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15 December 2009

Richmond in North Yorkshire was an oasis of calm in an otherwise full-speed month. A lawyer friend with whom I trained (now a PFI partner in a large national firm) celebrated her 40th birthday with a girls’ weekend away. We stayed in funky modern log cabins, indulged in beauty treatments and walks in the crisp fresh air and ate at a gastro pub in a nearby village as the main event. Our accommodation came with an organic food and drink hamper stuffed with goodies such as fresh bread and crumbling Wensleydale, not to mention the rather delicious organic wines which are meant to give you less of a hangover if seriously indulged in because of their lack of preservatives. Maybe it’s an urban myth started by organic wine producers – but we had four bottles between eight of us anyway, so I doubt that qualifies as sufficient consumption to test the theory.

The weekend was really enjoyable but very different from the same friend’s 30th when seven of us headed to New York for a ...

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