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The Heights of Abraham: General Wolfe Remembered

Dec 8, 2013 by

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No need to go to the Swiss Alps to ride a Cable Car, there’s one at the very strangely named Heights of Abraham in Derbyshire. Great place. The countryside is lovely too, lifts the spirits. Once upon a time the only people who saw this well worth a visit tourist attraction were those fit enough […]

A Visit to South Folk and North Folk (Suffolk and Norfolk)

Nov 25, 2013 by

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Ipswich is grand, absolutely grand. Just don’t go on a Tuesday. It’s closed. The Tourist Board (which was open) said it was a pity we were not there when the Museum was open as it’s well worth a peek as is Christchurch Mansion which has a fine collection of paintings by Suffolk painters Constable and […]

Leeds Castle. A Very Special B&B

Nov 20, 2013 by

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      Built on a lake, Leeds Castle is, as you might expect, photogenic. It is not, as you might expect, in Leeds, Yorkshire. It’s in Leeds, Kent.       From a distance, the Castle looks as if it’s floating. Not that you need to see it from a distance, you can get […]

‘…Sir, when a man is tired of Brighton, he is tired of life’ (to misquote Dr Johnson).

Nov 10, 2013 by

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        Brighton, ah, Brighton, you are simply irresistible. Whether it’s your Graham Greene Brighton Rock fish and chips seedy side, Prince Regent’s jaw dropping Brighton Pavilion or your Oh! What a Lovely War Brighton Pier, we salute you. I know, I know, the epic was made on the old West Pier not […]

Rodin, Moore and Selfe.

Nov 3, 2013 by

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Here we are at The Henry Moore Foundation to check out the Rodin / Moore exhibition. Moore, a huge fan of Rodin, is surely weeping for joy in Sculptor Heaven (I’ve written about Moore in Hertfordshire: A-Z). What could be more pleasurable than strolling in the fresh air on a balmy, autumn day in beautiful […]

Not Quite The Everglades

May 27, 2013 by

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Thumbs Down to Pinewood Nurseries (Wexham, Slough, Berkshire). To spoil someone’s day is tantamount to crime. Its website promises ‘a relaxed and homely atmosphere’. Don’t believe a word of it. The staff are mean spirited. Less than feeble at customer relations, they clearly have a penchant for shooting themselves in the foot. We had driven […]

Monsieur Manet and Monsieur Blanc

May 27, 2013 by

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Well, well, well. The Royal Academy of Arts (RA) certainly managed to pull off a coup (do I mean scam?). The Manet Exhibition was such a disappointment (do I mean con?). Lord knows how many paintings were there but many were never intended and ought never to have been exhibited. One caption after another stated […]