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Gnome Reserve, North Devon © David Masters

Gnome Reserve, Devon

Which British town has the most garden gnomes? We’re betting this one.

Breakfast at Brennan’s, New Orleans

A New Orleans institution serving famously exhaustive three-course breakfasts, and practically setting the roof alight with its signature flambéed bananas.

Bern Bear Park, Switzerland

Meet Björk and her bear buddies in Bern’s unique riverside park.

Ceremony of the Keys, London

One of London’s more curious ancient traditions that has survived untouched to the modern day.

Jane’s Place, England

A perfect antidote to the manicured gardens and twee tea shops of the Cotswolds.

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Cheese rolling, England

Concussion. Broken bones. Severe grass burn. No, this isn’t the latest in contact sports – it’s the all dairy, all dangerous annual Cooper’s Hill cheese rolling and wake.

Hunting of the Earl of Rone, England

A bizarrely brutal tradition that sees a volunteer humiliated, masked, knocked from his mount, shot at and thrown in the sea.

Toe Wrestling, England

If arm wrestling isn’t your thing, try pitting your toes against the best Britain has to offer.

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Bethelehem, Church of the Nativity © myheartinpalestineII

Postcard from Bethlehem

Lena Walton visits Bethlehem on Christmas Day, but a few zillion other people have the same idea.