One of the most interesting parts of this job involves heading behind the scenes and talking to people about what they
It's a popular icebreaker
I'm often asked about my favourite country in the world.
It is, of course,
When it comes to appearances in life, there are two clear schools of thought.
One, the more obvious one, is that looks
As walks in the woods go, it's an unusual twist on a peaceful time: fitting my face to a metal grid, taking a deep breath
The Azure Window in Malta Has Gone
Sometimes it's hard to notice the passage of time, sometimes it's easy. This is the
A drive along the Great River Road in Louisiana left me with three distinct images and a haunting river of thought.
Elvis may have crooned about the Heartbreak Hotel, but Croatia's capital has the real thing (minus the overnight stays.)
Unusual New Orleans...
Honey Island Swamp. It's a curious name. Part sweet syrup, part fetid bog. Part desert island
There is an old and ongoing joke told in several different ways about arriving at an immigration desk in Australia.
The Original Pursuit of Happiness
We're often told that our search for happiness is a modern, millennial affair. That
These are the two core questions that emerge through a visit to the Canadian Museum for Human
The Madagascar Plan
Madagascar lies 250 miles east of the coast of mainland Africa, steady and sizeable amid a swirling
In the Cool Shade of the Cork Tree
Cork. It's one of those words I love. Short, sweet and to the point, stirring up memories
From far away, the cold, soft light of the moon cuts across the lake to rest on fresh, fluffed snow. The lake I knew
In Flanders Fields, the poppies grow but here in this meadow, blood and honeysuckle flows.Arriving in Bad IschlI arrived
After Katrina. Hey guys. It’s ten years already since Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast and tore New Orleans apart.
I love bright splashes of art that take me by surprise. A pop up gallery here. A child's drawing there.
The Stories the Stones Tell in Menorca
No, not the Rolling Stones.
The still stones.
The ones that, by all accounts,
The Delicious Idea of Slow Food
Close your eyes at the top of Mount Subiaso and you can hear the call of the owls.
A Question of Space
It’s amazing how much you think about space when do you don’t have any any more. When you’re
“People want to talk to me a lot,” he said, as blue and yellow danced across the coffee from the stained glass windows
Today, we are all so connected. So much so that as the ferry sped across the sparkling, foaming blue, I managed to snap
The Messner Mountain Museum
It’s a funny business, mountaineering. Climb, climb, climb to the top. Look around for a
Visiting Nuremberg: when is it time to move on?
A single trumpet pierces the air. The church bells chime. And a woman
A city with the charm of Frankfurt, the friendliness of Paris and the culture of Scunthorpe - Ron Pattinson
Visiting China For the First Time
The spine of the dragon curved and clawed away from me. Taut, terraced and terrifyingly
Nagasaki survivors: One of the most moving moments of my time in Japan, if not my life altogether, was speaking with a survivor
Is it Burma or Myanmar?
I arrived under cover of darkness. Deep, night, darkness. I queued. I waited. And then,
What is home?
This week, I was supposed to be travelling. But I was sick. I stayed at home.
Much is written about the
The Club, Barbados
My room has the perfect view. At dawn, sparkle spills across the ocean as the sun breathes life into