The very silly and slightly rude names of 1,400 British towns

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 11 December 2014

Travel to Britain and you’ll be treated to more than just good hospitality and rainy days. You’ll also be treated to thousands of hilarious village and town names across the island. Names like ‘Brown Willy’, ‘Shag Rock’, ‘Assycombe Hill’, and even ‘Beggar’s Bush’. And with names like these, why let them go to waste on […]

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Bookstore in London now offering sleepovers after accidentally locking in guy for the night

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By Low Lai Chow in News on Saturday 1 November 2014

Yes, this is actually happening: following a recent accident of an American tourist who was accidentally locked up in a London Waterstones bookstore as it closed for the night, the bookstore chain has now partnered Airbnb to extend the luxury of an instore sleepover at their flagship London Piccadilly store to ten bookworms and their partners. While […]

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A town in England changes its name to Kings Landing

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Thursday 9 January 2014

Murder, incest, and intrigue will come to a small town in England as it sets itself up to change its name to Kings Landing on February 17. The town, Kings Langley, will change its name for a week to promote the Game of Thrones season 3 DVD and Blu-ray sets. Story goes is that an […]

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The mystery of the NorthHampton Clown

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Trends on Tuesday 22 October 2013

If at any point in your life you’ve been traumatized by Pennywise form Stephen King’s IT, here’s a piece of advice: Never go through Northampton, England. Recently, there have been sightings of this mysterious clown around the town. People have been wondering who this clown is and have been taking to Twitter with the hashtag […]

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Sotheby’s Beyond Limits sculpture exhibition at Chatsworth House

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Events on Wednesday 11 September 2013

This exhibition is the ultimate juxtaposition of the old and the new. The Beyond Limits contemporary sculpture exhibition on display at England’s historic Chatsworth House features work from artists such as Marc Quinn, Tony Cragg and Bill Woodrow, Thomas Heatherwick, Allen Jones, and Mario Merz.

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Sugarsweet electronic beats from AlunaGeorge

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By Mareike Muller in New Music on Friday 23 August 2013

AlunaGeorge is Aluna Francis and George Reid, an English electronic music duo from London. Their innovative mix of R&B and so called ‘futuristic pop’ makes their debut album, Body Music’, released in July 2013, great summer listening. George Reid has also done a lot of remixing, on tracks such as Mirrors’ Into the Heart and […]

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Full Metal Cruise: Headbanging out at sea

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Wednesday 29 May 2013

It sounds outrageous, but the Full Metal Cruise, which recently set sail with the Mein Schiff 1 ship from Hamburg for a week, is for real. About 2,000 metalheads boarded the cruise to get their fix of late night metal karaoke, metal workshops, meet-and-greets and movie nights at sea — and also rocked out to […]

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Lives and Levels: an independent skate company

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By Ben Ashton-Bell in Cool Websites on Wednesday 13 March 2013

Lives and Levels is my independent skate company based in Sheffield, England, passionate about skateboarding, great design, and quality products. The name Lives and Levels comes from when my brother and I were kids and we’d play video games – mostly Mega Drive back then. We’d take it in turns based on lives and levels […]

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Watch Listen Tell: a series of acoustic sets by indie bands

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By Savannah Van der Niet in New Music on Tuesday 4 December 2012

Whatever happened to good old fashioned jam-sessions and chilled acoustic music? It’s all over at Watch Listen Tell. Watch Listen Tell, based in England, records bands performing acoustic versions of their songs. From names like Bombay Bicycle Club, Lucy Rose, Two Door Cinema Club and Young the Giant, they will easily soak up hours of […]

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Gardens at Cowley Manor in Gloucestershire, England

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By Matt from The Invincible Summer in Cool Travel on Tuesday 23 October 2012

When I was a kid, I remember my mother reading me an Oscar Wilde book, The Selfish Giant. I wasn’t much interested by the story, but I was fascinated by its pictures of a giant’s beautiful gardens set within the walls of his castle. Last year at the end of the English summer, I found the real life equivalent: a child’s fantasy land of 55 of the most beautiful gardens I have ever seen.

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Sleep overnight in a prison cell at the Clink 78 hotel

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By Nikita Goldovsky in Cool Travel on Tuesday 12 June 2012

One of London’s most unusual hotels, Clink78 offers guests a chance to sleep overnight in a prison cell without having to first commit a horrible and atrocious crime. Book ahead, and steer clear of the other inmates.

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Vintage Festival: a celebration of the ’20s to the ’80s

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By Chad Little in New Events on Thursday 29 March 2012

If you happen to be in that neck of the woods, be sure to swing by the Vintage Festival this July in Northamptonshire, England. This neat little concept incorporates all things cool and vintage from the ’20s to the ’80s. Music, art, fashion, design and more all converge on the breathtaking Boughton House property. There […]

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England Up Close

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By this is my england in Cool Websites on Saturday 10 September 2011

This Is My England is both the blog and the pen name of a Londoner who looks at things up close. The photography zooms in on the small details of the decay and strangeness under the surface of the taken-for-granted things all around us. Many of the short poems here do roughly the same job.

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UK’s classic double decker bus gets a green makeover

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By Katriane Hill in New Eco on Friday 17 July 2009

But don’t worry, the new hybrids — made by European favorite Volvo — will retain the very British red color for which they are well known for. The new B5L operate with a hybrid drivetrain, which allows the bus to stay in electric mode up to twelve mph. After that, the B5Ls will operate in […]

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Cornwell’s Museum of Witchcraft

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By Kira Heuer in Cool Travel on Friday 21 November 2008

Cornwall, England is considered a great weekend getaway for the over-worked under-played Londonite. So much to do! Hiking, horseback riding, castle touring, country pubbing, garden tours and my favourite, surfing! For those of you who find these past-times a bit prosaic and cliched, this little Cornish beach town is also home to the Museum of […]

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