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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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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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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Votes for women

Do I think of myself as a feminist? I’ve been thinking about this quite a lot recently. After the gender pay thing hit the headlines, everyone went into overdrive about gender inequality in a way I hadn’t really noticed since the late 70s and early 80s. At work a new women’s group was formed. I […]

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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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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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