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    A Local’s Guide to Oxford

    February 16, 2017
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    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 hidden piazza in Rome. They are those few special moments that come to characterise an entire stay in a sprawling city; a small collection of instances, glimpses and sights that make up our own personal guides to these many places. I too have a favourite memory…

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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
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    Paris House, Woburn: a festive competition

    In 1878, Francis Russell, the 9th Duke of Bedford, fell in love with a house. The incident happened as he walked through the ‘Streets of Nations’: an ambitious exhibition  showcasing domestic architecture from across…

    November 15, 2016
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    The Landmark London

    In a recent blog post on our night at the Cosmopolitan Influencer Awards (also known as the night that I devoured my own fortune), I mentioned my love for London. Not the London with…

    November 10, 2016
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    Fall in Washington DC

    In many ways, I like to think that the UK is superior to the US: superior chocolate, superior music and superior public toilets (why do all toilets in America have huge gaps either side of…

    October 31, 2016
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    A Guide to San Francisco

    Why go there? Situated on the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula and built on 43 rolling hills, San Francisco is the second-most densely populated city in the US, after NYC.  Yet this…

    October 18, 2016