Notes from the Auvergne: Christmas in France

Notes from the Auvergne: Christmas in France

Christmas in France, like any country, is (excuse the pun) wrapped up in traditions. Some French people, especially in the east and northern parts of the country, celebrate St Nicolas on 6 December (like Holland and Nordic countries). In Alsace children put boots out overnight to find them filled the next morning with fresh clementines, […]

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Benjamin Zephaniah on multiculturalism

Benjamin Zephaniah on multiculturalism

When Benjamin Zephaniah and his twin sister went to St Matthias school in Birmingham, their teacher told the other pupils to bring in their favourite golliwog doll the next day, to ‘welcome’ the new kids. Benjamin Zephaniah told this anecdote to a packed Birmingham cathedral, sending a wave of gasps and incredulous laughter though the […]

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Cologne by bike

Cologne by bike

Cologne, Germany’s fourth most populous city, is particularly attractive to the budget-aware visitor as the centre can be explored on foot and the whole city is easily accessible by bike. An extensive network of cycle paths and an all-round bike-friendly mentality mean that this really is an enjoyable place to cycle. So, if you feel […]

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National Theatre live review: The Audience

National Theatre live review: The Audience

National Theatre Live broadcasts West End hit show The Audience She is a stoic and a good listener. She has a quiet and ironic sense of humour and a superhuman sense of duty. She thinks nothing of picnicking in Balmoral in freezing temperatures and her favourite Prime Minister was Harold Wilson. Winston Churchill refused to […]

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