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Getting Stressed at the Lancashire Science Festival

Getting Stressed at the Lancashire Science Festival

Ba-dum, ba-dum, ba-dum. Christmas has just come early for this little girl. Instantly her face lights up like only a child’s face does when something so ordinary and every day is discovered for the very first time. Today that discovery is the sound of her own heartbeat, a gift I felt privileged to have given her. After proceeding to then listen to my own heartbeat as well as her parents she resentfully handed back the stethoscope before turning to discover…

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IronMan: How to Win at Spectating

IronMan: How to Win at Spectating

As ‘fun’ runs and marathons become ever more popular it was only a matter of time before people started looking for their next adrenaline hit in the world of endurance sports. Enter the Brownlee brothers. These world class athletes have brought the world of triathlon to the attention of a whole new dominain of the general public. However, just like in the marathon running world where you can push your limits even further by putting yourself through the torture that…

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Farm Tours: A New Lamb

Farm Tours: A New Lamb

When you find yourself away with family for the weekend in the countryside, specifically the Yorkshire Dales, and your family includes 3 children 10 years and under there is one activity that seems a surefire hit – a visit to a farm!

A Very Big House in the Country

A Very Big House in the Country

If you didn’t just sing that title then who are you and go and check out the band Blur here before you read on. Done that? Right OK. My Grandma turned 85 at the end of Dec last year and to celebrate she wanted to take the whole family away for the weekend and in a large country house – you the kind you would buy if you were mega rich.

Easter Monday Walkies

Easter Monday Walkies

Yesterday (Easter Monday) is a bank Holiday in the UK and for once the weather did not involve rain! I met up with a couple of friends (and a gorgeous border collie called Brooke) for a wander round my local park, Heaton Park(you can find some more information about this little gem of a park here). One of my friends doesn’t know the park very well so for her and Brooke it was a little Easter monday adventure. As it was…

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Making the Games

Making the Games

Earlier this summer the world’s sporting elite fought it out in Rio at the Olympic Games. Now, while it was super exciting and I happened to be in a decent time zone for the 2nd half (I was in Cuba) which meant I could watch it live at a reasonable time of day, I have been looking forward to the return of the Paralympics so much more!

The Somme: 100 years on Manchester Remembers

The Somme: 100 years on Manchester Remembers

Friday, July 1st 2016 marked 100 years since the start of the Battle of the Somme. One of the bloodiest battles in history, 19,240 men died on that first day alone and more than 1 million were killed or wounded throughout the 4 month offensive. Of those sent ‘over the top’ on that first day were the civilian soldiers belonging to Lord Kitchner’s army and in particular the Salford and manchester pals of the Lancashire Fusiliers were some of the…

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A Medieval Kind of Evening

A Medieval Kind of Evening

Have you ever thought, ‘you know what, I’d quite like to go and watch a joust on a chilly October evening’? No? Seriously? Not even after watching a Knight’s tale? Well maybe you you should rethink that, and here’s why. Last weekend saw Nottingham Castle transported back to medieval times as it’s annual Robin Hood Pageant kicked off half term with a little bit of living history. The Grounds of the castle were taken over by several re-enactment groups, showcasing…

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