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3 Reasons Why An Overnight Break Is Still A Holiday

November 13, 2014
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Travel is the one thing (Ok, the one thing apart from internet-enabled devices) that I splash out on. But I also love a deal. Holiday Pirates and Travelzoo are a couple of my favourite sites/apps for spotting travel steals, and it was on the latter that I saw an overnight stay for two at a […]

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Halloween in Edinburgh: Touring the City’s Dark Side

October 30, 2014
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Edinburgh is celebrated for its macabre sights and stories – its cemeteries, its bodysnatchers, the buried Mary King’s Close. But even if you ignore the macabre, it’s a city that can be downright weird. For instance there’s the Heart of Midlothian, a little mosaic heart set in the pavement where the old Tolbooth – prison, […]

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Five Ways Tyneside is Great

October 17, 2014
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Tyneside is … great art. There’s the Baltic, a converted flour mill that presents continually changing exhibitions of contemporary art. The top floors give one of the best views of the Tyne and its bridges that you can possibly get, and exhibitions have included such diverse artists as Antony Gormley, Damien Hirst, Yoko Ono, and […]

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It’s Getting Hot… London’s Lustful Side

June 30, 2014
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Summer is finally here and with the more relaxed ambience this brings let’s celebrate a bit of London lust. Take a closer look at some of London’s statues and you may find they’re not as strait-laced as you might think. My first stop is going to be that buxom wench, the Venus of Broadgate – […]

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Checking In, Checking Out: The Norfolk Mead, Coltishall

June 25, 2014
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It was April when we stayed at this hotel, and it is so gorgeous that I’ve no idea why I’ve waited until now to write about it! We booked one of the deluxe rooms and stayed in Sloe – a small but perfectly appointed room in the eaves of the building. It’s all been painstakingly modernised […]

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King’s Cross Begins to Buzz

February 25, 2014
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King’s Cross was a product of Victorian progress – not just a railway station, but a massive, interlinked landscape of goods yards, warehouses, energy storage, distribution facilities and waterways. Railway passengers found hotels ready for them at the station, and an underground railway waiting to carry them to other parts of the metropolis. If the […]

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Eating Out in Bruges

February 18, 2014
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Zeno We splashed out. And I’m still dreaming about our meal at Zeno. While there’s a lengthy tasting menu on offer at this should-have-a-Michelin-star restaurant, we played it cool and signed up for four courses. Except that we got talked into a cheese course, and there were six surprise appetisers that arrived before the meal […]

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