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Thanks for the museum info Janet. I will look out for further developments on the terracotta geezers!

I remember my mother taking me to the British Museum in the 70s to see the Tutankhamun exhibition. We had to queue for hours to get in, but from what I can recall it was worth it, much more extensive than the more recent showing and not as crowded once inside the building. Although my memory may be playing tricks after all this time. All those people had to have gone somewhere!

I remember the queues even became newsworthy themselves, for their length and the time people were prepared to wait in them. Conversations were struck with other queuers, in that rather stilted way you find in such situations, where some people feel obliged to speak, some can't stop and others remain determinedly silent. It wasn't as though we didn't all know why we were there. It was more a case of have you come far and have you been waiting long? About as long as they had given we were at the same point in the queue!

I can't think of anything or anybody nowadays, I would go to that much effort to see.

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There are plenty of places to eat in Grand Central on top of New Street Station.  My favourite is Giraffe but there is everything from Yo Sushi to Carluccios too.

 

Things to do - the Museum and Art Gallery is rather splendid and I often used to eat in the cafe there too.  

 

If it's not raining, you could explore the canal network - you can get on near Symphony Hall (loads of eateries around there too) or by walking through the Mailbox shopping mall.

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Whenever I was on a shopping trip as a teenager I would always eat at the café in the Birmingham Art Museum - decades since I've been, hope the museum and café are as good as I remember.

 

On the subject of Art Gallery's/Museums can recommend the Kelvingrove Art Museum and Gallery in Glasgow. The Dali Christ of St John of the Cross is worth the visit alone, but there is some wonderful Macintosh and then there's the Glasgow Boys collection.

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On the last day of my week off and I have finally managed to visit Southwell, which is a small town near Newark in Notts, easily accessible from the A1 or via Mansfield from the M1.

Southwell is full of lovely old buildings and a rather stunning minster, which is an architectural marvel of Norman and Gothic and particularly known for its pepperpot towers. I was lucky enough to be there this morning while the Minster Girls Choir were rehearsing a Ceremony of Carols by Britten, including one I remember singing as a child in our school choir.

After that, I had a wander round a good selection of local, independent shops, had a bite to eat and then drove home. Southwell is only about half an hour from where we have lived for around 15 years, and yet I had never bothered to go until now. I would thoroughly recommend it. Nearby Newark is historically interesting as well.

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The German Christmas market is on at the moment - really nice to visit but incredibly busy.

On the pedestrian walk from Debenhams to New Street Station (the bridge bit) there is a very good sandwich and baguette place to grab a bite to eat - surprisingly cheap but lovely freshly baked bread and a good choice of fillings. Closer to the Debenhams end than the station.

Birmingham Magic Lanterns is also on at the moment - from 5pm(?) each evening at the Botanical Gardens - not sure on entry price.

And if you have a dancer with you , you can always check out DanceXchange for their Saturday drop in classes.

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I was watching a doc recently about Sutton Hoo which reminded me it is somewhere I would like to visit. I looked at the website and gather it is National Trust and that most of the exhibits are replicas, the originals are to be seen at the British Museum.

I wonder if anyone could advise which is best - the site itself or the real deal at the B.M. or both. It must be interesting to see the actual burial mounds but replica relics make me think of Del Boy Trotter.

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I've seen the Sutton Hoo treasures at British Museum plus visited the site a number of times each season since it reopened to the public.

At the site in the exhibition hall they have a replica of the ship burial plus an interesting display. In the adjoining treasure room they have a changing display and depending on what the powers that be at the BM dictates on what you get to see. There have over the years been displays that at various times have shown most of the original treasures.

You can see the burial mounds from the walks plus join a guided tour and get close to them. Tranmere House is also open and furnished as it was at the time of the ship burial discovery.

I would rather visit the site and see the treasures as Edith Pretty requested when she bequeathed them to the nation.

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Thanks for that Jane, very helpful. I think I will take a trip to Sutton Hoo in the spring, when the weather picks up and the daffodils are about. It would be good to see the actual site and get the sense of place.

I remember going to Stone Henge in 1976 and hearing the strange humming sounds created by the wind and stones. Very atmospheric and before I knew anything about such sounds existing. I hadn't yet read Tess or any of the works that mention them.

There was a radio programme recently about a guy who has recorded these noises.

Anyway, I digress. I just love atmospheric places.

I will check out the BM next time I am in London.

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If you are anywhere near by do go and see the Seals at Donna Nook - it's quite a sight.  Currently over 2,000 seals in residence and so close to shore it's unbelievable.

 

http://www.lincstrust.org.uk/donna-nook/weekly-update

 

My favourite town is Woodhall Spa.  Whilst it may be a little cold for the outdoor pool, they do have fantastic midnight swims at various points of the season (this year one was preceded by a showing of Jaws!)  The Kinema in the Wood is well worth a visit, particularly for a Saturday night performance with the organist always playing for the last performance on a Saturday.

 

http://www.thekinemainthewoods.co.uk/

 

Oh, and don't forget the historic aircraft centre at East Kirkby, a Lancaster is being restored there, and other RAF related sites.

BBMF  visitor centre at Coningsby as well 

 

http://www.raf.mod.uk/bbmf/visitorscentre/

 

and while it;s still in build the Bommber command memorial  at the top of Canwick Hill  ( just outside the city boundary)

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Has anyone been on the Emmerdale Experience? It is advertised on tv and a friend who is a big fan has a birthday coming up. I thought I might take her for a present. I watch the soap now and then so it wouldn't be a total mystery tour for me. A coach tour company in town is doing the whole thing for £32 per person, which sounds cheaper than buying a ticket and messing about getting ourselves there.

Anyway, if anyone has had the experience, I would be interested to know if it is a good day out.

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Hi Jacqueline. Is the tour to the Emmerdale Studios or Emmerdale Village? I haven't been to the studios but the village is set in the lovely grounds of the Harewood House Estate, which is worth a visit in itself.

The tour I am thinking of is to the studio, where you can see how "things" are put together, costumes, sets and so on. You can have your pic taken pretending to pull a pint behind the Woolpack bar and no visit is complete without a trip to the souvenir shop, which is of course real, with fully working tills into which you can put all your money haha!

The village tour, which to my mind, sounds much nicer, is as far as I can see only on selected Saturdays, because it is a working set. This tour takes about an hour and a half and I think it might be too much for my friend, who will be 80 and is not very steady on her feet. If the weather turned out to be inclement, it would be a disaster.

I went to Harewood some years ago and it is a beautiful place. I don't know what to do now. I think I will just ask her what she would like to do. It will spoil the surprise but I'd rather get it right.

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I'd just ask her - then she can enjoy looking forward to it as well.

Well, I asked her and guess what? She said she didn't really want to go to either of those options. What she wants, what she really really wants is to go to Kedleston Hall. Okay then.

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On 15/01/2017 at 19:31, Jacqueline said:

Thanks for that Jane, very helpful. I think I will take a trip to Sutton Hoo in the spring, when the weather picks up and the daffodils are about. It would be good to see the actual site and get the sense of place.

I remember going to Stone Henge in 1976 and hearing the strange humming sounds created by the wind and stones. Very atmospheric and before I knew anything about such sounds existing. I hadn't yet read Tess or any of the works that mention them.

There was a radio programme recently about a guy who has recorded these noises.

Anyway, I digress. I just love atmospheric places.

I will check out the BM next time I am in London.

I hope you didn't take my advice. Visited Sutton Hoo today for first time in a number of years. No original treasures on display at all, very disappointing. 

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It's the first Scampton Air Show tomorrow. It replaces the one that was at RAF Waddington. I'm so excited but the weather might be a bit dodgy in the afternoon. If my beloved Red Arrows have to do another flat display, I will be so disappointed. Anyone in and around Lincoln tomorrow and Sunday should get a good view of aircraft that are flying. Enjoy!

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If you can believe me, I’ve only just seen this, Meadowblythe! Yes, we did. The BBF brought the Lancaster which was escorted in by the Red Arrows. She had a massive round of applause. The weather was diabolical. We got thoroughly soaked through twice and it was bitterly cold. It was fairly poorly organised too. The Red Arrows only fielded four aircraft as two had broken down (one on the stand!) and one of the pilots was on maternity leave as his wife had had a baby the day before and they left one out as it wouldn’t help with the patterning. Would I go again? Yes! It’s a new show and they are still cutting their teeth. It was a fantastic day despite everything.

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