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Archive for November, 2011

Weekend in London and visiting the London Christmas Market / Winter Wonderland

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

Our daughter was doing a school project on Florence Nightingale and so we wanted to visit the Florence Nightingale Museum at St Thomas’ Hospital. As it was approaching Christmas we decided to have a weekend in London to visit the museum and see some of the Christmas markets in London.

Stratford-Upon-Avon Christmas market and light switch-on

Friday, November 25th, 2011

The Christmas market at Stratford-Upon-Avon is on each Thursday in the weeks leading up to Christmas. It is on one of the main streets in Stratford Town Centre and is a traditional English Christmas Market. We have visited several times over the past few years. This year We visited the Christmas market on the first […]

Florence Nightingale Museum – St Thomas’ Hospital in London

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

My daughter is doing a school project on Florence Nightingale so we decided to visit the Florence Nightingale Museum in London. The museum is on the site of St Thomas’ Hospital where she founded a nurse training school. We had visited the museum before, but that was several years ago before we had children. We […]

Christmas market at London’s Southbank

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

The Christmas market at London’s Southbank goes from the London Eye to just before the national Theatre. The market is a short walk from Waterloo Station (railway / underground) or across the bridge from Westminster underground station. It is a mix of different styles although prominently traditional English and German stalls. There is a traditional […]

Christmas in London – Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

We didn’t actually plan to go to the Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park. We were in London and after a brief visit to see the front of Buckingham Palace and the playground in St James’ Park we walked to Hyde Park Corner in search of some food and a tube station. We then saw the […]

Christmas markets and Christmas craft fairs – UK 2011

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Christmas is coming, which means it’s time to start planning trips to Christmas Markets looking for those unique Christmas presents and taking in the odd beer and hot dog, or roasted chestnuts. This is a list of dates for Christmas 2011. Later dates will be available from Days Out Diary – Christmas events. Frankfurt Christmas […]

Toy Review – Fisherprice Thomas the Tank Engine Take-N-Play / Take Along Thomas & Friends

Monday, November 14th, 2011

This is a review of the Fisher Price Thomas Take-N-Play children toys based on Thomas the Tank Engine and friends. It is a push-along train set with plastic track and diecast metal trains. The “sets” are normally sold in the form of a plastic building with a simple loop track and an engine. The building […]

Book review – Cooking for Geeks

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

I’ve read quite a few O’Reilly “Cookbooks” and written a review of one before (Arduino Cookbook), but this is the first O’Reilly book I’ve seen that is actually about food! This is cooking with a difference. From the title you can probably guess who the intended audience is; which I guess means admitting that I […]

Review MiniPC with Ubuntu pre-installed – DinoPC Nanosaur 330

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

About the mini PC computer This is a review of a Mini PC which I got some time ago. I’ve had it a few months now so it’s had a good run through for this review. The same model is still available to buy, although I’m guessing comes with a newer version of Ubuntu. The […]

Magna – Earth, Fire, Water, Air – Science Museum in Sheffield Steel Factory

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Whilst Magna has many of the features of a typical science musuem, the Magna Science Adventure Centre is in some ways quite unique. The main difference is that it based in a former Sheffield Steel Works and attempts to recreate some of the sights and sounds as if it were still a working factory. The […]


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