Boundless is the magazine for nearly a quarter of a million members of Boundless, the travel, motoring and leisure club for the public sector.
The latest issue celebrated the centenary of the organisation and I contributed some travel features, exploring sites of major events over the decades — now turned tourist attractions.
One of them was Jodrell Bank [pictured above]. Read more …
When the Soviet Union launched the Sputnik One satellite in 1957, it lit the blue touchpaper for the international space race.
This paved the way for America’s Apollo space programme and fuelled cold-war tensions between Russia and the West.
But the new world order also made an unlikely hero of a science-loving boffin at a rural Cheshire outpost.
Sir Bernard Lovell founded Jodrell Bank after WWII to pioneer work on radar.
By 1950, his team had detected the nebula in Andromeda and, as the space race intensified, Jodrell’s landmark Lovell Telescope was charged with tracking Russian cosmonauts.
Today that Grade I-listed telescope sits at the heart of the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, the observatory and science park set amid Cheshire farmland.
Jodrell Bank has come a long way since its post-war origins, earning a place on the UNESCO World Heritage list and hosting the annual Bluedot music festival, but it remains true to Sir Bernard’s space-race vision.
St. David’s Day in Wales this week and I’ve got two articles out to mark Wales’ patron-saint day.
The first is a piece about foodie breaks for spring and my contribution focused on the local flavours and fairytale architecture at Portmeirion [pictured above], North Wales, one of my favourite places to spend time.
The second is the publication of copy-writing work for a tourism client, outlining story angles around the tenth anniversary of the Wales Coast Path — it’s coming up in May.
The 870-mile, long-distance walking trail, launched in 2012, forms the first ever continuous waking circuit of a nation.
The anniversary will be accompanied by a programme of key celebratory events, starting from March 1st, St David’s Day.
According to research by Ramblers UK, some 89 per cent of people find walking amongst nature improves health and mental wellbeing. Walking briskly for 30 minutes a day, five days a week, is one way of meeting medical experts’ recommendations for adult physical activity.