Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

We are fortunate in having three preserved railways in our part of the North Midlands. Peak Rail, the Midland Railway, Butterley and the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, follow routes through attractive countryside, but arguably the Ecclesbourne line is through some of the best unspoilt farming countryside in Derbyshire. Part of its route is almost as though […]

Paestum & Agropoli

Within a thirty minute car journey north from Castellabate, via the gateway to Cilento town is the larger town of Agropoli, just south of Salerno. Agropoli sits prettily on a promentary looking out at the Tyrrhenian Sea, where African and Eurasian Plates meet. Reading facts like this sent to me straight to the atlas. There […]

Product Test – Neal’s Yard Remedies

Nurture Your Hair with Neal’s Yard Remedies Natural Organic Health & Beauty 100% Organic Argan Oil £17.50 50ml Organic Argan Oil is Soil Association certified and  rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids to soothe, nourish and hydrate skin. Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic Argan Oil is sourced from South West Morocco, the only region […]

Celebrity Interview – John Lyons

For more than 17 years he was Sir David Jason’s moustachioed sidekick on the immensely popular television series A Touch Of Frost. It proved to be a double-edged sword for John Lyons – he is often recognised as Detective Sergeant George Toolan and it has limited his subsequent TV appearances. But the small screen’s loss […]

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 […]

Dining at The Red Lion

It had been one of those days when the mellow mists and fruitfulness of Autumn were being replaced by the damp drizzle and frostiness of Winter. The spirits were in need of a lift and what better way than with the prospect of comforting food, good beer and someone else doing the cooking and washing […]