"Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside...oh I do like to be beside the sea!" That's how the classic music hall tune goes - and it couldn't be truer for the people below. To celebrate the launch of new TV show Fantasy Homes By The Sea - which airs on Really weeknights at 8pm - we've asked seven Mirror journalists who live on the coast to explain why it's so wonderful. They've all opened their hearts to reveal their favourite spots, with some reliving cherished childhood memories which were forged beside the waves. So read on to find out where the best beaches, finest foods and incredible views are around the edge of the UK. And don't forget to tune in to Really weeknights at 8pm to catch the new show Fantasy Homes By The Sea, which is presented by Michelle Ackerley (seen above). Portishead, North Somerset - "The sunsets are a photographer's dream," writes Holly Thatcher My father clasps my tiny two-year-old hand as I toddle down the slipway, peering gingerly over the edge at the … [Read more...] about 7 Mirror writers explain why living by the coast is so fantastic
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Will We Ever Have Sex Again? That’s the question posed in song by American singer-songwriter Amy Rigby – a question which instantly became a coffee-shop discussion topic coast to coast across the USA where she lives.Married to UK musician Wreckless Eric, Amy plays Emsworth Sports & Social Club on Friday, November 24 at 8pm.Promoter Mark Ringwood said: “Amy’s never been one to shirk controversy through her song lyrics and has enjoyed a fruitful career by tackling subjects which are often seemed as taboo within UK audiences.”Tickets: Bookends (Emsworth), andhttp://www.wegottickets.comAmy Rigby has made a life out of writing and singing about life. With bands Last Roundup and the Shams in eighties NYC East Village to her solo debut Diary Of A Mod Housewife out of nineties Williamsburg; through a songwriting career in 2000s Nashville and during the past decade with duo partner Wreckless Eric, she’s released records on visionary independent labels … [Read more...] about Will We Ever Have Sex Again? Singer Amy Rigby wants to know!
Educational history projects #Romanovs100 & #1917LIVE panel at America’s major education fair SXSW EDU will take place in March 2019. SXSW EDU will run for the 9th time since 2011 when South by Southwest branched out into a separate education festival. A prestigious international platform, SXSW EDU supports the community’s desire to connect, collaborate and impact the future of education. Thanks to a three-stage vote including an open vote, the team behind #Romanovs100 and #1917LIVE will host a panel at the festival in Texas in 2019. While historian Helen Rappaport will travel all the way from England, the project's other contributor, Artist Marina Amaral will fly over from Brazil. Both projects are dedicated to Russian history, but work on reviving the events of early 20th century has become truly international with the Moscow-based team reaching out to professionals and history enthusiasts from all over the world. Award-winning #1917LIVE ran for a year in … [Read more...] about #Romanovs100 & #1917LIVE to showcase at America’s biggest education forum SXSW EDU 2019
Exploding confetti geysers, ball pit moats and a five feet high Fab lolly maze, are among the entertainment on offer for the little 'uns at this year's Riverside Festival... and that's just for starters. For grown-ups there's three days of live music, craft stalls and some adrenaline inducing fairground rides while kids of all ages can enjoy the vintage organs, street entertainment, dragon boat racing and Saturday night fireworks display. But best of all, it's all free (well except for the street food, beers and rides of course). Take a look below and check out our handy guide to everything you need to know about Riverside 2018. When is Riverside Festival 2018? Clear your diaries, it's this weekend, Friday, August 3 to Sunday, August 5. And, where is it? Well, the name is a bit of a clue. Hundreds of thousands of people will come from right across the East Midlands to the annual Riverside Festival at Victoria Embankment by the banks of the River Trent. What are the opening times … [Read more...] about Your handy guide to this year’s Nottingham Riverside Festival
One where the children seem to be constantly asking ‘what are we doing today?’ or worse, moaning ‘I’m bored...’ as you try to fit in your many commitments alongside the dawn-’til-dusk presence of your darlings? Don’t forget, it’s your summer too! Make the most of it by doing things together as a family. Not every excursion has to be dramatic and life-changing. The point is to get out, do something new, and spend time in each other’s company. And if you all learn a little along the way, so much the better! Co. CarlowBrownshill Dolmen It’s not hard to interest children of all ages in this megalithic portal tomb, the heaviest in Europe. The capstone (that’s the top stone) is estimated to weigh 100 metric tons, and speculation as to how they got it up there, way back in 3000BC, is always interesting. The dolmen is located 3km east of Carlow town, on the Hacketstown Road. Bring wellies as the walk can be muddy. Rancho … [Read more...] about 100 great family days out in Ireland: Our county by county guide