June 17th, 2022   |  
Author: Sean Flint   |  
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When it comes to a day of devotion, it has to be said that fathers get the best of the parental deal. With Mothers’ Day falling in March the options available in the UK are often limited weather wise. Experiential presents are all well and good but having to break the ice before enjoying a […]

May 26th, 2022   |  
Author: Sean Flint   |  
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As the nation prepares to take a well earned breather to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, it’s worth reflecting on the influence Her Majesty has had on modern life. During her 70-year reign she has inspired many through her choice of clothes, jewellery, hairstyle and of course established corgis as the pet by royal […]

May 12th, 2022   |  
Author: Sean Flint   |  
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Parts of Rome were placed under curfew recently and the reason may surprise you and give you food for thought. It wasn’t due to power shortages or Covid-19, but an influx of wild boars looking for food. Picnickers are a particular target for the beasts that often prowl with a litter of piglets in tow. […]

April 28th, 2022   |  
Author: Sean Flint   |  
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How will you spend the forthcoming Bank Holiday? Visiting a local beauty spot or heritage site? or just relaxing at home, possibly pondering how you will spend the double bank holiday coming up in June that marks the 70 year reign of Queen Elizabeth. Well, however you spend the day, spare a thought for Sir […]

March 31st, 2022   |  
Author: Sean Flint   |  
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It’s good to laugh and this year marks the 65th anniversary of one of the most memorable April Fools Day pranks. We know from records that April Fools Day has been around many hundreds of years. The exact origins remain a mystery, though connection to the onset of spring heralding merriment and general confusion of […]

February 17th, 2022   |  
Author: Sean Flint   |  
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The end of February marks the anniversary of one of the most famous battles in the history of the US and a cultural and culinary legacy that continues to inspire people across the globe. It’s believed 179 people were killed defending the fortress known as the Alamo in a siege that began on 23rd February […]

January 13th, 2022   |  
Author: Sean Flint   |  
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If you actually need an excuse for a good curry then rest easy, because international hot and spicy food day falls on January 16th. If you prefer a fiery chili or if Chinese food gets your juices flowing then that’s equally acceptable and a great way to blast out those winter chills. Pepper, chili, turmeric, […]

November 25th, 2021   |  
Author: Sean Flint   |  
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The end of November is the traditional start of Winter north of the border and the first of three landmark days in Scottish culture – St Andrews Day, Hogmanay and Burns Night. As with many patron saints, St Andrew’s association with Scotland – a land he never visited – is shrouded in folklore, poetic licence […]

November 18th, 2021   |  
Author: Sean Flint   |  
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Do you remember harvest festivals when you were at school? No doubt many of you recall bringing in tinned goods that had sat at the back of your parents’ cupboards for decades (obviously there were no best before dates back then!). Harvesting has, of course, been around for a long, long time! Once mankind stopped […]

October 28th, 2021   |  
Author: Sean Flint   |  
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As the nights become darker and winter closes in there’s a natural inclination to gather round fires, share food and tell tales of the strange and spooky. The oldest of winter festivals still celebrated today is Halloween the roots of which can be found in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain which marked the end […]