Bill Bailey’s Ridgeway Ramble

Posted on Jul 14, 2015 in latest | Comments Off on Bill Bailey’s Ridgeway Ramble

Madcap Troubadour, Comedian and ace guitarist Bill Bailey who can give U2 a run for their money on the guitar is walking the ancient Saxon road the Ridgeway starting to raise funds for Cancer Research. Bill is starting from Ivinghoe Beacon in the Chilterns to Avebury in the ancient Saxon kingdom of Wessex.  Today he […]

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A Big Day out in a Little Village

Posted on Jul 7, 2015 in latest | one comment

From meta models of models to fantastical landscapes and replicas of much-loved locations, the UK’s quaint and quirky miniature villages continue to be a big draw. The UK is home to more than 30 miniature villages, ranging from hobbyists to full-blown tourist attractions employing professional engineers. They can be found in weather-beaten coastal resorts, picturesque […]

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Exploring Kos Town

Posted on Jul 1, 2015 in latest | 2 comments

Built around a busy harbour which has been guarded since the 14th century by the Castle of the Knights of St John Kos Town is a wonderful mixture of the ancient and modern and a worthwhile holiday destination both in its own right as well as a base for touring the island of Kos with […]

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Steam Dreams in Ireland

Posted on Jun 22, 2015 in Ireland | 9 comments

That’s the thing about luxury Trains in Ireland. You are waiting ages for one and suddenly two  arrive together. Hot on the heels of Belmond running a luxurious Irish sleeper train service an upmarket Steam Tour service has started. A vintage steam train named The Emerald Isle Explorer is embarking on a week-long tour of […]

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The State of Ryanair

Posted on Jun 5, 2015 in Ireland | Comments Off on The State of Ryanair

Something must be rotten in the state of Ryanair when it turns out to be cheaper to change your name and buy a new passport than get the airline to correct a mistake on a ticket.  But that is precisely what happened to Adam West – nee Armstrong.  He was facing a charge of £220 […]

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Walter Rothschild’s Dead Zoo @ Tring

Posted on May 31, 2015 in latest | 3 comments

In life Walter Rothschild was one of the world’s leading naturalists and devoted much of his wealth to sponsoring expeditions to explore and collect specimens of the natural world which so fascinated him. In life he kept his own menagerie but his legacy is now housed in what we locals call “The Dead Museum at […]

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The Gardens of Marrakech

Posted on May 29, 2015 in Gardening | Comments Off on The Gardens of Marrakech

  Until the end of the 19th century, Marrakech was known as the “garden city”, because of its huge gardens and the immense palm grove surrounding it. The majority of the gardens, which are called “agdal”, were not just recreational, but actual functioning orchards. They were equipped with large ponds for irrigation, and pavilions where […]

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Three Queens across the Mersey

Posted on May 26, 2015 in latest | Comments Off on Three Queens across the Mersey

The place they call the Pool, the City of Liverpool, has a proud place in Maritime Heritage as the great port of the British Empire and the Industrial Revolution and last, but not least, the birthplace of the legendary Cunard Line which invented transatlantic travel. Over the weekend three Cunard ocean liners sailed together along […]

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The forgotten pyramids of Nubia

Posted on May 4, 2015 in Architecture | Comments Off on The forgotten pyramids of Nubia

Travelling some years ago down to Rameses II great Temple at Abu Simbel on the Sudanese border thoughts turned to the great and historic land which lied beyond, the ancient land of Nubia and its capital al-Kharṭūm (Khartoum) , where the rivers which supported the earliest human civilisations, the Blue and White Nile, come together. […]

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The Jacobite Express & the West Highland Line

Posted on Mar 30, 2015 in latest | Comments Off on The Jacobite Express & the West Highland Line

The West Highland Line (Scottish Gaelic: Rathad Iarainn nan Eilean – “Iron Road to the Isles”) is one of the most scenic railway lines in Britain, linking the fishing port of Mallaig on the west coast to Glasgow City. Passenger services on the line are operated by First ScotRail, primarily between Glasgow and Mallaig with […]

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The Eagle On London

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Happy Birthday Karl Marx

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Millicent Fawcett

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Labour anti-Semitism – the morning after

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The Eagle on Ireland

The Longest Day

Posted on Jun 21, 2019 in Ireland | Comments Off on The Longest Day

Bloomsday 2019

Posted on Jun 16, 2019 in Dublin | Comments Off on Bloomsday 2019

My Old Man

Posted on Jun 16, 2019 in Dublin | Comments Off on My Old Man

An Irish song for May Day!

Posted on May 1, 2019 in Ireland | Comments Off on An Irish song for May Day!