Travel

TRIALS OF TRAVEL

TRIALS OF TRAVEL

I recently read that the word travel is derived from the medieval Latin – trepalium;  ‘an instrument of torture made from three sharp spikes’. On reading this I fancied I heard the ghost of Captain James Cook muttering;  ‘So now you tell me….!’ On Sunday, February 14th

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REDISCOVERING HISTORIC SYDNEY

I spend most my life buried away in the Blue Mountains…and I don’t even eat gum leaves!  Anyway, Pauline took me on a little tour of Sydney recently.  She wrote a story about it, but I had to cross out  lots of rubbish that she wanted to

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BLUE MOUNTAINS – A HAPLESS TRAVELLER

My partner  Rob and I are making our way home from Sydney to the Blue Mountains by rail; a two hour journey. As the train begins to climb, an American lady sitting behind us asks someone a question; ‘Excuse me, will I know when we are at

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A VERY SPECIAL REVIEW OF MY THAMES BOOK

A VERY SPECIAL REVIEW OF MY THAMES BOOK

Dr James Colthurst is perhaps best known for having been  a  close friend of  the late Princess Diana.  He  was trusted implicitly by Diana , and acted as a go-between during one of  the most difficult periods of her life.  It was Colthurst who   conveyed the secret tapes  she

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LINGERING ALONG THE THAMES; AT (D)READING

LINGERING ALONG THE THAMES; AT (D)READING

 TRAVELLING ALONG THE THAMES PATH Apart from Harleyford and Marlow, Thames locations with which I have a close personal association, Reading features unusually heavily in my book, All Along the River; Tales From the Thames.  Here is a little extract. Copy from the book  is in black,

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Dawlish; an Author’s Pilgrimage.

  One of the  true joys of writing narrative  non-fiction is visiting all the places associated with the story. Of  course the research for  my book,  The Water Doctor’s Daughters,  took me to Paris (such a chore..ha ha)  Hastings and St Leonards,  Malvern and Cheltenham.  Accompanied  by

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Brave New Look For Blackheath Loo

  In The Beginning Yes, well Pauline thinks this touristy story is not very nice because it’s  mostly about ….a lavatory. But first  I have to give you a bit of background information. In 1985 the very  famous artist and fashion designer Jenny Kee, who lives in 

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Des Visits Wind Eroded Cave & Anvil Rock, Blackheath

Des Visits Wind Eroded Cave  & Anvil Rock, Blackheath

    A Double Bunger Day Out. Hello down there! Here’s my first travel /history article  and yes  I have had a little  help from Dr Bob.  I am stepping into the  breach (that’s a clever cliché ) for Pauline, who is a bit dispirited about her

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Tourist Tuesday – The Blackheath Pie

Tourist Tuesday - The Blackheath Pie

 BEAUTIFUL BLACKHEATH I recently read an American blog in which the author introduced  Tourist Tuesday.  Her idea was  that  residents  of  tourist towns and  villages  should  re-acquaint themselves with their surroundings  instead of simply taking everything for  granted.  Tuesday was chosen because  weekend visitors have usually left

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The Villages of the Alsace, France

The Villages of the Alsace, France

 ROUTE DU VIN It was thanks to our holiday host  across the border in Germany that my partner and I toured the scenic Route du Vin below Strasbourg, in the Alsace region of France. Christine mentioned several ‘not to be missed’  medieval villages nestled into  the vine covered

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