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Taste Derbyshire – Buying Direct From The Farm

Taste Derbyshire’s Amanda Volley discovered, buying your groceries down on the farm makes for a deliciously different shopping experience and helps to boost the rural economy. There is something very appealing about buying direct from the farm. On top of the feel-good-factor of buying fresh from the fields, there’s a chance of getting up close […]

Modern Collectibles – Trench Art

On my desk at home is a small brass receptacle in which I have always kept my paperclips. It is brass, of circular form and has a domed brass lid engraved, a little crudely, with the arms of Derby, and with the word Derby below it. The top fits the base with wonderful accuracy, and […]

One Man & His Coe

Some men when they retire build themselves a shed where they can happily pursue their hobbies, or chat with their pals.  When Terry Haughton of Middleton-by-Wirksworth retired, he made a bid for a couple of fields at the top of his property. Possibly his idea was to do a bit of small time farming, but […]

Celebrity Interview – Les Dennis

After an amazing year in which he made his Royal Shakespeare Company debut‭, ‬the all-round entertainer is preparing for a season in panto and he can hardly wait to return to Nottingham‭, ‬a city that has so many fond memories for him‭.‬ When we spoke on the phone Les held nothing back as he told […]

On a Wick & a Prayer

As places go‭, ‬Tissington is a picture-perfect crowd-pleaser‭. ‬From the minute you pass the towering lodge gates and meander along the lime tree lined avenue‭, ‬there’s a sense you have discovered a magical village that time forgot‭. ‬ Tissington’s popularity‭ (‬as many as 35,000‭ ‬visitors during well dressing week‭) ‬explains why a village with around […]

The Isles of Scilly

T‬he Isles of Scilly form an archipelago of five inhabited islands‭ (‬six if Gugh is counted separately from Saint Agnes‭) ‬and numerous other rocky islets‭ (‬around 140‭ ‬in total‭, ‬lying 45km‭ (‬28‭ ‬miles‭) ‬south west of Land’s End‭. ‬Access is by the Scillonian ferry from Penzance across a notoriously rough section of the North Atlantic‭.  […]

Cruising gently along the Rhone

Part One – Arles to Vienne ‭T‬ravelling with Midland Mainlines meant we arrived at St Pancras in good time for the mid-morning Eurostar to Paris‭, ‬Gare du Nord‭.  ‬What should then have been a quick ride to Gare de Lyon seemed to take an age‭; ‬Parisian traffic was as bad as I remembered it‭ ‬from […]