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Gillian Carnegie, "Red" 2004. Oil on board. 22.8 x 33 cm. Cranford Collection, London.


Pic of the Week – 19 December 2005 Gillian Carnegie Red 2004 Oil on board 22.8 x 33 cm Cranford Collection, London Image appears courtesy of…

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Christmas around the world – South Australia

“‘Chestnuts roasting on an open fire’…it’s not!! In fact anyone caught doing anything with an open fire between the months of December and April is likely to incur a huge fine in Australia, as it’s ‘bushfire season’! The Country Fire Service personnel would not be best pleased to be summoned from their Christmas Day lunches for a bush fire that’s now spread over 15 hectares or more!” Mojan in South Australia gives another view of the Aussie Christmas.

The excellent breakfast from the Wheelhouse Snack Bar in Minehead, Somerset

Beer, Butlins and more Beer: Part Two

“Kay had been to Butlin’s several times as a kid and had memories of the classic holiday camp experience – mass-produced holidays churned out by the hundred thousand, from the wake-up tannoy call in the morning right down to the meals organised by sittings, and days and nights packed solid with fun-filled activities. I’d never been myself and was curious to see what the modern Butlin’s experience would be like.” After 40 years of holiday camp-free existence, Dave finds out…

CAMRA Somerset Beer Festival at Minehead Station, 17 September 2005

Beer, Butlins and more Beer: Part One

“We’d nearly finished getting the house ready to put on the market, we were due for a break, and we knew there was going to be a beer festival in Minehead. One of the three remaining outposts of the once-mighty Butlin’s empire was located in Minehead – and Butlin’s still offered accommodation for smokers. The idea of staying there was too daft for words. How could we resist?” Tempted by beer, Kay and Dave return to the West Country…

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Christmas around the world – Canada

“As a child I didn’t give it much thought…do children ever? I assumed that Christmas was just the way we celebrated it. Going to Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, then returning to a late dinner of tourtière and eggnog seemed the perfect way to relax and fall asleep. I would have dreamt of sugar-plums, had I any idea what they were.” Nora reminisces about childhood Christmases in Canada!