Someone said, ‘Well, good luck with that …’ as I floated the idea of working with North Yorkshire County Council to renovate all the directional signs in and around Scarborough town centre. Thanks to Cllr Carl Les and chief exec Richard Flinton … it has been done, scores of updated, new signs now in place … it’s what councils are for (partly, before someone supplies a list!)
Ten miles south of Edinburgh … Rosslyn, a nice small village with not great accommodation, but graced by Britain’s most stunning chapel, adorned every inch in intricate carvings, motifs and social and religious icons. Plus eagle-eyed visitors will see in the family photograph display at the rear of the visitor centre, an image featuring lord Londesborough … once the doyens of Scarborough and one of whose homes is now … a Buddhist centre at The Crescent.
Dundee, home of the Beano and Desperate Dan, now a home for the V&A free museum … and with some great Italian and Indian restaurants, characterful pubs and the most stunning architecture down every street … the ultra-modern and the Victorian cheek by jowl …
Twenty voices, 70 minutes ... spellbinding performance by Serena Manteghi in Build A Rocket.
No costume changes, no other actors but a tour de force solo by the young woman who previously played Little Voice at the SJT.
A tale about fortitude in the reality of unmarried motherhood, a rollercoaster of emotion and interactions, delivered fast and furiously. Standing ovations at the Edinburgh Fringe and at the Ayckbourn theatre.
Serena can act any role, any character, any voice, and writer Chris York could be heading for stardom too.
William Smith, the pioneering geologist who was on his uppers when he settled in Scarborough, took an apartment at the corner of Bar Street (see the blue plaque) and suggested the shape of the building known affectionately as the Rotunda, created by the Philosophical and Archaeological Society.
This 475ft long arched bridge creates a framed panorama of the seascape, created for access between the Spa, South Cliff and the town centre. Spa ticket-holders crossed for free but other pedestrians were charged a toll of 1d.
Lobster ravioli and seafood risotto are among the superb dishes at this consistently excellent restaurant but my favourite was the pan-fried halibut - a memorable 'special menu' dish with the fish from Dennis Crooks of Whitby.