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 →


A Good way to Avoid the Heatwave (Arctic Norway)

I can hardly believe it is really ten years since I ventured pole-wards with my good friend Chris to visit Tromso, which at 69.6 degrees is still the northernmost city … Continue Reading →


A Series of Unfortunate Crossings (Ireland & Northern Ireland)

Post in preparation. (a short trip to Dublin & the Antrim Coast and a few strange adventures along the way)


Gallery of European trips 2017

Relaxing by the fire and sorting my 2017 European pictures into a gallery, I reflect that the year hasn’t finished off quite as well as it started with the Far … Continue Reading →


In Flanders Fields

Somehow, between my two trips into the Himalayas, I allowed myself to be co-opted as chauffeur for a four day trip to into Flanders. I well remembered the hospitality of … Continue Reading →



Helsingor and the Empire of the North

Probably the last thing Grahame wanted at the end of his arduous sailing trip across the North Sea and through the fjords of Northern Jutland was to extend his a … Continue Reading →


Into the Carpathian Mountains

We are back in Nyiregyhaza (Eastern Hungary) after our trip over the roof of Romania almost (but not quite) as far as Moldova. It has been wonderful to have Grahame … Continue Reading →


Maramures, Land of Fairytale (Romania)

Crossing the border from Hungary into Romania is a salutary experience these days for a couple of Brits. The officer at the checkpoint took a long look at our passports … Continue Reading →