A few days in Carlisle

Back in 2009, I flew off to Carlisle for a few days – and when I say “flew”, I mean that I took the train. It’s quite a long way from Dorset (seven hours!) and even longer back because it was a Sunday and our beloved planned engineering works meant I had to make three… More A few days in Carlisle


Back in September, on the back of a bad summer at work and an issue at Guides, I ran off for a short weekend in Manchester and Liverpool. I took the direct train from Southampton – and it kind of astonishes me that there’s a direct train to Manchester from Southampton – first thing on… More Manchester

Swanage & Durlston

Today I’m in the UK and I have a travelling companion. This is Tom: We took advantage of a beautiful day during the Christmas holidays (the first Christmas holiday I’ve had in five years). Actually, we chose the date five days in advance and the fact that it was beautiful was just us being lucky. So… More Swanage & Durlston

EdFringe 2015

I know it’s been eight months but I thought it really was about time I did a post of some kind about the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. I like stand-up comedy and because I am ridiculous, I keep a spreadsheet of what I’ve seen, which tells me that since November 2009, I’ve seen 237 shows, encompassing… More EdFringe 2015


Today’s adventure was a pretty small one – lunch in Studland with a quick walk down to the beach and to Fort Henry. Studland is a small village and peninsula on the southern side of Poole Harbour, home to plenty of heathland, beach and a big sweeping bay bounded on the southern side by Old… More Studland