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Out to where the Essex Marsh…

It is always an absolute pleasure to drive through drive through Essex. Despite the popular media image of the county, it is heart-achingly beautiful, with it's pretty little villages with chocolate box thatched cottages. Mrs. P and I, along with a couple of young friends of ours, went touring this much overlooked county last summer. [...]

A Port Without Trade

Kirkcudbright, (or 'Kirkubree') is a very picturesque, small fishing town on the South Coast of Galloway in Scotland. Daniel Defoe, when visiting this area in 1778, described it as: ... a pleasant situation, and yet nothing pleasant to be seen. Here is a harbour without ships, a port without trade, a fishery without nets, a [...]

My old, old home

Nuneaton! The very name is redolent of exotic holidays on sun kissed beaches, laying on fine white coral sand and sipping cocktails beneath tropical sunsets. It is actually quite a pleasant little Midlands town, complete with quirky local museum in a lovely town centre park and a love, bordering on obsession, for their best-known novelist. [...]

Why, Coventry!

I've always liked Coventry. I first came here for a work conference at the University of Warwick. A slow afternoon had me catching a bus into town and taking a look around. In the 1940s, Coventry was home to a number of light engineering and armament factories. Between 1940 and 1941 the Luftwaffe attempted to [...]

From over Leamington Spa

She died in an upstairs bedroom,By the light of the evening star,That shone through the plate glass windowFrom over Leamington SpaSir John Betjeman, Death in Leamington Well, I'm back. It feels good to be back on the road again after so long behind closed doors. I hope I will gather enough information to see me [...]