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Illuminated Abbey Highlights Whitby’s Gothic Beauty

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This weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Illuminated Abbey event at Whitby Abbey, the ruins of which inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Sitting on the cliff overlooking the idyllic fishing port of Whitby, the 13th-century ruins of the abbey … Continue reading

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Poignant And Provocative: Ai Weiwei At The Royal Academy

Ai Weiwei is known as much for his activism as his art. The retrospective at the Royal Academy of Arts highlights some of his most provocative works, which have infuriated authorities at home while fascinating people across the globe. Related posts: … Continue reading

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Remember, Remember The Fifth Of November… The Very British Tradition Of Bonfire Night

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Bonfire Night is a curious British tradition, which sees people across the country setting fire to things every November 5 to commemorate a failed attempt at setting fire to things hundreds of years ago. “Remember, remember the fifth of November Gunpowder, treason … Continue reading

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Wien Leuchtet 2015 – Seeing Vienna In A New Light

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This year has been designated the UN’s International Year of Light and to mark the occasion, Vienna is hosting Wien leuchtet 2015. The event sees two of the Austrian capital’s most recognisable buildings – the Kunsthistorisches Museum and the Naturhistorisches Museum – … Continue reading

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Light Streams Into The Hagia Sophia

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There is something truly magical about Istanbul. Perched between Europe and Asia, it’s a city with a true clash of cultures. One of the main highlights for visitors is the Hagia Sophia, in the historic heart of the city. Now a museum, … Continue reading

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Exhibition: Ladybird By Design At The De La Warr Pavilion

Who remembers Ladybird Books? Well, almost everyone who grew up between the 1950s and 1980s for starters. My particular childhood favourite was Snow White and Rose Red, not to be confused with Snow White of seven dwarfs fame. As such, … Continue reading

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My Photo Of The Week: Hanoi Water Puppets

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The Vietnamese city of Hanoi is a crazy and bustling place, accompanied by the perpetual buzz of a million motorbikes. Yet in the midst of all this I found this little boy playing with some wooden water puppets. A very … Continue reading

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Playing For Keeps At The National Football Museum In Manchester

If ever you’re going to make a first visit to Manchester, what a better day to do it than when one of its home teams is celebrating winning the Premier League. This is what happened when we took my father … Continue reading

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Drifting Down To New Orleans – A US Train Trip

There is a particular look people give you when you say you’ve just got off a train across the United States. It’s a look of bafflement, surprise and general disbelief that such a thing exists. And yet there we were, … Continue reading

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York Cold War Bunker – A Fascinating Insight Into A Paranoid Era

Largely known for its Viking past, its cobbled streets and its gothic minster, the city of York is certainly not the first that most would associate with Cold War paranoia. Yet hidden in the suburbs near the racecourse, is the … Continue reading

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