tour de france grand depart, yorkshire dales

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8 Jul 2014


I was determined to see the Tour de France’s Grand Départ somewhere picturesque, with a good crowd of people, preferably on a hill and with a good view of the riders approaching. Grinton Moor near Reeth in the Yorkshire Dales was perfect – a day to remember.

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Robert Smail’s Printing Works

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26 Jun 2014


Robert Smail’s Printing Works in Innerleithen was established in 1866, it worked as a printers, stationers and even published a weekly newspaper. It remained in the Smail family until 1986 when it was acquired by the National Trust for Scotland and opened to the public in 1990. The Smail family didn’t bring the works up…

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Vintage Steamer Boat Book Covers

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30 May 2014


Four stunning vintage steamer boat book covers. Many years ago when I worked at the National Railway Museum we had our tea breaks in the museum library. These were a favourite along with British Railway uniform guidelines.

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RE Corbridge

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21 May 2014


The shop RE has been on my list of places to visit for a while. I wasn’t sure what to expect, maybe this is because it’s so hard to describe. I’ll give it a go! A wonderful eclectic colourful fun curated space of beautiful and unusual things for you to buy. After careers in fashion…

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Ritz Cafe, Millport

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9 May 2014


As Formica celebrates it’s 100 year anniversary it was perfect timing to visit the Ritz Cafe in Millport. Millport is on the Isle of Cumbrae a quick ferry ride from Largs on the Ayrshire Coast, Scotland. A pretty seaside town on an island only a few miles long, perfect to explore by bike (bikes rule…

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Kiss Kiss Kill Kill

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2 Apr 2014


We went to see Erik Kessels talk at Leeds College of Art and Design last week. The poster exhibition Kiss Kiss Kill Kill was an unexpected pleasant surprise that happened to be showing in the Blenheim Walk building. Billed as “The Graphic Art And Forgotten Spy Films Of Cold War Europe”. A wonderful mix of…

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Erika Vogt at The Hepworth Wakefield

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20 Mar 2014


Erika Vogt installation ‘Speech Mesh – Drawn OFF’ is a site specific commission for The Hepworth and is her first solo exhibition in the UK by the American artist. The work was on in display in The Calder, The Hepworth’s new art space in the old mill on site. After spending so much time in…

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Yorkshire Museum and Castle Museum, York

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20 Jan 2014


View some a series of photos from our visit to Yorkshire Museum and Castle Museum.

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Christmas Cards 2013

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19 Dec 2013


This year’s design started with a still taken from a cine film I bought at a car boot sale. To this unknown family’s skiing holiday I’ve added a splash of text and our signature Christmas trumpet and voilà we have this year’s Maraid Christmas card!

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Cardiff Castle

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30 Nov 2013


While planning our trip to Wales for Handheld Conference, we asked the good people of Twitter what else we should see and do in Cardiff. The Castle came up top. Cardiff Castle’s interior is unlike anything I have seen before. In the 19th Century the Stuart family became very wealthy due to the Glamorgan coal…

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