Banging the drum for Nottingham Mela

In Sanskrit, the word Mela means meeting or assembly. For us, the word means a fair or Hindu festival. There’s been a Mela in Nottingham for the last 29 years, so this year was the 30th anniversary. I’ve never been to one before and I’ve been looking forward to it for weeks. There have been […]

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Finding Neverland: the real one

You’ve got to love those Victorians. They liked a nice stroll and created some lovely places where they could ‘take the air’. Funny isn’t it, how there are some amazing green spaces in the middle of the most built-up areas. Sometimes cities do green spaces extremely well. Nottingham has plenty of green spaces – in […]

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The Arboretum Café: Review

The day I visited Nottingham Arboretum, that stifling hot weather had finally broken and the day was cool with sudden rain showers and a refreshing breeze. “Weather has turned,” said a disembodied voice from the kitchen of the Arboretum Café to the guy front of house. “Yep, it’s cold today,” he replied. “No it’s not,” […]

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In search of Bendigo

When I first moved to Nottingham a couple of months ago, the first thing I did was go and join the library and spend a couple of hours in the local history section where I discovered a completely amazing book that will be the subject of another blog (probably several because there is so much […]

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Secret Pizza: Review

Let me let you into a really good secret. Pizza. Really, really good pizza. It’s reasonably priced, absolutely delicious, created by some lovely people and it’s hidden away in a little alleyway in Hockley. Came across Secret Pizza yesterday and the smells coming from the pizza ovens were just too good for me to walk […]

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No, Google, I don’t mean Notting Hill, I mean NottingHAM

About 11am this morning, I discovered Nottingham had a carnival… and it was today. But I hadn’t seen ANY publicity about it so I Googled it. “Do you mean Notting Hill?” said Google. “No, Google, I don’t,” I responded. “I definitely mean NottingHAM and it’s today, so speed it up a bit please.” Eventually I […]

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Remember you’re a Womble

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples Mother Theresa The other day I was filling in a survey from my MP Alex Norris (Labour, Nottingham North) and he asked what could be done to improve the area. My response was something about cleaning […]

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No17 Castle Gate Pink Gin: Review

I am unashamedly a gin lover. I have been since the age of about 15 when I managed to persuade a lovely French barman in a bar in the Alps to serve me my first gin and tonic. Gin is having quite the resurgence at the moment. Many bars in many cities are now stocking […]

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