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My WeekendNotes - 102
"One hundred RMB," he told me, his stretched vowels betraying a strong Beijing accent, "it's twenty kilometres." "It ... [more]
In many ways, Tianhe Stadium is representative of China's lofty footballing ambitions. If the 58,000 seater football gro... [more]
Unless you've lived under a rock on one of Saturn's lesser moons for the last three years, chances are you've heard of B... [more]
21/04/2015 - 25/04/2015
Just like March before it, April 2015 promises a bumper crop of new records from a range of exciting artists. Whether yo... [more]
Hailing originally from Los Angeles, California, meet Girlpool. These two young women put out their debut EP on Wichita ... [more]
Proving that funk and disco certainly did not begin with Daft Punk and Pharrell, P-funk heavyweight George Clinton retur... [more]
01/03/2015 - 01/04/2015
A few years ago a viral video depicting a wooden boardwalk shackled to a mind-bogglingly high cliff did the rounds on so... [more]
It was only a few years ago that a holiday in Myanmar would have been unthinkable. Overseen by an oppressive military re... [more]
The story of Bournville – a small village to the south of the UK's second largest city, Birmingham – is known only to th... [more]
Steadily creeping onto the tourist radar is Laos. This beautiful country is 237,000km2 of mountains, rivers, rainforest ... [more]
April 25th marks 100 years since the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps landed at Gallipoli in Western Turkey. Their i... [more]
24/04/2015 - 25/04/2015
UK metal-core crew Architects are returning to Sydney in April, as part of an eight-date, Australia-wide tour in support... [more]
In the north-east of Myanmar, to the south of the famous old colonial city of Mandalay, lies Inle Lake. This sprawling, ... [more]
Summer might be winding down, but that is no deterrent to the residents of one of the most style-conscious cities in Aus... [more]
As 2015 continues to gather pace, each new month provides us with new music to get excited about. March promises to be n... [more]
01/03/2015 - 31/03/2015
Never mind the carefully constructed props, dazzling lightshows and elaborate costume changes; true theatre needs only a... [more]
11/03/2015 - 22/03/2015
April 24th is a special day for many people. Fans of literature and drama may remember it as Shakespeare's birthday, whi... [more]
The word "legend" is chucked about a lot this days, often without justification, but few would argue that an artist like... [more]
Manchester's Contact Theatre has a history of putting on energetic, interesting and thought-provoking shows, while also ... [more]
10/03/2015 - 10/04/2015
Bagan, Myanmar; former capital of the Pagan Kingdom, sleepy riverside plain on the banks of the Irrawaddy, and the site ... [more]
Jeanette Winterson was 16 when she fell in love for the first time. Nothing unusual about this, but for young Jeanette t... [more]
Just two hours bus ride from Yangon, a visit to the Burmese city of Bago is something that must appear on anyone's "thin... [more]
The bustling metropolis of Yangon is packed with things to do, places to visit and sights to see; but its sprawl is so v... [more]
On any list of top things to do in Myanmar, a visit to Yangon's Shwedagon Pagoda must rank highly. This sprawling symbol... [more]
For starters, don't go asking anyone for directions to "Mount Kay-ayt-ee-yo"; this thing to do in Myanmar is pronounced ... [more]
Manchester is a city stuffed full of great bars, but Cloud23 is a little different. You won't find it by the canalside, ... [more]
01/01/2015 - 31/01/2015
As fashion houses and high street chains prepare to launch their Spring/Summer 2015 collections, fashionistas all over t... [more]
The world is full of fantastic places that will take your breath away - you just need to know where to look. But it migh... [more]
Birmingham may be more than 200 miles south of Scotland, but that does not mean residents of the city in England's West ... [more]
As leader of England during the interregnum years, Oliver Cromwell famously addressed Peter Lely, his portrait painter."... [more]
January is traditionally a time that soap stars, reality TV personalities and former Premiership footballers take to the... [more]
Summer seems like a distant memory now that winter is closing its frosty grip around Nottingham. The slate-grey concrete... [more]
Few writers – indeed, few people at all – are as intrinsic to Nottingham's soul and identity as Alan Sillitoe. Associate... [more]
We recently brought you a list of five often overlooked movies for Christmas time. While that list contained some stone ... [more]
If you're familiar with the planet of Pandora – the homeworld of the Na'vi race from the 2009 motion picture Avatar – yo... [more]
"Winter sun" has been a thing ever since package holidays and low cost airlines first burst onto the scene back in the 1... [more]
A history buff can be a difficult person to buy a Christmas present for. History books and media are so wide ranging and... [more]
Christmas movies often follow a similar formula: You have a hero who is down on his or her luck; an obstacle or problem ... [more]
Just outside the sleepy Cornish town of St. Blazey, secreted in a former clay pit, lies something a little unexpected. A... [more]
I know, I know… another "10 things to do before…" article, but this one is a little different. Think of this article les... [more]
We recently brought you details of a clandestine trip around the secret bars of Manchester city centre. Now it's time fo... [more]
For kids growing up in the late '80s and early '90s, We're Going on a Bear Hunt is something of a big deal. Penned by Mi... [more]
22/11/2014 - 07/12/2014
Few people have contributed more to the historical education of kids in Britain than Terry Deary. The son of a Sunderlan... [more]
13/11/2014 - 17/01/2015
The Book of Daniel tells us that three Jewish nobles – Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego – were forced to enter the fiery f... [more]
Head into Manchester City Centre of an evening and you will be met with the bright lights and big sounds of hundreds of ... [more]
As the home of the Cambridge University Press and the birthplace of writers such as Richard Cumberland and William White... [more]
12/11/2014 - 30/11/2014
This year saw the passing of one of Leicester's literary icons. Born in the East Midlands city in 1946, Sue Townsend was... [more]
12/11/2014 - 15/11/2014
Many of our most cherished writers needed a jump-start to get them going. Margaret Mitchell – bored and depressed after ... [more]
01/11/2014 - 30/11/2014
The light of Manchester's poetry scene is burning brightly in 2014 and, on November 22nd, We4Poets will show you just ... [more]
October 27th marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of Wales' best-loved writers and poets, Dylan Thomas. Thou... [more]
We are living in the age of the television drama. The genre's leading lights – such as Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire and Bre... [more]
Without light there can be no photography; light has been woven into the very of fabric of the artistic medium since its... [more]
18/02/2015 - 22/02/2015
Fans of vintage style and memorabilia in South Yorkshire take note: the award winning Britain Does Vintage team is comin... [more]
The UK Ghost Hunts team will be breaking new ground this November and they want you to join them. The November 22nd Endc... [more]
22/11/2014 - 23/11/2014
Nottingham: a city famous for its caves, its lace, its woodland-dwelling anti-establishment figures and its football tea... [more]
American writer Theodore Dreiser – no stranger to beautiful linguistic flourishes himself – was only too aware of the in... [more]
Singing is great; it can help to reduce anxiety, increase mental alertness and even tone up your facial muscles. So whet... [more]
A short walk from the tourist chaos that is West Lake's north shore, with its burger chains, gift shops and legions of h... [more]
It's Halloween; a time when the spirits of the dead rise up to walk among the living; a time when spooky, unexplainable ... [more]
Halloween is almost upon us once again and there can be few better ways to spend it than in the company of a band that t... [more]
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