January 31, 2019

Yesterday, on  a trip to Gaućin, myself and friend looked for somewhere for lunch. Most of the village seemed to be shut on a Wednesday in January, so we headed down the coast to Sotogrande. We got to 'The Hairy Lemon ' (an awful name for a great place to eat) in the P...

December 6, 2018

The Licensing Act of 2003 made it far easier to obtain a license for a 'Micropub'. Defined as a small, one-roomed 'Public House', the first one opened in 2005. 

The popularity of Micropubs increased so much, that the 'Micropub Association'. was formed in 2012. They defi...

December 5, 2018

On Monday 3rd of December 2018, the Guardian published the news that Billy Connolly has finally decided to retire from live performances; his Parkinson's disease making it difficult to continue touring.

This is enormously sad. 'The Big Yin'...

December 3, 2018

Tickets have just gone on sale for the 2019 Fairport Cropredy Convention. It's a brilliant event, highly recommended, you can buy tickets here .

My 'secret obsession' is the music of of Jethro Tull, a great band who recently celebrated 50 years of excellent music. I was...

December 1, 2018

I first discovered the existence of Wentworth Woodhouse at the age of 10, reading a book on local History (I was very 'rock and roll' as a child). When I opened the middle page of the book, I was absolutely 'gobsmacked'; the East front was pictured in all it's glory, 6...

November 29, 2018

One of the musical highlights of the last couple of years has been the emergence of the Wentworth Music Festival, held in the grounds of the fabulous Wentworth Woodhouse.

The idea for the Festival came from Radio Sheffield stalwarts; Comedian Toby Foster and fellow host...

November 28, 2018

According to The Guardian, since 2001, 25% of UK pubs have closed, leaving many communities without a central hub; somewhere they can meet, chat, debate, drink and have fun.

This is a real tragedy, both for those communities and those coming of drinking age, who wi...

November 27, 2018

If you've seen my review of La Finca, you will note that I'm a big fan of this restaurant. Over the past eight years, the host (and now sole owner) Syrie has created a hugely popular destination for great food; both Thai Fusion and excellent UK-style Sunday lunches.

Wit...

November 26, 2018

Sat around drinking in our local bar, we were lamenting the effect tourists have been having on our beautiful village. Over the past few years, the cleanliness and tidiness of the beach and surrounding areas had steadily declined and it had become noticeably shabby and...

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