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Celebrating our wonderful culture

Loyd Grossman
, September 11, 2014 — Culture
Twenty years. It’s a long time to keep an annual event running, to keep enthusiasm levels and public interest up. Not even Glastonbury happens every year. But Heritage Open Days – the biggest festival of history in the UK – has taken place on the second week of September every year since 1994. Quietly at…

Friedensdorf peace walk

Michael Bates
, September 10, 2014 — First World War
Day 22 of my #walk4peace started in Mons with a plan to walk about 27 miles along one road to Charleroi. Unfortunately I was late leaving my hotel, which I always dread as this means walking the final hour or two of my walk in the dark. Heading out of Mons I soon arrived at…

Great North Run – millionth runner

Helen Grant MP
, September 5, 2014 — Sport
In the 33 years since it first took place, The Great North Run has become one of the major fixtures in Britain’s incredible annual sporting calendar. A mass participation event that brings thousands of runners back every year and, thanks to the inspirational coverage provided by the BBC, encourages thousands more new entrants to join…

Tackling long walks like a pro

One question that is regularly asked when I set myself these challenges is what qualities are needed to tackle such walks? Now some way into my #walk4peace I’ve certainly had the chance to reflect on the qualities needed and thought I would share some of them with you. The first, in my opinion, is purpose.…

Getting more women into sport – the tide is turning

Helen Grant MP
, September 3, 2014 — Sport
I’ve never made any secret of my ambition as Minister for Sport to get more women, young and old, taking part in sport.   I’m evangelical about this because ‘doing sport’ is just such an important thing, and especially for women. The thing is, it worked for me. As a girl I took up all sorts…

Good news for the Arts in the UK

Ed Vaizey MP
, August 29, 2014 — Culture
Monday is an important day for the performing arts in the UK. Why? Because it is the day on which an important new tax relief for theatre production comes into effect. Originally announced in the Autumn Statement nearly a year ago, it will provide an additional corporation tax deduction, or a payable tax credit, worth…

The 1,000 mile #walk4peace

I’m now well into my two month, 1,000 mile #walk4peace from London to Berlin to raise money for the German charity, Friedendorf International which means in English Peace Village. By completing this walk I hope to raise both money and awareness for children who are victims of war. Stage one of the walk kicked off…

Yorkshire’s popularity soars

Gary Verity
, August 22, 2014 — Sport
It has been seven weeks since the Grand Départ of the Tour de France swept through Yorkshire and even now, almost two months later, people are still talking about that amazing weekend. Yorkshire was the undoubted star of the show. The huge crowds, their passion, the laughing, smiling faces and of course our breathtaking landscapes…