Spring of 2020: days, weeks, months (we'll stop there) dominated by a vicious virus. The spring of corona. 'If the mountaine will not come to Mahomet, Mahomet will goe to the mountaine', said Francis Bacon nearly 400 years ago. 'We can't travel the world. But [...]
As I write this, I'm sitting on the terrace of Ashanti Guesthouse in Cape Town, thinking about Botswana. I was once in Gaborone, Botswana's somewhat unassuming capital. Just for a weekend, really. Everything was closed and the town was very quiet. My young self, well... [...]
I may have told you before about my love affair with Alexander McCall Smith, or more specifically, his characters. The wise lady detective in Gaborone, the inimitable Edinburgh philosopher Isabel Dalhousie, the pompous Professor Dr Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld, the wonderfully quirky characters in 44 Scotland Street - I want to know them all. Just think of the dinner party discussions...
After a rather rough crossing with choppy waters and queasy kids, we arrive in St Peter Port, Guernsey's diminutive capital. I meant to stay on Jersey and explore the other islands from there, but ended up booking a few nights in St Peter Port after [...]
Isle of Man has been used as film location for numerous movies, including the deliciously wicked Keeping Mum. Remember this gorgeous view?