Life on the Grand and Shropshire Union Canals

Nigel Heath encounters acts of kindness and life on the Grand and Shropshire Union Canals.


A laundry lady’s kindness set us up for the day as we left the warmth of our motel room slipped out into a foggy West London morning and walked a few yards to a super highway of the 18th century.

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Gardening in June

JUNE is a lovely month to be in the garden – everything is bursting into bloom and you can really enjoy being outside.  With the evenings getting longer and brighter you can use your garden or patio as a great extension to your home – whether it’s in the countryside or in a smaller, but equally treasured, urban environment. Continue reading

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Clytha Cider Festival this bank holiday weekend

CIDER and real-ale lovers are invited to the Clytha Cider Festival from 27th to 30th May, to celebrate 25 years of the Clytha Arms. Andrew, Beverley and family have been running the country pub in Clytha, Monmouthshire, for 25 years this year. Continue reading

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Panda ‘threequel’ fizzes with PLEASING wit and energy… Film Review by Gareth Jamieson

When Kung Fu Panda was released in 2008, it was a pleasant surprise – comedic, with an underpinning of adult themes, and a range of animals doing kung fu; what more could you want!

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The Easter Rising, Dublin 1916

This Easter marks the centenary of the Easter Rising against British rule in Ireland and it is much misunderstood.

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A Sydney stopover

Nigel Heath joins a party of backpackers on a memorable trip to the Blue Mountains.

The lady in the Sydney tourist office listened attentively as we explained that ‘yes’ we wanted to go to the nearby Blue Mountains but ‘no’ we did not want to go on a coach tour around the various stunning view points.

We actually wanted to get out and walk in the hills and that, it appeared, was going to be easier said than done. Continue reading

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March is the time to get planting in the garden

March is the month for sowing seeds and getting the garden ready for the summer months ahead, which includes a general tidy up, some essential pruning and getting some colour back into borders and pots.  Continue reading

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