Tag Archives: UK

“Shakespearean” cities


Below is a partial list of those cities that incorporate some aspect of Shakespearean lore in their name, either directly or indirectly, as well as by intention or accident. Names include, but are not limited to characters in his plays, … Continue reading

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No place better on Earth than “Up North” in the summertime


We spent the past week in Mother Earth’s idyllic playground – also known as the Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan, centered around Traverse City. I have yet to find a photograph or painting that adequately depicts the visual beauty and … Continue reading

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Wolf Alice kills it with their debut release


Every now and then a new band comes along that alters the course of modern music while also raising the threshold for all future bands to try to attain. Examples from the past include The Beatles, U2, Radiohead, and Nirvana. … Continue reading

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Temples enshrine the psychedelic era…and more


I discovered Temples listening to Impact 89fm – Michigan State University’s student radio station when they played the richly 1960’esque “Shelter Song.” As the first track on their debut full-length album, Sun Structures, the song aptly introduces Temples and a … Continue reading

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Sky-high Ferris wheels – latest urban fad?


Until the past few days, I had not realized how many cities have added an enormous Ferris wheel as an urban attraction. Yes, I knew of the London Eye and even visited it myself in 2008, though the queue and … Continue reading

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‘The long and winding road’ to fame – “The Beatles: All These Years”


Published in October, 2013,The Beatles: All These Years: Tune In by author Mark Lewisohn, is part one of an enormous literary trilogy. The book summarizes the years leading up to the Beatles becoming worldwide musical superstars -part one is more than … Continue reading

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How Liverpool shaped The Beatles


While I enjoy many songs by The Beatles, I tend to think of myself as more of a Rolling Stones man – music that is a little harder, edgier, and rugged. But, I too was (and still am) captivated by … Continue reading

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The UK’s ten busiest national parks


Below is the list of the ten busiest (most visitors) national parks in the United Kingdom. This data would include national  parks in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland (none currently designated there). 1.     Lake District (designated in 1951) – 14.8 … Continue reading

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Seeking happiness in ”The Geography of Bliss”


What do the Netherlands, Switzerland, Qatar, Iceland, Bhutan, Moldova, Thailand, India, Great Britain, and the United States all have in common? There are places that author Eric Weiner visited in his worldwide quest to determine the roots of true happiness … Continue reading

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A “Wales” of a great Welsh trail


Kudos to Wales for accomplishing something that no other country on the planet has done – in 2012, it completed a hiking trail along its entire 870 mile long coastline. Yes…you read that correctly – its entire coastline! What a … Continue reading

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