By Stuart Maconie
Everybody talks approximately "Middle England." occasionally they suggest anything undesirable, like a lynch mob of Daily Mail readers, and infrequently they suggest whatever sturdy, like a pint of ale in a sleepy Cotswold village in summer season twilight. yet simply the place and what's center England? Stuart Maconie didn't be aware of both, so he packed his Thermos and sandwiches and trigger to discover out.
Is heart England approximately culture and decency or closed minds and bigotry? Is it maypoles and evensong, or flooded industry cities and binge drinkers within the park? And is Slough fairly as undesirable as Ricky Gervais and John Betjeman make out? From Shakespeare to JK Rowling, Vaughan Williams to Craig David, William Morris to B&Q, Stuart Maconie leads the expedition—with lots of stop-offs for tea and scones—to observe the reality.
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Jaime I (1208–76) 6. Isabella I (1451–1504) and Ferdinand V (1452–1516) 7. 1432–1503) 8. Barbarroja (d. 1475–1546) 9. José de Ribera (1591–1652) 10. José Moñino Redondo (1728–1808) Dama de Elx (4th century BC) Historical or mythical? – no one knows. The origins of this exquisite Iberian sculpture are shrouded in mystery (see Elx (Elche)). 183 BC) The Carthaginian general who famously crossed the Alps with elephants. Abd al-Rahman II (792–852) Abderramán II founded the city of Mursiya (Murcia) in 825.
Román was the son of the “Cura” after whom the gardens are named. Chapel Named Palms Since 1900, a number of palms have been dedicated to distinguished people, and bear a small plaque. The dedicatees are sent the fruits of the tree during their lifetime. Flowers The garden is full of strelitzias, better known as “birds of paradise” for their spiky forms and extraordinary colours. There’s also a brilliant tumble of purple and red bougainvillea at the south-western end. Flowers Dedicatees of the garden’s palms include pianist Arthur Rubinstein and Nobel Prize-winning scientist Severo Ochoa.
Dunes Coves The entire 13 km (8 mile) length of Calblanque’s coastline is pocked with dozens of tiny coves, where the turquoise waters are perfect for diving and snorkelling. Even in the height of summer you can pick your way across the rocks to find one all to yourself. Walks and Rides The Calblanque Natural Park is covered by a network of walking and mountain-biking trails outlined in leaflets available at the park information office. Walks and Rides Flora and Fauna In spring, the hills of Calblanque are carpeted with wild flowers.
Adventures on the High Teas: In Search of Middle England by Stuart Maconie