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Keighley Bus Museum and K&W Railway

Keighley is halfway between east and west coasts so not a bad trip along the A59 or the M65.  There is a heritage railway, The Keighley and Worth, which has 3 museums and a shed.  There is also a Bus … Continue reading

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Blackpool Air Show 2018

Two great days at the Blackpool Air Show, Saturday and Sunday 11th and 12th August 2018.   A big line up with the  RAF providing the Typhoon, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Pilatus and The Red Arrows on Sunday.    Saturday … Continue reading

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Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2018

Thursday 19th July 2018 Another good year at Tatton Park.  From a spectator point of view it seemed better than usual.  Was it less crowded, it seemed so in the flower tent although it seems to get bigger each year.  … Continue reading

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Very Enjoyable Lake Windermere Boat trip

After a fabulous stretch of weather in May and early June it seems to be turning.   On Tuesday 12th June we decided to take a ‘green’ route boat trip on Windermere.  This takes about 45 minutes going from Ambleside to … Continue reading

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Iconic Harris Art Gallery, Preston, Visit

The Harris in Preston was having a storming week with no less than 5 special presentations during our visit. The full account is on our Made in Preston blog, click here    http://www.madeinpreston.co.uk/wp/2018/05/iconic-art-at-the-harris/   Below are some of the photographs from … Continue reading

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Kendal’s Art, Museum, Church

A visit to Kendal in April 2018 specially to go to the Abbot Hall Art Gallery on the way to the Lake District.   The gallery is displaying a Monet which is on loan from the National Gallery of Scotland until … Continue reading

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East Lancashire Railway day out

An enjoyable day at the East Lancs Railway on Thursday 29th March.   Tornado, the 100mph steam loco, was the star of the show hauling full carriages on many trains. Also on duty was the Crab and diesel.  On static display … Continue reading

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Ambleside and Loughrigg

A visit to Ambleside, 2hrs walking on Loughrigg Fell, 1hr lunch at Zeffirelli’s, 1hr shopping. Our favourites Cunningham’s Outdoor Clothing shop opposite the old bridge house, The Detail shop opposite a pub for nice design items, The Old Bank Chocolate … Continue reading

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Blackpool

A sunny February day at Blackpool 2018.

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Blackwell Arts & Craft House, Bowness, nice lunch

Blackwell is a large house overlooking Lake Windermere, built as an arts and craft house in 1900 by the Holts brewing family of Manchester.   We visited in December to have a Christmas Lunch, very good it was, booking essential as … Continue reading

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The Fylde Gallery, Lytham, bright display

The Fylde Gallery is an attractive and small place upstairs in Booths store at Lytham.  It has a regular change of exhibition.   In November 2017 a display by Jeffrey Hammond showed us his bright and large acrylic paintwork of local … Continue reading

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Gresgarth Hall Gardens near Lancaster

Gresgarth Hall, where is that?  That’s what I said.  About 5 miles east of Lancaster on the road to Kirkby Lonsdale, turn right at Caton and there it is.   On a bend the long tree lined drive hides the house. … Continue reading

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Williamson Park, Lancaster

Under a mile from Lancaster city centre up a hill is Williamson Park, a small lake and fountain, a wooded area, the Ashton Memorial, Butterfly House, aviary, mammal house and cafe.  Most of all there is a scenic view of … Continue reading

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East Lancashire Railway and The Whitaker Museum

A visit to the ELR on Saturday 14th October for the Steam Event.  Running were ex Southern 34092 City of Wells and ex-LNER 60009 Union of South Africa plus some local locos. We drove to Rawtenstall which is the nearest … Continue reading

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Northern Powerhouse v Midlands Engine

Traditionally Birmingham has been known as the ‘second city’ after London.  For the last 20 years Manchester’s star has been rising and it now makes a valid claim to be second city.  The Northern Powerhouse seemed to support this call … Continue reading

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Announcement of General Election 8th June 2017

A shock announcement on Tuesday 18th April that the government intends to call a General Election for the 8th June.   This needs a 2/3 majority in the House of Commons to over-ride the law that elections will be held … Continue reading

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Railway Electrification in the North West

Work is underway at a fairly slow pace on electrifying more track in the North West of England. Currently the Manchester to Blackpool line is forecast for completion for the summer timetable of 2018.  Work on re-aligning the track is … Continue reading

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Donald Trump President of the USA and Brexit storm

On the 20th January Donald Trump was sworn in as President of the USA.   Coupled with Brexit it’s a perfect storm for those of a liberal bent.  Although there are those who say the liberal thinkers brought it on … Continue reading

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Pension Deficits Permanent or Temporary

There was a time when big companies had Final Salary schemes that were overflowing with money and the companies took what were known as Pension Holidays when they stopped paying in.   From time to time with some prodding by … Continue reading

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Offshore Windfarms near Lancashire

If you visit the north Lancashire coast you can see rows of windmills near the horizon.   The closest is Barrow, 90MW.  Nearby are 3 others:  West of Duddon Sands 389MW,  Ormonde 150MW, Walney 9MW.   Just off the Mersey … Continue reading

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