Heaton Park: Finding Adventure in your Backgarden

Heaton Park: Finding Adventure in your Backgarden

I can see for miles from here. In the distance, jutting up from the horizon are the sharp, spiky, silhouettes of the city skyscrapers. They are few and dot the horizon reminding me of the closeness of the city.

An Inspiration: Lost but not Forgotten

An Inspiration: Lost but not Forgotten

Inspiration comes in many forms. From stories both true and made up, to the beauty of the natural world and its inhabitants, it so often means something different to each of us. Yet we all happen upon it every once in a while. Somedays I find inspiration to write in every corner of the day whereas other times it seems to evade my grasp. Then there’s those people. You know the ones that make you want to be a better…

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2018, Next Chapter Please!

2018, Next Chapter Please!

Happy New Year!   Yes I’m still alive and I’m back from my sort of unplanned winter virtual hibernation – because sometimes there are more important things than the internet. Sorry, I know that may have come as a shock to some of you. However, after a bit of a rollercoaster of a few months and a well-deserved break over the holidays I finally feel like I want to write again. So I thought I would jump on the January…

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Wembley Stadium day trip: Train vs Car

Wembley Stadium day trip: Train vs Car

Wembley stadium, the home of the English football. While the most recent reincarnation is only 10 years old, there has been a stadium on that particular patch of ground since 1923. The original stadium was built as the centre piece of the British Empire Exhibition before becoming eventually becoming the English national football stadium. The famous twin towers which stood at the entrance and looked out over wembley way have iconic status around the world. It was therefore only only…

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Manchester: This is The Place

Manchester: This is The Place

Earlier this year some guy (because he doesn’t deserve to be known as anything else) blew himself up outside the Manchester arena and unfortunately killed 22 and seriously injured several others including children. The youngest of those killed was just 8 years old. What happened next seemed to shock the world.

Manchester: 7 Things You Probably Didn’t Know

Manchester: 7 Things You Probably Didn’t Know

Manchester. The Capital of the North. Home of the biggest football team in the world and producer of a wealth of musical and sporting talent. And my home town. I love this city, and yes I’m a teeny bit biased but I have not yet found another place like it. It has everything that London has (in my opinion) but with a whole heap of extra friendliness. Yes, it rains a bit – OK so maybe a lot – but…

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Job Hunting: Sometimes it’s Who not What You Know

Job Hunting: Sometimes it’s Who not What You Know

If you have been following my adventures for the last few months you will probably be aware that I’ve been in a bit of a transition period of late. Going from my PhD studies to finding a job. A journey that I thought I would document for your amusement, enjoyment possible inspiration and general enlightenment into the world of the job seeker.

5 Reasons to Explore Robin Hood’s Bay

5 Reasons to Explore Robin Hood’s Bay

Down the coast from Whitby lies the less well known Robin Hood’s Bay. Built into the cliffside the old cottages and pubs line the route from beachside to cliff top, it’s one of the strange places where cars are not really welcome and the best way to access this idyllic spot is on foot.

7 Reasons to Visit Whitby

7 Reasons to Visit Whitby

The North Yorkshire seaside town of Whitby is one of my favourite places to visit in the UK. A small fishing port with just 20-30 houses in the 15th century and a population of just 200, it’s now a popular seaside resort with a historic twist having hardly changed in last 100 years. From being an important producer of Alum in the 16th century Whitby began to grow in size expanding its talents to shipbuilding and later Whaling. It then…

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Whitby: Taking a Break by the Sea

Whitby: Taking a Break by the Sea

The last of the day’s light silhouettes the wispy clouds framing the lights of Whitby Town in the distance. Before me, flames attack the encroaching cold night air keeping it at bay a little longer, twirling, jumping, dancing in a mesmerising sequence. There is nowhere I would rather be right now.

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