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Niligiri mountain from Kagbeni village Nepal

My (not so) Epic Trip to the Kingdom of Mustang

November 18, 2016

My (not so) Epic Trip to the Kingdom of Mustang The idea of the ‘bucket list’ is familiar. Most of us probably have a couple of items that might qualify but that just remain a vague aspiration. I’ve got lots. In 1999, I was lucky enough to travel to Nepal as part of a group … Read more

Tough Mudder event

Tough Mudder New Zealand

May 26, 2014

Tough Mudder. The name says it all. Our eldest boy decided that he would take part in this event for the charity that he has founded, Journey of Hope. We went along to support him with a degree of curiosity and no great expectations. Tough Mudder, according to Wikipedia, was started in 2010 by two … Read more

The Kingdom of Zion: Big cats in New Zealand

November 11, 2013

The Kingdom of Zion: Big cats in New Zealand You could be forgiven for thinking that the Kingdom of Zion is in Jamaica, but we found it in New Zealand. Calie and I were returning from a conference (both not very well) when it caught our eye. You never know with tourist attractions. Sometimes, they … Read more

New Zealand Fur Seal

Cape Palliser and the Fur Seals

April 24, 2013

The Manawatu Camera Club I recently had the chance to visit Cape Palliser, the most southerly point of the North Island (try saying that after a few glasses of wine). This was with the MCC – Manawatu Camera Club – not the cricketers. A really nice bunch. Cape Palliser It was very good for me, … Read more

Franz Joseph Glacier from helicopter New Zealand

Helicopter to the Franz Joseph Glacier

March 19, 2013

We had the opportunity to take a helicopter up to the top of the glacier while on our trip down the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand and – surprise – I took my camera. It is frightening to see how fast the glacier is receding – I have been concerned about … Read more

Art Deco, Napier, New Zealand

Art Deco Weekend Napier

February 17, 2013

Street Photography (New Zealand Style) Art Deco Weekend. If you don’t live in New Zealand, this might not ring any bells. If you do, the chances are that you know it. In 1931, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake occurred in Hawke’s Bay, killing 256 people. The town of Napier was mostly destroyed, first by the earthquake … Read more

Hobbiton New Zealand

The Lord of the Rings – Hobbiton

January 24, 2013

The Lord of the Rings – Hobbiton I devoured the Lord of the Rings trilogy as a child, thereafter re-reading them several times over the years. The films are good, the New Zealand scenery adding an element of difference that works well. Now that I live in New Zealand, I sometimes still get the same … Read more

Fort Churchill Canada

I want to go to Antarctica

January 11, 2013

Air New Zealand announced a competition where the prize is a two-week trip to the Antarctic with a National Geographic photographer. Personally, I can think of little else that would be as much fun with your clothes on and it’s definitly on my bucket list to go there. The application consists of creating a voice-over … Read more

Rugby World Cup 2011

The Rugby World Cup 2011

December 16, 2012

By means fair or foul, I managed to inculcate my family with the love of rugby over the years. My appreciation of the game started many years ago. A new teacher at Ridley College started us playing rugby, establishing a sevens side in the first instance. We did well, and from there I progressed to playing … Read more

Martinborough Festival New Zealand

Toast Martinborough – Fun among the vines in New Zealand

November 19, 2012

I have just got back from my second attendance at the Toast of Martinborough annual festival. Martinborough is a small town in the Wairarapa with several vineyards around it. Twenty-one years ago some genius decided to hold a wine festival there. Martinborough was already a quirky place, as it sits on the site of one … Read more

Christmas on the beach New Zealand

Christmas in New Zealand

August 14, 2012

Make no mistake, culture shock hits you in weird ways. Christmas is a biggie for someone who has just moved to New Zealand – no snow, sun everywhere and no turkeys to speak of. If you can’t cope without a white Christmas, the solution is to head for the South Island in July, for a celebration … Read more

Turatea Hills, Manawatu, New Zealand

Mountain Biking for the meek

May 3, 2012

It’s very curious. There is clearly something in the air in New Zealand that makes even somewhat sedentary folk want to go out and exercise. Although New Zealand has its share of large people, there are huge numbers who are out running, jogging, plodding or biking most days. Part of it is the weather, which … Read more

Teaching in Nepal 1999

July 26, 2011

In 1999 I was fortunate enough to go to Nepal as part of a team of doctors to teach under the auspices of ‘Urolink’, an offshoot of the British Association of Urological Surgeons. Going to exotic places to teach is a fantastic opportunity. I have always learnt more from the people I was visiting than I … Read more

Moreton Corbett Hall Shrewsbury UK

The Vanities of Man – the Ruins of Moreton Corbet Hall

September 11, 2010

The Vanities of Man – the ruins of Morten Corbett Hall I met a traveller from an antique land, Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand, Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, … Read more

Leptis Magna and Sabratha: Ancient ruins in Libya

June 1, 2005

I have ranted about the politics of Libya but this is about the Roman (and Phoenician) ruins in what is now Libya. In the relatively short time I had there, my friends took me to both Leptis Magna and Sabratha. I suspect that the nascent tourist industry has collapsed again but the vast majority of … Read more