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Elderly rotund toothless male seeks wilderness to travel to.

Running before I can crawl?

Speak to my agent! A phrase seen on television or in the films by starlets flouncing off to their trailer. Whatever that actually means, At over 60,000 words into a book, thoughts idly turned last night to what I’m going … Continue reading

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There can be only one

There are many things in Cornwall that can claim to the best ever. But forget them. Forget St. Michaels Mount, The Eden Project, Tin, China Clay, Surfing, Lands End, Banjo Pier, Fistral Beach, Tintagel. Dont even think about John Nettles, … Continue reading

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It’s such a beautiful horizon

Any trip to Barcelona means at least a line or two from the song of the same name beautifully sang by Zanzibar’s most famous export and Montserrat Caballe. A city I was revisiting after many years, Las Ramblas was where … Continue reading

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In praise of Helen Fawkes

I will freely admit to never having heard of the lady until yesterday, but once I had heard of her I was filled with admiration. A young woman, a journalist for the BBC who found out that she had cancer … Continue reading

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Note to self

When you drag a book out of your long since forgotten folder to continue the writing process, may I be so bold as to offer a tip? An unpublished author, nay, someone who hasn’t even managed the task of finishing … Continue reading

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A riddle for you

What is it that at one stage I hadnt heard of it At one stage I had it At one stage I didnt care for it At one stage I didnt have it At one stage I missed it And … Continue reading

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How to write a novel.

Since I’ve pulled a few of my forthcoming masterpieces from the dim recesses of my hard drive, I’ve been writing. Like a beaver building his dam, I’ve become obsessed with it. I’m scribbling on my notebook in the office, then … Continue reading

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Battered by le vent du Ventoux

I climbed Le Mont Ventoux again the other week. I think that is now the sixth time I´ve done it, so its perhaps nothing to write home about. I was again doing it with absolutely zero training, had only ridden … Continue reading

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Beer, Lederhosen, Beer, Munich, Beer, Sun and Beer.

The Oktoberfest obviously takes place in September, in a park in Munich. When Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese on the 12th October 1810 all the citizens of Munich were invited to come to a large field, subsequently named Thereseienwiese … Continue reading

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The Alhambra.

The city of Granada is a wonderful place. A temperate climate all year round although with a mountain range for skiing visible from the city, great tapas, cheap beer and many bars that stay open until the last person falls. … Continue reading

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