Repaired, restored, and in full working order

Gary with Tim and Fuzz from Car S.O.S, and his restored Mexico.

(This article was originally published in the Jersey Evening Post on Thursday 25 April 2019, and is published here with their blessing)

“My oncologist got my family over and said, if this doesn’t work you’ve got two weeks. So we’re sending you home.”

Gary Quenault (57) falls silent, tears in his eyes as he recalls the harrowing moment, back in 2014, when his doctor gave him the gravest of news. He’d been fighting non-Hodgkins lymphoma and leukaemia for nearly three years, but after the current course of chemo had finished, that would be it. They couldn’t give him anymore.

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The extra mile is never crowded

Jon Pitts of Shrewsbury Town

Jose Mourinho’s sacking as Manchester United manager in December 2018 was big news, but it was hardly surprising. 

After United’s worst start to a season in 29 years, it was inevitable the not-so-special-anymore one would go. What has been surprising is the speed with which Mourinho’s replacement, Ole Gunnar Solskjær, has turned things around at Old Trafford. Eight wins in a row for January’s Premier League Manager of the Month, it’s fair to say the Norwegian has hit the ground running. 

So, are Mourinho’s authoritarian methods simply outdated, or was he just unlucky at Old Trafford? To answer that question, I spoke to Elite High Performance Consultant, Jon Pitts

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À bétôt, Gramps

Reflecting on a great man: Leslie Lewis Huelin, 31 March 1928 – 11 January 2019

The last few days have been unbearably tough. 

A week ago I was in Jersey visiting family and friends. I’m a lucky man – I’ve lived to the age of 38 with three grandparents still going strong. Formidable, amazing, special people them all. Popa – my Mum’s Dad – died when I was 16. The other three just kept going. Must’ve been the sea air. 

But age is catching up with them, Grandad in particular who’d been suffering with lung cancer for two years. So instead of going out for lunch as normally we would when we’re over from Southampton, we instead decided to take some beers and a lemon drizzle cake over to Nanny and Grandad’s house. Ok so it wasn’t haute cuisine. But it was a nice, neat collection of a few of our favourite things. 

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“All you’ve got to do is cook. It’s fine, you can do it.”

From jewellery designer to visual merchandiser, to finalist in this year’s Masterchef. 

41 year old Alex Jorge’s journey has certainly been a unique one. Raised by her Portuguese parents in West London’s Ladbroke Grove, Alex spent her childhood surrounded by love, laughs and good food. 

“It was always Portuguese-inspired, really tasty, but really simple food,” Alex tells me, as we catch up over coffee in Central London, October 2018. I’ve known Alex for 20 years, and I couldn’t wait to hear how she came to be on Masterchef.   

“I had an epiphany,” Alex tells me. “I wasn’t happy. I mean, I enjoyed my role at the time, but I wasn’t fulfilled. I had an honest talk with myself and I thought, what do I love doing? In my mind a big word flashed up, and that word was ‘cooking’.” Continue reading ““All you’ve got to do is cook. It’s fine, you can do it.””