Caribbean hurricane season: tackling the aftermath of Irma

28 SEP, 2017 Caribbean hurricane season: tackling the aftermath of Irma Every year the Caribbean experiences its Hurricane season. In August 2017 Hurricane Irma, which started near the Cape Verde Islands, was officially classed as a Category 3 Hurricane. By 4th...

Mont Blanc du Tacul and the Aiguille du Midi

12 AUGUST, 2017 Mont Blanc du Tacul and the Aiguille du Midi This summer I did a spot of mountaineering in the Alps as part of the Duke of Edinburgh affiliated Mont Blanc 17 expedition. The views were fantastic and the experience definitely to be repeated. Despite not...

Walking Britain’s oldest road: The Ridgeway National Trail

16 JULY, 2017 Walking Britain’s oldest road: The Ridgeway National Trail Spanning 87 miles across southern-central England, the Ridgeway is an ancient path which has been used for over 5000 years by traders, soldiers, drovers, and even Viking invaders (yes!)...

Pazaislis Monastery, Lithuania

16 JUNE, 2017   Pazaislis Monastery, Lithuania Nestled neatly atop ‘Peace Mountain’ on a peninsular of the Kaunas Reservoir in Lithuania sits the magnificent baroque Pazaislis Monastery. I recently had cause to be driving through the Baltic states and came across...

Rakvere Castle, Estonia

12 JUNE, 2017 Rakvere Castle, Estonia.   The video below shows the ruins of Rakvere Castle, which lie in rural Estonia at a valuable hill-top site inhabited since the 3rd Century AD.   The castle sits at the very crossroads of the Baltics, Scandinavia, and...

Exploring the Blue Mountains: a micro-documentary

2 JUNE, 2017 The Blue Mountains: a micro-documentary So here is a vlog rather than a blog this time – my own take on the concept of micro-documentary. Typically 2-3 minutes long, these short, factual films are finding a life of their own due to the newer and...

The World’s only Ice Music Festival: Geilo, Norway

13 FEBRUARY, 2017 The World’s only Ice Music Festival: Geilo, Norway February 2017 sees the 12th consecutive Ice Music Festival being held in Geilo, Norway. Originally conceived by eminent Norwegian percussionist Terje Isungset in 2006, this isn’t simply...

Northern Norway – an Arctic Adventure

09 DEC, 2016 Northern Norway – an Arctic Adventure   The word ‘Antarctica’ has extreme connotations, and many people probably conjure visions of windswept icy plains, severe weather conditions, and isolated research posts. However, fewer have...

Running the Rift

05 NOVEMBER, 2016 Running the Rift Valley Marathon, Uganda. Running a marathon had always been an ambition of mine. But as with a lot of people, I sometimes doubted I would ever get around to it, or felt I wasn’t up to it – or worse: that I might fail. So,...