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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

How to spend a fun weekend in Blackpool for the illuminations

November 10, 2021

I’m finally catching up on posting assignments over the autumn and the first stop? Blackpool. The nights may be drawing in, but autumn finds brassy Blackpool bathed in “artificial sunshine”. The world-renowned Blackpool Illuminations along the promenade (pictured above) have been extended this year until 3 January, building on a tradition… Read more