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A Happy Pig is a Good Pig: What Free Range Really Means

While it’s tempting to rush off and start a cooking marathon as soon as possible, it’s important to consider where your meat comes from first. Of course, discerning shoppers always try to source the best quality possible to be sure of welfare standards and good flavour. However there are so many labels to decipher and even the savviest foodie is likely to be confused by the terms “outdoor bred”, “outdoor reared” and “free range.” Based on her recent visit to Blythburgh Farm in Suffolk, Leila Dukes clarifies. Continue reading

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Swindon Hotels Provide Great Comfort

No matter where you may be traveling to or for whatever reason you may be traveling one of the most important aspects of your trip is going to be the quality of the hotel that you are staying. Just because … Continue reading

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2015 Main Stage Acts at the Reading and Leeds Festivals (OneTravel)

Two of Britain’s biggest annual music festivals – the Reading and Leeds Festivals – take place over the same weekend at the end of August and featuring alternating line ups. The two cities are about three and a half hours … Continue reading

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Richard Long: Time and Space at Arnolfini, Bristol

Time and Space, a major new exhibition of work by Richard Long, opens today at the Arnolfini Centre for Contemporary Arts in Bristol. As part of city’s celebration as 2015 European Green Capital, the show features new works and recreations of previous ones by the Bristol-born artist who still calls Bristol his home, as well as a new offsite work located on The Downs near the house where he lived as a child. Continue reading

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Brighton Bound? Bincho Yakitori for Japanese Grilled Greatness Near the Beach

Yep, the same Bincho that used to grace London’s foodie havens of Soho and Clerkenwell with its simple menu of mostly grilled meats made all the more moreish by a Japanese approach to flavour, style and service is now pleasing palates in cozy little Brighton nook only a few blocks up from the beach. Too bad so sad London, Brighton’s got ya beat this time around. I paid an early evening weekday visit a week or so ago, and had a delightful time sampling my way through the menu – at a fraction of the cost such a exploratory dabble of a meal would set me back here in London. A flight of sake to start things off (the list of Japanese drinks was impressive), followed by a pint of Super Dry Asahi and I was ready for a parade of izakaya hits. Continue reading

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Experience Comfort at Hotels in St Albans

If you are looking for a truly unique place to stay on your next holiday to Great Britain you may want to consider visiting the city of St Albans. St Albans is located in the southern part of Hertfordshire in … Continue reading

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Boutique Hotels in Yorkshire

More and more today as people travel they are asking for a better hotel experience that allows them to enjoy luxury but at a smaller hotel. This has caused many cities both large and small to begin to offer unique … Continue reading

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Apartments for a Short Time in Reading

There can be all kinds of reasons why you may need an apartment for just a short while. Many times businesses send employees into a new town or city to do some work on a short-term basis, perhaps for several … Continue reading

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Untold Theatre Premieres Second Production: The Scar Test

Not only touched by the performance I caught of The Scar Test and glad for the chance to see such compelling live theatre, I am more informed about the plight of refugees seeking safe haven in the UK and more aware of how poorly too many of these individuals are treated. Continue reading

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Summer with Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon (OneTravel)

Summertime’s a fine time to visit Stratford-upon-Avon, the home of William Shakespeare, with calendar filled with special events and activities for the family. Here’s a look at some of the fun ways to make the most of this beautiful English … Continue reading

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The Basics for Having the Best Time in Bath, England (OneTravel)

A comfortable gateway to England’s rugged West Country and easy excursion from (or chilled out alternative to) London, lovely and compact Bath is an excellent destination for experiencing the best of contemporary Britain coupled with an accessible and superbly preserved … Continue reading

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Taking it Easy with an Overnight Spa Break in Bath

Easter week, Kemey and I made a quick overnight trip to Bath for a bit of rest and relaxation with a dash of history and scaled down but nonetheless urban ease. Both of us had been to Bath before but ages ago and not together. We had so much fun during our brief stay in this compact and attractive city. It’s a great place for couples and super easy to get to from London. Of course, more time to explore Bath and the bucolic countryside nearby would have been ideal, but our overnight visit proved to be an amply replenishing pause before having to head back to the London grind. Continue reading

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Lunch at The Pig

Oozing with ye olde English shabby chic charm without coming across as twee, the look and feel of this “restaurant with rooms” very much did it for me. I could have staged a “you-can’t-make-me-leave” sit-in at the hotel’s ultra cosy lobby bar; I got a mini recharge from my brief amble through the kitchen garden and surrounding grounds; I would have loved to try a post-lunch treatment at the spa across the pond in the garden or maybe an expert-led forage in the forest for wild mushrooms.
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Eastern Exchanges at Manchester Art Gallery

I had a splendid afternoon crashing the press preview of the newly opened Eastern Exchanges: East Asia Craft and Design exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery yesterday. More than a few standout pieces – as well as a chance to peek at a couple of other shows now on and to have a look at the gallery’s impression permanent collection – made my northward daytrip well worth the time on the train. Fans of design would do well to follow suit before the show closes at the end of May.Continue reading

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The Whitworth Reopens: It’s a Happy Valentine’s Day for Manchester’s Art Lovers

Following a £15 million development that doubled its size and created new spaces for celebrating art and “embracing the park it calls home,” The Whitworth in Manchester will reopen its doors to the public on February the 14th. After checking out the gallery’s new digs and all the ace art on view there earlier this week at a press preview, I reckon Mancunian art lovers should prepare for a very happy Valentine’s weekend! Continue reading

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Get a Free Hot Chocolate at Hotel Chocolat Cafes All Valentine’s Week!

To show my readers how much I appreciate each and every one of you for supporting my blog, I’ve come up with a sweetheart of an offer that’s good all Valentine’s Week: FREE hot chocolate from Hotel Chocolat! Continue reading

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Good Stuff

Good Stuff and lots of it! Here’s the low down on some fine things to see, sip or savour – all of which I’ve recently come across and thought were worth sharing with you. Enjoy. Continue reading

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2014 Folkestone Triennial: A Gold Rush of Great Art by the Sea

The 2014 Folkestone Triennial is on for a third edition, this year with a “Lookout” theme to its many ambitious arts set within the quaint town and on its scenic stretch of coastline along the English Channel. I thoroughly enjoyed my artsy meander round Folkestone and reckon it offers an ideal day out for Londoners (or anybody) seeking a day out with intriguing sights and a fresh sea breeze. Continue reading

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Celebrate National Afternoon Tea Week across Britain: August 11-17 (OneTravel)

It’s one of Britain’s best loved foodie traditions and a delightful opportunity for visitors from abroad to get a taste of the local culture … and now a whole week’s been set aside to celebrate the ever so British institution … Continue reading

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Tour de France: Cambridge to London with Bonne Maman

I would like to say a massive merci beaucoup to the friendly folks from Bonne Maman for offering me the amazing opportunity to ride along with the Tour de France in the Bonne Maman procession vehicle yesterday from Cambridge to London. It was super cool checking out the Tour’s Village at Parker’s Piece in Cambridge and taking a behind the scenes snoop of all the goings-on and preparations before the race began. And riding in the procession to encounter the tens of thousands of Tour supporters along the way was an absolute thrill. Continue reading

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Win a Free Pair of Tickets to Isle of Wight Festival 2014

Ah. Summer’s almost here and that means festival season will kick off soon. One of the biggest and best is the famous Isle of Wight Festival. Keep reading to find out how to win free pair of tickets to the Isle of Wight Festival, compliments of sponsor BT. Continue reading

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Photos Commemorate 70th Anniversary of D-Day at War Museum in England (CheapOair)

As part of its commemoration of the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, England is running D-Day -The Last of the Liberators, a collection of photographic portraits featuring some of the last surviving British Normandy veterans. … Continue reading

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Celebrate Norway Day Across the UK with 99p Fish and Chips – 17 May

Happy Norway Day? Ja!. Here’s the scoop on a tasty and affordable way to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the Norwegian constitution. The Norwegian Seafood Council is partnering with 99 fish and chip shops across Britain to offer folks a chance to purchase a portion of the UK’s preferred takeaway for only 99p. Continue reading

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Play Parkdean Holidays’ Home or Away Quiz to Win a Free Holiday

Parkdean Holidays, the UK’s number one holiday park operator, has just launched a fun “Home or Away” interactive quiz that features a selection of scenic photographs of beautiful holiday destinations around the world. All you have to do is identify … Continue reading

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A Look at a Few of England’s World Record Sites (CheapOair)

England. It’s a land that’s as celebrated as much for its pomp and circumstance as for its more subtle eccentricities. Those who know the English well are aware of their love of competition – whatever the contest. No matter how … Continue reading

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Time for Art at the Folkestone Triennial 2014 (CheapOair)

The seaside town of Folkestone is located about 70 miles from Central London on the southeastern coast of Kent. High speed trains run regularly to/from London St Pancras International with a journey time that’s just under an hour. Every three … Continue reading

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Manchester’s Whitworth Art Gallery to Re-Open Autumn 2014 (CheapOair)

A glimmering gem in the crown of British art spaces, the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester has been closed to the public for several months but is to reopen this autumn following a £15 million (roughly $25 million) transformation. On … Continue reading

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Some Of Our Favorite Posts from 2013 (CheapOair)

Eerily incomplete sculpture, crave-worthy ceviche, and breaking bread with a breathtaking view, 2013 was a fantastic year to be a travel blogger. But those are just my favourite bits from London. Here’s a look at my top five favourite posts … Continue reading

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Best London Pizza – 2013

To say I ate and drank well this year does not begin to describe how delectable 2013 was for me. Both in London and beyond, I had the pleasure of experiencing some of the best meals outside the home I’ve … Continue reading

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Discovering Richard III’s England in Leicester (OneTravel)

Only about a hundred miles away of London or Manchester with historic and scenic destinations such as Stratford-upon-Avon, Nottingham and Oxford even closer than that (this area of Britain is what’s referred to as the Midlands, afterall), Leicester and its … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: Richard III at Nottingham Playhouse

With only a week left in Nottingham before it moves on to York, here’s my review of the Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company and York Theatre Royal’s joint presentation of Shakespeare’s tragic story of a conniving and paranoid king, Richard III. Continue reading

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Richard III, Robin Hood and Me: An East Midlands Mini-Break

Last week, I headed up to Leicester and Nottingham for an overnight press trip. I had a blast letting loose my inner armchair historian around Leicester and getting to live out some childhood fantasies in Nottingham and nearby Sherwood Forest. Here are some highlights from my East Midlands mini-break. Continue reading

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5 Best Restaurants for Service in the UK (OneTravel)

UK restaurant bookings site, toptable, has announced the winners of its 2013 Diners’ Choice awards for the Top 50 Restaurants for Service in the UK. The awards represent the “combined opinions of approximately 350,000 reviews submitted between September 2013 and August 2013 by verified toptable diners for more than 4,000 restaurants across the UK. Continue reading

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Visit James Bond’s England (CheapOair)

Bond. James … yeah, you know the next bit. One of Britain’s greatest pop icons – the one and only 007 – is wowing film fans visiting the UK at these attractions celebrating the world’s most famous spy and the works of writer Ian Fleming. Continue reading

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British Ceramics Biennial at Stoke-on-Trent (OneTravel)

The British Ceramics Biennial returns this autumn to the English town of Stoke-on-Trent, the world capital of ceramics, with its biggest line-up to date. Set to run from Saturday the 28th of September to Sunday the 10th of November, the Biennial celebrates the best in contemporary ceramics and brings together 150 leading artists through a series of exhibitions, installations and events while drawing on the local area’s heritage and significance in the ceramics industry. Continue reading

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