A Year in Nepal: Chapter 3 A Tale of Three Cities


"A Year in Nepal" is a book I have been writing since the beginning of this year, 2019. I'd got to my 6th chapter and somehow ran out of steam, lots of ideas, content, adventures, but just couldn't continue or explain it! I let it sit there for two months, and despite encouragement from friends … Continue reading A Year in Nepal: Chapter 3 A Tale of Three Cities

Budapest, buddha-bar hotel, probably the best hotel in ….


The shower in one of our rooms was hardly functioning and in the other room created a puddle so deep it was impossible to walk back into the bathroom! Our immediate complaint was met with embarrassment by the Hotel management, a quick investigation of possible cause, then an immediate upgrade to TWO Suites! Remember this … Continue reading Budapest, buddha-bar hotel, probably the best hotel in ….

Sewage, sex and skeletons at Herculaneum!


Luca’s humour and enthusiasm for all things archaeological was like a glass of the best prosecco you have ever tasted compared to some of the earlier tour guides who were more like the dregs from the previous night’s bottle of Mongolian Red! He was also capable of walking and talking at the same time, so … Continue reading Sewage, sex and skeletons at Herculaneum!

Pompeii : Forget the guidebook, just wander.


There are times when guides and guidebooks are a hindrance to mindfulness in travel. Each of these drives you in a direction of THEIR choice and at THEIR pace, something we have suffered from in the past few days in Mdina, Syracuse, Valletta ....... Our cruise ship had docked at Naples just after 8.00 am … Continue reading Pompeii : Forget the guidebook, just wander.

Archimedes, and the rest of us, screwed at Syracuse!


When I was a postgraduate student doing research for my PhD in chemistry, one highly competitive aspect amongst fellow researchers was to cite/quote from the earliest historical reference to anything connected to your work and insert it into your doctoral thesis. The earliest/oldest scientific reference was the winner. In 1974 I won by citing Archimedes’ … Continue reading Archimedes, and the rest of us, screwed at Syracuse!