Blend a little brunch into your Sunday: a review

I love coffee and I love coffee shops and in Nottingham I really am spoilt for choice. I discovered Blend at Sneinton Market last year when I was tracking down Robins all over the city. This one was in Sneinton, a fair way from all the others on the Hoodwinked trail. It was hot, it […]

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Poetry and crime

I like poetry – in fact I have been known to write poetry (probably really badly but what the hell) – however I really don’t know very much about it so an evening at Five Leaves Bookshop with poets Stuart Henson and John Harvey seemed a good opportunity to learn more. The evening, a few […]

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The one with some partial nudity

A couple of weeks ago a bright pink marquee appeared in Market Square, Nottingham, and the Ladyboys of Bangkok brought a touch of glamour to the city centre. When they went on their merry way, a new structure replaced it – The Magnificent Spiegeltent – and it promised delights for all the family. Over two […]

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On the trail of some decent ale (part 1)

I worked from home this week. The combination of a short week and the need to have not one but two missing fillings replaced on Wednesday lunchtime made it sensible to do so. It also made it possible to have some leisure time in the evenings for a change and so we went out on […]

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Out on a school night? What a drag!

“Ooh, ooh, ooh,” exclaimed my friend Paul at Cucamara, pointing his finger madly at me as he does when he gets excited, “Drag Queen Bingo, Tuesday.” “Yes, yes, no, bugger, Tuesday? I’m meant to be in London.” I’ve been very excited about the prospect of Drag Queen Bingo since Paul first mentioned it. I mean, […]

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Frites 33: A review

I never want to grow up to the extent that I no longer appreciate the joy of eating chips in a bus stop. Takeaway chips eaten in a bus stop is one of the simple pleasures in life. It transports me back to my teenage years and the feeling of decadence and esprit de corps […]

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If you go down to the woods today…

  … You’re sure of a big surprise. If you go down to the woods today, you’ll never believe your eyes. Because if you go down to the woods at Wollaton Hall, there be dragons. Well, dinosaurs actually, not dragons, and though they’re not actually living and breathing, it’s as good as. These are the […]

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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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