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Macknade's opening in Elwick Place, Ashford, pushed back to 2020 The launch of a new restaurant in a multi-million cinema and leisure complex has been pushed back until the New Year. Macknade's restaurant, bar and delicatessen was due to open Elwick Place, Ashford before Christmas, but it has been delayed until next year.

Rod Stewart health: Singer, 74, opens up on weight gain from prostate cancer treatment ROD STEWART, who is married to Penny Lancaster, has opened up on the effect of his recent treatment and revealed it’s made him gain weight, following a prostate cancer diagnosis.

After a 7am beer and rock-and-roll festival Sunday mornings will never be the same again IN an age when lively markets are dying everywhere, I thought I had witnessed the greatest survivor when I tucked into a steaming plate of paella to the strains of 'Dirty Old Town' at St George's in Belfast.

The great escape: why alternate-reality movies are making a comeback A new wave of ‘rubber reality’ cinema, from La Belle Époque to the new Jumanji sequel, is coinciding with social anxiety, political populism and a loss of faith in facts.

Supermarket, signal box and soldering in BRM First, we have a supermarket diorama. Starting with a selection of Gaugemaster buildings and road products, I've assembled a scene common on the sides of our railways, or at least it is in Leamington where the local Morrisons provides an excellent location for trainspotting.

Rail buff opens his own railway network, albeit in miniature MITOYO, Kagawa Prefecture. Lifelong model railway enthusiast Yasuhiro Kigawa is finally on the other side of the tracks, as it were. Until recently, the retired junior high school P.E. teacher was just another hobbyist, picking up pieces here and there to add to his massive collection.

Christkindl Market opens Thursday Kitchener is going festive on Thursday for the Christkindl Market. The event is set to run until Sunday, with a jam packed schedule of live performances. "We have a lot of returning favourites, but new this year we have the Beyers coming over from Berlin, Germany.

Prototype freight car lettering As modelers, many of us are interested in, and often strive to accurately reproduce. the lettering on freight cars. I am certainly in that group. In that light, I thought it might be useful to describe a little of how the prototype does this lettering.

Wordless Wednesday #217 A blog about model railroading - specifically prototype modeling in HO scale in the steam-to-diesel transition era.

Waterborne Wednesday: Northern Star Back in 2014, I enjoyed a couple of stopovers in Hong Kong as part of my Australia trip. On the second one, I was determined to visit Hong Kong island itself to rise on one of the famous double-deck trams and that meant a trip on one of the slightly scary ferries.

The Worst Bit She still needs her fly… Shock horror! I did actually get some modelling done at the weekend. I had an hour of peace and quiet which allowed me to find the moti… I've not had a chance to do any modelling this week, so for today's update here are a few more pictures from last month in Greenock.

Film commemorates golden age of steam in Tetbury Volunteer Carol Paton said it was "important work to preserve history." Track Tales - Memories of the Tetbury Branch features interviews with residents who can remember steam trains passing through Tetbury, before the line closed in 1964, as a result of the Beeching cuts.

Have yourself a zero waste Christmas… "I love Christmas," said Emily. "I love when my sisters and brothers descend on mam and dad's house.

Meet Thomas and Santa at Drayton Manor's magical Christmas Gone are the days when a visit to Father Christmas involved a quick trip to a department store to sit on Santa’s knee.

EMD 300bhp in 1:48… Earlier this year I built a lovely American O-gauge scale model of the EMD 300bhp switcher for a customer in North America. He had r…

Tornado Books and Hobbies - Birmingham The loss of Ian Allan was bad news for modellers in Birmingham city centre, but all is not lost. One of the managers has stepped in to fill the void with Tornado books and hobbies.

Youth club children create a book on their coal mining village's history The Discovering Donisthorpe project has been organised by Donisthorpe Youth Club, on Dawkins Road and aims to bridge the gap between the older and younger generations of the village and educate them on the history of place.

Talyllyn tourist opens in 009… I've finished a pair of 009 coaches this week, both tourist opens from the Talyllyn railway. These have appeared in previous Friday updates,…

For sale: silver reminder of a long-lost North East railway line The silver model of a railway carriage, standing on rail lines, was presented to Pauline, Lady Trevelyan of Wallington to mark the opening of the first section of the Wansbeck railway line in 1862. The piece, with the Trevelyan crests and Pauline's initials, is valued at £800-£1,200 by Newcastle auctioneers Anderson and Garland.

Resin d'etre These are the tales of the creation of the model of the Isle of Stoner Railway. It is a 009 model being 4mm to the foot or thereabouts. I've been a busy bunny this week on the new river bridge and associated scenic work, all made easier by the fitting of a proper door to the workshop.

Thomson River Bridge - 2 After doing the maths on the plans I worked out that the bridge would be around 1.90m in length. The baseboard was slightly longer to allow for the river banks on each side and a run on/run off section.

Market Deeping Christmas market and light switch-on 2019 a huge hit A pantomime dame was one of the special guests who turned on Market Deeping Christmas lights at the festive market yesterday.

How to build a model railway with Market Deeping Model Railway Club. Part 2: electrics If you would like to build a model railway, then Market Deeping Model Railway Club can help. In this, the second part of their guide, club chairman Peter Davies talks us through choosing the electrical side. Missed Part One? Read it here.

Wot I bought at Warley Internet law tells us that after you have been to Warley, posting photos of the stuff you have bought on social media is essential. Narrow Gauge Album 1965-1985 - I have the previous volume and it's basically a book full of really, really good quality photos of narrow gauge lines.

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