Is Hull a Good Choice for UK City of Culture 2017?

Is Hull a Good Choice for UK City of Culture 2017?

Since the announcement last week that Hull was to be the UK City of Culture in 2017, the media has been full of “crap town” comments. It was ever thus: when I moved to Hull for my first job 30 plus years ago I got lots of remarks like “Hull or Hell?” and “It’s the end...

Legends of Dartmoor

Legends of Dartmoor

Dartmoor is a place that abounds with legends. It is easy to see why: it is a bleak, and sometimes barren, landscape, where the wind whistles in your ears and the mist rises to block your way, where grim granite rocks may seem to assume human form, or worse. It is a...

Greenway: the House that Inspired Agatha Christie

Greenway: the House that Inspired Agatha Christie

Opinion remains divided on Agatha Christie. Leading light of the detective story or writer of potboilers, wooden characters moving around creaking plots? Love her or hate her, the fact remains that she is the third best selling author of all time. That's a lot of fans...

The Walls of Londonderry

The Walls of Londonderry

I always like walled cities. There’s something about walking right round a town, peering over the walls into little back streets, that gives me a sense of connection with all the people that have gone that way before. Sentries keeping a lookout for unwanted visitors,...

The Legend of Finn McCool

The Legend of Finn McCool

Ireland is a land of myths and legends, and nowhere more so than the mysterious Giant’s Causeway. 40,000 tall basalt columns, formed in perfect interlocking hexagonals. Surely this couldn’t be the work of nature, there must be some other explanation. Only a giant...

The Ghosts of Dunluce Castle

The Ghosts of Dunluce Castle

Standing alone on the edge of a tall rock, steep drops down to the sea on every side, and only connected to the mainland by a wooden bridge, Dunluce Castle has always been shrouded in mystery. Used as a fort ever since the Vikings sailed to the north coast of Ireland,...

A Wobbly Bridge to Carrick-a-Rede

A Wobbly Bridge to Carrick-a-Rede

The rain and the mist had cleared, and we had a perfect view of the tiny volcanic island. The only thing that stood between us and Carrick-a-Rede was the rope bridge. A wobby construction of planks and wires, 60 foot across, and 100 foot above the sea below. In fact,...

Searching for the Breamore Mizmaze

In my quest to visit all the remaining English turf mazes, I set out on a cold and drizzly afternoon to the tiny village of Breamore (a few miles from Salisbury) to find the Mizmaze on Breamore Down. Although the maze was clearly marked on my map, it was not easy to...

Geocaching in Devon

Geocaching in Devon

Yesterday I had my first go at geocaching. For anyone who is not familiar with it, geocaching is a sort of high tech treasure hunt, using GPS to follow clues and find hidden "caches". In fact, it is appropriate that we were doing it in Devon, as in many ways...

Ingleton Falls

Ingleton Falls

Here are some pictures of the Ingleton Falls in North Yorkshire. A quite spectacular series of falls, swollen obviously by the recent rain. The water is very clear, with some strange colours from the Pennine...

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