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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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Vietnam Veterans Memorial In Washington DC

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The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC was intended to honour those killed or missing in action, without making a political statement. The memorial, designed by the then 21-year-old Maya Lin in 1981, chronologically lists the names of the 58,272 Americans who … 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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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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Savouring A Turkish Delight In Istanbul

I recently had the pleasure of visiting the Turkish city of Istanbul. It’s the only city in the world which straddles two continents – Europe and Asia – which creates a tantalising mix of cultures. It’s great for shopping too … Continue reading

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The Sečovlje Saltpans On Slovenia’s Istrian Coast

As you travel south along the 46km stretch of the Slovenian coastline, literally the last attraction you’ll see before reaching Croatia is the Sečovlje Salina Nature Park (Krajinski park sečovljske soline). Sat next to the Dragonje River marking the border, … Continue reading

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Predjama Castle In Slovenia – A Fairytale Castle Revisited

The last time I went to Predjama Castle, Slovenia was still part of Yugoslavia and the Berlin Wall was a few years away from falling. All I remembered through my child’s eyes – I was either six or seven at … Continue reading

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Night Over Austria The Anschluss of 1938 – Flight and Expulsion: An Exhibition

Any visitor to Vienna will immediately recognise the former imperial palace the Hofburg. Once the winter residence of the Habsburgs, its buildings hark back to the days when Austria ruled much of Europe. It was planned to be an ‘imperial … Continue reading

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