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New interactive map points book-lovers to literary landmarks around the UK

Whether Lenin ever set foot in Letchworth is a moot point, but many of Britain's cities, towns, villages and beauty spots can confidently claim close associations with notable literary figures.

J K Rowling and Ian Rankin share connections with Edinburgh, while Scotland's 'first city' has a common link to Arthur Conan Doyle with a small Sussex town called Crowborough, which is a near neighbour of Hartfield village on edge of Ashdown Forest, an expanse of heathland that inspired local author A A Milne's Hundred Acre Wood, somewhere known to Winnie-the-Pooh fans worldwide.

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Laughter-raising fundraising on Red Nose Day for Comic Relief

altAs one of the UK's biggest fundraising events, Red Nose Day is a UK-wide fundraising event organised by Comic Relief every two years, writes Joanne Hunter.

On Red Nose Day everyone from all walks of life, including celebrities, is encouraged to cast inhibitions aside and put on a Red Nose and do something funny for money.

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Celebrate International Women's Day in style

altFrom fine art to martial arts and belly dancing to book clubs, International Women's Day will give women plenty to make them proud of their gender and enjoy their femininity.

With one week to go until the big day on 8 March 2013, an interactive map on the IWD website highlights a host of events to enjoy as an active or passive participant.

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UK Hotel Review: The Kenilworth

altFor seasoned travellers, there are few things as satisfying as finding a hotel to which you want to return time and time again. The Kenilworth is one of these rare gems - a compact den that offers everything you'd need for either a sophisticated business trip or a romantic weekend away. 

The boutique hotel is essentially comprised of eleven luxurious rooms, located either in the main building or outside, and an incredible cocktail bar. We stayed in one of the standard rooms outside, (£89 for one night, including a continental breakfast for two), which was both chic and extremely comfortable. One minor quibble would be that the walk-in shower makes it very easy to soak the entire bathroom, but as the deluxe rooms offer a two person bath instead this problem is easily avoidable.

Regardless of why you're staying at the Kenilworth, a visit to the bar is almost mandatory. Boasting a large and diverse selection of spirits, carefully chosen by the exceedingly knowledgeable manager Rob, the Kenilworth's sultry bar is sure to delight anyone with an interest in mixology. The menu features a range of creative and delicious cocktails, of which we particularly enjoyed the Dark and Bubbly, a delightful variation on a traditional Dark and Stormy. Extenstive off-piste research proved that the friendly staff were equally capable of making any drink that took our fancy, with a level of professionalism that would be notable in London, let alone tiny Kenilworth. Those who would like to conduct a similarly thorough investigation of the bar should avail themselves of the hotel's Cocktail Room Package, which allows two people to enjoy unlimited cocktails, a night's stay and breakfast for a reduced rate. We would, however, recommend dining at one of the town's many good restaurants beforehand!

For more information visit www.thekenilworth.co.uk

London Attracts The World's Eye During London Fashion Week 2013

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It's being described as 'the year that LFW came into its own' and, judging by the scores of international buyers, editors and celebrities thronging the capital this week, the praise for this month's London Fashion Week might well be justified.

Making full use of London's ornate, historic venues, London Fashion Week's catwalk shows, parties and exhibitions certainly caught the eye of the world. Between 15-19 February the recession was forgotten, as a dazzling array of models paraded the autumn/winter collections of the world's best designers before knowledgeable fashionistas, and it was clear that Britain's couturiers easily held their own in terms of both creativity and panache.

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Make Mother's Day memorable

altHigh-street shops in the UK are awash with reminders that Mother's Day is around the corner, on 10 March, and it's time to think about how to make a deserving mum feel extra-special, writes Joanne Hunter.

If distance separates you, a hand-delivered bouquet is always a lovely surprise and there's ample time to place an order online for flowers or some other fragranced gift you know she'll love.

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Galleries and museums of the UK: with a twist

altMoving to the UK for work can be daunting, but there are plenty of quirky attractions for you to visit in your spare time. Samantha Cox from SilverDoor Serviced Apartments takes us through some of her favourite unusual galleries and museums.

If you’ve been relocated to the UK, you’re certainly never going to be short of exhibitions; all the major cities have galleries worth visiting from the museums dotted around Liverpool’s Albert Docks to the IKON gallery in Birmingham and the Tate in St Ives.

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Choosing on-demand movies made easy by online services

altChoosing and ordering a film for a cosy night in can be done without leaving the sofa thanks to an array of online services offering a bewildering choice of movies and television favourites to rent.

Thanks to an explosion of consumer technology, days are numbered for physical DVD movie-rental outlets. It means no more venturing out on a windy night to pick up the latest blockbuster and rushing to return it by the deadline to avoid an excess charge.

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Historic Anniversaries in 2013: February

altNot only will 2013 an exciting time in its own right, but this year we also mark the anniversary of many important historical events. Each month we'll be bringing you a selection of the most memorable, but if you feel we've missed any please let us know in the comments.

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Top 10 International Restaurants in London

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Missing the taste of home? We've rounded up 10 of the best London restaurants that specialise in regional fare, but if you have your own favourites please share them in the comments!

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Top 10 Things To Do In London: Museums and Galleries

altLondon is full of incredible museums and galleries, stuffed with world-beating collections of everything from ancient artifacts to brands and packaging. We've rounded up ten of our favourites, most of which are free to enter. 

1.The British Museum (nearest tube: Russell Square)

This wonderful museum should be the first port of call for anyone with an interest in classical civilisation. It has galleries dedicated to most ancient cultures (although the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans are arguably its areas of greatest focus), which contain some truly astonishing items. If you only have time to see one thing, make it the Rosetta Stone, which enabled scholars to read Egyptian hieroglyphs for the first time.

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