Ahh – feels like finishing a jig-saw puzzle: just finished planning a day-trip, a conference weekend, 2 months on a traveling gig, and a round of holiday visits. The future’s looking much more settled now.
I hate relying on Starbucks. But I hate going without caffeine, toilets and wifi too. Such a whore for convenience.
I seem to move around at an ever-increasing pace these days, at last count having stayed in 38 places over the last 4 months, packing/unpacking 39 times, and closing or reconfiguring storage in three countries. Shedding weighty items like books, which I adore buying but have little time to read and no place to keep, has … Continue reading
Figures. I’m 10 days away from a 4-month absence, and everything in London seems just a little brighter and better than usual. We’re seeing Peter and the Wolf live at Royal Festival Hall tomorrow; a rogue swimmer crashed the Oxford-Cambrige Boat Race today to protest elitism; Boris called Ken a “fucking liar” publicly (and repeatedly) and will no … Continue reading
By Sitala Peek, BBC News Birmingham Rising early each morning, the young Charles Darwin and his brother Erasmus were led by their father Robert on a walk of silent contemplation around the grounds of their home in Shropshire. The daily ritual lasted about half an hour and was designed to encourage the boys to … Continue reading
Just read Richard Carter’s great article about the 1859 ‘Storm of the Century’. In it, he cites Charles Dickens’s piece on the tragic wreck of a cargo ship in the Irish Sea, where nearly 460 lives were lost. Dickens’s The Uncommercial Traveller, where the account appeared, is one of my all-time favourite travel books – … Continue reading
American polymath Benjamin Franklin, 10th and youngest son of a working-class family, had to leave school at age 10. Sir Ernest Shackleton was invalided out during his first Antarctic trek; he was later marked for heroism in saving the crew of Endurance. Marie Curie (a.k.a. Maria Sklodowska) was refused entry by Krakow University because she was female, and went … Continue reading
Geo-engineering trial aims to store winter temperatures in a giant block of ice that will cool and water Ulan Bator in summer. Guardian Online: Mongolia bids to keep city cool with ice shield experiment | Environment | guardian.co.uk. Well, my feelings about this are in the comments following the article, but while the natural engineering involved … Continue reading
Something delicious about solo train travel for work, isn’t there?