The music venues, theatres, pubs, clubs, restaurants, coffee shops, sports clubs, leisure attractions, gyms, cinemas, festivals, events and the like are businesses first and foremost of course, but more than that they are the well-being of a nation. Without them our lives would of course be infinitely poorer. In this unprecedented time for us all, […]

Camaguey, Cuba

I took this photo in January 2017. Notice the pelican stood on the jetty.

Verona Arena, Italy
Timur Statue, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent If you visit the Central Asian jewel of Uzbekistan, the likelihood is that Tashkent will be either your entry or exit point. The Uzbek capital is unsurprisingly somewhat in the shadow of the fabulous Silk Road cities of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand and if like me it happens to be the 4th major spot […]

Today’s photo to beat the Monday morning blues comes from my January 2018 trip to New York City. Ellis Island was of course the entry point for thousands of immigrants who left their homes in Europe to start a new life in USA. From 1892 to 1954, it processed approximately 12 million immigrants. Initially the […]

In Turkmenistan ladies use their annual leave to go on pilgrimages to holy sites to pray for fertility. They are often joined by their mothers who pray for family health. Here’s some I met in Ancient Merv.

Eastbourne pier was completed in 1872 but has suffered several fires during its history. The latest fire was as recent as 2014, this time destroying the large arcade and saloons in the midway. Sheikh Abid Gulzar a local hotelier, brought the pier in November 2015 and has since renovated it, with works continuing.

I took this photo in January 2017 whilst on a bus trip from Santiago to Baracoa. Any ideas what tree it is?

I visited the Indian Ocean resort of Pangandaran in Indonesia in 1997. This group of happy girls were selling necklaces made of shells.