Explore some hidden gems at Get North 2018

Something amazing has been happening in Newcastle Gateshead this summer 2018. The Great Exhibition of the North showcases and celebrates the region’s enormous contribution to the arts, design and innovation, to the whole of the United Kingdom and around the world. Taking a step outside the larger and more well-publicised exhibitions and events, I explore some hidden gems of GetNorth2018

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Boleyn is Back: Theatre review

Over 480 years have passed since Anne Boleyn, Queen of England, second ‘wife’ of Henry VIII and the infamous ‘other woman’ was executed by the sword in the Tower of London on charges of treason by adultery, incest and witchcraft. The new play The Last Days of Anne Boleyn explores her final 17 days from arrest to trial and ultimately her execution. Performed in the Tower of London itself through a combination of spoken word, music and singing in a mere 35 minutes, this play stirs up a sense of the terror and injustice of those days and leaves the audience feeling a poignant sadness in the wake of the death of such a divisive character in our history.

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Pressure in the West End: Theatre review

‘Forecasting the weather more than 36 hours in advance is at best a guess’. In 1944, as 160,000 troops stood poised on the English coastline to take the Normandy beaches, the final piece of the enormous logistical puzzle is needed - the weather forecast to determine if it will be safe to go. Pressure by David Haig at the Ambassadors Theatre, London combines tension with the heart-warming personal stories of those at the centre of D-Day.

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Adventures in Wonderland: My Week #1

Week #1 - A few Bank Holiday Highlights from my week of Adventures in Wonderland - pushing my running limits at parkrun, taking the plunge at Parliament Hill Lido, wine and cheese tasting at Leadenhall Market, and the sense on success cracking through some wedmin and creating a tidy home

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Celebrating the Pioneering Women of North London

Inspired by the 100th anniversary of (some) women gaining the right to vote, I wanted to learn more about the pioneering women who broke down barriers across various professions to strive for equality between the sexes. Planning my route using an English Heritage map of the blue plaques marking the houses of some of the most extraordinary women, I set out on my bike on the first of my adventures, starting in North London…

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'A date': Adventurous eating at Archipelago and amusing comedy at Banana Cabaret

About a year ago my boyfriend and I decided to start ‘Alphabet Dates’ – starting with ‘A’ and then going through the rest of the alphabet, each one of us will take turns and organise a whole date themed around that letter. Aiming to have fun together doing new things, exploring new sights and experiencing new ideas, our alphabet adventure started on a Friday evening with an adventurous meal at Archipelago, and ‘amusing’ comedy at Banana Cabaret.

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Working away from home can be fun

Working away from home is not glamorous….

When I first started in the consulting business over five years ago I was really excited about the prospect of trips away during the week. What could be better than living in a hotel, gym every evening, and breakfast and dinner on tap courtesy of the hotel restaurant (or Deliveroo)? Right?

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Love in the Andes

About six months ago something amazing happened. Coming back into camp after an exhausting day 2 of trekking along the Inca Trail and overlooking a panoramic view of the Andes mountains, my lovely boyfriend of almost 12 years dropped to one knee and asked me to marry him...

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