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Friday, February 20, 2015

Bushy Park

Bushy Park is the second largest of London's eight Royal Parks. Bushy Park is located in the borough of Richmond-upon-Thames close to Hampton Court Palace.

Bushy Park.

Formerly deer-hunting grounds for King Henry VIII, Bushy Park still has large populations of Red and Fallow deer.

Later Sir Christopher Wren, the architect of St Paul's Cathedral, added Chestnut Avenue which runs to the entrance to Hampton Court.

Bushy Park is home to a number of sports clubs including rugby, hockey and cricket.

Bushy Park, London.

To get to Bushy Park there are trains from Waterloo to Teddington, Hampton Wick and Hampton Court with the nearest entrance the Sandy Lane Gates. Buses include the X26 Express service from Heathrow to Croydon, the 111 from Kingston to Heathrow, the 216 Kingston to Staines bus, the 411 from Kingston to West Molsey, the 465 Sandy Lane to Fulwell service and the R68 Hampton Court to Richmond bus.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Cornish Pasties

Cornish pasties, like fish and chips, roast beef and Yorkshire and fried breakfasts is an icon of much-maligned British cuisine.

Cornish Pasties.

Pasties are baked pastries filled with usually meat and vegetables and the legend are they were invented as meals for tin miners in Cornwall to take down the mines for lunch, though references to pasties in Cornwall predate the tin mining.

Cornish Pasties.

A traditional Cornish pasty will have a filling of minced meat, onion, potato, and swede with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Pasties in Devon have a different style of crimping on the edge. Indeed, there is debate about which county first produced the pasty.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Meal Beach Burra

Meal Beach in the Shetland Islands off the northern coast of Scotland is a beautiful stretch of white, powdery sand. On a really warm day the clear water would not look out of place in south east Asia, though water temperatures are much, much lower.

Meal Beach Burra Scotland.

Meal Beach is a south facing beach, situated south-east of the Shetland village of Hamnavoe, on West Burra, south of Scalloway. Facilities at Meal Beach include a car park, toilets and boardwalk.

Meal Beach Burra Shetland Scotland.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Durdle Door & Man O' War Beach

Durdle Door is a much photographed limestone arch located near Lulworth Cove in Dorset, south west England.

Durdle Door.

Durdle Door is part of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Jurassic Coast and is close to some of Britain's best beaches. Durdle Door is on the 630 mile-long South West Coast Path running from Minehead in Somerset to Poole Harbour in Dorset.

The sand and shingle Man O' War Beach on the east side of Durdle Door is located at the foot of a steep path from the car park on the cliffs.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Green Man Festival

Green Man Festival is a small 4-day music festival that runs every year in the Welsh Black Mountains. It is one of the smaller events of the UK festival season, as opposed to Reading & Leeds, Glastonbury or the Isle of Wight festivals. It has been running for ten years and incorporates music, comedy, food and poetry just to name a few.

Green Man Festival.
It is an independent family-run festival and has over 1500 performers every year, ranging from DJ's to authors to singer-songwriters and artists.

Green Man Festival.
It is also the only festival in the UK which holds a 24-hour festival licence, meaning that the entertainment can carry on all throughout the night.

Green Man Festival.
In 2014 Green Man played host to a number of great names, including Augustines, Beirut and Daughter. The 2014 festival ran for four days in August and was a huge success, securing the booking for 2015's event which will occur from the 20th-23rd August.

Green Man Festival.
The festival site is incredibly easy to access by train as there is a free shuttle bus which takes you from the local station straight into the festival.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Burns Night

The 25th January is traditionally Burns Night when lovers of the poetry of Scottish bard Robert Burns celebrate his birthday with Burns' Suppers, which include dining on haggis, drinking Scotch whisky, donning tartan and reciting Burns's poetry especially his classic Auld Lang Syne.

Burns Night.

A Burns' Supper might begin with a reading of Address to a Haggis - Burn's ode to this most iconic Scottish dish before participants tuck in.

Burns was born in Ayrshire in 1759 and died of rheumatic fever at the young age of only 37. The 'greatest Scot of all time' will be celebrated in homes and pubs across Scotland, the UK and across the globe.

Address to a Haggis
Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o the puddin'-race!
Aboon them a' ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye worthy o' a grace
As lang's my arm.

First verse with thanks to www.robertburns.org.uk

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Monarch London

The Monarch is one of Camden's most popular places to have a relaxed drink during the day and also in the evening. It plays host to all kinds of events, including quiz nights, club nights, live music shows and the occasional movie screening.

The Monarch, Chalk Farm.
The venue has played host to a variety of bands and artists, including Amy Winehouse, Pete Doherty, Courtney Love and Frank Turner.

Amy Winehouse played a DJ set at The Monarch in 2008 which caused the pub to be overwhelmed with paparazzi and people hoping to squeeze inside for the show, despite the fact that Amy arrived to her own set two hours late.

The Monarch is located on Chalk Farm Road, near to Camden Market and Camden Lock, and easily accessible by bus and tube. It is a short walk from Chalk Farm and Camden Town underground stations and a similar distance from Kentish Town West and Camden Road overground stations.

Chalk Farm.
The Monarch
40-42 Chalk Farm Road