Help save a little bit of countryside in the heart of the city

I finally got around to visiting somewhere I’ve been meaning to go for a long time on Friday – Stonebridge City Farm. It’s barely out of the city centre. You can get a bus from outside the Victoria Centre or you can walk, like I did, down through Hockley, across Sneinton Market and just along […]

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Who said heroes have to be clean?

‘Heroes with Grimy Faces’ – Winston Churchill coined the term and he was referring to the firefighters and the Civil Defence Workers who helped protect home soil during the Second World War. I discovered Nottingham’s memorial to these unsung heroes in the churchyard of St Mary’s when I was looking for the grave of George […]

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Sometimes you wanna go…

I’ve been lax, distracted, busy… oh I can trundle out all the excuses. What it boils down to is that, once again I let work overrun the rest of my life and I have promised myself that this year I am not going to allow that to happen. It’s one of those annual promises that […]

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Blues, meze and all that jazz

  Ok, before we start I’m going to make one thing very clear. I did not get paid to write this. I did not get free tickets, I did not get free drinks, in fact no one from the management of this place was aware of my presence (or probably my existence) on either of […]

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Some pictures paint 1,000 words

I love street art, public art, graffiti; whatever you want to call it, I love that dingy dank walls can be brightened up with huge and colourful art and sculpture can simply be littered around public spaces for people to enjoy (or ignore) as they see fit. I had heard on the grapevine that Beeston […]

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Scrooby dooby do, where are you?

I’ve been neglecting the blog recently due to work commitments (sorry) but I’m on leave now until October 30, so be prepared to be inundated (sorry again) because I’ve still been doing stuff. Last month I had the pleasure of being a guest on BBC Radio Notitngham’s Breakfast Show, talking about being new to Nottingham […]

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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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How I almost got to go to a music hall

I am very disappointed. A couple of weeks ago I discovered there was a hidden Victorian Music Hall behind St James’s Street in Nottingham city centre. I had absolutely no idea it was there. Not only that, there were caves underneath the building that hosted wonderful-sounding events like gin tastings (yes please) and open mic […]

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