The ABBA reunion is cause for celebration

ABBA is a band probably bigger than the Beatles (and that’s no exaggeration). The iconic Swedish pop group from the 1970s, Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni Frid Lyngstad topped charts and created iconic sounds. Best known for winning Eurovision in Brighton in 1974 with the tremendous song ‘Waterloo’, their legacy has inspired fans over generations. They have always managed to meaningfully connect with millions of people by providing a sense of belonging and community.

My summer holiday

In a previous Boar Travel article, I wrote about my desperate desire to visit Harrogate when restrictions eased. All I knew about the town was its apparent magnificence, its majestic existence as a location of exquisite beauty. And boy it did deliver that and more. Over my five days, I was in constant awe at the stunning natural and human creations dotted around the area. What is so noticeable about Harrogate is its celebration of the past. Architecturally, this is evident with a large number

Five Films From… Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson is an acting genius. From the moment her career began decades ago at Cambridge, she has stepped into each role with elegance, grace, and a majestic ability to captivate an audience. Even her more alternative performances, like becoming the Prime Minister in Johnny English Strikes Again (which, it won’t surprise you to read, hasn’t made my top five) are done with humour and an authority that only Thompson could manage.

London Notebook: Expensive embassies, the return of Pizza Hut & the Play That Went Right

Back in London again! Yes, as regular readers will be aware, when any opportunity to visit that great capital of the UK arises, I am sure to take it. Visiting is just too convenient - less than 50 minutes to King’s Cross from Cambridge. Having gone to the Garrick Theatre back in May to see Matt Forde, I was desperate to return to the West End at its full capacity. Well what a joy it was to do so.

Why are carbohydrates viewed as so important?

Aiming for a balanced diet is an aspiration as old as time. It is no surprise that so many New Year’s Resolutions define themselves on trying to achieve a healthy diet, even if that has no chance of coming true. At school, learning about the diet plate, which sought to involve a combination of carbohydrates, protein, and fats alongside fruit and vegetables, was crucial for ensuring that as we grew older, we had the knowledge about the best way to be healthy.

Noah Keate’s bucket list location

Bill Bryson is a travel writer whose books I am only just beginning to appreciate. One of the most successful writers of his time, Bryson’s musings have taken him across the globe to numerous countries. It is amazing and awe-inspiring that he both enjoys the opportunity to travel and has a willingness to share such anecdotes with his readers. While there are so many of his books that are on my reading list, there was one in particular that caught my attention.

The best beaches in Britain

The weather, at time of writing, could not be more suited to driving, along with half the country, to the nearest seaside town to spend time by the beach. Though my personal preference is for cool, fresh, crisp weather, I can’t help but recognise that the vast majority of the public has a permanent appreciation for the muggy climate. I suppose it makes up for the fact that holidays abroad, not least in the Mediterranean, look increasingly less likely until at least the middle of next year.

Authors should earn royalties for second hand sales

Why are books written? It is a constant topic of discussion within the literary community, analysing something that seems as old as time. Why have individuals wanted to put pen to paper, fingers to keyboard, in order to express their words, thoughts, and ideas for documentation? No doubt one of the most important reasons is the belief in telling stories for others to experience. That persevering belief in the importance of creating thoughts for others remains of admirable and essential importance.

Literary podcasts worth listening to

At the start of the first lockdown, I wrote a Boar article about how much I valued podcasts. This was the case before we were all shut indoors for months on end. I would often listen to podcasts on long walks, during household chores, rushing around a supermarket, or quickly trying to sort through emails. Having those voices in the background provided a comfort as I undertook often menial tasks and tried to make them somewhat interesting.

The perks of living in a tourist destination

What is the collective word for a group of tourists? A flock? A mass? A wave? Whatever it is, we picture a large crowd of people, dominating all the major cities around the world. Usually equipped with technology galore (selfies or, even worse, a selfie stick), that dominates their journey exploring the main tourist attractions. Sometimes they will be part of an official tour, listening to translations as the key places visited are explained in great detail.

What power does social media have on art?

The true impact of social media is something perhaps even a dozen dissertations would never quite be able to fully understand. Over the last twenty years, the growth of both the internet and various platforms has allowed humans to communicate in a way that just wasn’t previously possible. It’s so easy to take this for granted, not least when your phone battery runs out and you’re left with no way to virtually communicate at all. That was the case for people such a short time ago.

Life as a Poll Clerk

In case you weren’t aware, I love elections. There are so many aspects to like, enjoy and utterly adore about the electoral process. The campaigns of different parties can be insightful, revealing and tell us lots about the different leaders (and that’s before you mention the regular gaffes without which no election would be complete!). Election night coverage always keeps me awake as the different results trickle through, pundits desperately try to predict what this means for the country.

Where to holiday in the UK

I dislike the term staycation. Firstly, it awkwardly places two words next to one another (can anyone really say the term without cringing?). Secondly, its definition is often misused. Usually, it refers to when people decide to take a holiday in their own country, rather than venturing overseas. This is incorrect. A staycation, if the term has to be mentioned, is when people decide to stay at home, rather than going anywhere else, during a holiday period like Christmas or Easter.
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