Peregrine Falcons

So, there are peregrine falcons nesting on top of Tate Modern.  About six couples, the nice lady from the RNIB with the telescope said, waving me in the general direction of the tower of the Tate.  They like to nest, it turns out, somewhere high, with an excellent and reliable supply of food near by, and while I instinctively imagined that this meant a diet of discarded cheeseburgers, I am now prepared to no longer be surprised if, sitting one day by St. Pauls Catherdral watching the pigeons, one vanishes without a cluck into the out-stretched talons of a huge …

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What I Did On My Holidays – Vienna

One of the very few holidays that doesn’t come with the epithet ‘so I went with my boyfriend…’ the Vienna expedition was a cunning plan formulated with me and my parents to take the train all the way from London to Vienna.  Which, as a surprise to us all, we did!  I guess my family has a sort of history of taking trains when going across Europe – with the opening of Eurostar and, even better, the plummeting of its prices, trains trips between London, Paris, Brussels, Cologne, Berlin, Rome, Montpellier,  Tolouse and, of course, Vienna, all became viable and …

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Shakespeare’s Globe

So, having done a very brief post on a play at Shakespeare’s Globe, I figured the next logical step was to do a post about the Globe itself.  First up, I really like this theatre.  I mean, speaking as someone who wants to spend the rest of my life doing lighting for the theatre, I doubt I’m ever going to go there as anything other than an audience member, but as an audience member, it’s a fantastic place to be. The history as I vaguely remember it is something like this… theatre built in Elizabethan times, nabbed a reputation for …

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In Praise of Terry Pratchett

Ready to have another literary god praised to the sky?  I hope so… So, odds are that, if it wasn’t for Terry Pratchett, I wouldn’t have started reading fantasy books.  When I was 10 years old, my Dad, who at the time worked as a publisher, came home one day with a copy of The Colour of Magic, the first in the Discworld series of novels, tucked under his arm and a cry of, ‘give this a go [nickname that shall not be repeated] and see if you enjoy’! And, having not much else to do, I did. I devoured …

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What I Did On My Holidays – Istanbul

I love Istanbul. By now, dear reader, you may have noticed a pattern in What I Did On My Holidays – I do cities.  I vaguely get the idea of going on holiday to the countryside/mountains/beaches/forests etc., and find all of the above very pretty and pleasant in reasonable doses.  But the NHS makes me pay prescription fees for my asthma drugs, and having been born and raised in a city, I now find myself medically incapable of breathing properly unless surrounded by buses, trucks and carbon monoxide, so cities are my destination of choice. And Istanbul is a city …

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Helen

So, I went and saw Helen at Shakespeare’s Globe on the South Bank.  I even took my big rain coat, and, with the magic of the big rain coat, it of course was a lovely night and completely and utterly failed to rain. Shakespeare’s Globe is another one of those landmarks that I may have to add to the ‘something to talk about at great length later’ category; however, I will take a quick 100 words or something to say that Helen was immensely enjoyable, tonnes of fun and lots of other things besides, as well as a brilliant example …

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