Monthly Archives: January 2010

Site of the Week: Atlas Obscura, a compendium of curiousities from around the globe

It’s a well-worn, but absolutely true, travelling cliche that the best way to get to know a place is to get lost in it. The aim of most travel sites on the internet is to enable you to plan your trips better, separating the wheat from the chaff and ensuring that not a second is […]

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Dogs vs Flying Cars: A surprisingly Georgian night at the theatre

A couple of weekends ago I went to see the touring production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the Bristol Hippodrome. I felt much the same about the show as I did when I saw it on the West End. Although it has some fun moments, it’s lumbered with some distinctly average new songs, and […]

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A King of Beasts in Revolutionary Paris

I’ve just started reading the eclectic and lively Georgian London blog, and came across this piece about the menagerie at the Tower of London, which existed in various forms from 1252 until its closure in 1835, at which point its collection of animal inhabitants formed the basis for London Zoo. The story of the menagerie […]

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FoodStuff: Recipe for Chai Tea Ice Cream

Nothing heralds the coming of winter like the excuse it provides to stock up on festive, warming spices, and sprinkle them liberally into everything you cook, eat, and drink. There’s something so exotic and alchemical about rolls of tree bark and ugly little nuts that can release the flavours these do. One whiff of cinnamon, […]

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Site of the Week: Oscar Kirk’s Diary

Oscar Kirk was born and raised in Poplar, East London, close to the substantial complex known as the West and East India Docks. A few days before the end of the First World War, Oscar, then just 14, got a job at the docks, and started to write a diary of his everyday experiences. His […]

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