The Ride of The Valkyries – Die Walküre – A Helpful Guide to the Opera

Richard Wagner was a man with too much time on his hands.  Der Ring des Nibelungen or better known as Wagner’s Ring Cycle took him 26 years to complete, the very definition of procrastination in action.  It’s 15 hours over 4 nights of operatic indulgence linking 4 operas together for one story. Being the knuckle […]

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EM-Con 2015 – The East Midlands Sci-Fi & Fantasy Convention

Science fiction, once the preserve of spotty and socially awkward star trekkies has seemingly stirred my nostalgic sci-fi senses, so I set my phasers to fun and find myself attending EM-Con 2015 – The East Midlands Sci-Fi & Fantasy convention.  Getting here hasn’t been easy, kind of badly going where sci-fi fans have been before, anyone […]

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Papplewick Pumping Station view from the cooling pond.

Radio Nottingham Big Day Out 2014

A day out at Papplewick Pumping Station may not be on everybody’s agenda, inspecting Victorian water works, or any anybody else’s waterworks for that matter, but it could, especially when it’s for free as part of the Radio Nottingham Big Day Out.  Initial suggestions at visiting Papplewick Pumping Station are filled with thoughts of dour […]

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Cylon from Battlestar Galactica

EM-Con 2014 – The East Midlands Sci-Fi & Fantasy Convention

It is often assumed that anything involving the word convention, particularly in relation to science fiction, fantasy, comic books or mythical lore will involve bearded sandal wearing dateless wonders, fanboys with bad B.O. and screaming geek girls that people wouldn’t want to touch with a sonic screwdriver.  Well, it does have some of these, but […]

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8a Victoria Street, Eastwood. The original mining cottage where DH Lawrence was born on 11th September 1885

DH Lawrence Festival 2012 & Beauvale Priory

Being unsophisticated and uncouth, its time to get myself some culture and get educated about the local area visiting the DH Lawrence birthplace, Durban House heritage centre and Beauvale Priory.  We’ve lived here 7 years and only just got round to visiting.  Eastwood has come a long way since 1066 when it was a tiny settlement […]

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