I am sat at the end of an empty bench and am so engrossed in my book that it takes me a while to realise that a very smartly dressed gentleman has sat down towards the other end. He is also reading, although something a bit more highbrow than my John le Carré, it looks … More Consequences of spending too much time alone when travelling solo – a true* story
I love a bridge. I have no engineering knowledge just a fleeting interest in how something is made but bridges please me so very much. Sometimes with iconic bridges, if you don’t manage your expectations then they can disappoint. The Ponte di Rialto in Venice was a good example of this. Incidentally, it was designed … More So many amazing bridges – I can’t get over it!
Over my travels I have been lucky to see some amazing nature which, rather surprisingly, has awakened an old interest in collective nouns. Recently I have been able to add: A charm of hummingbirds A flamboyance of flamingoes An ostentation of peacocks A kaleidoscope of butterflies A fluther of jellyfish A swarm of incessant insects … More Collecting animals and collective nouns
I was planning to go to the Amalfi coast, and by planning I mean I was pondering Pompeii and dreaming about staying in Sorrento but then I changed my mind. Pompeii has been there, or rather not been there, for over 2,000 years so I am sure it will still not be there next year … More Things are looking up in Lisbon
The Edinburgh fringe festival officially started at the weekend. Here are some figures and an infographic, ‘cos nothing says “cool” like statistics in pictorial form! Number of Performances: 50,266 Shows: 3,269 Days it will take to see all the shows: 409 (1 year and 1 month) Day & nights it will take to see all … More Edinburgh Fringe 2016 in Figures
I was only aware that I was missing these things when I returned: Bagpipers, but only when they are playing non traditional songs – hearing Comfortably Numb drift over the square instantly made me feel right at home Talking with people about how beautiful Edinburgh is (I’d forgotten how common this conversation is with both … More Things I didn’t know I had been missing about Edinburgh
Saw this van in the morning and had an Elton John song in my head for the rest of the day. Feeling for anyone who works with electric tools, it must be a nightmare! “Oh Makita You will never know anything about my home I’ll never know how good it feels to hold you Makita … More Oh Makita you will never know…