Frieze Sculpture 2022 in Regent’s Park – Don’t miss it!

Ellie & I finally made it to Frieze Sculpture 2022 in Regent’s Park. Like every year it kicked off well ahead of Frieze London and Frieze Masters, which only open on 12 (until 16) October. Open to the public since September 14, Frieze Sculpture will run all the way through November 13. So there is still plenty of time to plan a visit to the sculpture garden. It is free entry.   Feature pic shows Shaikha al Mazrou, Red Stack; above f.l.t.r.: Jordy Kerwick, Vertical Plane Me; Ro Robertson, Drench FRIEZE SCULPTURE 2022 IS PART OF SCULPTURE WEEK LONDON As in previous years, the open-air exhibition has been curated by Clare Lilley, the Director of Yorkshire Sculpture Park. She selected 19 large-scale artworks from 19 international artists, including Ugo Rondinone, John Giorno, Péju Alatise, and Alicja Kwade. Under the label “Sculpture Week London,” Frieze Sculpture has partnered up with Sculpture […]

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Cotswold House Hotel & Spa Cottage Stay, Chipping Campden

Through our blog, Ellie & I had previously done various collaborations with the company that owns Cotswold House, Chipping Campden. When we recently booked ourselves in again, this time as paying customers, we got upgraded from a basic double room to a luxury cottage. (The pictures in this post are not aligned with the text.) BASIC DOUBLE ROOMS VS. COTTAGE STAY AT COTSWOLD HOUSE, CHIPPING CAMPDEN The basic double rooms are usually between £100 and £235 per night. On quite another level, the luxurious cottages, called ‘suites’ at Cotswold House Hotel & Spa, start from £375 and go up to about £550. Unless you manage to get your hands on one of the discounts or cash rewards (usually 10 to 20%) advertised every now and then on their website.     1st & 3rd pic: front of CHH&S, middle: our cottage BEST PRICE MATCH AT COTSWOLD HOUSE, CHIPPING CAMPDEN Very […]

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Paddleboarding the Severn Source to Sea – PART I

Can’t believe I’m actually paddleboarding the Severn source to sea. Only one and a half years ago, my buddy Markmeister got me into stand-up paddleboarding. I was incredibly bad at it. I fell into the water during the two-hour introductory course, I had booked. Something, which, the instructor assured me, only happens very rarely. Then, when Mark and I met at the sea in Brighton, to practice, I wasn’t able to stand up at all. Not a single time. Every time I tried, I fell into the water. Non-stop. For three hours.   EVERYONE NEEDS SOMEONE WHO BELIEVES IN YOU Mark kept his faith in me, and a week later we set off to do the first part of our Thames source to London adventure. I was probably even more surprised than Mark, when I didn’t fall into the water a single time. Not on the first four-day part, and […]

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Swildon’s Hole – Through Sump 1 and Beyond

A few months ago, my buddy Richard, a fellow travel blogger from Chalk and Cheese Travels, suggested, we could do a little caving trip together, maybe Swildon’s Hole, through Sump 1 and beyond. He had never done any caving. I had done a few days underground, but was without any doubt still very much a beginner. WHAT IS A SUMP In caving, a sump refers to a section of an underground passageway that is completely (or almost completely) submerged in water. This makes it impossible to breathe, while your face is under water. Sumps can be of any length, from just half a metre to several dozen metres. I believe, you usually stop calling it a sump, if it’s more than 50 or 100m. It just becomes a ‘submerged part of the cave.’   Feature pic (c) Somerset Adventures; all others (c) BSqB unless where otherwise mentioned SUMPS ARE CONSIDERED […]

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Ocean Rowing Taster Course – Blisters and Bliss

  I recently did an ocean rowing taster course. But first things first. About a year ago, I heard of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge for the first time. I was immediately drawn in.   THE OCEAN ROWING TASTER COURSE AND THE TALISKER CHALLENGE   Every year in December, some crazies take off from La Gomera in the Canary Islands, then row their tiny little rowing boats all the way across the Atlantic to Antigua in the Caribbean, a distance of almost 5,000km. The event is called The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Rowing Challenge. It was founded in 1997 by Sir Chay Blyth.       THE “EASY” WAY AND THE HARD WAY   If you would just sit on your bottom in your rowing boat, sleep, eat, and occasionally tweet, you’d make the trip in about four and a half months. Even if you haven’t completed an ocean rowing taster […]

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