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Winter light festivals? I think it’s time to pull the plug.

December 12, 2021

My final feature of the year was an opinion piece following a recent visit to Durham. Here’s a sample of the story: The light-festival idea is nothing new, of course. Lyon first came up with the bright idea in 1999 and the Fete des Lumieres has become a major visitor… Read more

How the Normandy town of Cherbourg became home to an icon of French cinema

November 12, 2021

Finally for autumn, a snapshot of my first overseas assignment in 18 months: Cherbourg. It’s a classic of French cinema. A film that evokes dewy-eyed nostalgia for a more innocent age and one that firmly put a historic port town in Normandy on the map. Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, the… Read more

Why the North Wales town of Wrexham is basking in Hollywood glamour

November 12, 2021

Another autumn feature: the unlikely tale of Wrexham as a hub for the Hollywood A-list. Wrexham may seem an unlikely contender for frissons of Tinseltown glamour with its industrial heritage, pockmarked landscape and border-town status as the gateway to Northeast Wales. But Wrexham is taking the spotlight. It currently features… Read more