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Yeah, we’re staying on a boat!

There’s a lot to be said for actually checking emails and stuff like that. Just a week or so ago I went away with some friends only to find out at the last minute that we were staying on a boat. I probably should’ve checked emails and the like, but I didn’t, so it was something of a surprise to me.

A good surprise though. The hotel was in Bratislava, on the Danube, and was perfectly adequate.

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A flying visit to Vienna

On a recent trip with friends we had just a single day in Vienna. Which was fun. We managed to do the Ring Tram which is fun and only takes about 30 minutes. I wish I’d had longer to explore, but perhaps another time.

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The Musical Museum

This is a place I’ve been meaning to visit for a very long time, but as it’s only open on very specific days of the week. But a couple of Saturday’s ago I managed to get there. It’s a lovely place. Somewhere that anyone in London should visit if they have any interest in musical instruments, especially the mechanical kind.

It’s small, much smaller than the one by the same name in Brussels, but it is great and I’m sure that I’ll be going again.

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It was a pub, now what is it?

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Such a shame really. Ok, it wasn’t the best pub in the world, but it was ok. It wasn’t terrible by any means. I had happy times there.

It makes me sad to see that there are so many pubs shutting down. It’s a bad sign. It says that communities aren’t finding places to be together anymore. That’s not good in any way.

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The V&A Museum of Childhood

Only the second time I’ve visited this museum, and this time I had a lot more time. It’s such a lovely place. So much there, and so many things that bring back memories of when I was a child.

If you haven’t ever visited it’s well worth it. There’s loads to see even though it’s a really small place. I’m sure I’ll be back there again in the not too distant future.

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So, that’s a micropub then

I’d never been to a ‘micropub’ before, in fact I hadn’t even heard of one. Then, whilst in Wells over the summer I found this little place called ‘Just Ales’. It was definitely smaller than a regular pub, although I’m sure I’ve been in smaller pubs in London. Anyway, it was certainly an interesting experience. I especially liked the ‘thirds’ option, where instead of having a pint or a half you can have 3 different beers in thirds glasses. It’s a good option, and I hope that more pubs make this available.

I’m not sure if the idea of a micropub is a good one or not. I’d like to try out a few more before I have a real opinion.

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Matthews Yard needs some saving

I got an email the other day about Matthews Yard. A really lovely and somewhat quirky space in the older part of Croydon. It’s being threatened by a developer who wants to turn the site into luxury apartments. Of course we really need more luxury apartments to keep on gentrifying more and more of London. Yeah, right!

So I’ve added my voice to keeping Matthews Yard going. Croydon needs more spaces like this and not a load more luxury apartments to push out local people. If you want to do the same then sign the petition here. If you want to know more about what Matthews Yard has done since 2012 when it launched, check this out.