Ten Top Birdwatching Spots in Cornwall

Cornwall is a paradise for birdwatching. The county’s position, stretching out into the Atlantic, surrounded by hundreds of miles of beautiful coastline, means that not only is it an ideal stopping off point for many migratory species but it often has unusual visitors. Birds that have been blown off course or over-shot their intended destination […]

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Cornwall’s Social Media Stars – who to follow . . .

This is very much my personal pick of Cornwall’s top social media stars. The online influencers that I love and admire. The bloggers, Instagram and Twitter accounts and Facebook pages I just can’t do without! Just a few years ago I was a real technophobe. Me and my old Nokia phone were quite happy to […]

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The Iconic Wheal Coates

Standing on the headland, above the waves that tumble on to the rocks at Chapel Porth, affords you, in my opinion, one of the finest views of the Cornish coast. Towering cliffs. Roaring seas. Salt air. And as if to emphasis the drama and power of it all the engine houses of Wheal Coates stand […]

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Gwennap Pit & the richest square mile on Earth

Gwennap Pit

Copper mining in the area around Gwennap attracted thousands of people in search of work and wealth but had a devastating effect on the landscape. The tiny parish grew to have a population of around 8500 people in the 1830s, in comparison Truro around the same time had a meer 3000 inhabitants. In the 18th […]

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Wadi Degla – Egypt’s Grand Canyon

After a few days in Africa’s largest city you might feel the need for a little respite. Cairo is a wonderfully vibrant, exciting and dynamic place but the pollution and the constant sound of car horns can sometimes become a little overwhelming. Imagine my delight then to hear that the city has a nature reserve […]

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A Potted History of Dollar Cove – treasure beneath the waves!

Everyone loves the idea of discovering buried treasure! And there is one beach in Cornwall where the possibility of that dream becoming a reality is considered greater than most. And what if you didn’t even have to dig? What if the treasure washed up right at your feet? Dollar Cove has its name for a […]

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Charles Carkeet James – Cornish Quaker & Innovator in India

Recently Aadil Desai, a heritage and history enthusiast from Mumbai in India, sent me an article he thought would interest me. It had been written by a friend of his, Dr Shekhar Krishnan, about a little known Cornish man who pioneered the first ever bio-gas plant in the city in 1901. The crumbling remains of […]

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Miracle Theatre’s ‘Aladdin’ at the Princess Pavillion

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Hilarious family fun, wonderfully entertaining! This show should be part of everyone’s Christmas! Going to see a pantomime is very much a Christmas tradition that began when I was a small child. So when I was asked to review Miracle Theatre‘s production of ‘Aladdin’ I couldn’t have been more delighted. And now after seeing […]

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The Owlman of Mawnan Smith

Most folklore tales date from hundreds even thousands of years ago. They seem entirely distant from our modern lives. But one such story, from the village of Mawnan Smith near Falmouth, is much more recent than we are used to. It is also one of the oddest folklore tales that I have heard in Cornwall. […]

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From Granite to Sea – A Review of Alex Langstone’s latest book

There are some books that I turn to again and again. Ones that I regularly pull down from my bookshelf when I am researching something. Or when I am looking for somewhere new to explore. After spending just a few short weeks with Langstone’s latest book I already know it too is going to become […]

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