'A group called Petition to bring Richard III back to Yorkshire asked supporters on Facebook to give it a one star review……..
'Petition to bring Richard III back to Yorkshire's original post - now removed - said “Please let the King Richard Visitor Centre know your thoughts by rating their 'attraction', by selecting 1 star, no write up is required”.'
The Facebook group in question is truly bizarre. I mean, they’re still campaigning to have Richard III’s remains buried in Yorkshire. Don’t they read the news? They may have taken down the thread asking people who’ve never been to the Visitor Centre in Leicester to leave 1-star reviews but there’s plenty of, well, very odd stuff still there.
Call me old-fashioned, but I’ll not make a decision on whether the Visitor Centre is any good or not until I’ve actually been inside the place. At the moment, all that’s holding me back is the £7.95 admission charge.
A calm and reasoned response to the hysterical nonsense that’s been spouted about to this particular exhibit at the new Richard III Visitor Centre in Leicester:
I’ve been told by people who’ve been to the Visitor Centre that the replica serves a function as part of a wider scientific display, so it’s clear that it should not be judged on the basis of a photograph showing it in isolation. It seems that most critics of the exhibit (including Annette Carson) have not actually been to the Visitor Centre and are attacking the replica with no regard to its context.
Eggs Florentine has recently become my late breakfast of choice. That’s my handiwork in the photo, you have to admit it looks stunning. I had it for the first time the other week at The Table Cafe in London, where I had a pleasant time chatting to a pair of American tourists who were very excited about having bumped into Eddie Izzard the night before. It’s straightforward to make, you just top an English muffin with wilted spinach, poached egg and Hollandaise sauce. I had thought that Hollandaise would be tricky but this Hollandaise sauce for one recipe is easy to follow and I’ve made it several times without incident.
DeMontfort University’s Digital Building Heritage Group has created this impressive CGI reconstruction of Grey Friars Church and the tomb of Richard III which lay inside. As Doug Hawthorne of the group points out, “This was not a small church, it would have towered over the contemporary medieval buildings in the area in a way which is perhaps underappreciated and would also dominate those adjacent to it today”. See more background here.
The full version of this animation can be seen at the new Richard III Visitor Centre, which opened today. As tickets for this are eight quid each for adults, I haven’t rushed out to get one just yet. I reckon I should be able to get in for free in a work-related capacity sooner or later.
'Ti Punch, made with dark rhum agricole as it's the evening. You use white rhum agricole if you have it in the day, or so I've read. Squeeze a wedge of lime in a glass, add rhum agricole and sugar syrup in your favoured amounts (at Les Prairies De La Mer)
My holiday beer of choice is usually the local mini-supermarket’s own-brand lager. This is from Utile, which is the dominant franchise in this corner of the South of France. At 4.2% ABV, it’s an ideal strength for beach drinking and multi-packs of the little 25cl bottles cost next to nothing. It tastes pleasant enough in this heat when straight out the fridge.
After a terrifying white-knuckle drive along extremely narrow mountain roads with precipitous drops at the side and no barriers to stop you plunging to your doom (how can such roads even be legal in France?), we made it to the charming village of Collobrieres. The locals often tackle these roads at wholly inappropriate speeds, which explains the number of wrecked cars that litter the hillsides. Twenty-five years ago, BeerLeg, Dawkeye and myself let Onepotscreamer drive us along these very roads every day when we stayed in Collobrieres for a fortnight. What on earth were we thinking?