Christmas Movies, Events and Traditions

“The festive season has begun with aplomb, decorations and trees springing up as early as November as we collectively decided to forgo patience and decorum and instead, just enjoy a time of year that traditionally brings people together in a way we’ve been so cruelly divided from each other over the last nine months. Different households have their own personal traditions and activities that signal the onset of the festive spirit, this isn’t a defining list of activities or movies but a personal insight of the movies and activities that I typically enjoy at this time of year.” Continue reading Christmas Movies, Events and Traditions

Palace of Holyroodhouse – Edinburgh, Scotland

“Today, the Palace sites besides the new and modern Holyrood Parliament building where the devolved administration sits deciding affairs of state. It’s a remarkable contrast of two distinct architectural styles that reflects the character of the city, this perfect amalgamation of old and new reflecting the tradition and growth of the Scottish capital. The Palace since the 16th century served as the residence for the Kings and Queens of Scotland and is today used for state occasions when the British Monarch resides in Scotland.” Continue reading Palace of Holyroodhouse – Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Castle – Edinburgh, Scotland

“Dominating the skyline of the Scottish capital, Edinburgh Castle sits atop Castle Rock, one of the UK’s most visited paid attractions with commanding views of the city and landscape below. Throughout history its role and function has changed, used for a variety of purposes from a Royal Residence to a Military Garrison, today, under the governance of Historic Environment Scotland it continues to serve a variety of causes. Within the castle grounds, regimental museums and the National War Museum of Scotland are open to visitors, in addition the 12th Century St Margaret’s Chapel and the 16th Century Great Hall.” Continue reading Edinburgh Castle – Edinburgh, Scotland

HMY Britannia – Edinburgh, Scotland

“Britannia had been built to serve as a hospital ship at a time of crisis, serving in a limited capacity during the Yemen Civil War in 1986 and due to her status as a non combatant ship in the service of the Navy she was able to assist with the evacuation of British nationals in the territory, fulfilling this humanitarian aspect of her design. A yacht built to project the majesty of the Royal Family and Great Britain, serving a multitude of roles and functions over her lifetime before finding a more permanent residency at the docks in Edinburgh where she rests today.” Continue reading HMY Britannia – Edinburgh, Scotland

Highclere Castle – Hampshire, England

“The spectre of modernity overshadowed the estate as it emerged into the modern era, the challenge of funding and remaining financially viable a contention faced by many buildings of this size and stature. Whilst it had been used as a filming location sparingly in recent years it’s use in the series Downton Abbey that provided relief to the Castle’s residents allowing restoration projects to be undertaken th”at will eventually open up areas that had fallen into disrepair. Continue reading Highclere Castle – Hampshire, England

Comfortable Conversations – In April

“Welcome back and I hope and pray you are all well. The United Kingdom has continued to be a somewhat tempestuous, subservient state, following the directions of the Government in fighting this global pandemic whilst demonstrating the first shoots of frustration and contention to the restrictions on movements and practise. As the weeks go by and the realisation and gravitas of this situation becomes more apparent, you do sense the general unease at this change of culture and restriction of liberties imposed by the state for our own wellbeing” Continue reading Comfortable Conversations – In April