Luang Prabang: Thongbay Guesthouse – how to do it right
London: London Eye
London: Tower, Science & Natural History Museums, Thames, YHA, Tower
London: Noel Fielding’s exhibition at Maison Bertaux
Paris: They’re called breasts and everybody has them
07 Oct 2010

Henry IV Part 1 at the Globe, London

Henry IV Part 1 at the Globe, London

The second day we were in Cambridge, Thursday the 7th  we went to see a Shakespeare play (Henry IV part 1) at the Globe Theatre which is a replica of the origional Globe that burnt down. We had standing seats so it got a bit annoying after a while but it was fine. It was really good and all the actors were really funny. (One of the main actors looked like the new Doctor Who by the way.) And at the end they all did a dance which was very funny as well. Very good play. ...

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06 Oct 2010

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Bronte Pasonage Museum, Haworth

Bronte Pasonage Museum, Haworth

Home of the Bronte family, immaculately restored and full of original items including clothes, furniture ("here's the couch where Emily died"), tiny books written by the girls and even some fading sketches on the bedroom wall made by famous hands. A freezing day with the wind blowing across the moors helped set the scene. Immortalised for me in Jasper Fforde's The Eyre Affair (like most things in the Ffordian universe the reality was sort of the same but different) We first encountered ea...

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06 Oct 2010

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Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire

Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire

Hebden Bridge is a cool little town on the edge of the Pennines in Yorkshire. It's a 500-year-old former mill town that by the 60s was apparently dying after the British textile industry collapsed, only to undergo a rebirth in the 70s and 80s as uni students, artists and hippies moved in (see http://www.hebdenbridge.co.uk). Hebden has a feel that reminds me of Bellingen - a lack of chain stores, alternative energy, cafes, culture, the feeling that it's slowly getting more gentrified. We st...

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04 Oct 2010

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Wensleydale

Wensleydale

After leaving Robert and Judy, sadly, in breathtaking South Dalton we hit the road for Hebden Bridge but made a 2 and a half hour detour to the Yorkshire Dales as I had to see the Dales. Yet again breathtaking countryside. Narrow roads/lanes lined with drystone walls. Rambling hills and fields all broken up with stones walls. Along the tops of parts of the huge hills, huge mounds of rocks were visable leading me to believe that this is the source of all or some of the rock used in the making of ...

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04 Oct 2010

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York

York

Spent a blustery afternoon in York, checking out the old town centre, minster and Viking archaeological museum and "multimedia experience" The Yorvik Centre (interesting but too many gimmicky wax dummies for me). ...

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03 Oct 2010

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South Dalton, Yorkshire

South Dalton, Yorkshire

We stayed with my Uncle Robert and Aunty Judy in South Dalton, near Beverly in East Yorkshire. It's been 25 years since we last met . They live in a house that's in the grounds of Dalton Estate, home to the Hotham family's grand 18th century stately home. Think private woods teeming with pheasants, gamekeepers, topiary, a coachhouse, an enormous walled kitchen garden. A highlight for me was going though old photos and documents with Robert. Got to see lots of old pictures of my dad - wh...

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01 Oct 2010

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Kendal, Hawkshead & The Lake District

Kendal, Hawkshead & The Lake District

Kendal, Tarn Hows, rain, mint cake by Annette, aka Mum who is 'a pig from another country, whilst in a small Cumbrian tea shop, because my scone made crumbs scatter all over the table' (refer to Minnie next time you see her). Thursday 30th September Where does one start? We are staying at the YHA in Kendal. Our room is up approx. 12 flights of stairs in the servants quarters of a Georgian House; low beams, no window, but it is nice and cosy. I was imagining we would be doing 2 or 3 walks pe...

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28 Sep 2010

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Mendips & Forthlin Road, Liverpool

Mendips & Forthlin Road, Liverpool

Since I was about seven and heard the perfect Ticket To Ride I've been a Beatles tragic. Got all the music, read all the books, seen all the docos, all that stuff. I found spending a couple of days in Liverpool quite odd because there's cheesy Beatles-y stuff BLOODY EVERYWHERE and it serves in the end to cheapen the experience. However my faith was restored on our last day in town when we visited the National Trust managed childhood homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Both houses have be...

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27 Sep 2010

Liverpool

Liverpool

Is there anybody going to listen to my story? All about the girl who came to stay. Hello. We just spent three days in Leverpool and it's definitly my favorite so far. On Tuesday we went on a massive Beatles museum tour thing. It was very entertaining. We managed to finally escape from the Fab Four gift shop with only 3 t-shirts, 3 badges about 6 postcards and 4 picks. We then walked to the second part of the tour. It was a beatles gallery and a 4D short film which sprayed us in the fa...

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26 Sep 2010

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Barge on the River Kennett

Barge on the River Kennett

We went on a barge ride on Sunday the 26th Sept. There were a lot of people doing a fishing competition on the banks. One man had such a big fishing rod that if even a minnow bit the bait he would fall headfirst into the canal. The barges are situated in canals, of course, and work with 'locks'. ...

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