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visiting york

York is a marvellous historical city. At all four gateways, you can climb your way up and walk over the city wall. Although it is the most complete city wall of the UK, you’ll have to step down sometimes because the wall is not completely intact anymore. However, this can hardly be a problem. When you’ve to get off at Lendal Bridge (one of the three main stretches), you can visit the Museum Gardens with its museum, the St Mary’s Abbey Ruins, the famous Multangular Tower and the nearly adjoining City Art Gallery. To the south, nearby Tower street, climb the stairs to the Clifford’s Tower and visit the Castle Museum. The latter is only one of the many museums in York. A must is, of course, a visit to the York Minster, the largest medieval cathedral in Northern Europe, surrounded by Dean’s Park, Stone Gate and St William’s College. York is an excellent city to explore on foot and you can easily find you’re way around. Besides that, the city tourist office offers several bus tours that cover the main sights in the city.


151 – basement night

151 is a basement night club that hosts a variety of themed nights. There is a bar and a dance floor looking on to the DJs booth. There is plenty of seating in the surrounding alcoves.

Amy Winehouse attacking again;)

Singer Amy Winehouse is at the centre of a new controversy after she attacked a member of the audience at the Glastonbury festival.

The 24-year-old singer climbed down to the pit in front of the stage to meet fans during set closer ‘Rehab’, and scuffled with an unseen reveller.

The crowd had lapped up hits, including ‘Back To Black,’ although there were jeers when Winehouse dedicated Wake Up Alone to husband Blake Fielder-Civil, in jail awaiting sentencing for GBH and perverting the course of justice.

The singer could not resist pining for her imprisoned husband Blake Fielder-Civil, saying: “Who booed? I will find you.”

She is so talented artist and this is what she is doing with herself is simply tragic.


Sutton Cemetery

Londonist has a case of the spookies – deathly headstones in deathly places. More specifically, Sutton Cemetery.

According to This is Local London, bereaved relatives frequenting their loved one’s resting place have been confronted by not-so-subtle wooden support stakes and yellow post-its informing them of the instability of the headstones, which must then either be shored up or replaced. A spokesman from Sutton council explains these actions are a response to the rising number of accidents, including deaths, which have recently resulted from these falling felons. In fact, the issue is so paramount the national Health and Safety Executive has urged all local councils to carry out similar surveys.

Such action has provoked the wrath of relatives though, who contend that nothing is wrong with the headstones. To add further insult to, ahem, injury, those without the correct insurance policy must foot the bill. Unhappy times.

Fixing Heathrow?

LONDON’S Heathrow is the world’s busiest international airport. It handles nearly half of the passenger traffic between North America and Europe. Connects the City of London to the rest of the world. Yet Heathrow is also the world’s most abhorred international airport. It suffers the worst flight delays and loses the most bags. Its endless security queues, rude staff and shoddy facilities plague passengers.

In anticipation of this month’s start of the “open skies” agreement between America and the European Union, other airlines are queuing up to fly from it too.

Heathrow ranks as the airport that does most harm to people living nearby. Thanks to its westerly winds and the east-west axis of its two runways, about 2m people in West London and neighbouring towns endure noise, air pollution and the small, ever-present risk of a catastrophic accident.

The government thinks this hell is worth it: the British economy benefits from having Heathrow as a competitive hub airport, because the more transit passengers there are—they have grown from 9% of the total in 1992 to 35% in 2004—the bigger the route network and the more valuable the airport is to Britons. But Heathrow will never be a desirable hub airport, because of where it is.

A new airport may yet be needed. But, in the meantime, there are ways of making Heathrow better. It is crowded because it is too cheap for airlines. Business travellers, who generate the most value for the wider economy, account for only a third of the airport’s passengers.

Competition between Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted would help too. Stansted, with a second runway, would suck in leisure traffic. The new owner of Gatwick, much better placed to grow than Heathrow, would have good reason to build a second runway after 2019 (when an old planning agreement expires), with the aim of attracting one of the big airline alliances—and thus becoming a hub itself. (

U.K.’s Most Expensive Postcodes

According to Forbes the most expensive postcode in London is SW 3, the area sandwiched between Chelsea and Brompton.

Average home sale prices reached £1.95 million here in the last year. This price level was created by international buyers and those in the financial sector as raced to snap up the area’s white, stucco homes with trendy King’s Road at their doorsteps.

Rounding out the top five were:

*SW1X, Knightsbridge (£1.91 million; about $3.9 million)

*SW1W, Belgravia (£1.9 million; about $3.89 million),

*W8, Kensington (£1.89 million; about $3.87 million),

*NW8, St. John’s Wood (£1.8 million; about $3.65 million)


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London New Year Eve of 2008 by cnn

The Brixton Windmill

The Brixton Windmill was built in 1817 and leased to Mr John Ashby. The Ashby family operated the mill – which became known as ‘Ashby’s Mill’ – for the whole of its working life. By 1862, the surrounding area had become too built up for the windmill to operate efficiently, so the building was used for storage. In 1962, the windmill was acquired by the London County Council, the mill is now owned by Lambeth Borough Council and forms the centrepiece of Windmill Gardens. With nearby Brixton prison, and the very busy Brixton shopping centre with it’s large Caribbean population, this windmill remains a hidden gem of South London.

London Cafes

I f you are lookin for glorious waft of fresh coffee, the smell you expect to find as you wander through a backstreet of Paris, or in an Italian cafe, you must visit ther main streets of London’s Soho.:) Despite wonderful coffees, cafeterias in London offer a wide selection of cakes.

I recommend Caffe Nero. It`s ideal place to rest after a hard days work or shopping. Tasteful decor and a fine choice of beverages make for a positive, appealing experience.

London Eye offers a unique view over London. It`s located opposite the Houses of Parliament, over the River Thames.

To have wonderful panorama of London you should pick a clear day. It`s worth to visit it  at night, as well. There are 34 capsules, and “flight” takes about 30 minutes.

Bard takes a trip to Japan

What with their convoluted plots and complicated verbiage, Shakespeare’s lighter entertainments often sit awkwardly on the screen, requiring magical film-making to convince audiences used to having everything telegraphed in a simpler way.

Kenneth Branagh is definitely not a magical film-maker. He’s much more of an actor’s director who understands the Bard very well but sometimes has difficulty matching the text with imaginative visuals.

To set As You Like It in Japan in the latter part of the 19th century when merchant adventurers, many of them English, set up enclaves around the treaty ports, was a bold move. But then he went and shot it in London, Surrey and West Sussex, adding a few oriental touches, which somewhat undermines the idea of a Japanese Forest of Arden. It’s not an unsuccessful adaptation. But it rarely catches fire as one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays should.

David Oyelowo and Bryce Dallas Howard play Orlando and Rosalind, the two lovers who circle round each other before finally getting together. And though Howard is fresh and sparky, speaking the lines well throughout, Oyelowo can’t really match her. He is better fighting for his inheritance with his brother Oliver (Adrian Lester) who arranges for him to be despatched by the court’s champion sumo wrestler.

That’s a nice touch, and so is the most cinematic sequence right at the beginning, when the Duke and his court watch a kabuki play and his makeshift palace is surrounded by samurai warriors engaged by Frederick, his hostile brother. Both the Duke and Frederick are played by Brian Blessed, an old hand at Shakespeare, someone who knows how to speak the dialogue with a proper panache.

There’s also Richard Briers, another excellent Shakespearean, as Old Adam, Oliver and Orlando’s veteran retainer, Kevin Kline as Jaques, the Duke’s sad philosopher and Alfred Molina as a rather peculiar Touchstone with a fuzzy hair-do. Romola Garai makes an attractive and lively Celia, the Duke’s niece, and Janet McTeer’s blowsy goatherd is a joy.

Branagh’s adaptation emphasises that not only the warring brothers but also the Duke and his brother are mirror images of each other and concentrates on the idea that the bluebell-strewn Forest of Arden is a healing force of nature that eventually takes the sting out of all hostilities. It is a capable, comforting version of a play that can seem much darker than this.