Tips for Travellers: GB Cafe and Restaurant, Nottingham

GB in name, Great Breakfasts and more besides in nature. The concept of Great Britain or GB in these Brexit fuelled times can be a particularly contentious one for many people, opening up as it does questions of nationality, culture and identity. There's nothing quite like debates about food and who eats what and why … Continue reading Tips for Travellers: GB Cafe and Restaurant, Nottingham

Tips for Travellers: Epoca Restaurant, Craiova, Romania

If you're staying locally in a hotel which will remain un-named at the moment, you will soon get fed up with their potential promises of restaurant food and head off to an actual restaurant which actually serves real, high quality dinner where the promise of potential is not only reached but surpassed. This is a … Continue reading Tips for Travellers: Epoca Restaurant, Craiova, Romania

Tips for Travellers: Hotel Plaza and Restaurant, Craiova, Romania

Potential's a funny word... .. as it hides a myriad of sins. The Hotel Restaurant Plaza has an impressive front and beneficial location. It has a hard working staff and a large spacious restaurant in which you might imagine all kinds of wonderful meals would be served up. Its bedrooms are warm; its shower-rooms come … Continue reading Tips for Travellers: Hotel Plaza and Restaurant, Craiova, Romania

Tips for Travellers: what’s for breakfast at Gray’s, Leicester?

What’s for breakfast? Tea and toast? Well… Fry up? Er… Organic muesli and yoghurt? Hmm.. not sure. All of the above plus lavish helpings of the most idiosyncratic contemporary music around complete with references to Delia Derbyshire, Kevin Coyne, Flaming Lips and all points bezerk? Ah yes, that’s for me, definitely. If you’re one of … Continue reading Tips for Travellers: what’s for breakfast at Gray’s, Leicester?

Can we provide an excellent cultural education without involving schools?

As Nigel Molesworth might have said in Back in the Jug Agane 'any fule kno' that trying to involve schools in anything but their core business of delivering the national curriculum like milkmen used to deliver the daily pinta, teaching to the test, climbing up the league tables, providing full wrap around care 247, being … Continue reading Can we provide an excellent cultural education without involving schools?

Tips for Travellers: how to capture your intimate moments

Capturing trains kissing is a precarious business. Watching it happen is all very well but if you're a certain type of enthusiast, you want to share that moment with your peers, if not your nearest and dearest who may just look at you with that upturned eyebrow that interrogates you: just why would you want … Continue reading Tips for Travellers: how to capture your intimate moments

Tips for Travellers: find your train’s kissing point.

Train enthusiasts frequently get a bad press given their perceived tendency to loiter on railway platforms, camera in one hand, thermos in the other; but what the un-enthusiastic don't know about the enthusiast is their ability to understand train behaviour in ways in which ordinary Joe or Josephine Commuter never sees in their normal hustle … Continue reading Tips for Travellers: find your train’s kissing point.

Tips for Travellers: Green’s Mill, Sneinton, Nottingham

Green's Windmill in Sneinton Nottingham has all the appearance of being an irascible monument. It's being refurbished at the moment and apparently some builders got injured in the process so they too are now undergoing some kind of physical refurbishment to their own bodies and souls. You can't help but wonder, if the windmill had … Continue reading Tips for Travellers: Green’s Mill, Sneinton, Nottingham

Tips for teachers: It depends how you count ’em.

“It depends how you count 'em…” has been a constant refrain through the cultural education exchange visit in Finland this week. Whether it’s golf courses in Espoo (7 or 8), municipalities in Helsinki (4 or 14) or lakes in Finland (187,888 plus or minus), it all depends on how you count them. For phenomena you … Continue reading Tips for teachers: It depends how you count ’em.