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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The Monarch
40-42 Chalk Farm Road
Camden
London
NW1 8BG

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral, founded in AD 1093, is one of the oldest and most famous in England.

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The original Cathedral was designed and also built under William of St. Carilef, who is now buried in the Cathedral, but since then major reconstructions and additions to the building have taken place.

Durham Cathedral.
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Durham Cathedral sits almost at the very top of the city, above the River Wear, and the central tower stands at 217 feet (66 metres).

The Cathedral is still very much in use and daily Church of England services are held there, which often incorporate performances from the Durham Cathedral Choir.

Durham Cathedral.
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The Cathedral is by far Durham's most popular tourist attraction, followed by Durham Castle, and has even been featured in the Harry Potter films as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. In those films there is a spire that has been digitally added onto one of the Cathedral's famous towers.

Durham Cathedral.
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Blue Anchor Hammersmith

The Blue Anchor is a very popular gastropub in Hammersmith, West London, on the North bank of the River Thames.

It first opened in June 1722 and is located in what was the original village of Hammer Smith, and was one of the first public houses in the area, shortly followed by the Dove which is just a short walk Westward along the river.
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The Blue Anchor is open all year round and has been in frequent use since it first opened in the 18th century, often being hired out for private events and otherwise always busy until closing time.

The Blue Anchor Hammersmith.
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It serves a wide array of food and drink, both of which are of a very high quality.

The pub is easily accessible by London underground, being just a short walk from Hammersmith station which is served by the District, Piccadilly and Hammersmith & City lines.

The Blue Anchor
13 Lower Mall
Hammersmith
London
W6 9DJ

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Electric Ballroom Camden

The Electric Ballroom is a small yet iconic venue in the centre of London's Camden. It has been in use for over 75 years and has played host to some incredibly famous names including The Clash, The Smiths, Blur and Stereophonics. As well as being associated with some of the biggest names in music, it also often plays host to new and upcoming bands.

The Electric Ballroom started off as a small venue but expanded during the war when Camden Town tube station was bombed in 1941. The back of the building and the street next to it were completely destroyed, so the owner bought the entire area and turned it into a 2000-capacity venue.
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In the 1970's the ballroom was frequently used as a rehearsal space by names as big as Paul McCartney and Led Zeppelin. The Clash also took up residency in the venue for a week for album rehearsals during the 70's.
The Electric Ballroom Camden.
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It was not, however, until 1978 that the ballroom got it's current name. It was first known as The Buffalo, then The Carousel, and then finally in '78 it was relaunched as the Electric Ballroom.

Unfortunately, due to noise complaints, the newly-named Ballroom was forced to close 9 months after opening to undergo soundproofing. It reopened again in 1979.
The Electric Ballroom Camden.
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The Electric Ballroom has remained open ever since and is still in constant use. It was a close call in 2003 when a redevelopment for Camden Town tube station was proposed, which would have resulted in the end of the Ballroom, but a strong argument from thousands of music fans and musicians, including Blur's Graham Coxon, the venue was saved. Unfortunately London Underground are currently working on a new proposal which may put the Ballroom in danger yet again, despite it being a vital part of Camden's musical heritage.

The Electric Ballrom is located at 184 Camden High Street, Camden Town, London, NWI 8QP, a very short distance from Camden Town underground station and Camden Road overground station.

Camden Town tube.
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Durham Christmas Market 2014

Durham is a small city in the North-East of England, not far from Newcastle. It is home to Durham Cathedral, the University of Durham and also the annual Durham Christmas Festival and Market. in December 2014 the Durham Christmas Festival celebrated it's 21st year and ran from the 5th-7th of the month and had over 300 small business taking part.

Most of the stalls were hosted in the Craft and Gift Marquee outside the Cathedral, and the remainder in the Cathedral Cloisters and Durham Market Place. The permanent stalls in Durham Market Hall were also open for the duration of the weekend.

Durham Christmas Market 2014.
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Carol singers, brass bands and Children's rides were also part of the festival, as well as the annual Children's Lantern Procession. This is led from Durham Market Place to the Cathedral ready for the St Nicholas Service.
Durham Christmas Market 2014.
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A spectacular Christmas tree and set of lights also decorate the Market Place which attract everyone in the evenings.

Durham Christmas Market 2014.
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The Durham Christmas Festival is a very typical English tradition and a definite must for anyone who finds themselves in the North of England during the festive period.