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Yesterday, 10:58

Oenologically speaking Sicily has a long tradition and history though not always as a producer of quality wines. Greek, Roman, Norman, Spanish and German influences have left their mark on this island which is perceived as a separate country with its own language and culture together with its not so appealing links to the Mafia.

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Have you found the new Park Café in Harpenden yet? It is in a lovely location overlooking pretty Rothamsted Park, just behind the sports centre. Although part of the new Pegasus retirement development, it is very much open to everyone, and I think as the weather continues to improve, will be very popular – it’s perfect for anyone using the park.

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Are you horrified by the amount of single-use plastic that you bring home from the supermarket (or comes in via Ocado)? Did you watch the Blue Planet documentary that showed how our sealife is being killed by plastic? If you would like to reduce the amount of plastic that you buy (recycling is good, though reducing the amount we use is better), you should check out The Refill Pantry on London Road, up near The Peahen.

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UK wine consumers are always seeking new taste experiences and wines and Hungarian wines are coming to the fore as they are well made and full of flavour and are increasingly available in UK wine shops.

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February is here already, why not continue the wine adventure started in January with Tryanuary’s theme of trying new tastes to find new favourite wines? With Valentine’s Day looming one obvious start point is fizz for February...

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St Albans Literary Festival

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Herts Ad columnist Rupert Evershed brought ‘Nature: in all its glory’ to a recent workshop at Marlborough Science Academy.

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With stories covering the likes of Bowie, Brexit, the BID, Butterfly World, The Brickyard and the Berlin Wall, it certainly hasn’t been a quiet year for the Herts Advertiser.

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Hundreds of book lovers of all ages joined in a week of talks, workshops and activities for the second St Albans Literary Festival.

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With 23 novels, four television series, two novellas, five short stories and counting, Peter Robinson’s creation Inspector Alan Banks is a household name.

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Next week sees the start of the second St Albans Literary Festival, with a packed programme of events taking place between July 4-10.

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St Albans Film Festival

Sunday, March 10, 2019
Oaklands College University of Hertfordshire St Albans Cathedral The Alban Arena St Albans

Eleven days of open-air cinema will take place in the shadow of St Albans Cathedral this summer with The Greatest Showman and Bohemian Rhapsody among the films to be screened.

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Fasten your garter belt as The Rocky Horror Picture Show will kick off this year’s St Albans Film Festival at a special launch party.

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The St Albans Film Festival is back for another year with a jam-packed schedule of cult classics, family favourites, and blockbusters.

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There’s a lot to get excited about in 2019, with a year jam-packed full of food, films and festivals as St Albans becomes the go-to place for some major events, and gets to grips with its own Roman history.

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An actress who grew up in St Albans is debuting her short film about a man with dementia at the St Albans Film Festival.

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Harpenden Highland Gathering

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Around 6,000 people attended the Highland Gathering in Harpenden last weekend to dance, listen to traditional Scottish bands and throw haggis.

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Harpenden Lions Club, which raises money to help those in need, is celebrating its 25th anniversary of bringing life skills education to local schools.

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