determined to finish this book …

2019-01-19: Saturday 19 January Spotted on my walk to the bus stop today

2019-01-18: Friday 18 January ”… me and my arrow / Taking the high road…”

2019-01-17: Thursday 17 January London Calling

2019-01-16: Wednesday 16 January For @stickmandiaries and @smokey FLAGS! A sneaky pic taken in the lobby of the …

2019-01-15: Tuesday 15 January … All in all you’re just another brick in the wall”

2019-01-14: Monday 14 January In the still of the night…

2019-01-13: Sunday 13 January Yellow

2019-01-12: Saturday 12 January I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do Mahershala Ali is such a great actor. I love him!

2019-01-11: Friday 11 January ”… lights will guide you home”

2019-01-10: Thursday 10 January Streets of Fire

2019-01-09: Wednesday 9 January ”… send me dead flowers by the mail”

2019-01-08: Tuesday 8 January ”… in the jungle, the mighty jungle / The lion sleeps tonight

2019-01-07: Monday 7 January Lookin’ Through The Windows … On my way to work, I pass The Admiralty pub. …

2019-01-06: Sunday 6 January I’ll Pick A Rose For My Rose Marv Johnson

2019-01-05: Saturday 5 December I’m sitting here talking with my baby / Over cigarettes and coffee Otis Redding

2019-01-04: Friday 4 January Money Money Money

2019-01-03: Thursday 3 January It’s A Long Way to Tipperary

2019-01-02: Wednesday 2 January Rockin’ Around the Christmas tree We’re still enjoying the holidays, even though …

2019-01-01: Tuesday 1 January ”… May we all have a vision now and then / Of a world where every neighbour …

2018-12-31: Monday 31 December ”… if you’re with me / Next year will be, the perfect year”

2018-12-30: Sunday 30 December I should be so lucky This is Max. Here’s hoping for lots of good luck for 2019.

2018-12-29: Saturday 29 December ”… football’s coming home” Or at least to Hilly Fields.

2018-12-28: Friday 28 December Back on the Chain Gang Well… soon. I’m back at work on 2 January, all …

2018-12-27: Thursday 27 December You say tomatoes and I say tomah-toes Taking a break from all the rich …

2018-12-26: Wednesday 26 December O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree

2018-12-25: Tuesday 25 December Have yourself a merry little Christmas As an introvert, the holidays can be very …

2018-12-24: Monday 24 December Reflections of / The way life used to be

2018-12-23: Sunday 23 December Rain - Feel it on my finger tips, hear it on my window pane An early morning walk …

2018-12-22: Saturday 22 December Mary’s Boy Child/Oh My Lord This Nativity scene spotted outside St Alfege …

2018-12-21: Friday 21 December You’ve Got A Friend I’ve been friends with Lucy and Clare since 1979 when we …

2018-12-20: Thursday 20 December Baby leave a light on for me…

2018-12-19: Wednesday 19 December Street Life

2018-12-18: Tuesday 18 December It’s the most wonderful time of the year … because your colleagues bring …

2018-12-17: Monday 17 December Santa Claus is coming to town This is my third Secret Santa gift exchange - this …

2018-12-16: Sunday 16 December “…but it’s raining, raining in my heart Tipping it down outside, but also …

2018-12-15: Saturday 15 December Don’t rain on my parade… It has rained all afternoon, putting a real …

2018-12-14: Friday 14 December Going Underground This pic was taken yesterday when it was bright…

2018-12-13: Thursday 13 December Mr Blue Sky Brrr! Cold but bright today.

2018-12-12: Wednesday 12 December … Now bring me some figgy pudding Christmas lunch in the staff canteen …

2018-12-11: Tuesday 11 December The Shard For @smokey

2018-12-10: Monday 10 December Happy Hanukkah I was absolutely delighted to see a giant Menorah in Trafalgar …

2018-12-09: Sunday 9 December All I want for Christmas…

2018-12-08: Saturday 8 December The Green, Green Grass of Home Hilly Fields, a local green space, as seen from …

2018-12-07: Friday 7 December Leave a light on for me YAY! The lighting ceremony was yesterday evening. It …

2018-12-06: Thursday 6 December The Long and Winding Road As we head towards the Winter Solstice in the Northern …

2018-12-05: Wednesday 5 December O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree Every year, the city of Oslo sends a …

2018-12-04: Tuesday 4 December ’Til the early morn… Gorgeous light this morning! I wanted to stay outside …

2018-12-03: Monday 3 December Just Another Manic Monday Busy - busy - busy! But at least the Post Office was …

2018-12-02: Sunday 2 December Christmas wrapping Does anyone remember that song by The Waitresses?! It was …

2018-12-01: Saturday 1 December Chestnuts roasting on an open fire… I spent the day outside London, in …

2018-11-30: Friday 30 November Love Letters

2018-11-29: Thursday 29 November I Drove All Night

2018-11-28: Wednesday 28 November Golden Brown

2018-11-27: Tuesday 27 November London Fog

2018-11-27: Monday 26 November Food, glorious food

2018-11-25: Sunday 25 November Come Away With Me

2018-11-24: Saturday 24 November It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

2018-11-23: Friday 23 November Tea for two

2018-11-22: Thursday 22 November Night Shift

2018-11-21: Wednesday 21 November Sunrise This morning’s view

2018-11-20: Tuesday 20 November Raining in my heart

2018-11-19: Monday 19 November Here Comes The Rain Again

2018-11-18: Sunday 18 November Mr Postman Yes, my Christmas prep has started. I’m not usually so organised, but …

2018-11-17: Saturday 17 November Peacock Suit Colourful street art in Brockley, SE London.

2018-11-16: Friday 16 November Drive The Friday evening commute is always frantic as we race headlong to the …

2018-11-15: Thursday 15 November Going Underground

2018-11-14: Wednesday 14 November Hanging on the Telephone

2018-11-13: Tuesday 13 November I’m Like A Bird Such a gorgeous day! This was taken during a lunchtime walk in …

2018-11-12: Monday 12 November Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses The statue of Boadicea / Boudicca is on the …

2018-11-11: Sunday 11November Lest We Forget

2018-11-10: Saturday 10 November Get me to the church on time

2018-11-09: Friday 9 November Big Yellow Taxi

2018-11-08: Thursday 8 November The Only Way Is Up Trafalgar Square at 08:00 this morning. It was bright, sunny …

2018-11-07: Wednesday 7 November Here Comes The Rain Again I think this is rather Turner-esque; I quite like it. …

2018-11-06: Tuesday 6 November Morning has broken

2018-11-05: Monday 5 November What’s the story morning glory? Back in this part of the city after a week away. …

2018-11-04: Sunday 4 November All the Autumn awesomeness

2018-11-03: Saturday 3 November Train Day

2018-11-02: Friday 2 November Train Station

2018-11-01: Thursday 1 November All the leaves are brown, and the sky is grey…

2018-11-01: Wednesday 31 October Halloween Bouquet

2018-10-30: Tuesday 30 October Texture

2018-10-29: Monday 29 October Autumn sunshine and shadows

2018-10-28: Sunday 28 October My hometown

2018-10-27: Saturday 27 October London Calling

2018-10-26: Friday 26 October Pink clouds make me happy!

2018-10-25: Thursday 25 October Lights

2018-10-24: Wednesday 24 October South Africa House, Trafalgar Square

2018-10-23: Tuesday 23 October

2018-10-22: Monday 22 October Still green in some parts…

2018-10-21: Sunday 21 October Leaving the leaves behind…

2018-10-20: Saturday 20 October All the Autumn feels

2018-10-19: Friday 19 October Fly bird, FLY!

2018-10-18: Thursday 18 October Has Summer finally gone?

2018-10-17: Wednesday 17 October Utterly Autumn

2018-10-16: Tuesday 16 October Waiting…

2018-10-15: Monday 15 October Rainy days and Mondays…

2018-10-14: Sunday 14 October Autumn leaves

2018-10-13: Saturday 13 October Love’s not the drug I’m thinking of… #coffee

2018-10-12: Friday 12 October Friday vibes

2018-10-11: Thursday 11 October “In the name of love..?”

2018-10-10: Wednesday 10 October Even though it is supposed to be Autumn, there’s still a Summer vibe …

2018-10-09: Tuesday 9 October When the sun starts to rise during your morning commute…

2018-10-08: Monday 8 October Breakfast with a view…

2018-10-07: Sunday 7 October My Autumn vibe

2018-10-06: Saturday 6 October This is my weekend vibe.

2018-10-04: Thursday 4 October As seen at the Voice and Vote exhibition in Parliament today. One hundred years …

2018-10-03: Wednesday 3 October Another awesome Autumn afternoon

2018-10-02: Tuesday 2 October If it’s Autumn, then it’s definitely hot chocolate…

2018-10-01: Monday 1 October Definitely an autumnal vibe in the air today.

2018-08-20: Monday 20 August I survived the first day. Storm clouds on the horizon though… Four more days …

2018-08-19: Sunday, 19 August Just chillin’ at home, while I think about next week: it will be busy and …

2018-08-14: This pic taken after the lockdown in Westminster and Whitehall was lifted. Locals and tourists alike …

2018-08-13: If I knew what today had in store, I would not have gone any further, I would have turned around and …

2018-08-12: This is the closest I got to the great outdoors today. Definitely a sofa Sunday!

2018-08-11: Raspberries + ice cream = deliciousness!