Category: Southern England

Cambridge – Trinity College and Corpus Christi College

For my second article about Cambridge I would like to focus on two colleges which to my mind have a strong ability to inspire, because of either their past students’ endeavours or because of their connection with past students’ amazing achievements. The almost magical ability that people have to inspire others, to my mind, is amazing. Even with no actual physical meeting, people can fill others with the urge, or seemingly new found ability to do or feel something. Just by exposure to the concept of one person’s actions or achievements, others can feel a boost in energy and...

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A Cornish Escape, Tin Mines and Coves

It was August bank holiday and my family and I decided on a spontaneous getaway in Cornwall. We packed up our camping gear and drove down towards Penzance, Cornwall, we towed a camping trailer with tents and camping gear and our second eldest son and his fiancée followed behind in their car.  A weekend of camping, of gorgeous beaches, tin mines and coves, oh and pirates, lots of pirates! The drive to Cornwall from Nottinghamshire was roughly 320 miles which by rights should have taken (According to Google) 5hrs 30mins, but on a Friday before the bank holiday weekend, a total nightmare, so much congestion! We arrived...

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Cambridge – A look around King’s College and Pembroke College

Cambridge University is an institution that conjures up a wide range of feelings in people. To me, its colleges, the older ones especially, are incredibly aesthetically pleasing and inspiring places that are steeped in fascinating history. These colleges make up a prestigious university that, from my observations, anyone from any background has a chance to experience, as access is purely on merit. Anyone who can satisfy the entrance requirements is equally respected. My observations have taken place while watching my state-educated son’s journey through his application to Cambridge and his life as an undergraduate student here. As we currently...

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A Colourful Walk Through Chinatown London

It was a busy day heading backwards and forwards across London for meetings and networking. You know how it is, those days were you never find the time to look around you properly. But for me it is always good to get some respite, no matter where I am, it doesn’t have to be always in hills and landscapes. I had passed through Soho and realised my next destination was through Chinatown and beyond. I had time to spare so pulled out the phone and Gopro to marvel at the colour. What was even more special was the fact that...

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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!...

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