Getting to the art of the matter

See that little pile of treats above? These were just some of my purchases from an artists’ open studio event in Nottingham yesterday. And these were some more… I’ll show you what I did with them in a minute. Yesterday morning we headed to St Jude’s Church in Mapperley where a group of artists were […]

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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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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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The Big Bang theory

(Otherwise entitled the worst practical joke in history) I love this part of the Nottingham Canal. It’s a place of peace and tranquility in the middle of the city. Narrowboats mooch on by, chugging along at just a few miles an hour, fishermen sit quietly on the bank waiting for the next bite and there […]

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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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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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Out of Africa… the story of a Nottingham legend

Some time in 1766, a boat arrived in the UK carrying cargo from Sierra Leone. Among that cargo was a gift for Benjamin Molineux of Wolverhampton. That gift was a small black boy, aged about three years old. He was given to the Molineuxs as a slave, as was fashionable at that time. The Molineuxs […]

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