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John Penrose
John David Penrose is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Weston-super-Mare

The Shard, Stonehenge and an OBE for a great restaurateur

July 18, 2012 — Culture

John David Penrose is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Weston-super-Mare

I was lucky enough to be invited to the opening of The Shard recently. Not my first visit, as regular readers will recall, but the transformation from that first time to what we have today is a wonderful thing to see.

Let’s hear it for Tebay South, a prince among motorway service stations

June 14, 2012 — Culture

John David Penrose is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Weston-super-Mare

A few weeks ago I ‘listed’ a couple of petrol stations, both of which exhibited design features that harked back to an era when motoring was more of an ‘adventure’ than it is perhaps today. The experts at English Heritage had enthused about the ‘overlapping parasols’ and ‘hyperbolic paraboloids’ they displayed, and I was happy…

Something we’re rather good at

June 7, 2012 — Culture

John David Penrose is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Weston-super-Mare

So, how was that then? Rather good I thought. The weather could have been a bit brighter but, heavens above, no one who was there – whether at one of the big events or their own local street party – will ever forget it.

Seconds out, it’s Heritage v Growth

May 15, 2012 — Culture

John David Penrose is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Weston-super-Mare

There are various universal truths that, despite not being true at all, remain obstinately stuck in people’s minds, however often evidence to the contrary is rolled out.

Tourism Minister in ‘listening to the public’ shocker!

May 1, 2012 — Culture

John David Penrose is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Weston-super-Mare

How was your Easter, then? ‘Wet’ was somehow too small a word for it, as I recall. But that said, you’ve got to hand it to the British weather, haven’t you? Scorching sunshine, sleet, or snow – the only predictable thing about Easter weather is its stubborn refusal to be predictable. You can’t completely blame…

The Truth about UK Hotel Prices – A Shock Expose

April 17, 2012 — Culture

John David Penrose is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Weston-super-Mare

Not really, to be honest. But I thought I’d try to grab your attention, the better to take you on a quick whizz through something called The Hotel Price Index, an annual publication that tracks what people are paying for hotel rooms across the world.

Deux stars d’Harry Potter au secours du tourisme anglais

March 23, 2012 — Culture

John David Penrose is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Weston-super-Mare

You’ve probably seen it by now. We’re in a darkened room, and it’s 4.15AM on 19 May 2012*, as the bedside digital alarm clock bleeps into life. A family scrambles into action as their holiday gets underway. The dad is rummaging through the suitcase, while mum rushes around gathering the rest of the family together.…

The Fab Four, Noel Coward and a disconcerting webcam

March 7, 2012 — Culture

John David Penrose is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Weston-super-Mare

So Wednesday found me on the 08.07 train from London Euston to Liverpool Lime Street for two bits of business: a speech at a VisitEngland tourism business forum, and a rather special photo opportunity. The press call was at an outwardly unremarkable 1930s semi in Menlove Avenue, a suburban street a few minutes’ drive from…