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The famous Domesday Book, which provides a snapshot of 11th. century England, went on-line Aug 4th 2006. This was an inventory commissioned by William the Conqueror in 1085 following his 1066 invasion of England. Curiously, the whole of London and Winchester were omitted; some speculate that the statisticians of the day could not cope with the sheer volume of data. Research capabilty is currently restricted to a place name or person. Website is
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Official 2006 opening August 6th. For the ensuing three weeks, Edinburgh will host 1,800 shows and 16,000 artists.This is the world’s largest arts festival entailing a record-breaking line-up of 1867 shows spread across 261 venues in the City. All of this activity places extreme pressure on existing facilities; the 16,990 performers have been forced into all sorts of contortions resulting in a number of improvised venues,viz:
– A show named Metamorphoses will take place in a hotel swimming pool.

-Some productions have found space in a rented bus.

A Midsummernights Tree will present acrobatics and a caberet in a tree in Belgrave Crescent Gardens.

More facts:

-Theatre comprises approximately one third of the programme, just ahead of comedy.

-It would take 5 years, 11 months and 16 days to see each performance back-to-back at a cost of about GBP14,000 ($26,000).

-There will be 28,014 performances, 94 pct more than 10 years ago.

Edinburgh and environs regularly features in bespoke tours provided by catswhiskerstours

Received the following “blurb” via e-mail. This restaurant is at opposite end of the country to catswhiskerstours I always associate Torquay with Basil Fawlty but I am sure the waiters at the restaurant don’t come from Barcelona!

Upton Road
Brunswick Square
01803 389532

We are a Modern Restaurant with Traditional Values, Traditional Home Baked Produce and ALWAYS a Traditional Welcome.

Our premises is a Traditional Georgian House, circa 1853, with a modern, light and spacious interior.

We make everything ourselves, on the premises, and keep a real emphasis on quality and value for money.

We can offer, for groups of up to 40, Cream Teas, Light Lunches, Evening Meals, Afternoon ‘High Tea’ and Sunday Lunches.

Two Scones, Clotted Cream, Jam and Tea or Coffee
£3.00 per person

Sandwiches served with salad
£2.25 per person
Pasties, Jacket Potatoes, French Bread Pizza, Savoury Croissants, Omelettes
All served with salad
£2.95 per person
Plated Salads
£3.95 per person
Ploughmans Platter
£4.95 per person

A selection of Sandwiches and a selection of Cakes served with Tea or Coffee
£5.00 per person

1 course ~ £4.95 / £2.95
2 courses ~ £6.95 / £4.95
3 courses ~ £8.95 / £6.95
Starters~ Soup of the Day, Garlic Mushrooms, Tomato Bruschetta, Prawn Cocktail, Cheese Ravioli, Potato Wedges & Dips
Mains~ Sausage & Mash, Ham; Tomato & Mushroom Pasta Bake, The Cat’s Whiskers Burger, Chicken with BBQ Sauce, Roasted Onion, Fish Pie, Lamb Meatball Platter, Chilli, Stuffed Peppers, Cauliflower & Broccoli Gratin, Scampi, The ‘Purr’fect Platter
Desserts~ We have a daily desserts board and selection of cakes

Adult £4.95
Smaller Portion £2.95
Beef or Turkey, Boiled & Roast Potatoes, a selection of Vegetables, Sage & Onion Stuffing, Yorkshire Pudding
Vegetarian Option always available
Starters or Sweets
All at £1.95 each


We offer a 10% discount on group bookings of 10 people or more!!!

We are situated on the corner of Newton Road and Upton Road.
There is a car park on Brunswick Square or a Coach Station offering parking for coaches on Lymington Road.

Hope to see you soon!!
Claire Clarke & Julie Turley