Ice Cream Sarnies, My 1st Interview, A Syrian Love Story


This week I will be:

  • trying desperately to find the Blue Top Ice Cream sandwich van. With a collaboration over summer with Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen and Time Out making ice cream sandwiches one of the things of the summer – how can we not. I understand they also take private bookings – wonder if I can hire them to follow me around all day so that I have an endless supply of ice cream sarnies…
  • feeling honoured to have been interviewed by The Quarter Club! Check out my first official interview for Suit & Pie (as I wax lyrical about balance, inspiring reads and what I do at the weekends).
  • looking forward to the release of Sean McAllister’s highly anticipated documentary, A Syrian Love Story. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sheffield Doc / Fest, it’s an incredible (and very timely) portrait of a Palestinian-Syrian family, filmed over 5 years, as they battle to stay together amidst the dividing forces of revolution and war. In particular, Raghda, the film’s central character, is someone who defies expectations of motherhood and womanhood, causing her husband to ask “can you be a mother and Che Guevara?”. The film opens in UK cinemas from 18th September – a full list of screenings can be found here.
  • enjoying this great Vanity Fair piece on Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Investments, Board Member at Estee Lauder, Starbucks and DreamWorks Animation, accomplishes TED speaker and whose admirers include Sheryl Sandberg, Oprah and of course, her husband, George Lucas. She has broken stereotypes to become someone who has made a huge difference without being extremely well known and has garnered the adoration (or adulation!) of a host of influential people (including President Obama).