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My WeekendNotes - 215
The middle of England may seem like an unusual place to find authentic American cuisine. However, Nottingham offers a la... [more]
The Tower of London most likely brings to mind harrowing images of political prisoners, famous inmates (such as Guy Fawk... [more]
During the Middle Ages, books were very expensive and labour-intensive to produce. A number of solutions were devised to... [more]
Nottingham Castle is one of the city's most prominent and attractive features. A day out is easily spent exploring the e... [more]
Magna Carta is one of the most famous and enduring documents in the world. It is the inspiration behind the laws that go... [more]
12/03/2015 - 01/09/2015
Orange is a dynamic and vibrant colour - associated with the sun, fire, the tropics, and dazzling autumnal trees. As suc... [more]
Travel photos are useful for documenting personal experiences and memories. They are also a window to different worlds f... [more]
Nottingham has a special relationship with Chinese New Year due to the University of Nottingham's campus in Ningbo, Chin... [more]
The following is a list of alternatives to the well-known landmarks and tourist attractions of London. In no particular ... [more]
Scrooby is a tiny village of around 300 people in northern Nottinghamshire. The village may be small, but it has played ... [more]
In no particular order, the following list will set out a few of the things to see and do when visiting Nottingham. ... [more]
With trees already starting to change colour and the coldest August bank holiday on record, it is clear that summer is q... [more]
The Woodland Trust is currently asking the public to enter their favourite tree into the English Tree of the Year compe... [more]
As stated in Part 1 of this article, The Robin Hood Trail incorporates 16 locations famously associated with the outlaw ... [more]
The Robin Hood Trail incorporates 16 locations across Nottinghamshire which are associated with the famous outlaw. Each ... [more]
The skyline of Chesterfield, a town just outside of Sheffield, is dominated by the famous crooked spire of the Parish Ch... [more]
Southwell is located in Nottinghamshire, about an hour by bus from Nottingham city centre or much faster by car. The tow... [more]
Extra time to spare while waiting for a train at St Pancras station is a common enough experience. Fortunately, there ar... [more]
The English Midlands contain some of the most attractive old manor houses – all set against the lush backdrop of the Pea... [more]
I recently attended the Improvisation at Work course held by The Improvisation Academy at the Poor School in London. Th... [more]
The above paraphrased quote from Marcus Tullus Cicero may be the inspiration behind the University of Nottingham's devot... [more]
Off the busy market square of Nottingham city centre is an old Georgian building that houses one of the last subscriptio... [more]
Situated just a short walk away from Notre Dame on the left bank of the Seine in Paris' Latin Quarter is the eclectic an... [more]
Le Château de Versailles dates to the era of the divine right of kings when royalty attempted to outdo each other with l... [more]
Victor Hugo was arguably one of the most significant, if not the most significant, writer of the nineteenth century. He ... [more]
A visit to the largest necropolis in the world (the final resting place of 6 million Parisians) may seem like an odd act... [more]
Not far from the famous marketplace of Les Halles and the Church of Saint-Merri is the Pompidou Centre, which contains a... [more]
Paris is known for the great cathedral of Notre Dame - the site of so much history, imagination, and significance. No ot... [more]
Lincoln is a cathedral city in Lincolnshire with a lengthy history dating back to Roman times. The following walk is the... [more]
Whether you are local or in Oxford for a visit, the following short walk will allow you to enjoy some of Oxford's most b... [more]
The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garrett is contained in the attic of St Thomas' Church, Southwark. The museum ... [more]
Chatsworth House is the ancestral home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. It famously played the part of Pemberley i... [more]
As economics and job opportunities have changed, the book market has been flooded with new self-help manuals for finding... [more]
Every writer experiences moments of writer's block. The following are some well-tested methods for generating ideas and ... [more]
Northern Ireland is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Blessed with a stunning coastline, unt... [more]
Tower Bridge is a landmark to be experienced for even the most seasoned Londoner. Avoid the overpriced exhibition areas ... [more]
If you're travelling through Nottingham and want to explore a bit of the city, the following three churches are within a... [more]
While Irish folk dancing has gained worldwide fame via the Riverdance vehicle, English folk dancing (sometimes called Mo... [more]
Longnor is a Peak District village located on the River Manifold not far from the White Peak area and the limestone vall... [more]
For an off-the-beaten-path experience, there's almost no better place than the North East Coast of England. Dramatic cli... [more]
Eyam, better known as the Plague Village, is located in Derbyshire, Peak District not far from the moors of Hathersage. ... [more]
There are so many sculptures of kings and horses throughout London that it's difficult to distinguish them from each oth... [more]
The Howie-Smith Project is a unique, multifaceted enterprise dedicated to community regeneration via the Arts, with loca... [more]
The ancient city of York is currently a conglomeration of Roman, Viking, Norman, medieval, and modern architecture, such... [more]
Recent worldwide economic and employment challenges have given rise to many creative opportunities for those who are wil... [more]
Fortunately for coffee aficionados, London is the city of unique shops found no where else in the world. Scouring the st... [more]
In January 2013 the highest calibre ice sculptors from around the world are coming to Canary Wharf to compete in the Int... [more]
11/01/2013 - 13/01/2013
The Peak District is located mainly in Derbyshire, but also extends into Cheshire, Staffordshire, and Yorkshire. Some of... [more]
Chain coffee houses are great for their overwhelming availability, but an off the beaten path coffee shop dedicated to m... [more]
The British Museum in collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is currently hosting an in-depth exhibition... [more]
19/07/2012 - 25/11/2012
London is one of the most cosmopolitan and unique places in the world due in large part to its intricate history and div... [more]
Westminster Abbey is one of the most visited and iconic landmarks in London. There has been a church on the site since ... [more]
It is often said that New York is the city that never sleeps, but London is just as busy, with a full calendar of festiv... [more]
08/10/2012 - 05/11/2012
Little Moreton Hall is a quirky, timber-framed Tudor manor located outside of Congleton in Cheshire. With its whimsical... [more]
Tattershall Castle is a medieval brick fortress situated in the open Lincolnshire countryside. Tattershall is a bit of a... [more]
In the late 1500s, Hardwick Hall was created for the Countess of Shrewsbury, better known as 'Bess of Hardwick', as a bo... [more]
Hardwick Old Hall was the birthplace of Elizabeth Talbot, Countess of Shrewsbury, later known as Bess of Hardwick, who, ... [more]
Dovedale is a National Trust property in the peak district located just outside of the scenic village of Ashbourne. The ... [more]
Hathersage is a small Derbyshire village in the Peak District. The village sits near the River Derwent on the border of ... [more]
A day trip to Nottinghamshire provides visitors with the opportunity to tour stately Midlands country homes and enjoy un... [more]
Launch of the New Workhouse is a free afternoon event taking place 23 April 2019 to officially celebrate the re-opening ... [more]
200 Degrees has only been around for a few years as a roaster (all coffee is roasted in Nottingham 'on the banks of ... [more]
Cafe Roya is a Middle-Eastern inspired vegetarian restaurant with vegan and allergy-free options. The restaurant is know... [more]
Five Leaves Bookshop is located at the quiet end of an alley just off of the busy thoroughfare of Market Square. It has ... [more]
Artshake: Yiyuan Tang Museum exhibition hosted in the Angear Visitor Centre space in Lakeside Arts Centre is part of the... [more]
12/01/2019 - 24/02/2019
Stonebridge City Farm is located in a residential area just outside of Nottingham City Centre. Currently, the space cont... [more]
Harold Gilman (1876–1919) was part of the Camden Town Group of artists, a distinctive period of British art prior to the... [more]
17/11/2018 - 10/02/2019
The exhibition Raised Beds: Interrogating the Domestic accompanies the current exhibition at the Djanogly Gallery of wor... [more]
26/01/2019 - 10/02/2019
Nottingham Contemporary is a small art gallery in the middle of the city centre composed of four galleries with constant... [more]
16/02/2019 - 24/02/2019
The Winding Stair Bookshop is located right on the River Liffey near the iconic Ha'Penny Bridge. It is a quiet and invit... [more]
1. Saatchi Gallery, Black Mirror: Art As Social Satire (28 Sept 2018 – 22 Feb 2019) The Saatchi Gallery is descri... [more]
Westport in County Mayo sits right on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. It remains s somewhat hidden holiday spot despite ... [more]
The Nottingham Writers' Studio is an independent, non-profit space for writers to attend workshops, meet with agents, re... [more]
The following suggestions offer great food (including vegetarian and vegan options), friendly service and ambience for t... [more]
It may be tempting to hibernate indoors through the chilly winter weather, but these five walks, ranging from simple to ... [more]
St Pancras Church currently is hosting a sculpture installation of two 6-metre pieces in bronze, Alien & Brothers, creat... [more]
13/09/2018 - 13/09/2019
The Georgian building containing Windsor & Eton Brewery's first pub, The George, is located on Eton's high street overlo... [more]
Still I Rise is an exhibition of over 100 exhibits by over 40 artists examining the role that women have played in the h... [more]
27/10/2018 - 27/01/2019
This is a quick and easy recipe for bakers short on time or those who are new to making focaccia. This recipe substitute... [more]
The Pig, the 12th animal in the zodiac cycle, is described as enthusiastic, exuberant, and full of good fortune and a lo... [more]
Through the modern library and up a short flight of 17th-century stairs is the oldest part of Merton College Library, kn... [more]
The Alchemist Bar & Restaurant opened in Nottingham's city centre in early 2018. It is located in an imposing 19th-centu... [more]
The ruins of Dunluce Castle sit on the edge of a cliff overlooking the sea in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The groun... [more]
Nottingham is built on caves that have been in use as shelters, prisons, secret passages, and places of business since t... [more]
Most of the riverside castles along the Rhine are now in ruins or exist as modern reconstructions. The impressive Marksb... [more]
The Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, in County Antrim, is a suspension bridge that spans a 30-metre high chasm above the ocea... [more]
Eberbach Monastery (Kloster Eberbach) is a former Cistercian monastery founded in the 12th century. It is located near E... [more]
Carnival, known locally as Fastnacht, has its origins in medieval religious festivals and is celebrated especially in th... [more]
Lichfield is located just 17 miles north of Birmingham. It was once the seat of bishops in the Kingdom of Mercia during ... [more]
The Vic, as it is known by locals, is situated adjacent to Beeston train station, just outside of Nottingham city. The b... [more]
April 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. The following is a selection from the many events taking ... [more]
Lichfield is a quiet village now, but it has a long and significant history with its stunning cathedral taking centre st... [more]
The following is a selection of some of the best places to find superb coffee in a few of England's major cities (London... [more]
A selection of prominent twentieth-century and contemporary art pieces from private European collections comprise a new ... [more]
16/09/2015 - 12/12/2015
This October marks the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt (25 October 1415). The battle was part of a long per... [more]
Hardwick Hall was constructed in the late sixteenth century for Elizabeth Talbot, Countess of Shrewsbury (better known a... [more]
The discovery of the remains of Richard III, the King in the Car Park, by the University of Leicester (in collaboration ... [more]
For people living in the United States, the Fourth of July typically means hot weather, BBQs with family and friends, pa... [more]
A fortress has occupied the natural promontory rising above Nottingham city since the time of William the Conqueror. The... [more]
Flowers and tree blossoms have been emerging across the English landscape for the past few weeks. Now that Spring is off... [more]
Located in Postman's Park not far from St Paul's Cathedral and the Museum of London is an unusual Victorian memorial in ... [more]
The recently opened exhibition at the British Library, Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination, is a fantastic multime... [more]
03/10/2014 - 20/01/2015
George Green is not a well known name, even in his birthplace of Nottingham. He is perhaps best remembered for his windm... [more]
12/09/2014 - 04/01/2018
Oh What A Lovely War is currently showing at the Djanogly Theatre at the University of Nottingham in honour of the cente... [more]
15/07/2014 - 26/07/2014
Attenborough Nature Reserve is located about four miles away from Nottingham city centre. It boasts an award-winning nat... [more]
Situated next to Highfields Park adjacent to the University of Nottingham is the Pavilion Cafe, which is part of the Lak... [more]
Windsor is a place that deserves a whole weekend or even a week to really explore all of its famous places. On my visit,... [more]
Most visitors to Windsor spend the majority of their time at the awe-inspiring Windsor Castle or touring one of the worl... [more]
I recently attended the London Phoenix Orchestra's summer concert. The concert was held at Cadogan Hall, which is locate... [more]
The Museum of Natural History has played an important role in Oxford's life since the mid-1800s. It was originally found... [more]
The Crypt Gallery is located in St Pancras Parish Church on Euston Road. This unusual gallery space hosts a variety of u... [more]
Located in Nottingham's former courthouse and gaol, the Galleries of Justice Museum has several claims to fame. Apart fr... [more]
Nottingham Contemporary is a small art gallery in the middle of the city centre, which is focused around twentieth and t... [more]
Situated above the Central Library in Sheffield city centre, not far from the Millennium Gallery, is the 'home of Sheffi... [more]
The Millennium Gallery is located in the heart of Sheffield city centre. The gallery is primarily dedicated to collectio... [more]
I recently visited an exhibition at Chatsworth House and Gardens which recreates the estate as it would have been during... [more]
04/04/2014 - 23/12/2014
After visiting the birthplace of Isaac Newton, a short drive over to nearby Colsterworth provides refreshments at local ... [more]
Woolsthorpe Manor, located outside of Grantham in Lincolnshire (about an hour away from Nottingham), is the birthplace a... [more]
Just down the road from St Pancras train station are the St Pancras gardens, which contain the Old Church (dating to the... [more]
Castle Frankenstein, or Burg Frankenstein, is currently in ruins on a craggy hilltop surrounded by an appropriately gloo... [more]
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