A visit to the West Yorkshire town of Todmorden. I didn’t get abducted by aliens but I did encounter the pinkest microbrewery ever.

Yerevan, Armenia


A series of posts from three trips to Armenia – a tiny land on the edge of Europe where a tragic and devastating history and a rich, deep cultural heritage all somehow lay the foundation for a dynamic, welcoming and thoroughly engaging country.



Two days in Cork on a work trip left me little time to see this major Irish city. So I was more or less entirely dependent on taxi drivers for my impressions.



When revisiting a place, it’s always good to see it through different eyes. On a repeat visit to the French city of Toulouse recently, I had the chance to do just that – using very different eyes indeed.

London skyline

Nothing to report

Recent trips to Edinburgh and London have made me realise I saw nothing of the two places. Catching up with friends in the evenings is great, but just occasionally I think I’m going to go wandering by myself to see what interesting thing lurk waiting to be discovered.

A work trip to Bucharest

Here are a couple of posts I wrote following a 2012 work trip to Bucharest, Romania; in which I reflect on the artificial reality of a large hotel that could be anywhere, and the surprising awareness among the locals I spoke to of goings-on in Scotland.

Luxembourg, by train

Find all my posts from our 2012 long weekend in Luxembourg here, including an introduction to our trip, the sights of Luxembourg City’s upper and lower parts, the obscure Luxembourgish language, the highlights of the country’s food and drink, and our stops en route home in Brussels and London.