If you haven’t already heard the word on the street, I’m sorry to be the one to bring you the bad news. a-ha, one of the most famous bands Norway has ever seen with hit songs such as “Take on Me” and “Hunting High and Low”, are ending their 25-year career!
Their songs bring back good memories from the happy 80’s, not mention their “Take on Me” music video, that’s when I and probably thousands of other teenage girl got a major crush on Morten Harket.
Fortunately, a-ha are not one of those bands that just retire without saying proper goodbye to their fans. I’ve been ‘Hunting High and Low’ for tickets for their concerts in Oslo, but unfortunately they’re sold out! However, they seem to love the British fans and they will be performing at 10 different venues across UK! So I just have to realize that I’ll have to travel across the pond to see my favourite 80’s band perform for the last time – which I don’t mind, at all.
Tour dates, venues and where to buy tickets can be found here.
Haunted, Greyfriars Kirkyard, Edinburgh | Photo by Minniemunkie
It is that time of the year again, when people dress up in costumes and the ghosts step out of their dark hide-holes. I’m a sucker for Halloween, so here’s my treat to you – I dare you to visit one or, if you’re a daredevil, all of these 10 haunted places in UK and get your adrenaline pumping and heart beating faster!
- Highgate Cemetery, London
Lurk around and see if you can find Karl Marx’s gravestone. If you believe in ghosts, maybe you’ll find Marx’s ghost between the headless angles and the tombs.
- Borley Rectory, Essex
This is known as the best haunted house throughout England and has a bloody history that stretches back to a love affair between a nun and a monk in the 1300s.
- Pendle Hill, Lancashire
Pendle Hill has a history going back to the witch hunt. In 1612, 10 witches were hanged here and they continue to haunt the place.
- Red Lion, Avebury
The Red Lion is a pub that’s over 400 years old and where the ghosts come as often as guests. Drink your pint at your own risk!
- Bamburgh Castle, Bamburgh
The castle dates back to the Anglo-Saxon period. There have been countless sightings of Green Jane, Bamburgh’s ghost. A young woman carrying a bundle in her arms which is believed to be a baby is seen walking down the steep steps of the clock tower.
- Lord Crewe Arms, Blanchland
Dating back to the 12th Century, the hotel was originally the guest house and kitchens for Blanchland Abbey and is haunted by the Ghost of Dorothy Forster, niece to the Bishop of Durham and Lady Crewe and sister to Tom Forster who plotted the 1715 Jacobite Rebellion.
- Greyfriars Kirkyard, Edinburgh
Reputedly haunted by the restless spirit of the notorious ‘Bloody’ George Mackenzie buried there in 1691. The ‘Mackenzie Poltergeist’ is said to cause bruising, bites and cuts on those who come into contact with it and many visitors have reported feeling strange sensations.
- Culloden Moor, Inverness
The last battle fought on British soil took place here on the 16th April 1746. The massacre led to many troubled souls, and on this day every single year you can still hear the echoes of screams there.
- Llancaiach Fawr Manor, Wales
The manor dates back to the bloody civil war that was fought here in the 1600s and there are numerous of restless ghosts to be spotted here. Visitors have experienced frightening things in every rooms, corridors and staircases.
- Berry Pomeroy Castle, England
Built in the 1500s and its haunted by two female ghosts; the White Lady and the Blue Lady. According to legend the Blue Lady tries to lure visitors into parts of the ruins – we advise you not to follow her!
You can also read more about haunted places in Britain here.
Do you want to see where movies like Casino Royal, RocknRolla and Harry Potter was filmed? With the Underground Film Map you can visit British film locations in your own pace. And best of all it doesn’t cost much.
The Underground Film Map looks just like the regular tube map, except, all the station names has been named after films shot at or near the London stations in the past 70 years. The map has been created by Transport for London, Film London and BFI London Film Festival.
Take a look at the map here
If you’re on a budget, this is a great alternative instead of going on a guided tour. All you need is an Oyster Card and the map. The film map cost £9.95 at the Tfl online shop, but you can also buy it at the BFI at Southbank and London Transport Museum.
Other film locations for you to visit:
> Harry Potters England
> Sherlock Holmes England
> Top Brit flicks, complete with great British locations
You don’t want to miss this two week festival if you’re into British humour and in Manchester between 18 – 31 October. With 200 comedy shows at 30 locations across Manchester, the 10th comedy festival will for sure make your funny bone sore for weeks.
This year’s festival features comedians such as Jimmy Carr, Frankie Boyle and Manchester’s local comedy hero Mick Ferry.
See the full list over comedians performing here.
Among the venues that will be used during the festival include Manchester Appollo, BirdCage and The Comedy Store.
For ticket information, please click here
Make sure to catch a movie if you’re in London between 13 – 28 October, because that’s when the 54th BFI London Film Festival showcases the best new films from around the world at various cinemas in London.
This film festival is UK’s biggest and best film event, attracting famous movie stars, film professionals and journalists. Some of the films that will be shown this year are ‘Never Let Me Go ‘starring Keira Knightley, ‘Conviction’ with Hilary Swank and ‘Route Irish’ by Ken Loach. View the full programme here.
With almost 200 films and 112 short films, you’ll definitely find something that appeals to you. I for sure wouldn’t miss the British movie ‘The Trip’ directed by Steve Cogan. This is about two men on a funny road trip and besides, you’ll get to see the beautiful sides of Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District. ‘The Trip’ will be on the big screen 27 October at BFI NFT1.
> Find the venue on our Britain Map.
For ticket information and prices, please click here
With three stores located in London already and celebrity customers like Katy Perry, Princess Eugenie and Maggie Smith, this popular fashion boutique opens its first store in Edinburgh in October.
At Fifi Wilson you can buy famous designer labels such as Sonia by Sonia Rykiel, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Odd Molly to great prices. However, you can also find gorgeous clothes from unknown designers. See the full list over designers here.
> Fifi Wilson in Edinburgh
> Fifi Wilson Chelsea
> Fifi Wilson Clapham
> Fifi Wilson Covent Garden
If you’re not going to Edinburgh or London in the nearest future, you can always visit Fifi Wilson’s online shop here.
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Scotland is on top of my ‘places I want to visit in 2010’ list. I’ve never been there, but I only heard great things about this diverse country and that there’s much more to Scotland than Loch Ness, bagpipes, and kilts.
It’s not easy to find accommodation in a country you have never been to when there’s so many to choose from. So I decided to do some research, and with help from VisitScotland I found four newly opened hotels that have that little extra and thought I should share it with you.
The Ecopod Boutique Retreat is a 5 star accommodation located on the west coast of Scotland. The pods look like an igloo and are 70 square metres and lies on top of a wooden platform and have a stunning view. The interior is modern with eco furniture. Doesn’t their hand made bed and organic cotton bed linen and hot tub on the deck just sound like heaven?
Find Ecopod Boutique Retreat on our Britain Map
Gunsgreen House – The Merchant’s House
Who said you don’t need a big hotel room when you’re on holiday? Inside Gunsgreen House you can stay at The Merchant’s House and get the top two floors all for yourself! Being curious as I am, I’d love to uncover the history and secrets behind this house that was built in the 1750s by John Nisbet – a smuggler who imported contraband tea from Gothenburg in the 1760s and 1770s!
Find Gunsgreen House – The Merchant’s House on our Britain Map
For the love birds
Get away from the city buzz and spend your holiday with your boy- or girlfriend in a tranquil and romantic environment. Glengyle Steadings are luxury self-catering cottages located in Loch Katrine, in the Trossachs National Park and opened in April 2010. This is also the birthplace of Rob Roy, a well-known Scottish folk hero and outlaw from the 18th century. Us Norwegians like walking in the nature and the surroundings are perfect for long or short hikes.
Find Glengyle Steadings on our Britan Map
This hotel used to be the Clubhouse for The Royal Scottish Automobile Club (RSAC) and it was one of eight official starting points of the 1955 Monte Carlo Rally. This fashionable luxury boutique hotel just opened in 2010 in Glasgow. Ranked with 5 stars they can offer a wonderful spa, restaurant, cocktail bar, champagne bar and the historic Rally Bar. Blythswood Square is definitely the hotel for me and my girlfriends.
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