Greetings from Beijing

After a quick turnaround in Worcestershire I set off for Heathrow airport yesterday at 04.00am. As the various travel checklists buzzed around my head like errant bees and I drove … Continue Reading →

Independence for Scotland

On course I can’t resist throwing in my own two pennyworth on the forthcoming Scottish independence elections, although it cannot be stated that “you read it here first” as just … Continue Reading →

Carlisle, half-cathedral of the North West

Choosing to drive home down the Western side of the British Isles may have been a mistake since it turned out to be far more congested today than the alternative … Continue Reading →

Secrets of the Black Isle

As we set off to leave Orkney the skies clouded over and a light rain set in for the day as if to signal that a brief idyll was over … Continue Reading →


Yesterday morning we left Loch Ness promptly. Considering that I had to cope with Zoltan finishing off a full English breakfast and Molly having her photo taken for the guest … Continue Reading →

The Heart of Scotland

Leaving Edinburgh yesterday morning I decided to give Stirling Castle a miss and set off over the Forth Bridge and due North. Not only did this rapidly put a few … Continue Reading →

Edinburgh Rock

Edinburgh is not a city to understand in a flying visit, especially in high season when it is absolutely brimming with tourists and all manner of tartan-clad entertainers and souvenir … Continue Reading →

The Holy Island of Lindesfarne

Here we are in Edinburgh, staying at a rather grim budget hotel where the hot drink making equipment permits only one tea bag per person. Luckily, I have brought along … Continue Reading →

Durham and on into the far North

This morning I decided to set off straight after breakfast instead of heading back into York city centre for a visit to Clifford’s Tower and, as the driver, I get … Continue Reading →


It feels a little silly to be a proper tourist in my own country but, knowing York even less than I do Lincoln, I set aside a whole day for … Continue Reading →