Blackpool Art Comes to Manchester

Blackpool Art Comes to Manchester

As a Northerner in my early 30s, the word ‘Blackpool’ conjures flashbacks to childhood day trips along with a torrent of other images. Trams, large candy dummies, fish and chips, tooth-assaulting rock, Mick Hucknall on a rollercoaster and the illuminated faces of Coronation Street characters floating past painfully slowly through the sunroof of a 1980s Astra Estate. It’s safe to say that since my early teens, Blackpool has barely crossed my mind as anything but a nostalgic flashback. This is actually pretty strange for someone who has spent a lot of time exploring nearby arts scenes, galleries and anything remotely creative for miles around. Why not Blackpool?

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The Mystery of the Usuki Buddhas

The Mystery of the Usuki Buddhas

If Japan’s neon lights, bustling noodle bars and late-night karaoke haunts have left you craving tranquility, head to the East of Kyushu to unravel the mystery of the Usuki buddhas.  The Mystery of the Usuki Buddhas For a corner of Japan less worn on the map than the manicured gardens of Nara or the bustling temples of Kyoto, take a trip to Usuki on the east coast of Kyushu. Just outside of this small castle town, groups of ancient stone Buddhas sit suspended in line, fashioned into hillsides of soft rock formed thousands of years ago from the eruption of nearby Mount Aso.

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60-Second Gallery: Fonts Around Ludlow and a New Year Cottage

Fonts Around Ludlow It is a truth universally acknowledged that New Years’ Eve in Manchester involves three things – partying, drinking and socialising. In a bid to try something different, I accepted a kind offer from a good friend to stay with her and some other folks at a picture-postcard cottage in Ludlow, Shropshire. New Years’ Eve in Ludlow Literally named ‘The Fairie Cottage,’ our base was a beautiful, low-ceilinged, wooden-beamed stone house tucked down a country lane in the centre of the sleepy market town. Our New Year was spent ushering out the old and welcoming the new with the traditional first

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Hostel Review – Away Hostel and Coffee Shop, Lyon

Hostel Review – Away Hostel and Coffee Shop, Lyon

During an October 2016 trip to Lyon, we stayed at Away Hostel and Coffee Shop. Hostel review – Away Hostel and Coffee Shop, Lyon Away has been been open for four months, so everything was extra new and clean, well-modernised and designed with travellers’ practicalities in mind. Safety and Noise Despite being located on a corner next to a park and the Croix-Paquet subway, we were never kept awake by noise. Maybe our packed-out days exploring, cycling, tackling hills had something to do with that! But the hostel windows are shuttered and free ear plugs are provided at reception. Nearby

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