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    Celebrating National Tea Day with Twinings

    April 27, 2017
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    Resting under the shade of a tea bush one afternoon in 2737 BCE, Emperor Shennong, of China, instructed his servants to prepare his drinking water. Shennong, ahead of his time, liked his water boiled before he consumed it, so it was cleaner and safer to drink. As the servants began to boil the water, however, the hand of fate stepped in and a few tea leaves from the neighbouring bush fell gently into the bubbling water.  Just like that – the…

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    Jane Austen’s England

    My first encounter with Jane Austen came in the form of a university essay. Although I was studying for a history degree, Jane and her cast of fictional characters appeared in the middle of…

    April 12, 2017
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    Love Run Paris

    Here’s a little known fact: I was once heralded as an athletic prodigy. This surprise announcement was made one cold morning in January, 2001. Stood on the school field, the wind making my teeth…

    March 27, 2017
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    The Sounds of Somerset

    Birdsong was all I could hear when I woke up. A chorus of melodies and harmonies, interrupted now and again by the crow of a rowdy magpie. Turning over, I heard the sound of…

    March 8, 2017
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    A Local’s Guide to Oxford

    We all have our favourite memories of our favourite cities. Perhaps they’re of warm croissants on a cold morning in Paris; late night Chinese food in downtown New York; or fresh coffee in a…

    February 16, 2017
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    The Hidden Details of Universal Studios, Orlando

    A few months ago, my life was gripped by a television series. Telling the surreal story of a Western-inspired theme park, full of lifelike robots and guests dressed as cowboys, HBO’s Westworld fascinated me.…

    February 9, 2017
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    Our love letters to London

    ‘When a man is tired of London, he’s tired of life’ Samuel Johnson,  London (1738) Although I can’t remember the first time that Laura and I visited London, there exists a family video of…

    February 8, 2017
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    The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

    It was a hot, summer’s day in 1997 when our Mum returned from work with two copies of the first Harry Potter book: . The following week was spent lying in the shade of the…

    February 2, 2017
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    Universal Orlando Resort, Florida

    *Disclaimer – for my parents: I really did enjoy our holidays growing up. Please don’t feel bad. Growing up in the late 80s and early 90s, I was part of generation Americana. Despite being…

    January 26, 2017
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    A Festive Trip to London

    Home for us is Milton Keynes. The utopian dream of left-leaning architects and city planners, the town is neatly divided within a grid system, all conveniently accessed  by traffic-free roads and 124 roundabouts. It’s…

    December 22, 2016
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    Searching for Miniature Amsterdam

    Tucked away in Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum is a dollhouse. Placed within a carefully carved cabinet, this Lilliputian home boasts nine meticulously decorated rooms, marble floors, specially-commissioned artwork and intricately decorated Chinese porcelain. The creation of…

    November 30, 2016