Category: Southern England

The Great Court of The British Museum, London

From the outside the British Museum looks like an old building worthy of its stature, but today I was heading for the museum’s centre. To the Queen Elizabeth II Great Court. A wonder of what can be done with change and thought. For this is the largest covered square in Europe no less, 2 acres in size, must be seen with your own eyes to understand the scale I must say. Of course, thousands and thousands of visitors queue and enjoy the British Museum itself. Started in 1753 as the first National Museum in the world. Antiquities from all times...

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Choccywoccydoodah – Amongst The Fabulously Flamboyant Masterpieces

On a recent trip to London I was passing through Soho and had that sudden urge for chocolate. Now then there is everyday chocolate shopping…. and then there is Choccywoccydoodah chocolate! When in London it would have been rude not to The beginnings of this chocolate treasure trove came about in Brighton, where the first shop is. Famously the two Christines, Taylor and Garratt acquired a shop there. Not knowing what to do with it they drank (perhaps lots) of gin. Chocolate cakes was the idea coming from that bottle of gin and more tellingly so was the name, Choccywoccydoodah! Since...

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A Walk on the Wild Side…. In London’s Southwark Woods

I recently visited a pocket of London that remains wonderfully ‘wild’. A ‘secret’ woodland that delights local people and visitors alike. Locals have named them Southwark Woods – referring to an area of trees, wildflower lanes and common ground where nature has taken hold around Camberwell Old and New Cemeteries in Honour Oak, London. For a city where beautiful parks are usually kept neatly under control; this woodland has been left to grow ‘untamed’ around an old cemetery, untouched for many, many years. Here there are no manicured lawns or structured floral borders; this is a wild place –...

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A Stroll around Botany Bay & Tales of Smugglers in Kent

It was a sizzling day, just perfect for a day at the beach, so off we headed to sunny Kent. Botany Bay had been on my destination list for some time and with its award winning beaches and stunning white cliffs it’s a perfect family destination. The cliffs were the highlight of our trip and once we had discovered the smugglers caves, we just had to explore them. Smugglers were very ripe around these waters and most highly mentioned in the history of the area is Joss Snelling’s gang, the Callis Court gang and the “battle of Botany Bay”...

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Bletchley Park: A visit inspired by The Imitation Game

I knew a little of the story of Bletchley Park and its role in assisting the Allies win World War II but I’d had never been inspired to visit until I saw the recent film The Imitation Game about Alan Turing and Bletchley Park. In the film Benedict Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing the brilliant mathematician who, along with his colleagues Dilly Knox; John Jefferies & Peter Twinn, builds the machine that assist break the ‘unbreakable’ code from the Nazi Enigma machines.  The film is great but the full real life story is better! A visit to Bletchley really gives you an insight...

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Brighton – A winter day trip

On a cold, foggy day, Brighton became a spontaneous destination for another of our regular day trips around the UK. The ancient settlement of “Brighthelmstone” pre-dates the Doomsday Book, and a popular destination as a sea bathing resort during the 1800’s “for one’s good health.” Brighton was also used by the Prince Regent, George IV of England as a seaside retreat. One ingenious invention, the steam railway, arrived in Brighton in 1841 and brought with it a growing interest from a rush of London day-trippers, many of which fell in love with the area and built up businesses in...

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