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Romeo & Juliet – Dystopian Provocation

Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
Strong women, knife crime and a strange sense of dark foreboding are the clear hallmarks of Erica Whyman’s production of Romeo & Juliet, which takes a timeworn script but cleverly sheds new light…
13th Feb 2019 09:25 AM

Belize It Or Not! - Central America, A 2019 Favourite?

Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
Belize Barrier Reef
The opening up of additional flight routes, along with a myriad of new hotels and supporting promotional campaigns, means Central America will figure high on 2019 travel calendars.
T…
17th Jan 2019 03:33 PM

Trumping Panda Steals Show!

Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
Where there’s any doubt that panto audiences might fail to laugh directors in these parts can always resort to the tried and tested……a good old dose of lavatorial humour!

Lawrence Batley…
23rd Dec 2018 08:00 PM

Aladdin – Carpeting The Competition!

Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
Billy Pearce (Wishee Washee) and the Sunbeams. Photos by Nigel Hillier Photography
Billy Pearce has become to the panto audiences of Bradford more familiar than a comfy pair of slippers and, 25 years…
12th Dec 2018 11:34 AM

It’s A Beauty And A Beast!

Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
Pantomimes that achieve success without the benefit of a big name or the kudos of the latest X Factor winner, have to rely on something a bit more tangible…... oodles of energy, enough corn to…
1st Dec 2018 10:10 PM

‘Random’ – Anything But…..

Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
Kiza Deen in Random at Leeds Playhouse. Photography by Anthony Robling
Citing the award winning Colin Firth film, The King’s Speech as an example, a great movie director once commented that the best…
7th Feb 2019 02:30 PM

York’s Recipe For Success – Cookery School Opens Soon

Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
Novice cooks with culinary ambitions have a chance to learn from the best when The Cookery School at York’s only five star hotel, The Grand, opens its doors to aspiring chefs this March as well as…
12th Jan 2019 11:55 AM

Shrek - A Lack-Lustre Ogre!

Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
Laura Main as Princess Fiona and Steffan Harri as Shrek. Photos by Helen Maybanks
Regionally touring musicals often leave London with all the promise of an emerging débutante but, as so often…
20th Dec 2018 08:59 AM

New LBA Airport Terminal Extension Poised For Take-off

Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
Plans for a major extension to the main airport terminal building at Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) have been approved by Leeds City Council.
Building work will start next Spring.
The decision provides…
7th Dec 2018 05:04 PM

Dracula – Theatre With Bite!

Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
In the same way that it is a brave actor that tackles Hamlet – certain members of the audience know every line by heart – so it is an equally brave company that meets the challenge of turning one…
28th Nov 2018 04:59 PM

Tropicana - Saucier Than A Bottle of Ketchup!

Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
It’s the best part of a decade since Joe McElderry came to prominence on The X Factor and won the hearts of a nation – and judge Cheryl Cole - as the Newcastle ‘boy next door’ who still…
5th Feb 2019 10:11 AM

Culture, Camels & Downpours – The New Appeal Of Sharjah

Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
The Rain Room – the only downpour that leaves you snuff dry!
“It rains all day inside,” said the man with the dark complexion, “but you will only get wet if you move too quickly, so…
2nd Jan 2019 10:27 AM

Love, War, Death - Oh Vienna...

Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
The elegant entrance area at Vienna’s Museum of Military History
“Sophie, Sophie! Don’t die! Live for our children.”
Filled with panic and grief Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir apparent to the…
15th Dec 2018 12:05 PM

Saucy Sinders & Her Double Entendre Crew!

Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
“When you’re over 50 never trust a fart” was the hilarious opener offered by the resident baddie in this year’s production of Cinderella at the Leeds City Varieties, setting the tone for a…
7th Dec 2018 10:52 AM

ROUEN’d By Luxury!


Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
Fred Olsen’s Braemar at berth in Rouen, Normandy
At a time when cruise ships seem to be getting ever larger and competition for the biggest cinema, surfing machine or show lounge remains eternally…
26th Nov 2018 05:47 AM
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