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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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The Trafford Centre: 7 Reasons Why You Have to Visit

The Trafford Centre: 7 Reasons Why You Have to Visit

Hey Rachel, why the hell are you chatting to us about a shopping centre? What’s that got to do with anything else on here? You’re right. On the face of it, why would I even bother talking to you shopping? Well, my friends, that is because the Trafford Centre is not just any shopping centre.

5 Alternative Gifts for Mother’s Day

5 Alternative Gifts for Mother’s Day

With Mother’s day in the UK just around the corner (Sunday 11th March in case you were wondering – click here for other countries) the frantic rush of children up and down the country trying to decide how they are going to thank their mums (or equivalent) for putting up with them has officially begun. What if this year you didn’t opt for the traditional card and flowers/chocolate/ favourite perfume etc option?

Rivington Pike, a Hill with a Past

Rivington Pike, a Hill with a Past

A short drive from Manchester, Rivington Pike sits at the most westerly point of Winter Hill on the West Pennine Moors. A popular walk throughout the year, this place has played a key part in the UK’s communication past. Think back to a time when the internet and phones and electricity didn’t exist. This made the whole keeping in contact and passing urgent messages like ‘we are under attack send help’

Biting the Bullet: Why I’m Going Travelling Solo

Biting the Bullet: Why I’m Going Travelling Solo

What do you want to do when you grow up? It’s that question. The one that you seem to be frequently asked from the moment that you can comprehend it. For me, the answers changed over the years

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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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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