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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    A guide to the Cotswolds and beyond

    Rolling hills, medieval villages and iconic yellow brick cottages epitomise the famous region of the Cotswolds; an area that spans the counties of Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire. For most visitors to the UK,…

    September 1, 2016
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    The Panasonic Lumix GX80

    Blogger events can be a little strange. Thrown into a room of strangers, most of whom introduce themselves by their Twitter handle, initial conversations can be strained. I find these introductions awkward, conscious that not…

    August 22, 2016
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    A Weekend in Liverpool

    Liverpool is a city that’s long been overshadowed by its own caricature. Built on clichés and contradictions, it’s both the nostalgic home of the Beatles and a city defined by its ferociously passionate football…

    August 11, 2016