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Friday, 22 November 2013
Aberdeen is the third largest city in Scotland. It is known as the Granite City or the Oil Capital of Europe. With settlements dating back thousands of years this historic city has some fine examples of architecture and a long sandy beach that has not been extensively developed as a tourist attraction.
Aberdeen with its international airport also has one of the busiest heliports in the world. With so many offshore oil rigs this is often the only way of transporting much needed supplies and personnel from sea to shore and back. Aberdeen has won the Britain in Bloom contest ten times.
With plenty of good restaurants and an interesting city centre Aberdeen has much to offer in terms of places to visit and good shops and facilities. If you are planning a visit make sure you book your hotel early as hotel prices can be higher here due to demand.
Monday, 26 August 2013
The Manchester Gay Parade took place on Saturday 24th August. It is one of the oldest and most established gay pride events in the country. Although visitors to the city can watch the parade free of charge they do need a ticket or wristband for entry into the other events in the Gay Village area.
The big weekend events take place over a 72 hour period and include art, music and cultural activities. A wide variety of companies and organisations take part. This year the following companies, organisations and government bodies took part in the parade;
Albert Kennedy Trust, ASDA, Asexual Visibility and Education Network, B.yoU under 18's Project, BAE Systems - Aspire, Barclays, Belinda Scandal's Lounge & Showbar, BiPhoria, BLUF NORTHWEST,boohoo.com, Broken Rainbow UK' Chaophraya Restaurant. Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, Churches in Manchester, Citizens Advice City South Manchester Housing Trust, Contour Homes. Co-operative Group, Creative Support, Damegracy, easyJet, GALIPS, G-A-Y, Gay Gordons Manchester, Gay Star News , GBMCC - GAY BIKERS MOTORCYCLE CLUB, General Medical Council, George House Trust, GLYSS, Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service, Coronation Street, Lesbian & Gay Foundation, Lesbian Immigration Support Group (LISG) in collaboration with Freedom from Torture (FFT), LGB Tory - The Conservative LGBT group, LGBT Labour, LGBT Parents, LGBT Unitarians, LGBT Youth North West, LGBT+ Lib Dems, LGBTIQ Greens, Manchester Amnesty, Manchester Canalsiders ARLFC ,Manchester Chinatown Community Group ,Manchester City Council, Manchester Doms and Subs, Manchester Frontrunners, Manchester Lesbian & Gay Chorus, Manchester Metropolitan University and Manchester Metropolitan Union, Manchester parents Group, Manchester Prairie Dogs Line Dancing Group, Manchester Sharks Water Polo Club, Manchester Show Choir, Manchester Trades Council/PCS Samba Band, Manchester Village Spartans, Maritime Reserves, Mark Gorry Foundation, National Union of Teachers, New Charter Housing Trust Group, NHS Trust, North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Northern Aces Tennis Club, Northern Wave, Out at Tesco, Out in the City & Older & Out, OutdoorLads, People Like Us Stockport and Age UK Stockport, Positive Steps North West, Queer+ Friends of Bradley Manning, RBS, Reforma, Salford L.G.B.T youth group and partners, Salford Ladies United Temperance Society, Shafted?! Building the HIV ARMY!, Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, The House of the Swishing Curtain, Stonewall, Team TG Featuring Kitt, Transgender Manchester, True Love Ceremonies, UNISON North West LGBT Self Organised Group, University of Manchester, Victim Support, Village Bakers, Village Manchester Football Club.
There are over 350 photographs of the parade. These have been placed in the public domain. You are welcome to use them for personal or business purposes or any artwork or purpose for which you see fit. Click here for the photos
Little Moreton Hall is a National Trust property near Congleton. It is one of the most intact and important half timbered manor houses in the country. Constructed around a cobbled courtyard in 1504 the long oak gallery on top of the building has had to be shored up with a special steel frame since it was in danger of collapsing.
The Moreton family lived here for nearly 450 years until the building was gifted to the National Trust in 1938. Surrounded by a moat the house has a small formal hedge garden and lawns. There is a coffee shop and National Trust shop on site.
Little Moreton Hall, Newcastle Rd, Moreton, Congleton, Cheshire East CW12 4SD, UK
For photos of Little Moreton Hall click here
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Lyme Park is a large National Trust Property and Estate in Disley, Cheshire. It has formal gardens and a deer park and the mansion house is a Grade I listed building. Lyme Park is particularly popular as it was used for the BBC production Pride and Prejudice.
There are play areas for children and plenty of places to stop for a coffee, ice cream or a snack. This is an ideal location for a picnic and for families with young children. There is so much to see and do.
Lyme Park, Peak District National Park, Disley, Stockport, Cheshire East SK12 2NT, UK
For photos of Lyme Park click here
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Friday, 23 August 2013
The Fens or Fenlands in Cambridgeshire are a marshy region in low lying agricultural lands. A Fen refers to the marshland which is predominently found around the Wash but stretches out into Lincolnshire and Norfolk.
Much of the Fenland is just above sea level and although a lot of the land has been drained they can be prone to flooding. In order to protect drained land you will see drainage banks around much of the agricultural land.
Ely in Cambridgeshire is a cathedral city just 14 miles from Cambridge. Although agriculture is the main economy in this area the city attracts a lot of tourists due to the fact that the cathedral is one of Britain's oldest and finest.
There are plenty of independent shops in Ely and some good restaurants and traditional tea rooms. The architecture is of particular interest.
Visitors can wander around the grounds of the cathedral and spend time soaking up the history in Oliver Cromwells house and taking a look around the glass museum.
For photos of Ely click here