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Exploring Brisbane: Convicts, Culture and Conflicts

Exploring Brisbane: Convicts, Culture and Conflicts

The capital of Queensland, Brisbane seems to divide those that visit almost as much as vegemite. Often seen as a lesser city in comparison to Sydney and Melbourne there is an understated pride that runs throughout. Affectionately named the river city, the river Brisbane runs through the city and is crossed by 15 major bridges. As with many major cities, despite the progress and construction of new buildings, there are always traces of its past lives. Traces that are easily…

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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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7 things to make your visit to Whitby Amazing

7 things to make your visit to Whitby Amazing

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 the 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…

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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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