North Devon madness: wacky Minis

Monkey Mini at the bottom of the very steep road into Heddon Valley

Sitting outside The Hunters Inn at the bottom of Exmoor’s Heddon Valley yesterday a long line of crazily dressed Minis wound their way past. Of course, I set aside my second pint of Addlestones and started snapping away, half cut (that cider is strong stuff). It turned out it was the Legendary Grand Tour in aid … Continue reading

Dishoom: a corner of Bombay in London

Dishoom Bombay Cafe, Covent Garden, London (C) Emma Field

Dishoom was created by some seriously homesick Bombayites.

DISHOOM /dishu:m/ n.
1. The old Bollywood sound effect produced when a hero lands a good punch, or when a bullet flies through the air
2. Similar to popular slang usage of the expression “Mojo”; e.g. “He’s got that Dishoom”

Callander Jazz and Blues Festival

Inside a sweaty jazz club - exactly where I want to be this weekend

Summer is definitely behind us. I’m delaying the onset of my SAD by focusing on all the brilliant events and places I could be visiting (if I had the money, of course). This weekend I want to be in Scotland, tapping my feet to some blues and downing a few wee drams.

Childhood demon face off: Sidmouth Folk Festival

Sidmouth Folk Festival dancers © Emma Field

We all live with irrational hangover hates from our childhood. For some it’s Brussels sprouts. For others, an inability to get in the car without visiting the loo first. Me? Folk music…

Holdstone Down: where Jesus landed in a spaceship

North Devon coast © Craig Fast

Holdstone Down: great views, UFOs, Jesus and a cairn. What more could you want from a day trip in Devon?…

Lynmouth Raft Race

The rafts are pelted with flour as they wait for the starting whistle © Craig Fast

Britain plays proud host to some of the oddest events in the world. Yesterday I trotted off to nearby Lynmouth to watch one of them, the annual Lynmouth Raft Race…

Post-trip tip 1: explore your local area

Invest in a local guidebook and see your hometown through a tourist’s eyes. You might be surprised…