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Krug & Krustacean

Posted by Young Ladies About Town
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on Tuesday, 19 August 2014
As pretentious as this probably makes me sound, seafood and champagne do make this young lady about town very happy indeed. There, I've said it. Mock me if you will but I stand by it.

With this in mind, you can imagine how excited I was to be invited to the launch of a new pop up due to open this September, Krug & Krustacean – the ultimate seafood and champagne experience.

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Held at the newly opened Beast restaurant (the pop up itself will be on the South Bank) who have collaborated with Maison Krug for the project, the evening was spent enjoying some rather amazing King Crab canapés and of course, a glass or two of champagne.

You can enjoy King Crab delights from Norway in wooden dining pods, designed in a Scandinavian style, when the pop up opens its doors from the 3-7 September, and if the canapés are anything to go by, you'll be wanting to book yourself a table now!

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Relocation; the new qualification

Posted by Mum About Town
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on Friday, 15 August 2014
I am writing this abroad but this is not the relocation I am referring to. En route to the West Coast of the States, the Smalls and I are visiting my brother and his family in Chicago. So... if you like, I'm posing as Mum about (a different) Town for this week's blog post. And, while in the mid-west's largest city, as well as introducing our small people to a few skyscrapers, some stunning architecture and the story of the city's Great Fire, we managed to catch up with some old friends who have left London last year for the charming village of Winnetka, north of the city.

Driving up to their new home to check out their new lives, it struck me just how challenging a family relocation must be. New schools, friends and finding your feet socially is something which takes time and a huge amount of energy and – while few of us are offered the chance – I'm sure many would be daunted by the prospect.

But the challenge of uprooting, travelling and planting new roots feels to me like something we should all have to do at some point. We're always looking for more practical qualifications so, following GCSEs and A levels, could come Relocations could be the new points of difference on any CV. Surely it shows any new employer that you are adaptable, driven, open, friendly and that you've seen further than your own backyard.
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I think my husband is having an affair

Posted by Patricia_Marie
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on Thursday, 07 August 2014
Dear Patricia Marie

Please help. I fear that my husband of 15 years marriage is having an affair.

He is spending so many extra hours at work, including weekends, and pays me very little attention when he is at home. He has become very possessive over his mobile phone and bank statements.

One day last week he failed to come home at all. He said he'd spent all night in the office, though I later found a receipt for a hotel and for a meal for two people. When I asked him about this he claimed he'd had dinner with a co-director, but I'm not so sure. I'm still so in love with him, and am scared of losing him. How do I go about confronting him?

Patricia Marie says...

It seems to me after questioning your husband about his whereabouts and the change in his behaviour, you are trusting your instinct rather than believing what he says.

You need to make it clear to your husband that you need to have a proper talk and be honest with each other. Make him aware of how unhappy he is making you feel by the lack of attention he shows you, and the secrecy he displays which is causing you to feel insecure. He may be under the impression you are accepting of this and have no idea of your concerns.

Have you avoided confronting him because you may not want to hear what he has to say, or is it that if he confesses to you that he has met someone else, the situation becomes real?

Until you talk to him about how you are feeling, and open up to him, you won't be able to move forward with this.

Listen to what he has to say, it may be that he's not being disloyal at all. You seem to have drifted apart, which is typical of many relationships when there is no communication. When this happens couples don't recognise each other anymore.

You say you adore him, so whatever the outcome, wherever it has gone wrong, if you both feel the relationship is worth saving you can start to work together towards a more positive future.

I believe you may benefit from some professional help. Ask him to go to Relate with you for some counselling sessions, which could prove helpful (

Have a dilemma? Please email  Please note, while Patricia cannot respond to all emails, she does read them all.

In need of further support? Patricia Marie offers a counselling service in Harley Street, contact details as follows

Who's judging who?

Posted by Mum About Town
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on Thursday, 07 August 2014
Small and I were getting dry after swimming at our local pool this morning and I heard a little boy ask his mum for help with his laces.

Can’t you see how busy I am?’ she barked at her son while balancing a MacBook pro on her lap and simultaneously punching numbers into her calculator.

She was clearly stressed. And every bit of me wanted to jump over the bench and help the boy tie his laces. He didn’t look in the least bit surprised by his mother’s reaction to his plea for help. But there I was…judging.

Right there and then I was judging that poor woman when she could have easily been on a hateful deadline with an even shoutier boss.

There’s something in the air at the moment as I feel everyone is judging each other. Call me over-sensitive or just plain hormonal but whether it’s a comment from a friend, a glance from a stranger or simply an untimely-overheard conversation, I feel we’re ALL being judged more than ever.

It could be about something as small as the snacks we allow our kids to eat or as large as whether we have a career or are full-time mums but also seems to stretch to what/if we smoke or drink or who has had NITS again…

The bottom line is that all this judging and being judged is totally and utterly exhausting. So today I tried my best NOT to judge that mother. Who knows what was happening on her laptop and whether she had shown her son a million times how to tie his own laces…keen for him to try a little harder for himself.

And I now want you all to pass the non-judge message on so that we can break the judge-chain. Basically, we’ve all got better things to do.

Lights out

Posted by Young Ladies About Town
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on Monday, 04 August 2014
The Royal British Legion has teamed up with Marks & Spencer to encourage the nation to take part in ‘LIGHTS OUT’, a campaign to remember the soldiers who fell during the First World War.

The Legion is inviting the nation to take part in a moment of reflection, by switching off their lights and illuminating their homes with a single candle between the hour of 10pm and 11pn on 4 August, signifying the date Britain entered the Great War 100 years ago and the time the news was broadcast. Volunteers from the Legion are also organising hundreds of local remembrance events taking place across the country to mark the date.

‘LIGHTS OUT’ has been inspired by wartime Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey, who famously remarked: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our life-time”.

To support the campaign, centenary candles are now available to purchase across all Marks & Spencer stores and online here, with all profits going to the Legion in support of the charity’s vital work.

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What the stars have in store for you this week.August 22 - 28

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Q: A recent survey has revealed the Top 10 things British women would love to do but are too scared. Have you done any of the following?

Sing in public / karaoke - 10.6%
Ask for a pay rise - 6.2%
Travel or holiday alone - 27.7%
Do a naked photo-shoot - 6.2%
Get a tattoo - 3.8%
Have a bikini wax - 4.9%
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Quit your job - 19%
Have cosmetic surgery - 7.3%
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