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    East Sussex Adventures: Dungeness

    August 16, 2017

    It was only by chance that I noticed the little sign. Pinned carefully to a towering phone mast, it was flapping wildly in the wind; the laminated plastic rattling loudly. Holding it still, I glanced at the neatly printed text: ‘What to do in the event of a nuclear emergency’, it announced. This part of the text was underlined, just in case anyone might underestimate its importance. Below that were pictures of people running, little cloths held over their mouths.…

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  • A country escape to Stapleford Park

    A few weeks ago, I had to undergo the emotional ordeal of waving goodbye to my rather tatty looking, stamped filled passport. I’d been putting off renewing it for several months but fate had…

    August 2, 2017
  • Welcoming Hope to London

    The Sunday family day out was a Jopson obligation. Not ones for lazy sofa days, our family would rise as the dawn broke, before being piled into the trusty ‘people carrier’ and carted off…

    July 26, 2017
  • A Celebratory stay at No. Ten Manchester Street

    Clattering up the steps of No. Ten Manchester Stret, almost an hour later than we had anticipated, our anxiety had reached critical levels. Suitcases bouncing behind us as we tried to avoid the drizzle…

    July 8, 2017
  • The Zetter Hotel, Clerkenwell

    Early each morning, hundreds of commuters will exit Farringdon underground station. Walking intently – heads down, phones in hand – it’s unlikely that they’ll notice the gentle slope that leads them away from the…

    July 2, 2017
  • How to spend a day in Leeds

    Let’s start this blog post with a confession: we really dislike flying. I know, travel bloggers who hate flying – the irony. It’s like a doctor with a phobia of needles, or a teacher who dislikes…

    May 11, 2017
  • Celebrating National Tea Day with Twinings

    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…

    April 27, 2017
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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