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.
‘Norwich is a city with culture running through its veins, and combined with its way of doing things differently, it is poised to make the best use of the City of Culture title through a radical Whole City Experiment.’
It’s not every day that Blackpool’s Golden Mile and the Great Wall of China appear in the same sentence.
Last night I had dinner with Danny Boyle and Stephen Daldry who between them are responsible for the opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympics (Stephen is in fact responsible for all the ceremonies and Danny specifically for the opening ceremony).
It’s been a busy week on the London 2012 front with the International Olympic Committee in the capital to see how our plans for the Games are going.
So far, I think I am making good progress on my DCMS priorities.
It’s certainly been a week of extremes in British sport.
An interesting report from Sheffield Hallam University brings welcome news for the tourism industry. Welcome, that is, in the sense that it helps dispel some of the received wisdom that the seaside tourist sector is in dire straits, following the historic increase in overseas holidays being taken by Brits.