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

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14 Oct 2010

Walcot and Rodbourne Swindon

Walcot and Rodbourne Swindon

Houses my mum grew up in around Swindon in the 50s and 60s. While we checked out the house at Walcot an initially suspicious neighbour, once reassured, told us that for young folk these days it's all about "murder and stabbings - still you don't 'ave to follow em do yer?" ...

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13 Oct 2010

Wiltshire aunts & uncles & cousins & nephews – first, second, once & twice removed

Wiltshire aunts & uncles & cousins & nephews – first, second, once & twice removed

Here's my mum's brother and sister, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, their kids and partners, their kids, my kids... ...

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12 Oct 2010

What not to do with your iphone

What not to do with your iphone

ouch...

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12 Oct 2010

27 Swindon Road, Wroughton

27 Swindon Road, Wroughton

Keeping it all in the family. I lived in this house for a year or so before my family moved to Australia in 1982. When we left my wonderful Uncle Alan and Aunty June moved in and have been working on the house and gardens - which are incredible - ever since. From the late 1960s until they passed away my grandparents lived next door at number 29. Now my cousin Jane lives there with her partner Andrew and young lads Alistair and Michael. ...

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06 Oct 2010

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

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

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

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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28 Sep 2010

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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26 Sep 2010

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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