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From camping, to days out, everything that the great outdoors has to offer

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Yet More Good News...............not

So, looks as though I will be redundant early next year, any bright ideas for a new career? I have a nice sideline going in writing site and gear reviews and I have a half finished novel I could pick up again. ............ anyone fancy employing me as a full time writer/reviewer?   One door closes and another opens and all that. .............. I hope. .............

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Good News! Manchester Science Museum Update!

Great news - we did it! The museums in Bradford, Manchester and York that were all under threat due to budget cuts won’t now be closing down!   As a direct result of various petitions and outcries of dismay from the public Culture minister Ed Vaizey has announced that he will decrease the proposed cut to the museums’ budget - and said that there was now “no question” of the museums closing.   This is an excellent result and a big thank you to everyone who signed the petition and spread the

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Bad Back Stops Play

Just a quick note to say that a problem with the muscle at the base of my spine has left me in quite a lot of pain for the last few days and unable to sit at the computer for any meaningful length of time so the blog has been a little neglected.   I am now on some outstandingly strong pain killers and muscle relaxants so once I have counted all the pink elephants and the ceiling has stopped changing colour then normal service will be resumed!   Hope you all had a pleasant weekend despite th

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Plusterwine Farm Certificated Site, Nr Lydney, Gloucestershire

We have just spent a very enjoyable long weekend at Plusterwine Farm Campsite near Lydney in Gloucestershire. This is a C&CC site and is ideally placed for exploring Gloucestershire, Avon and the Welsh borders.   The site is in an excellent location just off the A48 - halfway between Lydney and Chepstow. It makes an ideal base for exploring the Forest of Dean and the Welsh border towns. it has a pub just a few minutes walk away whilst the little village of Woolaston has a few shops - a

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Biolite Stove - As If By Magic!

Making electricity out of fire? Sounds like black magic right? Well now you can make it real with a biolite stove.   Basically its a simple stove in which you can burn anything from twigs to bits of rubbish and the heat energy is recycled to provide a small electric current which can be used to charge up your gadgets like a phone or Ipod.   It looks pretty cool, its eco-friendly and carbon neutral and other buzz words like that and it also has a certain rustic appeal of the good old campfi

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"smart Tents"

"Smart" may be stretching it a little but I do think these look interesting.     http://www. smartent. com/product. php   Essentially its just a folding camp bed with a built in canopy attached. It's a neat and simple idea, so much so that I am certain someone must have done it before.   Few things put me off purchasing one though, for a start I think it's too expensive, the HH is too low and I cant help but think that whilst being off the ground is more

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The Great Dorset Steam Fair

My wife is steam obsessed. I mean literally crackers for anything with a coal fired engine. So much so that a good chunk of our weekends every year are spent trekking up and down the country to watch these beasts of bygone years trundling around a field.   Don't feel sorry for me though because her steam fixation means we get to go to the Great Dorset Fair every year which is now undoubtedly the highlight of our social calendar and it should be yours as well because days out don't come

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Bucklegrove Holiday Park, Rodney Stoke Nr Cheddar, Somerset

The Classic Car Club to which I belong has been holding a weekend camp and rally at Bucklegrove Holiday park since 2006 and its well worth a look for your next Somerset holiday.   The site itself is a big, facility heavy, family friendly affair. It manages, however, to remain quiet and friendly despite its swimming pool and clubhouse which could easily turn it into a Haven-esque commercial site. Its pleasant to find a site that doesn't sacrifice good service and peaceful surroundings for a

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Heath Robinson Lantern

A while back I saw an article about making a rough and ready lantern out of a milk bottle full of water and a head torch. I was curious to see how well it actually worked so I had a go and to my surprise it was very effective. Not a replacement for a proper lantern but if you were stuck it does give a nice ambient light, not enough to read by but more than good enough to shed a bit of light for sitting out of an evening.   I only had a clear pop bottle to hand which worked well bit I'm tol

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Manchester Museum Of Science And Industry Under Threat

The Manchester Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) is under threat of closure as it's London based owners - The Science Museum Group - are facing a cut in funding and rather than make any savings in the London Museums are instead looking to close MOSI down along with the National Media Museum in Bradford and the National Rail Museum in York.   The Museum of Science and Industry is one of the most important educational facilities in the country, educating young and old on the industrial and

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Derbyshire Well Dressings - Summer 2013

The Well Dressing season is upon us again.   For the uninitiated, Well dressing is a tradition practiced across middle England but is most closely associated with the Villages of Derbyshire and the Staffordshire Moorlands. The practice, which is thought to have originated as a means of "blessing" a well to keep the water clean and ward off the disease has been in evidence since at least 1349 when the first recorded Well Dressing took place in the Derbyshire village of Tissington and still co

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Getting Started

Hello and thanks for taking a look at my blog!   I am a lifelong camper and caravanner and have also been writing about my camping adventures for the last 6 years or so. I have been lucky enough to have reviews and articles published in a variety of magazines as well as online but now with this blog I hope to be able to expand my portfolio in to new areas.   My aim is for this blog to encompass site and gear reviews, information on days out and general news from the outdoors world.   C

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