• Google+ and Digital Trends

    Google built it and people are coming, well coming to create profiles anyway. Google+ still feels pretty empty and only full of those who particularly like the sound of their own voices, but so far so good. The stats are reassuring so far and ‘everyone’ is talking about it. But will the ‘the people’ come, […]

  • Ripe For The Picking

    Food for free is a passion of mine – I never walk the dog without a bag or two in my pocket in which to stash bounty. Whether it’s berries to make into jam, mushrooms for breakfast or nettle tips for soup, it all finds its way home. It’s a hobby with a long legacy […]

  • Sevillian Festivals – The Holy and The Wild

    Festivals in Seville set the bar for Spanish festivals generally – they are intense and unforgettable. Just make sure you book your travel and hotel or accommodation well in advance, as they get really really packed. Semana Santa Important throughout Spain, Semana Santa, or Holy Week (Palm Sunday – Good Friday), is celebrated in intensely […]

  • Going Japanese: Trends in Consumerism

    What comes to mind when you think of Japan? Probably a diverse mix of images: traditional Geishas, cherry blossom and tea ceremonies alongside humanoid robots, Anime and Manga, ultra-trendy urbanites, high-speed trains and high-tech consumerism, obviously. No? Just the Tsunami? Time to look more closely. History is an interesting phenomena, especially when you use it […]

  • White Hot and Cool

    As technological advances push the boundaries of what is possible, our ability to enjoy the winter cold wherever we are increases apace. We now have the largest igloos ever known, carved from the ice and erected anew every year, machines that blast out snow where there isn’t any so we can ski whenever we want, […]

  • City Breaks

  • Sevillian Festivals – The Holy and The Wild

    Sevillian Festivals – The Holy and The Wild

    Festivals in Seville set the bar for Spanish festivals generally – they are intense and unforgettable. Just make sure you book your travel and hotel or accommodation well in advance, as they get really really packed. Semana Santa Important throughout

    Apr 04, 2011 | 2 comments | View Post

  • Dublin – Let There Be Light

    Dublin – Let There Be Light

    The Art of Light in the City of the Black Stuff Dublin is full of light; a clear, luminous light that is the result of all the moisture in the air, otherwise known as the weather. And the weather is

    Sep 30, 2009 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Rome – City of Emperors, God and la Dolce Vita…

    Rome – City of Emperors, God and la Dolce Vita…

    Although 21st century Rome is a living museum of centuries of history and culture, it is a modern city that is as much about the people who live here now as it is about those who lived here in the

    Sep 30, 2009 | 1 comment | View Post

  • And So To Bath

    And So To Bath

    There’s something timeless and yet thoroughly cosmopolitan about Bath. Perhaps it’s the mix of Roman remains flanked by the Medieval Abbey and surrounded on all sides by stately Georgian architecture. Perhaps it is its situation, nestled in a basin of

    Sep 30, 2009 | 3 comments | View Post

  • Travel with Teens

  • Las Vegas, Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon

    Las Vegas, Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon

    There are 1001 things to do in Las Vegas, and that’s just before lunch. Not only is there a stunning array inside the Mega Resorts, but there’s all the glitz of the four-mile, neon-drenched Strip itself, as well as the

    Jul 03, 2011 | 1 comment | View Post

  • To Aqaba!

    To Aqaba!

    Aqaba is Jordan’s only seaside town, perched on their tiny foothold of coastline at the north of the Red Sea, and like so many places in Jordan, it is an ancient place now bought up to date in true Jordanian

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  • Wadi Rum – Lawrence of Arabia’s desert

    Wadi Rum – Lawrence of Arabia’s desert

    “The crags are capped in nests of domes, less hotly red than the body of the body of the hill. They gave the finishing semblance of Byzantine architecture to this irresistible place, this processional way greater than imagination…vast, echoing and

    Apr 04, 2011 | 1 comment | View Post

  • White Hot and Cool

    White Hot and Cool

    As technological advances push the boundaries of what is possible, our ability to enjoy the winter cold wherever we are increases apace. We now have the largest igloos ever known, carved from the ice and erected anew every year, machines

    Sep 30, 2009 | 2 comments | View Post

  • Adventure Breaks

  • Jordanian Dreams

    Jordanian Dreams

    I blame Blue Peter myself. Somewhere back in the eons of time before the days of colour television and when John Noakes, Valerie Singleton and Peter Purves were still young, there was a dog called Petra. The year I was

    Oct 29, 2011 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Torro! Torro! in Sexy Sultry Seville

    Torro! Torro! in Sexy Sultry Seville

    Hot, intense and bitter sweet, Seville is famous for passion, for spectacle and theatre, and for song. It’s the greatest city of the Spanish south, the home of such legendary characters as Carmen, Don Juan, Figaro and Columbus, and the

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  • Petra – The Rose Red City of Stone

    Petra – The Rose Red City of Stone

    We saw Petra for the first time at night. Inky blueblack sky above, punctuated by a mesh of stars. Deep black in front, behind and around us, candles in paper bags lighting the path beside our feet but little else

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  • White Hot and Cool

    White Hot and Cool

    As technological advances push the boundaries of what is possible, our ability to enjoy the winter cold wherever we are increases apace. We now have the largest igloos ever known, carved from the ice and erected anew every year, machines

    Sep 30, 2009 | 2 comments | View Post

  • Tech

  • Going Japanese: Trends in Consumerism

    Going Japanese: Trends in Consumerism

    What comes to mind when you think of Japan? Probably a diverse mix of images: traditional Geishas, cherry blossom and tea ceremonies alongside humanoid robots, Anime and Manga, ultra-trendy urbanites, high-speed trains and high-tech consumerism, obviously. No? Just the Tsunami?

    May 19, 2010 | 2 comments | View Post

  • Flying into the Future

    Flying into the Future

    These are exciting times in the aviation industry. From larger capacity airliners to increasingly sophisticated interior fixtures and fittings and bespoke flights, aviation is finally growing into its potential, the potential that has been there since the Wright brothers first

    Oct 08, 2009 | 1 comment | View Post

  • Pulling Wheelies – Future of Biking

    Pulling Wheelies – Future of Biking

    Suddenly it seems that the humble two-wheeled iron horse has become hot news, with the range of options aimed at filling every niche in the market increasing year on year. In fact, from funky folding options to robust mountain bikes

    Sep 30, 2009 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Spyder ski wear is cutting edge and iconic

    Fashion Spyder

    Occasionally something comes along that fills a niche so neatly that you can’t ever imagine how you did without out it. For skiers and outdoors enthusiasts, that something is Spyder wear, first launched over 30 years ago and still breaking

    Sep 30, 2009 | 1 comment | View Post

  • History & Culture

  • Rome – City of Emperors, God and la Dolce Vita…

    Rome – City of Emperors, God and la Dolce Vita…

    Although 21st century Rome is a living museum of centuries of history and culture, it is a modern city that is as much about the people who live here now as it is about those who lived here in the

    Sep 30, 2009 | 1 comment | View Post

  • The Train Line

    The Train Line

    The history of trains is beloved of every young trainspotter and uber-geek, and it does make fantastic reading. From the revolutionary Rocket through to the high speed journeys of the Mallard and the Flying Scotsman, Japan’s sleek electric Bullet and

    Sep 30, 2009 | 1 comment | View Post

  • The History of the Easter Bunny

    The History of the Easter Bunny

    The cute white rabbit used so frequently as a symbol of Easter has its roots in the pagan fertility festivals celebrated at the time of the Spring equinox. The rabbit was actually a hare, an animal that was traditonally seen

    Sep 30, 2009 | 0 comments | View Post

  • The Great British Pub

    The Great British Pub

    For most Brits, think summer and the image of sitting outside your favourite pub with a glass of something thirst quenching in your hand will immediately flash into your head. Ahh the pub… it’s such an institution it’s almost a

    Sep 30, 2009 | 2 comments | View Post

  • Food & Drink

  • Ripe For The Picking

    Ripe For The Picking

    Food for free is a passion of mine – I never walk the dog without a bag or two in my pocket in which to stash bounty. Whether it’s berries to make into jam, mushrooms for breakfast or nettle tips

    Jul 03, 2011 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Oranges in Seville

    Seville Orange Marmalade

    For those with a passion, the annual arrival of Seville oranges in Britain is an eagerly-awaited arrival akin to the first Beaujolais in other circles. They usually make a brief appearance just after New Year and fly off the shelves

    Mar 30, 2011 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Raise Your Glasses!

    Raise Your Glasses!

    In Britain we are now lucky to have an ever-increasing range of beer to choose from, from the very light, such as the Golden Ales (Exmoor Gold) through Old Ales, which are usually matured in bottles (such as Theakeston’s Old

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  • Chocolate – May the Gods be With You

    Chocolate – May the Gods be With You

    Chocolate’s scientific name Theobroma cacao literally translates as ‘food of the Gods’, and few of us would disagree, yet it hasn’t always enjoyed mass popularity and modern production has hardly been what you might call angelic. So just what is

    Sep 28, 2009 | 1 comment | View Post

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