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Driving Home For Christmas

Ali Cairns

Top Quote: "If it's not broken, break it."

Would Get Out of Bed For: A road trip in the sun

Dirty Secret: Cheesy emo and old happy hardcore. But we shan't talk about either guilty pleasure today....

Hot Under the Collar: "Copy and paste this if you blah blah blah" on social networking sites

Quintessentially Cornish: Prefer the surf when it's small....

Writers Block: Lashings and lashings of self-indulgent poetry and photography

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Driving Home For Christmas

There’s few better places in our big old universe to gather under the Serbian spruce with a glass of mulled wine and a homemade mince pie, than Cornwall. For me there’s nothing that defines Christmas Eve as much as Falmouth Docks...

Sticky Symphony

Golden leaves, the end of post-work surfs, the return of the student population, dark storm clouds rolling in from the Atlantic (although this could have defined most of the Cornish summer this time round!) Perhaps fall is indeed a far...

Sundowner Sessions: Lusty Glaze Beach

Newquay is often an unfairly maligned word to our restless natives. Perhaps we're spoilt for choice amongst the plethora of beautiful attractions, gorgeous beaches, quintessentially Cornish tea rooms and delightful abodes. Amongst all...

Leopallooza: The late bird gets the worm too

Injustice. It's everywhere isn't it?! Fat cat footballing bankers spending their tens of thousands on vajazzles, whilst Sir Lord Bono of Boresville orbits his own interstellar consciousness without an iota of irony to show and the lies...

Leopallooza VS Electric Beach Festival

Decent, affordable music festivals in Cornwall are a bit like Christmas day and Jesus’ birthday; you wait all year for one and then they both happen at the same time (27-29th July, calendar freaks). Such quandaries are abound in this...

Eden Sessions 2012

As well as the fantastic Boardmasters, which does its bit to attract Radio 1 to Newquay, and Leopalooza, the best house party in a field, a year-on-year Cornish musical staple is the internationally renowned Eden Sessions, where tents...

The Blue Bar, Porthtowan: The Ultimate Beachside Venue

The Blue Bar at the idyllic Porthtowan beach is by no means simply a place to stop off after a seaside walk – it is, without doubt, a culinary and social destination in its own right. With a setting of steep, grassy cliffs sloping...

5 Great Surf Beaches for Beginners & 5 to Avoid

As a latecomer to surfing I felt like I needed to swallow a maritime dictionary just to walk on to a north coast beach. What I did realise over my first year’s whirlwind romance with Cornish surf was that the beaches that beginners...

Travelling to Cornwall: The Long & Winding Road

As an exile that now lives in the big smoke but gets back to Cornwall as often as possible, a famous John Hughes film, Trains, Planes and Automobiles, often comes to mind. Getting home can often be an epic road movie in itself, with...

Cornwall Film Festival

There’s something magical about the silver screen; a certain feeling of detachment from the real world where you can thoroughly immerse yourself in dreams that aren’t yours, throw off all the shackles that life sends your way, and...

Beer Goggles - Falmouth Beer Festival

Get your beer goggles on this week with Falmouth's Beer Festival: 21-22nd of October. Pull up a...

Leopallooza – Halcyon Nights

Ahhhh the sweet stench of chemical toilets at 8am in the morning, the trek across the campsite for clean water, the wonderfully incessant pounding of repetitive beats wherever you turn, the random convos at 3am with burnt out hippies...

Leopallooza, Bude 30 - 31 July

“Hello. French Polishers?” Everyone’s got a story of when their house party went a bit Pete Tong. Mine was when I was seventeen and had persuaded a good friend of mine to let me use her (rented) bungalow for a low key and very...

All talk at All The Fires

A famous football pundit once said that you’re only as good as your last game. True enough in the case of West Cornwall’s very own All The Fires who have been on a winning streak since their 2008 inception. Mingling Americana, folk...

It’s a Jazz Thing

“Funkier music for the funkier people”, the underlying ethos of Jelly Jazz and its iconic founder Pete Isaacs is clear. Away from the standard, formulaic and (dare I say it?) scenester reliance on heavy beats and brain-challenging...

The Kooks: Kooking it up at Lusty Glaze Beach

It’s a funny old game rock 'n' roll. There are bands that spend years trying to find their own sound, only to find they’ve missed the boat and they are no longer relevant. So what makes a good band into a truly great one? The late...

This Other Eden: Eden Sessions 2011

Festival season is almost upon us again and the jewel in Cornwall's crown has to be the Eden Sessions, now in its ninth year of delivering artists of the ilk of Muse, Lily Allen, Snow Patrol, Jack Johnson and Basement Jaxx to...