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Dan Brown's Inferno: if I wanted to go there, I wouldn't start from here

On a wet Sunday night, what could be better than to escape the psychopaths, murderers and torturers running around the small screen, and go off to the local Odeon to see… 998 more words


Mary Beard @ CHELTLITFEST 2016

The Baillie Gifford Stage in Cheltenham Town Hall has an essence of wonder, a captivating ambience suiting Mary Beard’s talk with Stig Abell on Britain’s roots. 371 more words

Cheltenham Literature Festival

My favourite classical place

I first went to Rome in my teens, and that wasn’t deliberate: it was one of the venues visited when I won three weeks in mainland Europe as part of a competition run by Barclays Bank. 767 more words


Take a trip back in time to ancient Rome

By Tom Quiner

Two ancient cities define modern man: Jerusalem and Rome.

Take Rome. How many films have been released over the years with themes of Roman triumph, political intrigue, debauchery, and religious conversion? 460 more words


The Book Trail: Alice Jolly to Mary Beard

Alice Jolly’s wonderful and heartbreaking memoir, Dead Babies and Seaside Towns, is the starting point for this book trail.  As always, I will be choosing one book from the recommended tomes on the Book Depository Website on each successive page.   1,264 more words


I hate being just a little ill. I mean, I hate being sick in general, but having just a touch of some illness is awful. I’m too sick to go anywhere (I don’t want to make anyone else sick), but I’m well enough that I can’t justify sitting on the couch getting caught up on  386 more words


It's My Day Off, and I'll Bake if I Want To

My apartment smells like gingerbread right now. It is glorious. It’s the second baking project of the day, the first being Irish soda bread.

I don’t know why I have no issues with baking, but I’m baffled by cooking. 695 more words