Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Places in the Play, England

Hampstead (p. 65):
"With a head full of culture and history the perfect place to reflect is Hampstead Heath, which covers several hundred acres of land. The surrounding area has some of the grandest examples of Georgian and Victorian mansions in the city, and is populated by a heady mix of wealth and bohemia."

Hatchards Bookstore (p. 116):
"On the south side of Piccadilly, Hatchards offers a wide range of books on all subjects and is particularly renowned in the areas of fiction, biography, travel, cookery, gardening, art, history, and finance. In addition, Hatchards is second to none in its range of books on royalty."

Kilburn (p. 21):
"Ten or fifteen years ago Kilburn was known as a very rough area, racially very diverse, but with a large Irish population, some of whom had strong and visible links with Republican organisations."

The Lake District (p. 46):
"With the warm, summer sunshine bringing the countryside to life, there could be no better time to visit Cumbria - The Lake District. From quality Lake District hotels to lakeside campsites you are sure to find the right place to make your Lake District holiday a memorable one. By day, visit one of Cumbria's many attractions and by night sample some of our local Lake District cuisine in one of our many restaurants and bars."

Oxford (p. 24):
"Oxford, The City of Dreaming Spires, is famous the world over for its University and place in history. For over 800 years, it has been a home to royalty and scholars, and since the 9th century an established town, although people are known to have lived in the area for thousands of years.

Nowadays, the city is a bustling cosmopolitan town. Still with its ancient University, but home also to a growing hi-tech community. Many businesses are located in and around the town, whether on one of the Science and Business Parks or within one of a number of residential areas."

Southampton (p. 24):
"Southampton has always been strongly tied with maritime history and developments. In particular, it is a primary port for cruise ships, its heyday being the first half of the 20th Century, and in particular the inter-war years, when it handled almost half the passenger traffic of the UK. Today it remains home to many luxury liners, as well as being a very important container port."

York (p. 44):
"York is situated in the Vale of York, an area of flat fertile land, crossed by rivers flowing from the Pennines in the West across to the North Sea 40 miles to the East. The Pennines are an upland ridge running from the Scottish border down to Derbyshire - about 200 miles in length."


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