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Category Archives: England
From the London Independent. The first outdoor food market in ten years opens in Sheffield. Will it have the quality, variety and appeal of London’s Borough Market? Time will tell. Not what you’d call an easy visit from London, but if … Continue reading
From the London Independent. If you’re hanging around London for the Xmas holidays, here’s a handy list of packaged (mini) mince pies to top off your holiday meal/s!
From the London Independent. A rare Jewish manuscript from the 18th century has been found and will be auctioned off. (Not related to the art horde recently found in Germany). Check those soup cartons before recycling!
From Oxford Mail. Sounds too good to be true – a Milanese is pulling them in with his pizza and calzones at the White Rabbit, Oxford. The place used to be the Gloucester Arms. Maybe give it a try next … Continue reading
From the London Independent. An appraisal of the New Zealand All Blacks and their consistent world dominance. And a post-mortem on England’s loss to the Kiwis. The review has one element that I would like to emphasize – a second-row … Continue reading
From London Independent. A short list of the ten best ice rinks from (mostly) London to Cornwall, Manchester to Cardiff. Another winter sport that’s beyond my current fitness abilities. I might be able to do it again if the ice … Continue reading
From London Independent. A Roman eagle sculpture, around 1800 years old, has been dug up near Aldgate and is on display at the Museum of London. In excess of two feet tall, an amazing piece, quite possibly from some big … Continue reading
From Oxford Mail. Plans have been approved for a 70 million makeover of infrastructure at Oxford rail station. It’s gonna be a big mess for the next five years, so plan accordingly.
From the London Independent. A new jewelry exhibition at the Museum of London opens in October for the now-named Cheapside Hoard. Dates from 11 Oct 2013 – 27 April 2014. Looks stunning. In Lisbon, the architecture triennale from mid-September thru mid-December. … Continue reading
From the English Heritage website after reading a blurb on the London Independent. I can’t decide how much I like the sound of this. On the one hand, it’s laudable to want to restore the area around Stonehenge so it … Continue reading
From the London Independent, DutchNews, France 24, et al. Ten gardens to visit when the weather cooperates. The Moscow Cat Circus returns. I’m hoping they get animal visas to travel outside Russia soon. Turn on your high-beams in the Netherlands; … Continue reading
From London Independent. I didn’t realize that the maker of London’s black cabs is now owned by a Chinese company. Now comes word that they’ll be ramping up production, with a view towards building hybrid vehicles and, eventually, hydrogen-powered cabs. … Continue reading
I’m a murder mystery junkie. Most particularly, I’m hooked on stories with a European setting – gee, there’s a surprise. This from the London Independent. The British Library has an exhibition of crime fiction thru mid-May. Another reason to ignore … Continue reading
From Oxford Mail. A new bridge will be built across the Cherwell in Oxford with limited use except for Christ Church students and staff. Still could be a great new spot for taking fotos.
From London Independent. Dueling factions are fighting over where the recently found remains of Richard III should be interred. Gives a new definition for “remains to be seen”. (Sorry).
From the London Independent. Maybe wait for the snow to melt, then get up to Hackfall for a walk with Nature.
From the London Independent. Ten walks along different parts of the UK coast. Yes, N Ireland, Wales and Scotland are included. Most are between 4 and 10 miles but there’s also a one mile suggestion and the longest is more … Continue reading
From Oxford Mail. I think having a modestly-priced motor hotel near Oxford could be a great money-saver for those of us who don’t feel flush enough to book into the Randolph. I especially like the fact that it will be … Continue reading
From the London Independent. A new EasyJet route to Cornwall from London.
From France 24. This headline was a surprise. Still trying to decide if I’m pleased or disappointed. I’m sure the Brits are chuffed but the next Rugby World Cup in 2015 is a long way off. Stomach bugs aside, still … Continue reading
From Oxford Mail. Blenheim Palace’s sheep are now producing wool for a green scheme, in addition to their lambs. And here I was thinking all they did was keep the grass down to save on landscaping costs!
From the London Independent. Another top ten list, this time for autumn walks. The article is called walks in Britain but from what I see, they’re all in England.
While followers of this blog wait breathlessly for my upcoming posts on Croatia, Slovenia and beyond (yeah, right), take a peek at ten of the best autumn walks in Britain. From London Independent. Length varies between one and nine miles, … Continue reading
From Oxford Mail. From now through Sunday, International Horse trials at Blenheim Palace. What, I wonder, did the horses do wrong that they are being tried? Ohhh, THAT kind of horse trial. Never mind.
From Oxford Mail. If you’re looking for something that’s a bit out of the ordinary, a steam-powered sawmill is up and running again in Witney. Open for visitors two days a week. Neat!
From the London Independent. Add to your rail budget next year. The hikes are set to exceed inflation – a royal pain in the pocketbook for commuters but even tourists will need to research whether a BritRail pass will save … Continue reading
From London Independent. An English distillery’s product has just beaten out a bunch of its Scottish competitors in the International Wine and Spirits competition. Cooked up in Norfolk, but the article didn’t name the distillery. Hmmm.