Follow in the footsteps of Amelie: Paris film locations

Perhaps the most charming movie of all time, Le Fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain (English Title: Amelie) is certainly one of the top 10. The title character (the bashful and impish Audrey Tautou) is a single waitress who decides to help other lonely people fix their lives. Her widowed father yearns to travel but won’t, so to inspire the old man she sends his garden gnome on a tour of the world; with whispered gossip, she brings together two cranky regulars at her café; she reverses the doorknobs and reprograms the speed dial of a grocer who’s mean to his assistant. Gradually she realizes her own life needs fixing, and a chance meeting leads to her most elaborate stratagem of all. This is a deeply wonderful movie, an illuminating mix of magic and pragmatism.

If you would like to walk in the footsteps of Amelie, click here to check out some of the filming locations in Paris. Click here for a map you can follow yourself. Perhaps you want to start a photo booth project, or have a gnome fetish, or like tossing stones into the canal, all can be found in Paris.

Locked in love

Want to be locked in love forever? Have you heard of that thing people do with Padlocks to signify their love? The craze inspired by the book, I want you by Federico Moccia, has thousands of lovers writing their name on a padlock and then locking it on a bridge, then throwing the key in the water. This symbolic act is supposed to prove your devotion. However, this romantic gesture is now weighing down some of Italy’s iconic landmarks. Read more here

10 most common pub names

Fancy a pint at your local? Where do you like to share a few bevvies with friends? The 10 most common pub names have been published for pubs in the UK.

The Inn Society states their top ten list as:
1 Red Lion
2 Crown
3 Royal Oak
4 Rose & Crown
5 Kings Head
6 White Hart
7 Queens Head
8 Railway
9 Bell
10 Swan

Give a shout out to your local!

Tea for two: A london institution

Fancy a cup of tea? Freshly brewed accompanied by small delicate morsels of sweet somethings. Afternoon tea is a London institution. But where to go? I take my advice from the experts at The UK Tea Council-The Tea Guild. They are responsible for the prestigious Top Afternoon Tea Awards held each year. These are the Oscars of the tea world.

Awards of Excellence: This year The UK Tea Council has awarded the following hotels the special Award of Excellence, in recognition of outstanding quality and consistently high standards in tea service:

The Cannibus Cup – Amsterdam of course!!

High Times Cannabis Cup

Where: Melkweg
When: Nov
Tel & website: 531 8181/www.cannabiscup.com
In the past few years, the city council has become less easygoing when it comes to coffeeshops of the brown variety. However, no restrictions are made for the annual High Times contest, where all things related to wastedness are celebrated over five days. There are banquets, bands, cultivation seminars and a competition where hundreds of judges (including you, if you wish) ascertain which of the hundreds of weeds are the wickedest. The event is scattered all over town but it’s invariably focused on the Melkweg at night.