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My Favourite Towns of Britain – Lerwick

The Shetland islands are the northernmost archipelago of the British Isles; and although several villages lie further to the north, Lerwick is by far the largest settlement. As such, it is home to the a lot of northernmost facilities in the U.K.: from department stores to industrial estates, from bus stations to Chinese restaurants. It does make touring the unremarkable bits of town all that more interesting. If anything, it’s nice to be able to brag.

My Favourite Towns of Britain – Aberystwyth

Just the word "Aberystwyth" conjures up the image of Celtic mystery. Nobody knows how to pronounce the name; nobody know where the town is situated. Perhaps the only “town” deserving of this epithet in mid-Wales, it’s at least a three hour drive from anywhere resembling a major city: if travelling from London, it’s generally quicker to reach the Mediterranean. By rail, it’s the terminus of a single spur, spitting off from the already little-trafficked Cambrian Coast line. It’s very much end of the journey, and worthy for that alone.

Norwich – Norfolk’s Pleasant Surprise

There I was, as per usual, hitting the (rail)road last bank holiday weekend. My journey took me to East Anglia....

St. George’s Day – 聖佐治日. 何謂English的意義

自問了解英國傳統,但老實說我也忘了本日是聖佐治日。為何聖佐治日的慶祝活動這麼克制,是個錯綜複雜的文化政治命題

Sheffield 錫菲・Park Hill 彩虹邨的回影

這曾是歐洲最大的公共住宅群,六十年代烏托邦理想主義的產物。從香港的角度出發,自然聯想起公屋:長方塊的組成,帶有幾分石硤尾邨的影子;依顏色辦認,又想起彩虹邨呢。

不列顛・最後邊疆記 — Orkney的意大利

不列顛・最後邊疆記 — Orkney的意大利

你被運到敵國的戰俘營裡。你被送到最北最北的,你在腦海中地圖也找不見的某個小島。這裡很陰很濕很冷,時時不見天日。

不列顛・最後邊疆記 — 邱吉爾堤壩

不列顛・最後邊疆記 — 邱吉爾堤壩

跳島連接的堤壩,既有幸冠上邱吉爾之名,自然有點名堂。

不列顛・最後邊疆記 — 聖瑪嘉烈之希望

South Ronaldsay是Orkney群島中最南的一個。我坐著旅遊巴大小的巴士;直到最後總站。St. Margaret's Hope是小島上唯一能勉強叫做村落的地方,因為是個來回蘇格蘭的接駁港,是以路闊落得足夠讓貨櫃車經過;只是早上的「繁忙時段」(約五架貨櫃車)已過,靜悄悄的街道,正好配合水平如鏡的岸景。

不列顛・最後邊疆記 — Orkney明信片(1)

我到Orkney,被人問得最多的,是「為什麼」。即使在英國人之間,Orkney也不是個有名的旅遊點;在日常生活中常被忽略跳過的一處;加上長年被雨雲風暴籠罩,實在是個神秘的失落島嶼云云。

Postcards from Orkney (2)

I soldier on in the Orkneys. Today, for a couple of history lesson. The Harbour at St. Margaret’s Hope, South...

Postcards from Orkney (1)

Orkney: an island group about 10 miles north of the Top End of Scotland. With its treasures and histories shrouded...

英國留學-有咩唔使帶? (都市日報專欄)

英國留學-有咩唔使帶? (都市日報專欄)

(於都市日報專欄的文章,在此貼堂記錄) To bring or not to bring? That is the question. 經驗告訴我,這問題的答案,幾乎永遠都是「Not to bring」— 用不著的東西帶得太多,搬運辛苦之餘,還需另覓地方安置。 留學不是南極探險。這是個已發展而且高度城市化的國家,日常生活需用到的東西絕對買得到,還可能更便宜。 再者,英國近年接收的東亞留學生多如天上繁星,連帶的配套設施因此完善。大學城總會有東方超市和餐館。若你到的是熱門的留學點,那不單是「中餐」,你幾乎還可在川粵日本菜間做選擇,再一杯珍珠奶茶外賣回家。不相信的話,我誠邀閣下到劍橋一趟。 以下就列出8樣不用在香港買過來的東西: 1. 家用電器...

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