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Italy – Moving South to Cilento

Travelling along the coast from Amalfi, with the music from the Italian job running through my head we went past Paestum and its temples down to Cilento which brings a remarkable contrast in many ways. We hadn’t factored into our journey the fact it was a bank holiday weekend in Italy and therefore a planned […]

Trip To Bruges Winter Market

A city made famous by the quality of its beer that was originally brewed by monks, Bruges is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Because of the number of canals surrounding the city, it is called the ‘Venice of the North’  From the thirteenth to fifteenth centuries Bruges was one of the greatest commercial cities in […]

Country Images Meets – Adam Penford

When Adam Penford was about six years old, he went to a panto at Nottingham Playhouse but was too scared when invited to go on stage with other children to join in the entertainment. Despite returning every Christmas, he was never asked to go up again and always regretted it. This is how he assesses […]

The Amalfi Effect

The Amalfi Coastline is possibly one of the most famous places written about in Europe. It’s not for the faint hearted as vehicles squeeze past each other and the cars seem to breathe in to get through gaps that don’t really exist. Where two cars won’t even attempt to pass, the local buses will determinedly  […]

Pelham Puppets Antiques

In 2015, Bamford’s suddenly found ourselves completely inundated with over 1,500 Pelham Puppets – stacks of standard ones many rarer ones, mostly boxed and all from one collector in Lincolnshire. All which needed careful cataloguing and which formed the sole component of three sales, 16th September and 5th November that year, followed by the last […]

The Story of JCB

The story of JCB whose distinctive yellow machines are found on almost every building site in the land, goes back to 1945.  This was when Joseph Cyril Bamford CBE (1916-2001) was sacked by his father’s brother for being too entrepreneurial.  As Brian Spencer soon discovered on a visit to the Story of JCB exhibition at […]

Lichfield Town

Over to our right as we drove down the A38, the three graceful spires of Lichfield’s cathedral brought about a change of plan.  As we had never been to Lichfield and were not in any hurry, we decided to make a diversion as Michelin Guides would have it, and spend a couple of hours exploring […]

Local People – The Mystery of Les’s two Tests

By general consent Les Jackson is enshrined as the greatest of all in Derbyshire’s long line of home-produced fast bowlers. During his career, 1947-63, he took 1,733 wickets in first-class matches at a cost of 17.36 each. His 1,670 (860 at home, 810 away) for Derbyshire at 17.11 (1,578 in the Championship) are county records […]