Tuesday, November 15, 2016

CHRISTMAS ROBIN v BUSTER THE BOXER IN BATTLE OF THE TV ADS



IT"S A HARD-HEARTED VIEWER who fails to enjoy this latest TV ad for the John Lewis store chain.

Monday, November 7, 2016

NOVEMBER IS THE MONTH TO LIGHT HUGE FIRES TO HONOUR THOR, THE THUNDER GOD



In the days when Anglo-Saxons ruled England, November was called ‘Wint-monath’ or wind-month, as this was when the first serious winter storms usually started, ushering in a period reckoned to last until signs of spring the following March.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

CHARLES WADE'S 'WOLF'S COVE' MODEL HARBOUR AT SNOWSHILL MANOR


SNOWSHILL MANOR is a National Trust (NT) property nestling deep in the Cotswold Hills, not far from the tourist magnets of Broadway and Chipping Campden.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

WIND TURBINE - BEAUTY OR BEAST?

The subject of wind turbines seems to polarize opinion very quickly indeed - people tend to love them or hate them.


Monday, October 24, 2016

CITY OF BATH: COLLECTIONS AT THE HOLBURNE MUSEUM OF ART


STANDING FOUR-SQUARE AT THE far end of Great Pulteney Street, and easily visible from the shops on Pulteney Bridge, is a handsome building (above) that dates from 1796. It is set in the green surrounds of Sydney Pleasure Gardens, and was built originally as a social gathering spot for the smart set of Regency-period Bath. Today it’s open to all as the home of the Holburne Museum of Art.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Friday, August 5, 2016

DUNKIRK, THE MOVIE



CHRISTOPHER NOLAN, director of sci-fi movies such as Inception, The Dark Knight and Interstellar has turned his talents to war movies.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

A LOOK AT THE WAY WE WERE IN THE DECADES AFTER WORLD WAR II

THROUGH NEWSREEL FOOTAGE AND ADVERTS OF THE TIME here is an affectionate look at the way we were in the 1950s: how we dressed, how we laughed, even how we went on vacation.

Monday, May 9, 2016

ENGLAND FROM SPACE SHOWN IN IMAX MOVIE



FROM SPACE, OUR WORLD blazes at night with the electric intensity of human activity, a direct visualization of the towns and cities where we live. And this new IMAX movie shows some all too brief glimpses of the British Isles, and England.

Friday, May 6, 2016

AUSTIN OF ENGLAND AT THE CHURCHILL VINTAGE AND CLASSIC CAR SHOW


IF YOU LIKE VINTAGE AND CLASSIC CARS then the biennial Churchill Vintage and Classic Car Show is a must-go day out. It is held on the wide sweep of Churchill’s village green in the Cotswolds, not far from Oxford. The 2016 event, on Sunday, June 5, promises to be as good as ever.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

TOMORROW’S CHEFS TODAY - TASTER EVENING AT OXFORD BROOKES UNIVERSITY

OXFORD BROOKES UNIVERSITY lies just outside the city centre, on nearby Headington Hill. Our evening restaurant treat there was to sample ‘Feast in the Forest,’ a three course meal focused on the sorts of food you might find in the woodlands of England.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

BEAUTIFUL BATH TO GET A SPECTACULAR AQUEYE SKY RIDE



THE CREATORS OF AN INNOVATIVE new concept in sky rides are planning a new visitor attraction for the Roman city of Bath.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Friday, July 17, 2015

Thursday, May 14, 2015

THE ENGLISH EYE IN WALES: DYLAN THOMAS BOAT HOUSE, LAUGHARNE



TODAY IS INTERNATIONAL DYLAN THOMAS DAY, and for anyone interested in the culture of Wales, the last home of poet and writer Dylan Thomas is an intriguing 'must' on the list of places to see.

Monday, April 13, 2015

BUNGAY: HOME OF THE HELL-HOUND CALLED BLACK SHUCK


BUNGAY IS A MARKET TOWN in East Anglia, nestling mostly in a loop of the meandering River Waveney (above). As seen today, the town is a quiet haven of tranquillity, but back in the 16th century, things were very different.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Saturday, March 28, 2015

MINI CLUBMAN VISION GRAN TURISMO - A MINI MADE IN OXFORD?

MILLIONS OF MINIS HAVE BEEN PRODUCED by the assembly plant at Cowley, on the outskirts of the university city of Oxford. And the latest Mini concept ought be the most exciting of them all.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A LOOK AT CROMER, GEM OF THE NORFOLK COAST



JANE AUSTEN WROTE ABOUT CROMER in her 1815 novel Emma like this, “…You should have gone to Cromer, my dear, if you went anywhere. Perry was a week at Cromer once, and he holds it to be the best of all the seabathing places."

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

HARLESTON PANCAKE RACES



PANCAKE DAY IS A TIME TO CELEBRATE the coming of spring, and to banish those end-of-winter blues. In Harleston, South Norfolk, Shrove Tuesday is celebrated by pancake races down the main street, called The Thoroughfare.