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The re-packaging of holidays

In an age where people jet off around the world to far flung destinations and the parallel popularity of the British ‘staycation’, the idea of a week in the sun with a fixed price for flight and accommodation seems a thing of the past. But package holidays are […]

Victorian splendour nearly lost for ever

Travelling across Britain I’m always alarmed when I come across accounts of how places of national historical or archaeological importance could have been lost forever. Splendid buildings like St Pancras Station and over two thirds of Covent Garden, for example, would have been destroyed by developers had campaigners […]

Sun has set at historic parlour pub

Visiting the Sun Inn in Herefordshire used to be like wandering into someone’s house and stopping by for drinks in their living room. Beers at this so-called ‘parlour pub’ were served from the kitchen: there was no bar counter and customers sat together, chatting at long wooden trestle […]