Porto & Elsewhere: Give Me (Another) Minute, Will You?

I’ve been seeing a lot of the East Midlands Parkway train station recently. The towers of Ratcliffe-On-Soar Power Station have become a welcoming sight, if you can say such a thing about a series of huge concrete tubes belching 10 million tonnes of CO2 every year (the 18th heaviest emitter in Europe). There’s something curiously relaxing about watching steam-shadows wind … Read More

Dead Air Under London

London breathes on my back. Around me, shirts billow, dresses flare and hats are clutched, as the stuffy, tasteless air roars past us in search of somewhere to dump its heat. Behind me, the mournful screee of an Underground Tube train – and around me, a subterranean London that is far from solid. Imagine laying a cross-section across the city, … Read More

Balderdash! – Busting 5 Myths About England

Ah, England! The mist-shrouded Arthurian ruins, the rolling green hills dotted with sleepy hamlets, nuns on bikes free-wheeling over cattle grids, tankards of warm beer, castles and orchards, jodhpurs and shooting-sticks, where monocles legally replace spectacles and more than two people will automatically form a queue, where everything is quaint and quintessential and steeped and… On and on. Planning a … Read More

London: Still Mostly Bits Of Sky

The first time I visited London I remembered it instantly. There are places that you visit and it’s all new enough for you to get lost within minutes. (I may be projecting. Please see the subtitle of this blog). And there are the other places – so enormously on the beaten track and beloved by the popular media that you’ve … Read More