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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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Top Sights Of Kuala Lumpur – My Impressions Of The Multicultural Malaysian Capital

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Kuala Lumpur is a true multicultural melting pot. With Malay, Chinese, Indian and British influences, KL is perhaps not the most coherent of cities but is charming in its diversity, each neighbourhood providing its own distinct charm and flavour. This … Continue reading

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A Sunny Autumn Morning At Castle Howard

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This is Castle Howard, one of the most beautiful places in England in my humble opinion. Some of you may recognise it from screen adaptations of Brideshead Revisited, in which the house played as much of a starring role as any of the actors. … Continue reading

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Searching For Street Art in Georgetown, Penang

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With a rich colonial past and Unesco World Heritage Site status, you’d expect Georgetown to be a cultural gem rather than covered in graffiti. But, in fact, it is the street art that is one of the highlights of the Penang capital. … Continue reading

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Drinking A Cup Of Tea In The Cameron Highlands

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Those who work with me know how much I like a good cup of tea. What I didn’t appreciate, however, is how much time and effort it takes to produce a good brew. This is the Sungei Palas tea plantation, … Continue reading

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A Watercolour Sunset Over Royd Moor, South Yorkshire

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I snapped this on my iPhone on the way to my other half’s parents in Penistone, South Yorkshire. I like it because the sky looks like a watercolour painting, with thick brushstrokes of amber, blue and grey. But look closer and … Continue reading

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On Safari In Sabi Sands, South Africa

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This week we’re on safari in South Africa. Back in 2009, four of us travelled to Sabi Sands Game Reserve. It is a private reserve adjacent to Kruger National Park and is particularly known for its leopards. There we saw … Continue reading

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The Lovely City Of Ljubljana

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Good things come in small packages, and nowhere is this more true than the delightful city of Ljubljana. With a population of under 300,000 and one of the prettiest riversides in Europe, the Slovene capital is perfect for wandering. It has a … Continue reading

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The Weird and Wonderful Backstreet Cultural Museum In New Orleans

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This week we’re paying tribute to the weird and wonderful Backstreet Cultural Museum in New Orleans. Set in a former funeral parlour in Treme, this eclectic collection was curated by Sylvester Francis to document local African American traditions and includes … Continue reading

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