Category UK Towns & Cities

Poppies

As we fondly remember this and other nation’s fallen heroes today, I am reminded of the amazing display of poppies at the Tower of London in late 2014. The artist Paul Cummins & designer Tom Piper filled the fortress’s ancient moat with 888,246 handmade ceramic poppies (one to represent every British fatality during WWI) to commemorate […]

If Fullers Did Hotels…….

I have always been a great fan of Fullers, they brew mighty fine beer from their Chiswick brewery (London Pride, ESB etc.) and have some special pubs too. My ‘local’, The Spread Eagle in Croydon has turned their intimate upstairs room into a comedy club and cinema (free large screen classic, free popcorn and a […]

Peterborough Cathedral

Did you know that Peterborough Cathedral was the original burial site of both Mary Queen of Scots and Catherine of Aragon? Me neither! The Cathedral Church of St Peter, St Paul and St Andrew to give its proper name, is a stunning example of Norman architecture built in the 12th & 13th centuries. Along with […]

Their Mortal Remains – The Pink Floyd Exhibition

For Floyd fans, a visit to the Victoria & Albert Museum in London by October 1st is a must. For any music fan of any generation, even if you are indifferent to output of Messrs Barrett, Waters, Wright, Mason & Gilmour, I urge you to make the effort to fully appreciate the influence the group […]

Free Fringe Frivolity

Edinburgh is a fabulous city to visit anytime of the year, but August is extra special. This is when the Scottish capital grows a comedy extension to further embellish its already huge popularity. I first visited the Fringe in the late ’90s and laughed out load to the likes of Johnny Vegas, Milton Jones Richard […]

A London Day Out

When meeting friends in London last Sunday, I was tasked with coming up with an itinerary, so I looked north. Our meeting point was Warwick Avenue tube station, from where we walked a few minutes to the Regents Canal and Little Venice. We had decided to take the narrow boat to Camden Lock, which leaves […]

Quirky Manchester

For my latest football trip to Manchester to watch the City v United derby, I decided to linger a little, so stayed the night and took a walk around Manchester’s Northern Quarter next morning. First up in the quirkiness stakes was my hotel. I stayed in the newly completed Ibis Styles hotel near Piccadilly Station. […]

Ashford Forest Fire

I visited beautiful Ashford Forest in East Sussex today with Mrs Wilbur & Oli. The forest is best known as the setting that inspired the Winnie the Pooh books. We saved Pooh’s best known haunts for another day, but had a lovely stroll in another part of the forest with gorgeous views over the valley […]

Sunday Photo 37

Following on the Olympic theme, I was fortunate enough to be working at Eton Dorney the entire week of the Olympic rowing. When I say working, I actually spent most of my time watching the races and taking photographs. This is a photo that I took of two patriotic Brits who were there for the […]

Friday Photo 36

As the Rio Olympics is nearly upon us, I thought that I would share some Olympic themed photos over the next couple of weeks. I start with Portland in Dorset, where in May 2012 I went on a charity walk with some friends & colleagues. As well as a lovely stretch of coastline, you can […]