Living museums have become increasingly popular, nowhere more so than in the UK where “attractions” are seemingly around every bend in the road. I’ve enjoyed a number of these celebrations of, mostly, early 20th century life including Beamish in Northumberland and the sadly now defunct Wigan Pier museum. This last weekend I ticked another rather enticing museums off my wishlist, this time the Black Country Living Museum at Dudley in the heart of the Black Country. The area was at the forefront of the industrial revolution and gained its name from the pollution and generally dreary landscape that resulted from the mining and other works.
Looking for an unusual photo opportunity? You could splurge all of £11,000 on a trip from Singapore to New York in Suites Class. Travel blogger Derek Low did. Or, rather, he claims to have emptied his air miles account for the privilege. I suspect he could have had a helping hand from the PR gurus at Singapore Airlines.
I now know more than is good for me about herrings, smorgasbord, seaweed and the heights of hotdog cuisine. Last week I spent a couple of fascinating days as a press guest at the Aarhus Food Fesitval in Denmark.