Joe Strummer, Lower East Side

The Beat Goes On – pure poetry (New York, USA)

January 6, 2013

It’s New Year’s Day, and Joe Strummer – poet of the streets – looks down from a giant mural facing Tompkins Park.  From here I walk west with my girlfriend towards St Marks church-in-the-Bowery, past webs of winding fire escapes; hands deep in our pockets, wrapped scarves covering chilled cheeks and chins. Tribal drums sound […]

***Sunshine Blogger Award 2013 – a welcome surprise!

March 25, 2013

For those in the dark : `The Sunshine Award is an award given by bloggers to other bloggers. The recipients of the Sunshine Award are bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.’ To be honest, this Sunshine Award may well be my first award of any kind, having been graciously nominated by […]

The Ghost Dance – mixing memories (Melbourne, Australia)

November 30, 2012

‘I have sent for you and I am glad to see you. I am going to talk to you after awhile about your relatives who are dead and gone.’                          – Wovoka, Paiute American Indian prophet, From Pierre I catch the first available flight to Los Angeles, then home to find my father frail and tired […]

Children of Earth and Sun – searching for Frank Lloyd Wright (USA)

August 5, 2013

The sound of our footsteps is muffled by patchwork drifts of snow on a gravel track winding past the bottom of carpark stairs. Surrounding hills are covered in local rhododendron; the air icy, the trees tall, rough barked and bare. Our guide strides ahead – rugged-up for the 10min walk – black puffer coat full […]

Down in the Lucky Country – beggars, charlatons and thieves (Melbourne, Australia)

April 17, 2013

Straight from a long lunch, I raised my umbrella and headed for the pedestrian bridge. Crossing the river, I turned onto the station path; Melbourne cold and soaked after 6-days rain. I recall the soulful sounds of an upright 2-string Vietnamese fiddle commingling with the distant strains of bagpipes that echo from under the bluestone […]

Of Music, Madness and Fame – one week in Prague (Czech Republic)

April 8, 2013

On my last night here, I’m dining with Bohdan at the Jindrisska belltower; a rustic restaurant occupying the top three floors. Panoramic views span the famous `one hundred spires’. Just above us hangs the c1518 St Mary’s Bell, our tiny table and chairs tucked between great Gothic beams. A flickering candle catches empty pilsner bottles and […]

Indian Summers : Mumbai and Beyond – Warm recollections of an Indian sojourn.

August 4, 2012

A signed hard copy of Indian Summers – the perfect gift for lovers of all things Indian – is a tactile, beautifully presented collection of 13 stories complete with a mosaic of richly coloured photos; equally at home in a backpack or on a coffee table. The complete e-book is also available.

The Real Wild West – inside the Arctic Circle (Vesterålen, Norway)

May 20, 2013

The narrow road is a roughed-out, potholed track gouged from ragged Norwegian mountains. Winding alongside a grey Arctic Ocean, it’s graced with the occasional passing bay and kept in place against northern tempests by discarded mountain boulders. Turning a last cliffside corner I stop the car and push open the door, buffeted by a wild […]