The golden Cotswolds in Autumn

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I’m the first person to moan about the end of summer, but the Cotswolds in autumn is so beautiful that I really can’t complain. By going to this beautiful little part of the country you can really see the best of the season. So one autumn I decided to do a little weekend cycle round around the area, hopping from … Read More

Spring bluebells in Ashridge Estate, Buckinghamshire

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After all those cold miserable days suffered through winter, there’s a treat in store: Bluebells are everywhere! At dawn in the spring woods you start to understand why so many myths, tales and legends originate from here. It’s ethereal. Stripes of different shades emerge as the sun shines through the trees. You lose all track of time in the bluebell … Read More

Prehistoric Britain uncovered

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“Here you are!” Exclaimed archaeologist David Jacques, knee-deep in mud as he placed a sharp piece of flint in my hand. It was a prehistoric hunting tool. “Just think, you are the second person to hold this in about 8,000 years.” Just over a mile away from Stonehenge a group of archaeologists led by David Jacques, a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Buckingham, have … Read More

Holi Festival London: let there be colour!

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There’s always something crazy happening in London. Last weekend, in the concrete sea of Battersea Park, thousands of people clad in white gathered to turn themselves into rainbows. The event was inspired by the religious festival Holi, where Hindus gather together in February/March to celebrate the coming of spring and throw masses of coloured powder at each other. The festival at Battersea exported the idea … Read More

A weekend in Rye and Camber Sands

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Tucked away at the bottom of the British Isles lies the Medieval town of Rye. It’s modest in size but there’s heaps of charm packed inside its walls, from wobbly roofs to blooming tea rooms and bespoke shops to a 600-year-old pub. It’s well prepared for the tourist in pursuit of aesthetic pleasures, and who wouldn’t fall for that! Our … Read More

The abandoned factory of Kennall Vale, Cornwall

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Deep in the recesses of Cornwall lies Kennall Vale, a tangle of greenery, waterfalls and long-abandoned factory buildings. They were built in the 19th century and produced gunpowder for the mines that dominated Cornwall at this time – the high humidity was perfect as it reduced the risk of explosions. Now it’s a Cornish jungle. On a whim, after my … Read More

World Pillow Fight Day London

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London’s Trafalgar Square is an ocean of feathers, pyjamas and pillows. Hundreds of people are fighting. Welcome to World Pillow Fight Day!   Frenzied participants unleashed their fury in the capital for almost two hours. Everyone was welcome to join in; all those with pillows were targets. “Get the zebra girl!!!” Sometimes attacks were partially co-ordinated. Pillows burst open during … Read More

10 degrees celcius

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A Sunday with the Bournemouth Spartans Winter Sea Swimming Club. November: the dreariest month on the British calendar. While most people don on their woollies and crank up the central heating, the Bournemouth Spartans spark into action and brave the elements en mass; it’s the beginning of their sea swimming season. Equipped with only a bathing suit, a towel, and sometimes … Read More

Zombie outbreak in London

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Terror brakes loose in Central London as hundreds of people have been infected with the zombie virus. The first victims were sighted at the Tate Modern, London, in the early afternoon of 13th October. Sources say the outbreak originated from within the Edvard Munch exhibition, but this has not yet been confirmed. The infection spread quickly, and within just a … Read More

New Forest underwater

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Equipped with wellies, raincoats, and plastics bags for the cameras, we explore the saturated New Forest. You would never had guessed that it was July! A pair of tourists marvel at the burst river. After the rain calmed down we took our first steps out to survey the area and plan a route. A collection of trees surrounded by floodwater. By this point … Read More