Return to Television Centre

I worked in this iconic BBC building for many years until its closure in 2013.

It was sold off and underwent a lengthy redevelopment process which I witnessed first hand.

Television Centre is now open for business again, and I went to take a look on a flying visit to London.

It’s now an upmarket residential complex with smart facilities – a cafe now occupies the place I used to enter the building every day.

It was a disquieting visit, seeing the completion of such great change, contemplating memories and a past era…

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BBC Television Centre in March 2013


Northern island hopping

Cumbria is famous for its lakes and rugged mountains, which bring visitors flocking to the area.

Despite being a coastal county, its seaside is usually overshadowed by the Lake District.

The Furness Peninsula is dominated by the industrial town of Barrow, but also has unspoilt coasts and islands. 

This little expedition was a revelation. If you’re heading to the lakes, consider a little detour.

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An English village

Not so far from the urban sprawl of Manchester is a charming little country village called Great Budworth.

It has half-timbered cottages, fragrant front gardens, a pretty church and even a red telephone box that’s been turned into a library.

Chocolate box perfect, this is what an English village should be…

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Sweet Williams

It’s a late Spring treat to find these seasonal flowers in the shops.

With their clusters of multi-coloured blooms and soft, thistle-like buds, Sweet Williams are a personal favourite. 

What a pleasure to have them in the house and to capture them for the first time.

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Lyme Park

Lyme Park is a stunning stately home and grounds in easy reach of Manchester.

It found television fame in 1995 as the setting for Pride and Prejudice and the heart-fluttering moment when Mr Darcy (Colin Firth) was caught after a dip.

This is a retreat that has it all – hilltop walks, a magnificent folly and gardens to match.

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