I know there seems to be a rash of charity bike rides around at the moment but I am doing Paris – London this weekend to raise money for MapAction – the charity I volunteer for. Funds raised pay for maps and consumables that we make during disasters such as earthquakes and floods. Please make […]
OK, so it’s not the most daring of overland journeys ever undertaken but then it’s not a journey most people would ever have to do overland. The Ryanair flight should’ve taken 135 minutes and cost £80, we did it in exactly 48 hours at a cost of £500 per person.
Night O is the deviant branch of standard orienteering. Tonight it involved navigating around Hampstead Heath in the dark and the pouring rain with nothing but a headtorch and a compass. Now, I’ve been orienteering since I was a teenager and I love it but until tonight I’d never done a night event. Navigation skills […]
Last September we went on a beach holiday to the Turkish village of Çiralı. Before going I’d had a quick Google to see if I could get into the nearby mountains easily and Mt Tahtali (Tahtalı Dag or Mt Olympos) seemed the best option. Found in the Bey Mountains in the western branch of the […]
It’s a rare gem this cafe, really tasty light snacks at this really tiny cafe in a corner of a city farm. Sylvia had a bowl of pasta and I had gnocchi with pumpkin sauce, wild mushrooms and goats cheese. They serve a really nice cup of coffee and homemade cakes. Perfect with kiddies.
The three of us set out for Kew Gardens today, a short walk up to Caledonian Rd station then round the North London Line to Kew. It was a classic autumnal day, damp but bright, bit chilly but warm when the sun came out. The colours were good, chestnuts aplenty (I brought a pocketful home) […]
As the Genesis song goes … on Willows Farm one should look out for butterflies, flutterbyes and gutterflies. Well, we didn’t see any of them but we did see 100’s (literally) of guinea pigs, lots of hungry sheep, two salivating reindeer, two cheeky ferrets, grumpy goats, recumbent cows and a maize maze. All this excitement […]
Having re-discovered my camera (I’d hidden it before going on holiday and then couldn’t find it again for ages) we went out for a little walk in the neighbourhood yesterday, Sylvia with her walk-along doggy. Got some nice shots around the streets of Bloomsbury and in the park, where we go most weekends we are […]
Day 8/9 – 14-15th May – Bangkok, Thailand It is now almost 2 weeks since cyclone Nargis ravaged Myanmar. The initial flurry of general situation maps and imagery showing flood waters has now subsided and more detailed analyses are already being carried out with the aid of before-after high resolution satellite imagery. e.g. http://unosat.web.cern.ch/unosat/asp/prod_free.asp?id=66 Our […]