Archive for March, 2011

Rock of Ages – The birth of Rock n’ Roll in Manchester

Rock of Ages – The birth of Rock n’ Roll in Manchester

Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga might be the modern day top of the charts, but without the people in this exhibition it’s likely they’d never have gotten further than singing in the shower. Rock of Ages is an exhibition at the Lowry Arts Centre in Manchester and charts a unique photographic record of the early [...]

Free attractions in London – Bank of England museum

Free attractions in London – Bank of England museum

Behind the walls one of the most imposing buildings in Britain stands a rather more accessible, friendly and free Bank of England Museum. The Bank of England has looked after Britain’s finances and crucially gold reserves since 1694, but much of the museum’s focus isn’t on how the bank worked or its history, but more [...]

Proof that the sun always shines in Manchester

Proof that the sun always shines in Manchester

Manchester has a bit of a reputation which states that it always rains, but as this video proves, this isn’t always the case. The video shows scenes from around Manchester both ground based and skyline in which the city is bathed in sunshine. To back this up, a little research suggests that Manchester is actually [...]

Video – Use a Boris Bike to see London for free

Video – Use a Boris Bike to see London for free

London has a reputation for being very expensive for the tourist, but if you’re prepared to hop-on-your-bike then it’s surprising how much you can see for very little. This is what the folks from the UK Curiosity Blog did recently when they took to their Boris Bikes and headed off to see some of London’s [...]

Urban Allotments – Perfect after treking Hyde Park

Urban Allotments – Perfect after treking Hyde Park

You spend all day Sunday trekking the outer-reaches of Hyde Park and the hidden worlds of the Natural History Museum, then get home, fancy a salad because it’s healthy and realise because you live in a city you don’t have a garden and the shop’s shut. Sound familiar? If so, we might have the solution [...]

More quirky events with the World Coal Carrying championships

More quirky events with the World Coal Carrying championships

Most quirky British events have their roots lost in history, but we know exactly when the World Coal Carrying started and even the phrase that started them. The beginning: Travel back in time to the Beehive Inn in Gawthorpe, 1963, when two friends (Reggie Sedgewick and local coal merchant Amos Clapham) sat down for a [...]

Bristol meets Hollywood through a great screen legend

Bristol meets Hollywood through a great screen legend

Younger readers might be thinking “who?” when I mention Hollywood legend Cary Grant, but in the 1930s to 1950s he was the ultimate smooth talking American screen star of Hollywood…except, he was actually from Bristol. This is a little known film fact outside the West Country city and marked only by a statue constructed in [...]

Britain needs the great British picnic revival says National Trust

Britain needs the great British picnic revival says National Trust

According to the National Trust, we Brits just aren’t having enough outdoor picnics with only 42% of respondents actually having taken a picnic last year. The self-styled bastion of all that is Middle England, suggests that unpredictable weather may be the main reason why we don’t favour this method of al fresco dining currently, although [...]

New this summer: Guernsey’s first eco-camping

New this summer: Guernsey’s first eco-camping

A new educational and sustainable agricultural land project is launching in Guernsey in June 2011, aiming to offer guests a ‘true west coast experience’ that reconnects with the natural environment: WildGuernsey’s WildCamping will be the first eco-campsite and eco-accommodation on the island. Guests have the option to stay at either personal tipis or canvas tents, [...]

Leaking Trafalgar Square fountain causes Charing Cross to have its own Waterloo

Leaking Trafalgar Square fountain causes Charing Cross to have its own Waterloo

The fountains of Trafalgar Square are almost as famous as the statue of Nelson, but it was these very fountains which caused Charing Cross underground station to suffer a Waterloo moment due to a leak. According to reports, the 40 year old pumping station which supplies the water to the fountains was undergoing tests in [...]

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