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  • 5 reasons why you should visit Montpellier, France, this summer

    5 reasons why you should visit Montpellier, France, this summer

    July 22nd, 2019David Atkinson
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    It’s got the sunshine, the beach and a cool new art museum. No wonder that France’s youngest city (by age of population – the city itself was founded some time in the 900’s) is growing fast as a hub for visitors in search of the Mediterranean lifestyle. A place firmly having its moment in the sun, this is…

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  • Here be monsters: on the trail of Teggie in Wales

    Here be monsters: on the trail of Teggie in Wales

    March 2nd, 2017David Atkinson
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    David Atkinson goes in search of the elusive Teggie – a mysterious monster rumoured to live in the waters of Bala Lake, the largest natural lake in Wales.

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  • On the Roald Dahl trail in Wales

    On the Roald Dahl trail in Wales

    September 13th, 2016David Atkinson
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    Hailed as one of the world’s greatest storytellers, Roald Dahl’s tales have been translated into 59 languages and he has sold more than 200 million books worldwide. He is everywhere these days: from school set texts to the award-winning stage version of Matilda The Musical enthralling audiences on Broadway and in London’s West End. There’s Twit or…

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  • Why now’s the time to visit Nottingham, England

    Why now’s the time to visit Nottingham, England

    January 28th, 2016David Atkinson
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    It may not feature on top of everyone’s British city bucket list, but it’s time to see this East Midlands city in a new light. Nottingham boasts a slew of new attractions for 2016, a recently expanded tram network and a burgeoning independent arts scene. Plus, in the year when the stalwart British fashion designer…

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  • A guide to Sweden’s unforgettable midsummer celebrations

    A guide to Sweden’s unforgettable midsummer celebrations

    June 12th, 2015David Atkinson
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    Nobody does midsummer like the Swedes. They down tools and head for their summer houses on the coast for a family gathering lubricated by beer, herring and shots of the local firewater. Whether you’re a builder or a banker, it’s the one day of the year that everyone casts aside their daily routine and goes…

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  • 10 reasons why Manchester is the UK’s new cultural hotspot

    10 reasons why Manchester is the UK’s new cultural hotspot

    March 18th, 2015David Atkinson
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    Manchester is Britain’s new cultural capital. No, really. The city may have been built on the heavy industry of the Industrial Revolution but since the 2002 Commonwealth Games, it has re-invented itself as a world capital of the arts. Today Manchester dominates the headlines with a slew of galleries, venues and festivals. It’s home to some of…

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  • Through the looking glass: find the real Alice in Wonderland

    Through the looking glass: find the real Alice in Wonderland

    March 2nd, 2015David Atkinson
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    This year marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. That means Mad Hatters and Cheshire Cats will be everywhere from London to Manchester this spring. But Alice’s story finds its heartland in the villages of Cheshire, where the author was born, and in a seaside resort in…

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