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The Ruth Borchard Collection: The Next Generation at Kings Place London

004’The Ruth Borchard Collection: The Next Generation – Self Portraiture in the 21st Century’ runs until 24 September 2016 at Kings Place London. Upon entering, one painting looked familiar to me. That’s because it was by Lucy Jones, and I’d seen the piece in her  ‘Looking In, Looking Out exhibition at Kings Place in 2014. […]

Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester

I’d heard a lot of positive things about the Whitworh Art Gallery in Manchester. making it one of the cornerstones of my tour of galleries in the north of England. It’s probably a good idea to get the bus from the city centre to the Whitworth. I walked from Manchester Victoria, which was rather a […]

Review of Travelodge Edinburgh Central Waterloo Place

I stayed at Travelodge Edinburgh Central Waterloo Place for 2 nights over the Easter weekend. I’d been swithering about spending some time in Edinburgh that weekend. When I spotted a 20% off Travelodge discount code, reducing the price for a two night stay on the Sunday and Monday night to £72 (on the non-refundable Saver rate), […]

Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art (mima)

After attending an exhibition by the Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art (mima) at the Granary Gallery in Berwick upon Tweed, I was keen to visit mima. As I was heading south for a few days in West Yorkshire, I decided to take a short detour into Middlesborough. It’s free to enter mima. There’s free parking […]

Holmwood House Glasgow

Holmwood House in the south of Glasgow was designed in the 1850s by the Scottish architect Alexander ‘Greek Thomson for the Couper family, who owned a nearby mill. Holmwood was acquired by the National Trust for Scotland in1994. Prior to that it had been used as a Catholic primary school. There’s a lot of […]

A Photo Tour of Tate Britain London

Although I’ve been to most of the well known museums and galleries in London, I only recently paid my first visit to Tate Britain. It’s located in Millbank, on the northern bank of the River Thames. I was prompted to visit Tate Britain as, when I looked at a map to work out how to get to […]

Greenbank Garden Glasgow

Greenbank Garden, owned by the National Trust for Scotland, lies in the Clarkston area in the south of Glasgow. I’m not sure who owns Greenbank House, but it wasn’t open to visitors. The ‘Green Man’ sculpture, which symbolises rebirth, was commissioned to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Holmwood House and Garden. I assume that the […]

Review of the Potting Shed Edinburgh

I paid £26 for a Travelzoo voucher for a three course meal for two people at the Potting Shed in Edinburgh. We ate at the Potting Shed on a Monday evening. It was quiet when we arrived at 7pm. By 8pm it was busier; mainly with customers drinking from the selection of craft beers. The […]

The Mosaic Pavements at the National Gallery in London

I was intrigued by the mosaic pavements in the Portico of the National Gallery in London. They were created by the Russian born Boris Anrep, one of the Bloomsbury Group, a group of artists, writers and intellectuals most active in the first half of the 20th century. The original mosaics, created in the late 1920s […]

Tesco Bank Art Competition for Schools 2016 at the Scottish National Gallery Edinburgh

You can see the Tesco Art Competition for Schools 2016 exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh until 27 October 2016. I was impressed by several of the entries. I thought the standard of the artworks was as good as many that I’ve seen in exhibitions by professional artists. Below are my four favourites pieces […]

Jupiter Artland near Edinburgh

I visited Jupiter Artland on 14 May, the opening day for the 2016 season. This contemporary art venue, mainly an outdoor sculpture park, is situated close to Edinburgh. It’s a private collection which is open to the public. The arts works were commissioned by the owners, Robert and Nicky Wilson. An admission fee is charged which […]

5 Places to Visit in Wakefield, West Yorkshire

Here are my tips for five places to visit in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Wakefield Council Chamber As I walking from Wakefield Museum to the Cathedral, the beautiful County Hall caught my eye. I decided to go in to ask if I could look around. I was in luck, as there were no meetings that day, […]

A Stroll Around Dunblane, Scotland

I was hoping to have a stop for a walk as I drove from Dundee to Stirling, But it was such a murky, wet day that I thought I’d end up driving straight to my hotel, the Premier Inn Stirling City Centre. However, as I approached Dunblane, a few miles north of Stirling, the skies began […]

Three of the Best Cities for Enjoying a Luxurious UK Break

If there is one thing that the UK excels at, it’s catering to the luxurious sensibilities of its denizens. There are few amongst us who fail to appreciate the beauty of exquisite cuisine, captivating landscapes, and opulent interiors, and fewer still who would actively choose not to indulge their desire for decadence. Assuming that you’re […]

Cosima von Bonin – ‘Who’s Exploiting Who in the Deep Sea’ at the Gallery of Modern Art Glasgow

The ‘Who’s Exploiting Who in the Deep Sea’ installation in the Main Hall at Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow is on show until 7 August 2016. As soon as you enter there’s a large birdlike soft toy, which reminded me of Buzby, the star of British Telecom’s TV ads in the 1980s, sitting astride […]

Walking Along Margate Harbour Arm, Prom and Beach

After visiting the Turner Contemporary, I decided to walk along the rather blustery Margate Harbour Arm, before heading back along the prom and beach to the railway station. Droit House, which is now home to the tourist information office, sits next to the Turner Contemporary. Tracey Emin’s neon lights installation ‘I never stopped loving you’ […]

Iceland: The Perfect Combination of Adventure and Luxury

If there’s a place that you need to cross off your bucket list, it’s Iceland. A beautiful country packed with things to see and do, Iceland really does have something for everyone. Whether you’re looking to go on an adventure holiday, a relaxation holiday or a luxury holiday, Iceland has something to suit your needs. […]

Kirklees Light Railway in Clayton West, near Huddersfield, Yorkshire

I visited the Kirklees Light Railway on a Sunday in mid April 2016, after I’d dropped Karen off at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (in West Bretton, near Wakefield), as it’s only about 5 miles from there. The railway station was easy to turn into from the main road and there was ample free parking. The […]

Summer Events In Bristol And Transportation Facilities

Bristol, a beautiful city located in the midst of hills besides River Avon in South West England, has never disappointed its visitors. Year-round festivals, beautiful cityscapes and a blend of modern and medieval architecture are some of the major tourist attractions of Bristol. So, if you are a fun loving person and make the most […]

Not Just A Canadian Game: European Hockey And Where To See It

Generally speaking, when people think of ice hockey they think of Canada. As a country that takes pride in the game and has tremendous international success that shouldn’t be much of a surprise. But, what many don’t know is that Europe is filled with regional leagues that produce some of the National Hockey League’s best […]

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