50. Lloyd Cole and the CommotionsLost Weekend (1985) Poor old Lloyd went to Amsterdam and all he got was double pneumonia in a single room. And, by the sounds of it, his love life is going horribly wrong. Just don’t ask him about the price of medicine (obviously he didn’t get his European health insurance card). It’s enough to make anyone go No Deal, really. 49. Peter HammillGerman Overalls (1973) More continental misery from the never knowingly cheerful Peter Hammill, who’s on tour in Germany and not enjoying it. At all. In Mannheim, “on a rainy Saturday with no money nor friend / Only tequila can end the boredom”. Worse still, he can only find old copies of the Sunday Times to read. Well, it was 1973. 48. Freddie Mercury and Montserrat CaballéBarcelona (1988) You might think it a silly piece of fluff (and so might I), but the Spanish newspaper El País calls Barcelona “iconic … a musical masterpiece”. The pairing of the … [Read more...] about The 50 best songs about Europe – ranked!
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It will be 20 years in October since a little-known chef called Sat Bains arrived in Nottingham, embarking on a phenomenal career which has made the city home to one of the world's best restaurants. Today, two Michelin-starred Restaurant Sat Bains (RSB) attracts food lovers, critics and celebrity chefs from far and wide for a gastronomic experience like no other with unique, imaginative tasting menus. As Nottinghamshire Live goes behind the scenes we discover where the magic happens and find out what motivates the award-winning chef, his wife and general manager Amanda, and their "dream team" to keep on refining what diners already perceive as perfection on a plate. Since taking over what was formerly Hotel des Clos in 2005, the Bains have turned it into a world-class restaurant with jaw-dropping, deeply complex flavours and decor, where every minute detail has been carefully thought out - not least the deer hide tables - a nod to the stags in Wollaton Park - with steel knife-shaped … [Read more...] about Behind the scenes at Nottingham’s two Michelin-starred Restaurant Sat Bains
Video PUBLISHED: 06:00 01 March 2019 Conor Matchett Stuart Wright in the Dad's Army Museum he founded. Picture: Sonya Duncan ARCHANT EASTERN DAILY PRESS (01603) 772434 For the people who live in Thetford, the challenges the town faces and where it sits at the moment change dependent on where you live and how long you have lived there. The Thetford Dad's Army Museum's Captain Mainwaring statue, situated between the Anchor Hotel, which was in the first episode, and the Bell Hotel where the actors stayed at Thetford. Picture: Denise BradleyConcerns about the town stagnating due to a lack of collaboration between councils are high on the list with most believing that the town could be doing better.Ray Ward, 82, has lived in the town his whole life, agrees. “There is a general feeling in the town that we should be doing better,” he said.“There seems to be a lack of working together between the councils and other bodies. The Moving … [Read more...] about ‘Thetford could so easily be better’ but history and community shine through
There are plenty of events for people of all ages to kick March off with a bang in the Reading area this weekend. Aspiring anatomists are invited to the 'dine and dissect' event at the Hilton Hotel on Saturday. Here guests will first have a meal, before the operating curtains are opened and guests will be able to join a live dissection. If you don't have the stomach for that, you might want to find out about the incredible story of Ethiopian Empress Taytu Betul. She's not one of the most well-known figures in history - but no one can doubt her fearlessness - as she convinced her husband to go to war with Italy over an offensive treaty. There's also a free barbecue to celebrate the opening of Tutu's Ethiopian Table Cafe in Palmer Park. Music fans can head to The Facebar for a charity gig featuring leading northern soul band The Signatures. And shoppers in Reading can head to a vintage kilo sale, a indie urban market and a health and wellbeing event. Have dinner and then dissect a body … [Read more...] about From a craft market to a live autopsy, see what’s on this weekend
Adventure need not involve scaling Everest or walking the length of the Nile. It is about embarking on something unusual and daring. And while that might require flying to a far-flung destination that’s unpronounceable or completely off the radar, sometimes it’s also about simply heading somewhere close by doing something different and slightly out of your comfort zone. Below we’ve selected 50 new itineraries focused on different aspects of adventure: from walking, watersports and cycling to multi-active breaks and something a little unusual, such as a motorbiking trip and a four-wheel drive expedition. While they’re all thrilling, they’re also all eminently doable. You may wish to head out on your own, but for those who need a little help, we’ve listed some of the best adventure tour operators, including those that specialise in family and sustainable travel. Whether you’re keen on walking in Wales or going off grid … [Read more...] about The 50 greatest adventures on Earth