Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day – Shenanigans & Shamrocks

What is it about St. Patrick’s Day that for at least one day of the year every man/woman and their dog needs to demonstrate their Irishness? It does not matter how tenuous the link to the Emerald Isle or how deeply the green spandex is buried in the drawer it will be dragged out for this one day. Part of …

Hazel O’ Connor at The Green Room, Manchester

I received an invite to go and watch Hazel O’ Connor live at The Green Room in Manchester courtesy of a friend.  It was a good night, and an enjoyable performance at a great little venue.  I will cover the show in a little more detail later, but first of all, I need to give The Green Room the glowing …

The Fish Hotel – Buttermere, English Lake District

This lovely traditional pub/restaurant is one of two in the village of Buttermere, in the Lake District. Both are well respected and there probably is not a lot to choose between them, but I opted for the Fish Hotel and certainly pleased about that decision! The licensees are a mature couple and listening to them speak to the locals and …