Monthly Archives: October 2014

Swansea: Dylan Thomas’ “Ugly Lovely Town”

Swansea, no longer a town but a city, is quite rightly proud of its most famous son Dylan Thomas who was born here 100 years ago on 27 October. To celebrate, a host of celebrities including Sir Ian McKellen gathered in Swansea’s Grand Theatre for a 36 hour reading marathon of work by this much loved poet. There’s a reference to Dylan around practically every “sea-town corner”, as well as a touch of New Zealand!

Swansea Marina

Swansea Marina

The Mumbles

The Mumbles

Dylan Thomas Theatre mural

Dylan Thomas Theatre mural

Mumbles Head and lighthouse

Mumbles Head and lighthouse

Dylan Thomas sculpture by John Doubleday

Dylan Thomas sculpture by John Doubleday

Back of Dylan Thomas Theatre

Back of Dylan Thomas Theatre

New Zealand Cabbage trees in Mumbles

New Zealand Cabbage trees in Mumbles

'Dylan Would Be Proud'

‘Dylan Would Be Proud’

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Our Top Twelve English Treats

We’ve now moved to the land of the fiery red dragon (i.e. Wales) but wanted to reflect back on some of our favourite places and experiences of the last few weeks. So here they are:

1. Terrific Tudor Street

High Street, Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire

High Street, Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire

2. Best Birds

Thumper the European Eagle Owl, Cotswold Falconry Centre, Batsford

Thumper the European Eagle Owl, Cotswold Falconry Centre, Batsford

Mandarin ducks, Hyde Park, London

Mandarin ducks, Hyde Park, London

3. Desirable Designer

Skirt by Vivienne Westwood worn with shirt by Kate Sylvester and necklace by Karen Walker

Skirt by Vivienne Westwood worn with shirt by Kate Sylvester and necklace by Karen Walker

4. Covetable Coffee

Sacred Cafe, Ganton Street, Soho, London

Sacred Cafe, Ganton Street, Soho, London

Flat White at Sacred Cafe

Flat White at Sacred Cafe

5. Striking Street Art

Regent Court, Reading, Berkshire

Regent Court, Reading, Berkshire

6. Seductive Cityscape

View from the London Eye

View from the London Eye

7. Favourite Country Pub

The Tite Inn, Chadlington, Oxfordshire (the Prime Minister's local)

The Tite Inn, Chadlington, Oxfordshire (the Prime Minister’s local)

8. Favourite Town Pub

The Lord Clifton, Harborne, Birmingham (featuring street art including Banksy)

The Lord Clifton, Harborne, Birmingham (featuring street art including Banksy)

9. Best Dress-Up

The Bull, Bullring, Birmingham (supporting breast cancer research)

The Bull, Bullring, Birmingham (supporting breast cancer research)

10. Cutest Cottage

Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Stratford-upon-Avon

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Stratford-upon-Avon

11. Very Good Vintage

Beyond Retro, Soho, London

Beyond Retro, Soho, London

12. Remarkable Restaurant Chain

Jamie's Italian, Birmingham (Reading was great as well!)

Jamie’s Italian, Birmingham (Reading was great as well!)

Clockwise from top: Crispy King Prawns, Grilled Asparagus Bruschetta, Baby Italian Broccoli, Heritage Tomato Salad, Posh Chips, Crunchy Veg Salad.

Clockwise from top: Crispy King Prawns, Grilled Asparagus Bruschetta, Baby Italian Broccoli, Heritage Tomato Salad, Posh Chips, Crunchy Veg Salad.

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All Things Royal and We Don’t Mean Lorde

Britain wouldn’t be the same if it wasn’t for the dignity and pageantry of the royals. So let’s fly the flag and enjoy!

'Ring A Royal' by Timmy Mallett at Windsor

‘Ring A Royal’ by Timmy Mallett at Windsor

Buckingham Palace from St James's Park

Buckingham Palace from St James’s Park

Ross meets a local at Queen Elizabeth Gate near Hyde Park

Ross meets a local at Queen Elizabeth Gate near Hyde Park

Gloriana, the Queen's rowbarge, used in the 2012 Diamond Jubilee celebrations – St Katharine Docks, London

Gloriana, the Queen’s rowbarge, used in the 2012 Diamond Jubilee celebrations – St Katharine Docks, London

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle

Shrine to Princess Diana, Harrods, Knightsbridge

Shrine to Princess Diana, Harrods, Knightsbridge

Princess Diana Memorial Fountain, Hyde Park

Princess Diana Memorial Fountain, Hyde Park

Gold State Coach used for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, Royal Mews. It takes eight Windsor Greys to pull it!

Gold State Coach used for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, Royal Mews. It takes eight Windsor Greys to pull it!

Kensington Palace (home of William and Kate)

Kensington Palace (home of William and Kate)

Union flag installation, Carnaby Street, Soho

Union flag installation, Carnaby Street, Soho

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Window Shopping

From cakes to couture, who wouldn’t be tempted?

Liberty, Soho

Liberty, Soho

My Burberry, Harrods, Knightsbridge (featuring Cara Delevingne and Kate Moss)

My Burberry, Harrods, Knightsbridge (featuring Cara Delevingne and Kate Moss)

Shakespeare's Head, Soho

Shakespeare’s Head, Soho

Barbie Collection by Moschino, Mayfair

Barbie Collection by Moschino, Mayfair

Fortnum & Mason, Piccadilly

Fortnum & Mason, Piccadilly

Vivienne Westwood, Conduit Street, Mayfair

Vivienne Westwood, Conduit Street, Mayfair

Choccywoccydoodah, Soho – yes, these really are edible cakes!

Choccywoccydoodah, Soho – yes, these really are edible cakes!

Cloud Cuckoo Land, Camden Passage

Cloud Cuckoo Land, Camden Passage

Neal's Yard, Covent Garden

Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden

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