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By Hunter Davies

'I am desirous about humans turning their daft desires right into a fact. How did they do it and why?' pushed through his personal ardour for gathering Hunter Davies has packed his notepad and trigger looking for Britain's maddest museums. As he explores those hidden gemstones he quickly discovers that they're far and wide and they rejoice on the subject of every thing, from lawnmowers in Southport to pencils in Keswick. yet as Hunter travels up and down the rustic he involves have an understanding of that it isn't merely the collections which are attention-grabbing, it's additionally the folk who've placed them jointly. no matter if they're a guy who loves his Heinz lots he's replaced his identify to Captain Beany or a kleptomaniac classic Radio buff, those eccentric creditors are Britain's most interesting and will dwell in no different state on this planet. when you detect those museums and get to grasp their curators, nice Britain won't glance rather an identical again...

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Torchlit processions are led by church authorities. May), Barcelos. The Festival of the Crosses celebrates the day the shape of a cross appeared in the earth in 1504. Flower Festival (late Apr), Funchal, Madeira. Shops and houses are decorated with flowers. Ends with a parade of flower-covered floats. Pilgrimage to Fátima (12–13 May). Huge crowds make the pilgrimage to the place where the Virgin appeared to three children in 1917 (see p186). Queima das Fitas (mid-May), Coimbra. Lively celebrations mark end of the university’s academic year (see p209).

KEY Discoverers’ routes Cloves ese Pepper Nutmeg g Cinnamon e n s s). The Spice Trade Exotic spices were a great source of wealth for Portugal. The much-disputed Moluccas, or Spice Islands, were purchased from Spain in 1528. row’s nest UESE DISCOVERIES ystematic attempt to find a sea route to ndia, which led to a monopoly of the spice trade, began in 1482 with the first voyage of Diogo Cão, who planted a padrão (stone cross) on the shores where he landed. Lateen-rigged Caravel These ships with three triangular sails were favoured by the first Portuguese explorers who sailed close to the African coast.

Many families spend the entire summer by the seaside. Summer is a good time to visit the cooler Minho, when the north is busy with saints’ day festivals (see pp228 –9). (first weekend), Vila Franca de Xira. Named after the red waistcoats of the Ribatejo horsemen, the festival consists of bullfights and bull running. Festa dos Tabuleiros (midJul, every four years), Tomar. Music, dancing, fireworks and a bullfight (see pp186 – 7). Four hundred women carry trays of decorated loaves on their heads.

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