Lamppost Series – 4 – Vitra Campus, near Basel

For the last post of 2013, I return to my first series – the Lamppost series – with a rather cute pair of entwined lampposts seen at the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein, just across the German border from Basel. There’s no name-plate – I can’t find out anything online about it, so I…

Singular Statues: #2 Sherlock Holmes

I loved this statue of Sherlock Holmes from the moment I set eyes on it.  It was Laura Porter of About London (the Queen of all things London) who took me on a Sherlock Holmes hunt with the statue as our first stopping place. Research shows that John Doubleday is the artist behind this three…

Who was Gilbert White?

Every day, driving home from work on the A3, I see a sign to Selborne and Gilbert White‘s House.  At a loose end one day, I determined to visit this little Hampshire village and just see what all the fuss was about – I’m very glad I did. When you enter the house, it’s modest…

Where Mr Darcy was born …

I am a little embarrassed to say that I didn’t realise that the little village of Chawton in Hampshire was once the home of one of our literary giants … in the rather demure figure of Jane Austen. Seeing the sign to Chawton when returning from Goodwood one day, I stopped a while to visit…

Regal Ruin – Fishbourne Roman Palace

I suppose the Roman Palace at Fishbourne can be termed a ruin?  It’s definitely a well thought out attraction with enthusiastic staff who bring the remains to life and you find yourself pondering about life in Roman Britain. It’s one of the biggest villa complexes in Europe – discovered by a workman in 1960 –…

In the footsteps of Sherlock – part two

Onwards with my sleuthing in search of all things Sherlock, I met up with @AboutLondon, @IsabellesTravel and @Painting – three fab twitter friends, in the “Smoke” and started our day’s investigation over tea and toast at Speedy’s Cafe, North Gower Street, near Euston Station. Looked down on pictures of by Benedict Cumberbatch & Martin Freeman, stars…

In the footsteps of Sherlock

Being a bit of a Sherlock and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle fan, I have long driven past the entrance to the author’s former home at Hindhead – Undershaw – on the A3 en route to London, desperate to catch a fleeting glimpse.  Hidden behind trees, apparently about to be altered forever by developers, it has been a…

What the Dickens?

For my first post, I thought it appropriate to write about arguably Portsmouth‘s most famous son, Charles Dickens, as we share the same birthdate, 7th February.  This year is, of course, his bicentennial and here are five things you can do to join in the city’s celebrations: Visit the Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum * in Old Commercial…