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Elderly rotund toothless male seeks wilderness to travel to.


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The battle of Trafalgar

On the 21st October 1805, 27 British ships under the command of Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson lined up against 33 French and Spanish ships under the command of the French Admiral Villeneuve faced each other just off the Cape of … Continue reading

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Madonna del Ghisallo

Just to the north of Lake Como in northern Italy is a small hill that received its name from a legend coming from Medieval times when the Count Ghisallo was saved from robbers by an apparition of the Virgin Mary. … Continue reading

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A pyrrhic victory

The dictionary definition that I read this morning is: Adjective. (of a victory) won at too great a cost to have been worthwhile for the victor. A recent victory for someone very close to me has come at an incredible … Continue reading

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Anders Lassen VC, a man amongst men.

On the 22nd September 1920 a baby boy was ┬áborn in Copenhagen in Denmark. Nothing remarkable in this fact, but the baby boy grew up to be an incredibly remarkable man, almost definitely unheard of outside of military circles and … Continue reading

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San Marino

A curious place, a country within a country, the fifth smallest country in the world, the smallest republic in the world, great stamps and a rubbish football team. This tiny enclave perched high in the Apennine mountains and surrounded by … Continue reading

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Casa Batllo

Odd. Very very odd. I don’t know what was in the cigarettes being smoked in Catalonia around the turn of the 1900’s, or just how strong the mushrooms were, but there are clear signs of madness in the works of … Continue reading

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You can go off people you know.

Here I am, sat at a desk, in the desert, fed up at the start of yet another four weeks of misery and a so called friend is busily riding up and down my favourite hill on his bike and … Continue reading

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The King is dead, long live The King

40 years ago today the world received the news that Elvis Aaron Presley was dead. Aged only 42 he was the undisputed artist of his generation and one of the best selling performers of all time. As is often the … Continue reading

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The Tour of Wessex, aka Their Trade is Treachery.

With apologies first to Chapman Pincher. It’s very easy to become ambivalent towards your home town or country, even if, like me, you live a long way from it nowadays. A three day bike ride around the area of my … Continue reading

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