BORAGó 

January 15, 2016

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The first time I heard about Boragó was probably three months ago. I was sat at my kitchen table in Istanbul reading the Financial Times Magazine. The word Santiago bounced off the page and my eyes darted across the article.      Fifty of the Best Restaurants Award had named it as 8th in the world. […]

Santiago

January 15, 2016

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It’s been five months since I last hit the road. I cannot tell you the buzz and relief I felt when I sat on the plane to fly home on January 1st. My pit stop to refuel on TLC from my parents, drink champagne and eat amazing food was short. Two days later I was […]

Saudi Arabia

December 14, 2015

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Everyone has an opinion about Saudi Arabia, but the reality is few people will ever have the opportunity to see it for themselves. This week I was posted to the capital Riyadh for seven days. Entry into SA is strict. Women cannot go unless chaperoned by their husbands or fathers. As a correspondent for TRT […]

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Elections

November 5, 2015

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Sunday saw Turkey hold its second general election in less than five months. It was big story for us, TRT World, and yours truly was the main anchor for the first half of the night. As the ballots closed and the first round of votes started to be counted, it was clear that the AK […]

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Big Brother is Watching….

November 5, 2015

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Yesterday was my first day off post election coverage. I’d planned fun stuff to do in the day, meeting new people, yoga, a date and going to a screening to see an new film at Soho House. Well most of that went out the window and was replaced with unnecessary paper work, agro and irritation. […]

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Flat hunting uphill struggle

September 3, 2015

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It has taken almost five weeks to find a flat.  I’ve slotted in viewings between shifts and on every available day off. What a flipin drag!!  I’ve been left fed up, tired and totally disillusioned. There’s no shortage of vacant properties in Istanbul, it’s more because apartments within my budget are decorated with furniture left […]

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Hand grenade, gun fire and high heels

August 19, 2015

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My job is all about timing. Today was no exception. I left the flat dressed for a presenting shift. Heels, smart clothes, totally inappropriate for what was to unfold.  (Me this evening at 10pm when I got home)  As my taxi hit the seafront outside the Dolmabahce Palace at around 1430 local time, gridlock. Sirens, […]

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