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The Bard Gets a New Stage in England

The Bard Gets a New Stage in England

Globe and Mail Stratford-upon-Avon’s Royal Shakespeare Company theatre complex, officially re-opened by the Queen on March 4 after a Falstaff-sized two-year refurb, used to be a somewhat precious old luvvie. Plum-accented and prone to lording it over the mere mortals who visited for their spoonfuls of Bardly medicine, its vast main stage turned the fourth […]

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Oxford-Cambridge row off

Oxford-Cambridge row off

US Airways Magazine I’m inching through the crowds for a front row view of the frothy, chocolate-colored River Thames, near London’s handsome old Hammersmith Bridge. With takeout beer and wine flowing freely, there’s a party atmosphere to the jolly afternoon throng, despite a wind-whipping bank side chill. A stretch that rarely sees more than a […]

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Castles, coastlines and gardens on a lip-smacking North Wales taster

Castles, coastlines and gardens on a lip-smacking North Wales taster

Calgary Herald While England and Scotland lure UK visitors like a double-decker bus stuffed with free beer, one British region remains a mystery to most travellers hopping over the pond. Ask anyone about Wales – that craggy kneecap of land on the left side of the mainland – and they’ll mumble about leeks, daffodils and […]

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Sleuthing after Sherlock Holmes in London

Sleuthing after Sherlock Holmes in London

Los Angeles Times It was a chilly Friday morning when I stood in the shadow of London’s 17th century St. Paul’s Cathedral, which drips with history. This is where such figures as Lord Horatio Nelson and Christopher Wren are entombed. It’s also where the city’s most famous detective — not everyone regards him as fictional […]

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On the Banksy trail

On the Banksy trail

Globe and Mail Camera cocked and ready, I’m nosing around a grubby backstreet in Bristol, southwest England when I finally stumble on the faded object of my wide-eyed desire. Applied to an exterior pub wall, near a pair of aromatic garbage bags, it’s a small, stenciled image of two kids skipping across a road. Each […]

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