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The Heights of Abraham: General Wolfe Remembered

Dec 8, 2013 by


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


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


      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


        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


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


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


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 […]