Boarding Ashgabat Railway Station, Ashgabat

As I prepare to embark on a trip from Georgia to Azerbaijan that will feature a few train journeys, it is a good time to reflect on a trip that I made a year ago from Turkmenistan’s capital Ashgabat and the eastern city of Mary. Ashgabat to Mary by Train Having spotted a train travelling […]

The Malecon, Havana, Cuba

Havana – Population 2.2 Million Havana is like all the best Spanish cities moulded into one – the edgy old town of Cadiz, the oceanside promenade and Art Deco of Barcelona, the majestic buildings of Madrid, the music & dance of Seville, the cuisine of Valencia, the bars of Bilbao, the fortifications of Malaga, the […]

Hydra, Greece
Xania Harbour, Crete, Greece

My Monday picture chosen to beat those start of week blues comes from my 2017 visit to Xania in Crete.

As I woke up this morning to the very sad news that Thomas Cook’s 178-year history seems to be drawing to a close, my immediate thoughts turned to the employees now facing uncertain futures. I worked with Thomas Cook three years ago for nearly a year as a consultant. During that time I spent a […]

A quintessentially English pastime is to watch cricket, hopefully on a lovely Summer’s day. This week I travelled to the Ageas Bowl in Southampton to watch the Hampshire v Somerset county championship match. The sun shone and wickets fell in regular fashion – I saw 16 fall in the day. South African Kyle Abbott took […]

On 26 April 1966, at 5:24 a.m., an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.3 shook the city. It changed Tashkent”s appearance forever. Half of the city’s inhabitants were left without a roof over their heads and had to live in tents. The earthquake had had its epicentre at a depth of 10 km right under […]