Nevertheless She Persisted (Interrail trip around Europe)

Here I am at Gatwick Airport; it’s seven in the morning and I’m about to fly out to Malaga in order to escape the insanity that is engulfing my country … Continue Reading →


Brexit and the Death of Reason

They call it “Optimism Bias” or, more technically, “Unrealistic Cognitive Bias” and it is the tendency for human beings to believe in a positive outcome for themselves and their relatives … Continue Reading →


Travel to Europe in the (not so) Festive Season

Life has been pretty depressing in the UK since we got back from India: Theresa May clings to a the precarious leadership of a fragmented ruling party while the country … Continue Reading →


Summer Picture Gallery

Here is a Picture Gallery of some of our activities and excursions around the country. As the grandchildren get older and more numerous we are having to take full advantage … Continue Reading →


Spring Travels turn into Spring Travails

Late last year my fishpond began to leak and before too long it became apparent that some serious repairs were going to be needed. Ever since we took charge of … Continue Reading →


August Holidays

The featured image is “Supergrandma” pumping up an inflatable ring on the beach at Torquay (note the holstered SPF).


Broadstairs Dickens Festival

The Broadstairs Charles Dickens Festival has been taking place on the third week in June since 1937, when the local council wanted to celebrate one hundred years since the famous … Continue Reading →


Treasures of North Norfolk

Worn out from some very pressing family commitments, Grahame and I took an October mini-break at my sister’s place in North Norfolk. There, bleak vistas of windswept shingle beaches and … Continue Reading →


A Novel Way to Celebrate the Fourth of July

It was very appropriate that the date chosen for my ground breaking ceremony in Thanet should be the 4th July as it arrived to find me embroiled in my preparations … Continue Reading →


Romney Marsh – Smugglers’ Retreat

Fortunately for us the day chosen to drop two of the grandchildren off with their other grandmother in Rye was dry and sunny; something of a special prize at this … Continue Reading →