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Isle of Gannets

The island of Bonaventure is home to one of the world’s great gannet colonies. Roger Bray went to visit: The gannet, to my mind, is the most majestic of seabirds. I have sat watching them through binoculars from a lonely … ..more

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Swaledale – in search of Booze

Tim Bird finds England’s fastest flowing river and the valley that takes its name are the perfect setting for active but leisurely paced holidays. Finns are known for their fondness for the hard stuff, but that’s got nothing to do with … ..more

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Star of hope – migrant stories retold in Antwerp

As desperate refugees seek new lives in Europe, Roger Bray visits a museum dedicated to millions of Europeans who escaped to America  between 1873 and 1934: The best museums are not just collections of objects but places that prompt the … ..more

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Petra: protecting a delicate rose

It’s 30 years since Petra in Jordan was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list and, as Carole French discovers, efforts to protect it and its communities remain as passionate as ever: Nothing quite prepares you for your first visit to Petra. … ..more

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Vincent Van Gogh – 125 Years of Inspiration

Thirty European art museums are this year commemorating the life of Vincent van Gogh, the influential Post-Impressionist painter, writes Stuart Forster. The Van Gogh 2015 – 125 years of inspiration project involves institutions in the Netherlands, Belgium and France. Van … ..more

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Twickenham tour: echoes of rugby glory

With the UK on the verge of hosting the Rugby World Cup, members of the Guild toured the sport’s historic home. Chrissie Walker didn’t have far to travel… Twickenham, like Wembley, is usually known by its address rather than its function. … ..more

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Bamboozled in Barcelona

In the Catalan capital, Rosemary Bailey discovered the plus side of  looking mumsy………. “You must be really careful in Barcelona,” I warned my son, en route to Madrid to study Spanish. “They are really clever, really devious. They’ll point out pigeon … ..more

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Life returns to the Caves of Matera

First impressions of Matera are somewhat underwhelming. The newer buildings on the outskirts are the familiar mixture of residential tower blocks with shops and cafes at ground level interspersed with public and commercial buildings. Press on towards the Baroque town … ..more

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In the Spotlight – Rob Goss

When and why did you join the Guild? I joined in October this year. I live in Japan most of the year and in a professional sense I feel a bit isolated here from other people who make a living writing in … ..more

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Amsterdam to the Black Sea – a river cruising guide

Why take a river cruise? Cathy Bartrop joined the Royal Crown to find out. The resulting report was short listed in the best video category in the 2015 CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) Awards).  

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