A newbie in South India

Madame and I have just returned from a two-week adventure in South India, mostly in Kerala. When I say ‘adventure’ it’s not like we were backpacking or in any way roughing it. And South India is a lot easier for first timers like us than the north. But still it felt like an adventure to … Read more

New Zealand Road Trip (2)

Before I continue with some stories and pictures from the South Island, here’s something I forgot about flying on New Zealand Air. On the video menu were a few short videos about driving in New Zealand – typically, stuff like driving on the left, giving way on one-lane bridges, allowing longer for your journey because … Read more

New Zealand road trip (1)

Map of New Zealand north island with route marked

I’m going to take a slight detour from the usual topics of this site to talk about my recent New Zealand and California trip. After all it was pretty much all I was thinking about for three weeks! If you just came here to read about obscure 1970s artists you’re welcome and there’s lots of … Read more

My visit to the Forth Bridge

Last month I was fortunate to be invited on a tour of the Forth Bridge. After a short briefing by one of the engineers who works on the bridge ("Oh and I have to ask, is anyone afraid of heights?") I walked with a small group of other visitors to the foot of the North Queensferry cantilever.

(This photo is from http://www.railtravelcenter.com/Gallery4-35.htm)

From there a shaky little winch lift took us to the top.


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3/10/10 New York City

  Our last day. After packing and checking out, Madame and Pest returned to Macy’s, while I took up Stan’s invitation to his flat, just off Central Park. We had coffee and enjoyed a good chat about many topics, including the odd  rock star anecdote  which I won’t blog in public, but which could probably … Read more

2/10/10 New York City

Madame decided to stay in Secaucus to pick up presents for people at home and get some solo time. Pest and I got to the Rockefeller Centre before the queues built up. The sun blessed us and we got long clear views of the city at its most beautiful. After a bit of street wandering … Read more