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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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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Look off centre for some inspiration

A little while ago I wrote in this blog that I loved being based somewhere that felt like it had a cultural revolution going on (it was here). This morning that point was brought home to me again when I took part in a series of workshops organised as part of Nottingham’s first Off Centre […]

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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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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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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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The fire is lit(erature)

Nottingham is a UNESCO City of Literature. It has been since December 2015. It isn’t the only one; Barcelona, Bucheon (South Korea – I had to look that up), Dunedin, Edinburgh, Granada, Heidelberg, Krakow, Lillehammer, Ljubljana, Lviv, Manchester, Melbourne, Obidos, Reykjavik, Tartu, Ulyanovsk (that’s in Russia – I googled that too but I probaby could […]

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