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Les Grottes de Lacave: Journey to the Centre of the Earth

Grottes de Lacave

Easter Sunday. While the UK was basking in freak heatwave conditions, I was back in France and dodging rain showers. Perfect conditions, then, for a Jules Vernes-esque adventure... The Lot département is blessed with a great number of grottes (natural caves) and gouffres (chasms/abbysses), the most famous being the Gouffre de Padirac. However, some 20 km away is the lesser known - but equally worthy of a visit - Grottes de Lacave, and this was where I would undertake my...

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The Devil’s Bridge… and other tales from France

Collonges-la-Rouge, Correze, France

I was back in France last weekend to visit Papa Blue, and, as is now the custom, went in search of a few more historical treasures of the Corrèze and Lot departments. My planned visits (to Argentat and Mercœur) were curtailed by le crachin - persistent mizzly rain that only cleared an hour before I was due to leave le moulin and head back to Toulouse to catch my flight home. So I stayed nearer to home and sought out a...

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The Lady Vanishes

The Lady Vanishes, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

It's no secret that I love, love, love theatre... and my penchant for mysteries is equally well known. So, 'why?' you may ask, was my excitement level ramped up from it's usual level of fervour to unbridled frenzy for Bill Kenwright's new production of the classic spy thriller 'The Lady Vanishes'? Simple answer... Maxwell Caulfield. He might not be as young and blond as he was in the 80s, and it's more years than I care to remember that I...

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The Sign of Four

Sherlock Holmes - The Sign of Four, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

A week after The Mousetrap and I'm back at Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Theatre (less snowy - the daffs are out) for the second of an anticipated five weeks in a row of theatrical thrillers: The Sign of Four. Adapted by Nick Lane from the second of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's novels to feature his most famous creation, Sherlock Holmes, I had great hopes for this production given the brilliance of the Blackeyed Theatre company's 'Jekyll & Hyde' last year. It certainly...

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Chameleons at AnderidaFest 2019

Bellydance Performance - Chameleons at AnderidaFest 2019, Southwick

First gig of the year with the Chameleons at AnderidaFest.  AnderidaFest is an annual conference organised by the Druid group, Anderida Gorsedd. The Chameleons have been delighted to have performed for the last three years as part of the evening festivities (on the bill, this year, with the fabulous Willowolf, Pentacle Drummers and organiser/strummer/sound man extraordinaire, Damh the Bard). Lover of words and etymologies as I am, I have done a little research... Anderida (or Anderitum) was a Saxon shore fort in the Roman...

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The Mousetrap

The Mousetrap, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

There really is no better way to start a run of five plays in five weeks than the quintessential murder mystery, Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap. You may (or may not) know that, at the end of each performance, the audience takes an oath not to reveal 'whodunnit'. I have seen the play a few times now (once at St Martin's in London's Theatreland in 2002, and more recently in 2015 & 2016 in it's touring version) and continue to keep my...

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Concorde Hunt (Part 2) …A Meet at Fleet

Concorde 002 G-BSST, Fleet Air Arm Museum

It’s the end of January and I’ve made a deal with myself to track down a Concorde every month this year (well... eight months of this year, because then it gets more tricky and transatlantic!) I have a big selection of aircraft dotted about the south of England from which to choose, so I reckoned the best place to start was the British prototype 002 (the sister aircraft to 001 that I visited at Le Bourget). First flown by Capt....

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Concorde Hunt… the story so far!

Concorde G-BBDG, Flight Deck, Brooklands Museum

It's easy to be obsessed with Concorde: the droop nose, the delta wing - the most iconic aircraft ever designed and capable of whisking Joan Collins at supersonic speed (with a fluteful of champoo in hand) from London to New York in under three and a half hours. I've loved it forever... in fact, we both started meeting the public in the same year (ahem - gives age away, but '76 was a great year, and who cares when Concorde...

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It’s Twenty N-N-N-N-N-N-Nineteen!

Lithuanian Honey Cake Medutis

Happy New Year! ¡Feliz Año Nuevo! Bonne Année! Buon Anno! С Новым Годом! Hope everyone had a fabulous festive season? I'm going to try and do a bit of blogging this year (it won't be all about dance - there'll be some news about my canon of unfinished novels as well as some meandering tales from my adventures on land and sea). If you're a Twitter-er I'll tweet a link every time there's a new post, so if you'd like...

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