Sep 21

I'd been meaning to get up to Manchester for the past couple of years. It was not a destination that I'd had much interest in visiting but an old friend lives there and our exchanges about meeting up had been relentlessly thwarted for an entire year. So last Bank holiday weekend we bit the bullet…  Read

The Life & Death of Paul Marrane
Jun 23

Remember those detective games you used to play as kid? Some of my favourite memories are of the afternoons my brother and sister and me spent playing our own version of “Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?” A couple of weeks ago, my friend sent me a link to an event being run by A Door In A…  Read

Le Cinque Terre
Jun 08

One of Italy's coastal gems, The Cinque Terre is a gorgeous holiday spot made up of five little villages which are connected by mountain trails. It is a great place to visit if you are an avid hiker, and even if you're not and unfit, there are easier trails you can opt to take. Part of the charm of…  Read

I was looking forward to a frightening evening full of fascinating history. I have a morbid curiosity for things like ghost tours and learning about unsolved mysteries like the Jack the ripper murders. There are several companies online all trying to outdo each other but essentially offering the…  Read

A Sunday in Salzburg
May 08

After checking in to our funny little hotel room, we set out in search of food. One of the first places we saw caught our eye was a restaurant that was part of a hotel and had a screen just inside the entrance with live footage of the cows on the owners farm. “This is what you ate” he would…  Read

A quick trip to Seoul is a very sad thing indeed. There are so many places to see and so many dishes to eat. If you only have a couple of days in Seoul then here is my recommended itinerary: At the airport: You can jump on an amazingly convenient train which connects you to Seoul station in the…  Read

Bay of Islands
Jan 23

The Bay Of Islands, also known as the birth place of New Zealand, was somewhere I’d been wanting to visit for years. We stayed in Paihia and by the time I’d gotten round to making these plans last September, a lot of the accommodation in both Paihia and Russel was solidly booked out, so…  Read

Jan 21

I sped through the book "Wild" by Sheryl Strayed. It was soulfull, thrilling and triumphant. I loved it. I lent it to a friend and after reading only a chapter he questioned the author's right to complain over such a matter as her mother dying, and the validity of her suffering which consequently…  Read

The most common new years resolutions seem to gravitate around weight loss and healthy eating. But in recent years educational resolutions have been making regular appearances on peoples lists. Most commonly, learning a language. If you’re learning a language as an adult you’ll know how…  Read

Free London activities are awesome. I don’t think I’ve ever lived in a city with so much readily available entertainment free of charge. From the museums and galleries to the plethora of parks and monuments. The discovery of the free comedy shows began with my move to East London, near…  Read