Bonifacio, Corsica This is the first of what will become a regular Monday post. A picture featuring the colour blue aimed at taking your mind off Monday morning drudgery. Please join in too if you like the idea.

I have just watched the BBC programme about city dwelling creatures and they featured one of the most adept species at living off humans – the common pigeon. Unusually they showed pigeons in Fes, where they are very useful as their droppings are used in the leather dying industry that has been practiced there for […]

Christ the Redeemer Pretty everywhere you go in Rio the 30 metre giant statue sat on its 8 metre pedestal can be seen from one angle or another. The arms stretch an amazing 28 metres! Voted as one of the ‘New 7 Wonders of the World’, the 635 tonne monolith took nine years to build, […]

David Bowie, Street Art in Manchester's Northern Quarter

David Bowie 8th January 1947 – 10th January 2016 Today is my birthday and also marks the third anniversary of the untimely passing of perhaps Britain’s finest ever contemporary creative genius. When I heard the news of his death from cancer three years ago, I played Lazarus on my MP3 and bawled my eyes out. […]

The Epiphany Today is the day of the Epiphany, celebrating the day that Jesus Christ was baptised by John the Baptist in the River Jordan. It also happens to be the ‘name day’ of my wonderful Greek wife Ourania. For many Epiphany also marks the last day of Christmas , the twelfth night and the […]

Travels in Europe, Asia & The Americas It is the time of the year to reflect back on the year’s adventures and look forward to what 2019 may bring. There is something different for me this year however. A recent nine-day hospitalisation has given me time to think about what the privilege of travel really […]

A heart-warming tale in Peru… The Uros are no ordinary islands, but are man made out of reeds that float on Lake Titicaca near Puno in Peru. My story concerns a boy who I met there in late 2001. The young entrepreneur had drawn his own picture cards using paper and coloured crayons. Perhaps the […]