Good day one and all and thank you so much for visiting my little site here and if you wish to read my latest entries please go to the entry immediately below this one as they go in reverse order (most recent to oldest) from there. Alternatively, if you wish to search for something in particular then please use the search panel in the upper right corner.
For those that do not know me, I am to technology what a sumo wrestler is to synchronised diving i.e. I simply cannot do it. I have just conjured up a mental image there that I really wish I hadn’t!
I have owned this site since January 2018 and have been working very hard trying to resurrect writings from long ago which were previously on other websites. One of them was callously killed off by the corporate greed of a massive internet presence who have already been prosecuted in various countries for lying and the other by lack of interest by the owners.
Eventually I have worked out how to pin (I believe that is the techie term) this page so it remains at the top of my list of entries. I have decided that the only way for me to keep any vague semblance of order here is to backdate the entries of my various trips to the relevant dates which may make them hard to find and so I am creating this page to assist you – hopefully! I shall keep you informed here of completed travelogues and those under construction.
UPDATE February 2020.
In what I believe is proper blog form, I have decided to add the most recent additions to the site here to save you having to wade an ever-increasingly long page.
I have recently completed publishing a trip to Northumberland in October and November 2019 where I played a few gigs and did a bit of exploring in Newcastle, Sunderland and Berwick-upon-Tweed. If you would care to have a look, it is all here for you.
I have also started writing about various footpaths / trails / walks I have been undertaking in and around London. The first of these was a two day affair following the course of the River Wandle and you can read about it here.
I have also walked the first section of the Essex Way between Epping and Ongar and that is under construction now, the blog entry not the footpath! I actually walked it twice for reasons which may amuse you.
I have also nearly completed the Jubilee Greenway, a 60 kilometre circular path beginning and ending at Buckingham Palace so that will hopefully be published soon as well.
As always, stay tuned and spread the word.
Firstly, I did write for a while for a decent website called blogspot.com which I know is much used by travel bloggers. If you want a look at what was admittedly a very user friendly site and looks like not being killed off any time soon, then here is a link to my pages there. They deal mainly with my trip to the Philippines in 2012 but also with an earlier trip round SE Asia which happened to coincide with my 50th birthday shortly after I retired. There is also the beginnings of a piece on a month I spent in Malta but which I never really finished there and so it has been migrated here (see below).
If you want to know about rather unusual trip which happened in 2017 when I went to meet a friend for four days (having packed accordingly) in the Southern part of the Netherlands and flew home from Rome eight countries and over three months later then look here.
If you want to know about one of the least known parts of the British Isles, the remote and very beautiful Lundy Island, then this is where you want to start.
If you want to know about yet another trip that took rather longer than expected then have a look at a 2018 excursion back home to Northern Ireland which is detailed here. A week for a family reunion turned into two and a half months but that is just the way I am.
If you have any interest in narrowboats and the British canal system (a great love of mine) or more specifically the West Yorkshire canal / river navigation system then you may wish to have a look at this series of entries.
As I mentioned above I started a blog on my trip to Malta in the blogspot site but I left there before it was finished so it has been move to this site and this is the place to begin.
My 2019 annual Pilgrimage to the Broadstairs Folk Week turned into a bit of an adventure for all sorts of reasons and you can find out all about it my series of posts begins here.
After that, I am very much in your hands. I have three extended trips to Canada to write up, three to Sri Lanka, another couple to Northern Ireland and a few to Scotland. I have a month on Madeira to tell you about, trips to Greece, Portugal and Cyprus and many other adventures besides. If you have anything you would like to read about, please tell me. It is all the same to me which order I compose and publish them, it will all take time but this really is my last chance at writing online. If this one goes wrong then I am out of here.
Perhaps Burma, Lao or Cambodia are you your liking or maybe a great trip through a couple of the former Yogoslav Republics (Serbia and Macedonia) with some dear friends plus the briefest of side trips to Albania. Honestly, I was there for 15 hours, border to airport via Tirana. Imagine visiting a particularly secretive country where you never had a penny of the local currency in your pocket, did not speak a word of the local language and still got where you needed to be. That was Albania, proper “flying by the seat of my pants” travel and I loved it, I must go back some day. Please get in touch if there is anything you would particularly like to read about and I shall certainly prioritise it.
As for the image which heads up this page, it is not really very relevant to anything I have written here bar a passing reference to Burma. I just wanted to liven up the page with an image and this is one of my favourites to the extent I have it as a screensaver. It was taken from the grounds of the Shwedagon paya in Rangoon, Burma at sunset which is undoubtedly the best time to visit if you happen to be there. My dear Burmese friend Zin had very graciously given up her day off to show me round that fascinating city and we had had a great time. Not only do I find it aesthetically pleasing as it is one of my few half decent amateur efforts but it stands for the reason I travel, the reason I write about it and, ultimately, the reason this site exists at all.
Right, so much to do and time I got back to work so, as always, stay tuned and spread the word.