January 25th, 2013 | Tags: English cities,

Which English cities will you visit this year?

The beginning of a new year is usually the time when most people make plans for their holidays for the coming 12 months. Although we're now way deep into January, perhaps it's not too late to consider our resolutions for 2013 at least in terms of holidays and visiting English cities. Whether you are based in the UK or visiting the UK from abroad, there are numerous opportunities for cultural enrichment and to have a great time through visits to our cities.

Maybe you already have a short or long list of cities and places that you've been wanting to see for quite a while but haven't yet got around to making the visit. This year could be a good time to breathe new life into your plans and start putting them into action.

How cities of the future will be smarter

It is predicted by the United Nations that the world’s population will be in the region of 9 billion by 2050, with 70% living in cities. This means that the infrastructure of cities will come under increasing pressure to provide services to meet the needs of residents and businesses – from transportation to the sewage systems. So governments, businesses and citizens need to think of ways to make our cities even smarter to live in. This means creating the conditions that will ensure that cities are sustainable, energy-efficient and more supportive of an optimal work/life balance.

Smarter infrastructure

In the cities of the future, buildings and communities will need to become more like the eco-systems that are found in nature, so that utilities, transport systems and sewage systems will work in cooperation with one another rather than on isolated or stand-alone levels, helping them become more sustainable and efficient. One way could be for buildings to have respiratory systems rather than heating and air conditioning systems, providing air free of carbon emissions and pollutants. The move towards smarter cities will be driven by the green agenda.

The Olympics effect – visiting iconic backdrops of UK cities

The Olympic torch is wending its way across the country as we count down to the 2012 London Olympics. As we pointed out in our last blog, this is more than a "London" affair, with Olympic events happening in sites outside the capital as well as the cultural Olympiad all over the country.

If you've been interested in following the news or watching the day-by-day clips of the journey of the Olympic torch on the internet, it's actually thrilling to see the level of community participation and enthusiasm everywhere the torch goes.
January 23th, 2012 | Tags: Cities, Queen's Jubilee

So what is a city anyway?

I guess most people equate a city with having a cathedral, right?

So how do you explain Liverpool having two (does that make it twice the city?), or the fact that Cambridge doesn’t actually have one? Or that Chelmsford, not a city, does have one?

Confusing or what.

City pics

Carlisle
Peterborough
Leicester
Lancaster
Liverpool
Stoke
Cambridge
Durham