Like most Londoners, I missed out on tickets to the Olympics. I tried dozens of times and fell flat. But where there’s a will there’s a way, and there are still loads of reasons it’s awesome to be in London during the Olympics – even if you can’t catch any of the events in person. Reason #1: […]Read more "The Olympics Without a Ticket"
Convinced that London was the place to be over Jubilee weekend, I resisted the urge to book a trip elsewhere. In my head, it was going to be the Summer Christmas I never got, complete with Pimm’s in the park and a royal flotilla. But unfortunately, the sun disagreed with me. So, the barbecue lunch became an […]Read more "A Very Soggy Jubilee"
Apparently kids from Lincoln are quite nonplussed when they go to Paris and see Notre Dame, according to Emily and Chloe. After growing up next to this magnificent monstrosity, it’s not hard to see why.Even at midnight on a foggy night in spring, the lights of Lincoln Cathedral serve as a beacon for miles. Probably because unlike St Paul’s […]Read more "A Weekend in Lincoln"
One of the best things about living in King’s Cross is the easy access to trains heading north towards Scotland. We wanted to show our visiting relatives a side of England that you can’t get in London, and decided to take them up to York for the day to experience Ye Olde England. East Coast trains offer cheap off-peak […]Read more "6 Strange Things to Do in York"
Today I learned what not to wear to court. It all started in June last year, when a rude official knocks on my door saying we haven’t paid our TV licence (who knew there was such a thing!?). I explain that our landlords are responsible for it, to no avail. We automatically fail the test, […]Read more "Life Lesson #41 – The Court Jester"
I loved Cluedo, and I love Downton Abbey. So the idea of a live-action murder mystery in a big old English country manor was irresistible. I bought us a pair of tickets on the spot back in June, but was somewhat bemused, when I rang, to find out that they were so popular there were […]Read more "Murder Mystery Weekend"
Two weeks ago, I asked my Facebook friends to help me decide whether it was worth going to Sheffield (a five hour return high-speed train trip) to see a show. The decision was made swiftly when one of my friends responded to say that not only was he travelling up with some friends on the […]Read more "Sheffield for a Show"
I looked forward to this weekend all week: West End Live! Aka 200,000 people packed into Trafalgar Square to watch all the big shows perform live for 15 minutes. It would have been amazing if it hadn’t poured. Like, cats and dogs and antelope poured. Die hard fans that we are, we had no choice […]Read more "…And Getting Caught in the Rain"
A month or two ago I drooled while reading online about Taste of London, the annual food festival held in Regent’s Park just around the corner from our place. Then I saw the price. At £26 each just to get in, followed by a double whammy of still-quite-expensive food, there was no way we were […]Read more "If You Like Pina Coladas…"
Our accommodation in Bradford was amazing. We think it’s because nobody really goes there… otherwise it would have been way above our price range! Yep, that’s where we stayed. When we were ready to leave Bradford, we hopped back into the dreaded manual and headed to another address Paul’s granny had lived at. Unfortunately we had trouble […]Read more "ANZAC in York"