Urban Legends: Northern Lights

Our year as City of Culture may have ended, but Hull is still seeing some great events which are attracting thousands of people out onto the streets. Absolutely Cultured, the creative company behind much of Hull’s happenings throughout 2017, brought us an event featuring sounds and images projected onto the city’s architecture. Queen’s gardens featured a tepee with animated stories …

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The Stumble at Bury

We’ve seen The Stumble three times before, and each time they’ve put on a great show of good old-fashioned blues. In fact I’m sure each performance has been better than the last so we were hoping for more of the same. Bury is also a bit of an old-fashioned town, not a great deal to offer as far as we …

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A Weekend in Liverpool

After the devastating loss of our sister Coral, and a falling out with close members of the family, Jill and I decided we just needed to get away for a few days. We were both feeling a bit raw and needed a diversion. We wanted to pick a place we hadn’t been to before, a few options were thrown around …

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Scotland May 2018

Coral & William had bought themselves a large touring caravan, and came up with the crazy suggestion of taking it on a grand tour of Scotland’s coastline, something called the North Coast 500. William had been looking at various caravan club sites which could serve as stopping points on this epic journey. It would take almost two weeks to drive …

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Northumberland Sep 2017

Our ‘cottage’ holiday in Seahouses turned out to be a modern terraced house in the middle of a small estate. It was comfortable enough though and in a good location for the surrounding area. The standard of accommodation was generally good, the only things which let it down were noisy doors, a weak flow of water in the bathroom sink …

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Adriatic Cruise May 2017

Our second cruise with Coral and William, the tour of the Adriatic was an adventure mainly set in Croatia, with a brief visit to Slovenia and a stop-off in Venice along the way. It was an early flight to Dubrovnik, so we travelled down to Doncaster the night before and had a bit of a jolly on the town before …

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Thornwick Bay June 2016

We used to have caravan holidays when we were kids, and I remember having some great fun at ‘the seaside’. But the last time I stayed on the coast in a van was an interminable week at Kilnsea, just me and my parents, with most of the time spent amusing myself on the deserted beach or making model aeroplanes on …

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Skipton Jan 2016

This was our first proper holiday for some time; due to lack of time and money caused by running Beer in a Bottle, we’d not really had chance to get away for more than a couple of days. We knew we had little to lose by closing the shop in January and decided we needed a proper break… cue for …

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Can I Get?

When I did my schooling, a very long time ago, we did something called lessons in English. We were taught mysterious subjects such as ‘grammar’, ‘spelling’, and suchlike…. I wonder when it was they stopped teaching those? Kids these days often leave school with little idea of how to use their own langauge, indeed many of the foreigners which we …

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The Man in the Hat

It was bright but cold one sunny day, in the month of April (that’s just before May) I sat outside enjoying a pint, and watching the world go by When a passing stranger happened to catch my eye He wore a small vest and a big wooly hat, maybe thought he looked cool But I didn’t think so, this ridculous …

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