I think it was The New Statesman, or possibly I’m Sorry I haven’t a Clue on Radio 4, that first came up with the idea of asking contributors to find the most inappropriate, but well-meaning, advice to give to overseas visitors to Britain.
It’s around this time of year that Ministers for Tourism get the call, I’m told. It may come from a Sunday tabloid or a daily red-top. It may even be a broadsheet. But the question is very much the same, whoever’s asking. It goes like this: Where’s the Minister for Tourism going on holiday this…
I had another hectic start to the week with a trip to the Olympic Park – this time to present the quarterly financial results. The build is really coming along and it’s fantastic to see how fast everything is moving. The project is in remarkably good shape – still on time and within budget.
Breakfast at home on Saturday, the gentle tick of the dining room clock the only sound above the soft murmuring of the children, the barely audible rasp of low-fat spread being applied to wholemeal toast, and the occasional turning of a newspaper page’s well-informed and balanced coverage of Government news. Calm and contentment – the…
Many sports fans grew up with sky-high sporting ambitions – childhood dreams of playing at Wembley in an FA Cup Final, holing a putt at St Andrews at The Open or walking down the steps at Lord’s and on to the pitch for a Test Match.
So now we know which city is attempting to follow on from the “best ever” European Capital of Culture, Liverpool.
We need faster broadband. 160,000 homes cannot access broadband at all, and around two million only get really slow speeds.
Birmingham – City of Culture? Well we’re already a Kity (Keep it to Yourself) of Culture and now I think it’s time we really did show people in this county just how good Birmingham really is.
I have been very interested to hear of Derry’s bid to become the first ever UK City of Culture in 2013.
Here the lifestyle is honest and I feel set free from the chaos, congestion and consumer pressures of London.