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September 10, 2018

“Guidance issued by Dame Sally Davies, the chief medical officer, advises that men and women should not drink more than 14 units of alcohol per week, which amounts to six 175ml glasses of wine.”  As seen in the online Guardian, 10.09.18 

Forgive me because I don’t...

May 12, 2018

We live in Aarhus, Denmark, a small country of a thousand islands, and a bit of land attached to Germany.  We have a Peugeot 208, a roof box and we have never been to Portugal. so we said … “let’s go on a road trip”.

Other people said, “with a six month old baby, are yo...

October 3, 2017

I was admitted to the Hospital Universitario Virgen Las Nieves, Granada, on a Friday, five days after my heart decided to go on strike [see #14, most heart attacks happen on a Monday]. I had barely managed anything to eat and what did got barfed up soon after.

Apart fro...

September 9, 2017

“Oh good grief, not again”.  Four days, four bloody days and I was still suffering.

This was my twelfth day on the GR7 in Andalusia and it wasn’t going so well.  My guidebook was useful only as toilet paper and the trail markings were, how to put it politely, shite, tha...

April 18, 2016

On my journey, I can look back at seven mistakes.

1.    I made the mistake of planning for the future based on the present reality

It was early April and I had packed for cold, wet and windy. What I got was scorching sunshine.  Sunburn and dehydration were my bigges...

April 14, 2016

In 1948, South Africa the white minority National Party began the process of legal discrimination called Apartheid. There were three main classifications, white, coloured and black. The first ever multi-racial democratic elections in 1994 marked the end of racial segre...

April 13, 2016

In my previous blog, I walked alone, I mentioned a social research project.  Only three of the sixty-eight participants made it through the eight hours of being disconnected, or to reverse it, 65 gave up.

I was a youth worker for nearly 20 years and the capacity of youn...

April 11, 2016

Have you ever deliberately disconnected yourself from the world for more than just a few hours?

In the morning we say good morning to someone be it a spouse, a child or the shopkeeper.  The most crushing existence I can imagine is having no one to talk to, no one to sha...

March 29, 2016

“Not all those who wander are lost” is a line from the poem All that is gold does not glitter, written by J. R. R. Tolkien and it has inspired many a tattoo.  

Except for me, I was wondering why I was wandering and it was because I was lost.  I was lost in France but no...

March 22, 2016


Imagine staring into the African bush [you do stare, waiting, hoping, eyes drying out], the flies irritatingly circle your face, your sweat stings the corners of your eyes.  You hear a twig crackle under an unseen animal.  You are hoping for an elephant or even maybe...

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