Category Archives: Travel

The Pirate of Portsmouth’s Tale

“Sometimes you don’t have to go very far to have an adventure….” I wasn’t really expecting anything of Portsmouth – it was just a place I had to come for work. So ’twas much to my surprise to discover a … Continue reading

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The Forgotten Highway

Here’s what I call “a crazy caravan thought” as I continue to sit here in England, biding my time, waiting for the next opportunity to call:  Is Canterbury now really (and perhaps ironically) like Camelot?  A place slowly ceasing to … Continue reading

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‘Snow better Down Under

I also learned my lesson that Kiwis run their words together when I arrived in the UK a year after that excursion in the East Coast of Australia – however with rather amusing consequences which managed to lead me to … Continue reading

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Accepting the Vegemite Sandwich

OK, fair enough in deference to my previous post on the good choice of Chaucer to buy into local lingo,  and even with accepting the so-so nature of the Mark Zuckerberg dialectic, there are some nuances with mis-use of the English … Continue reading

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So incommunicado Mr Zuckerberg!

My best British mate, Dave, dropped me an article on Saturday from The Telegraph in relation to the theme of social media following in Chaucer’s footsteps with evolving the English language.  Here’s the link to it:  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/mark-zuckerberg/10833860/So-not-quite-the-useless-conjunction-we-like-to-believe.html In my mind I can … Continue reading

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Beginning, Middle and End of The Road

The story that led to this blog, and possibly a book, began over 5 years ago, and on the day of the tube and bus bombings in London – the infamous 7/7/2005. It was then that I met a man called Dave Longley at a conference in … Continue reading

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Epilogue: The Magical and Mystical Mystery Tour

Before people went on pilgrimages to Canterbury to see the shrine of Saint Thomas a Beckett, they went on pilgrimages to Winchester – and the saint at the centre of that was Swithun.  Lovely Laura, the jazz singer, reminded me about that over breakfast that … Continue reading

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