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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Down to earth at Pagan Pride

Earth mothers, goddesses, witches, shaman, wizards, mystics and musicians: what an eclectic group of people gathered at the Arboretum in Nottingham today for Pagan Pride 2018. I had been promised unicorn dressage – I mean, seriously, how could I resist? – but in the event it was just too hot for me so we didn’t […]

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