29 Nov 2013 09:30

Knights Island Sets the Scene for Adventure

There can surely be relatively few holidaymakers who really want to spend much of their hard-earned Mediterranean break rooting about in dusty old museums - but that's not what's on offer on the island the Romans called Melita.


27 Aug 2013 09:30

Do big-value family holiday deals include "fun"?

Go online and almost any kind of leisure offer in the UK has attracted dozens of customer comments, and although these are obviously highly partial, when 100 apparently different people talk about, say, a family hotel in south Ayrshire being wonderful on all counts - and not least genuine hospitality - it's probably going to be pretty good.


19 Mar 2013 09:30 • Annabel Langley

Berkshire food producers: four of the best

FOUR Berkshire food producers have forged a name for themselves in the British food market.


22 Feb 2013 13:30

REVIEWED: Rumpelstiltskin and the Wheel of Fortune at South Street

It's not the first time Andy Lawrence of the Theatre of Widdershins has brought his props and puppets to Reading and judging by this latest production it won't be the last.

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25 Jul 2012 11:20

Festival of steam

THE Cathedrals Express will be charging full-steam ahead into Reading this summer, offering local residents the chance to see Britain's historic towns and some of its cathedral cities.

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25 Jul 2012 10:30

Travel apps for silver surfers

KEEPING in touch, finding places to go on a web browser, looking for a budget hotel while abroad can incur hefty roaming charges, but with a few nifty smartphone and iPad apps, holidaymakers can keep a lookout for the best deals while on the move.

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25 Jul 2012 09:30

Leading by learning - Loyd Grossman

FOR broadcaster, entrepreneur and serial student, Loyd Grossman, the pursuit of knowledge is a lifelong commitment and an enduring passion. Now in his 62nd year, he is coming to the end of the first 12-months of a PhD in the history of art at Cambridge University.

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8 May 2012 11:00

Plant care during the dry spell

MANY gardeners may be looking outside at the murky skies and pouring rain, thinking 'Drought? What drought?' But the sad fact is that last year was one of the driest on record, with below-average rainfall for 20 of the past 25 months.


8 May 2012 10:30

A pain-free alternative to surgery

GASTRIC band surgery is now widely used to help those with ongoing weight problems. During a complex surgical procedure a band is fitted around the stomach to make it smaller so that food intake is lessened. The results can be miraculous - TV personality Fern Britton is just one example.


8 May 2012 09:30

Stop fleeing from fluff

FOR animal lovers who suffer from streaming eyes and a runny nose every time they so much as give their pet a friendly pat, caring for man's best friend can seem like walking an endless tightrope.


13 Mar 2012 14:45

Celebrating the Emerald Isle

THINK of leaping leprechauns, folk music and shamrocks and St Patrick's Day is often the first thing that springs to mind. But for those who are truly dedicated to the popular Irish holiday, there's more to the celebrations than donning something green, sampling tasty tipples or spouting a limerick or two.

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7 Mar 2012 13:00

Poetry competition is a grand slam for writers

POETRY is centuries older than the novel, but its popularity has waned. This could be changing. Is it the recognition that poetry, song lyrics and rap are all related that has sparked a new level of interest? Or, in these times of immediate communication, is it that the brevity of poems - being shorter and punchier than the novel - has helped them find a renewed popularity?

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20 Feb 2012 14:40

Getting in touch with the wild side

AS SPRING approaches so does the chance for people to get outside and scour the skies for local wildlife. Recent initiatives, such as National Nest Box week, have been helping give youngsters and parents the opportunity to put care and love into a personalised home for their feathered friends, while encouraging the conservation of wildlife and birds.


20 Feb 2012 14:25

Chic shops and river hops

TUCKED away in leafy south Oxfordshire, beautiful Henley-on-Thames is best known as a base for its regattas and riverside walks. However, to the seasoned shopper, unique boutiques and stores of great character make this quaint town ideal to visit any day of the week. It is also a perfect place for a weekend break.


21 Dec 2011 09:30 • Correspondent

Savour the real taste of France

FRANCE is one of those destinations that draws you back time after time - there is always something new to discover - from glorious scenery to cultural treasures or regional cuisine.


26 Aug 2011 09:30 • Correspondent

Neo miss or fisher queen?

Like most people in a demanding job, a 10 hour day is not unusual and 'me time' is spent checking my to-do list - so escaping the confines of our office in west Reading and arriving in Theale for my first fly-fishing lesson, I immediately felt relaxed and the weight of hundreds of emails, phone calls and deadlines evaporated as I stepped into the tranquil grounds of Sportfish.


26 Aug 2011 09:30 • Correspondent

A room with a view

I've always felt the need to holiday abroad to be able to switch off completely, but have recently discovered I don't need to leave British soil to find the perfect getaway.


26 Aug 2011 09:30 • Correspondent

Swifty on and off track

Having done many of the nice low-incline bike rides in the Slough and Windsor area, Mike Swift, Berkshire Media Group's chief photographer, decided it was time to re-start his regular 'Mike on a Bike' feature in the Reading Chronicle and Bracknell News. In retrospect, an un-researched route and a January morning did not make the ideal opener to a new cycle of cycling articles, but resilient Swifty, in his inimitable fashion, came out smiling. Just.


26 Aug 2011 09:30 • Correspondent

In a league of her own

What has 103 teams, over 1,000 women participants and is approaching its 40th birthday? Gina Macgregor, MBE, knows the answer. It is the netball league she started in May 1971.


25 Aug 2011 09:30 • Correspondent

Mission accomplished

Closeted away in a Maiden's Green garage workshop, off and on, for the last two years, Oliver Bettison and his son Alexander, emerged in the early summer, triumphant, with a pristine Mark II Dellow. It was a labour of love and a fabulous achievement.


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