If you ever find yourself in Oxford, England in search of a bed for the night, you might consider booking a room at the student dorm accommodation of Christ Church College, University of Oxford for a real-life Harry Potter experience. The university not only provides accommodation over the summer months, but your stay comes with an all access pass to wander the campus, halls and gardens out of hours. Largely empty in summer, several parts of the campus feature in the Harry Potter films, including the famous dining hall, and the college even served as an inspiration to Alice in Wonderland.… Read the rest
Staring out of the passenger seat window on car journeys through France, I’ve always found the roadscape of highways strangely alluring ever since I was a small child. What lives at the side of the road in a no man’s land of concrete and abandon are often ignored and very rarely the subject of artistic interest. French photographer Read the rest
I can’t give you romance with a chocolate box or a card with teddy bears on it, but I thought I might, just for a moment, take you to one of the most romantic secret gardens I’ve ever had the pleasure of stumbling upon…
The Orangery at Euridge Manor in the Cotswolds is set in ancient grounds and woodland beside explorer Sir Walter Raleigh’s old hunting lodge. Surrounded by the ruins of a castle and evergreen palm trees in the middle of the English countryside, this hidden gem is as fairytale as it gets. But here’s the kicker– it’s available to stay overnight in.
And if you can find just three other friends to stay with you (or another couple), it adds up to £95 per … Read the rest
For those whose taste in fairytales favours a darker touch, we’re traveling to the far reaches of Eastern Europe, and into the enchanting world of animator Jiří Trnka. The late Czech animator (whose name is pronounced “Yershy Trinka”) created nearly two-dozen films over his lifetime, from folksy gems like Grandfather Planted a Beet (1945) to the gutsy anti-Stalin short, The Hand (1965).
Craftsmanship ran in Trnka’s blood. He was born in Bohemia in 1912, where his grandmother sold toys for a living and his mother worked as a seamstress.… Read the rest
She began driving secretly at the age of 14 in her father’s ‘borrowed’ Citroën 2CV and her earliest races took place on the gravel roads of the French riviera, trying to carve off the journey time between work and home in a Renault 4. Michèle Mouton became the first woman in rally driving to win a world championship, whilst still only finding her feet in the male-dominated sport, winning a total of four championship rallies for Audi and beating the men at their own game. More than 3 decades later, she is still the last woman to compete in top-level rallying.… Read the rest
Born in the darkness of South African gold mines during Apartheid, “gumboot dancing” sprung from the basic need for exploited miners to communicate in what was a harrowing environment, where they were forbidden to even speak to one another. Workers decided to let their boots do the talking for them, and developed a kind of “morse code” from the noises made by the stomping of their rubber “Gumboots” or “Wellingtons.” What became their form of communication in the underground took “body language” to whole new level and inspired an entirely new form of dance…blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.… Read the rest
Madison Square Garden is one of New York’s most well known landmarks. It is arguably one of the most famous arenas in the world. Unfortunately, it is also one of the least appealing, but it was not always so.… Read the rest
If you had the choice to plant your flag anywhere you wanted– would you choose to be stay with the pack or venture off on your own? I often wonder about people who live out in the middle of nowhere, isolated from the rest of the world. Did they choose this life? Are they truly content?… Read the rest