As someone who frequents hotels and hostels, it’s a delight to stay in one of those elusive other types of accommodation: the B&B. It’s often not an option for us further abroad for location reasons, but in Belfast we figured we’d at least have the advantage of language on our side. And boy, am I […]Read more "Accomodation Review: Sleepy Cedars"
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’ve been looking forward to this weekend for ages. Like any self respecting theatre freak, I find myself drawn to the the Edinburgh Fringe Festival like a mozzie to one of those lights that zaps them. If only I had made it. I planned the weekend to a degree of precision I believe they call […]Read more "Life Lesson #32- The Trip to Nowhere"
Wales is the closest thing I’ve seen to New Zealand green since moving to Europe. We were invited to come and spend the weekend with Emily at her boyfriend Corin’s family home in Lampeter, along with their friends Tom and Laura. After narrowly making it onto the train at Paddington Station at an ungodly hour […]Read more "A Weekend in Wales"
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…"
On Friday, straight after The Mousetrap, we caught the overnight bus up to Glasgow for the weekend. We booked the trip for this weekend so we could see Paul’s cousin Zoe perform in a cabaret she’d written as part of her studies at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. The 8 hour bus […]Read more "A Weekend in Scotland"
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"