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Blog posts from January 2013

  1. Getting steamy - Britain's industrial heritage

    January 31, 2013
    by | guides

    The Industrial Revolution was a period from 1750 to 1850 where changes in agriculture, manufacturing, mining, transportation, and technology had a profound effect on the social, economic and cultural conditions of the times.

    Blimey, Wikipedia. We love you and all, but you make the Industrial Revolution sound as boring as …

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  2. From chilli to cheese - the best UK food festivals

    January 30, 2013
    by | guides

    Chilli Fest. Spicy. Look askance at those foodie types who assume that British cuisine is pie and mash washed down with a warm ale – the British food scene has been thriving for years.

    Check our giddily-named ‘gastronomic delight ’ campsites and parks to pitch up in foodie heaven, or take a …

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  3. Down a slippery slope - sledging in the UK

    January 22, 2013
    by | guides | seasonal

    Not a recommended sledging method ‘It’s great fun for eight-year-olds, of course,’ note rueful news reporters as soon as the snow comes out and they have to do a live report out in the cold while trying to dodge shrieking youngsters whizzing down hills on homemade sledges. And we think for adults too, even if …

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  4. The big cats are out there - a guide to British beasts

    January 17, 2013
    by | guides


    Lion dog. ‘How YOU doin’?’ Reports of a lion roaming the streets this month in Virginia, USA, were greatly exaggerated.

    As the roaring beast was in fact a poodle, reports to police were greatly exaggerated indeed by panicked residents upon their sightings of the unfortunately named ‘Charles the Monarch’.

    But it’s not as …

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  5. Scot it all - Scotland top destination for 2013

    January 4, 2013
    by | destinations | guides

    We don’t think James Bond would be surprised – CNN has just named Scotland as its top destination to visit in 2013, ahead of Morocco, Amsterdam and New Zealand.

    It’s a lot to do with the latest Bond film, CNN explains, since anyone watching the Highlands scenes in


    will …

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  6. Step away from the armchair - things to do in January

    January 3, 2013
    by | guides | seasonal

    January - move away from the armchair... Reluctantly, we suppose we must shift ourselves after the break.

    We hate to feel like clichés, but it does have to be said that after the Christmas hols we are feeling very clichéd indeed. We sniffled at The Snowman, cannot face another slice of brandified Christmas pudding, have livers slow …

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