I’m a light packer. I learned how to pack light the hard way. In 2003, I took a large rucksack and a sizeable sports bag with me for a three plus month tour of Mexico. Within a week, I’d ditched the sports bag. And, obviously, a sports bag worth of stuff. Travelling light is a … Continue reading Unwanted Souvenirs
I completed a 365 'photo a day' project last year largely because of how much I enjoyed looking through my 365 album from 2008. It's not just a collection of photos, but a collection of memories. A visual diary of a year of my life. I recommend the exercise. Last year was a remarkable year. … Continue reading A Year On
I’m not a fan of lockdowns/social restrictions, although I understand the arguments made for them, and the obvious necessity for implementing them at a time of crisis. In February/March 2020, we could see the Chinese health system collapsing from a new virus and shortly after that the Italian army started carting away dead bodies by … Continue reading Trust Me
We're all a little sick of this pandemic. Right? It's literally the only things that genuinely unites almost the whole human race. We're sick of it. I say almost, because there are those few, strange folk who still insist there is no pandemic, it's all just a Jewish hoax involving Bill Gates and the lizard … Continue reading Are We Nearly There Yet?
My illness in September of 2019 was quite the life changer. The after effects of the virus have left me on lifelong medication. It stopped me from smoking. And to be honest, it left me feeling older. I had blood taken three times in hospital and at the GPs to try and identify the culprit, … Continue reading Hindsight
The ongoing debate about the possible introduction of vaccine passports isn’t something that I’ve managed to get particularly passionate about. I erred on the ‘no’ side of the argument for a long time. But the conspiracy theorist community have disproven the commonly held belief that you can’t change someone’s mind by shouting at them. I’m … Continue reading Vaccine Passports
Yesterday, a ‘new’ train ran on my line. It was a one off service to London, stopping at only three stations before Waterloo. Bournemouth, Southampton and Basingstoke. It sat at each station for fifteen minutes or so to allow staff, new and old, gathered on the platforms a few moments to chat and reflect. The … Continue reading Railway Fame, Part Two