Diary of a backpacker 2 – Rio and beginners bad luck

My first diary entry read: 'I find myself in a pretty little room in a quaint hotel called Santa Clara, somewhere near Copacabana Beach. There are beautiful wooden shutters on the windows, a sparkling red tiled floor, and dazzling whitewashed walls decorated by a painting of a pretty young black girl with a colourful headband … Continue reading Diary of a backpacker 2 – Rio and beginners bad luck

Diary of a backpacker 1 – Crossroads and making memories

I suppose a time comes in everyone’s life when we reach a crossroads and we take a good hard look at ourselves. We look back on what we have achieved and we look into the future to see where we want to be. We can get swept along with life and before we know it … Continue reading Diary of a backpacker 1 – Crossroads and making memories

The Corona virus – brighter days on the horizon?

It’s funny how life pans out sometimes. We finally think we are getting somewhere and then, suddenly out of nowhere, something happens to stop us dead in our tracks. This something may be a bereavement in the family, an illness, an accident, redundancy or a relationship break-up, to name but a few. For a while … Continue reading The Corona virus – brighter days on the horizon?

The Industrial Revolution – Why did it happen in Britain first?

The Industrial Revolution, known to some as the First Industrial Revolution, was the transition to new manufacturing processes in Europe that took place between 1760 and somewhere between 1820 and 1840. It included going from hand production methods to a mechanised factory system using machines powered by steam. It led to an unprecedented rise in … Continue reading The Industrial Revolution – Why did it happen in Britain first?

Baldness – a blessing or a curse?

I’ve been in my current state of baldness for as long as I can remember. This is probably because I started to lose my hair at such an early age. By my mid-twenties it had become a major problem in my life. What began as a slightly receding hairline had transformed into a definite thinning … Continue reading Baldness – a blessing or a curse?

Lockdown – growing beards and self-reflection

The inevitable has finally happened. We have been placed on lockdown. We were given every opportunity to follow the recommendations set by Boris Johnson and the Government. The message to social distance was clear to all, but the news reports over the weekend showed that there was a minority openly ignoring the advice. Parks and … Continue reading Lockdown – growing beards and self-reflection

Mother’s Day and the Corona virus

I remember Mother’s Day as a small child. Every year my brothers and I would get up early, go downstairs into the kitchen and prepare a breakfast for my mother. It wasn’t much, toast with jam on, a bowl of cereal, a cup of coffee and a glass of orange juice. We’d put it on … Continue reading Mother’s Day and the Corona virus

The Corona virus and football – pork scratchings and silver linings

It’s Saturday and that can only mean one thing. It’s match day! So it’s time to don those lucky underpants (the ones you wear every week to watch your team get beat again), get the ironing board out to flatten the crinkles in your football top, and put your scarf on with your team’s colours. … Continue reading The Corona virus and football – pork scratchings and silver linings

The Corona virus – like a bat out of hell?

With its origins in Wuhan, China, Covid 19, otherwise known as the Corona virus, has swept through the world at breakneck speed. It is largely believed the virus came from infected bats illegally sold at wet fish markets. Once the virus jumped from animal host to human host, it soon spread and has now reached … Continue reading The Corona virus – like a bat out of hell?