Posted on 12:57pm Wednesday 15th July 2009
THE human cost of the war in Afghanistan is brought home to this part of the world every time a fallen serviceman or woman is repatriated through RAF Lyneham.
Posted on 3:11pm Wednesday 27th May 2009
Can it really be a week ago that we were in Petra? Time, the places we have seen and the roads we have ridden are beginning to blur. We have turned left, heading north, the sun on our backs for most of the day, a marked contrast between north Africa and the Middle East. The gritty unpredictability of each day has given way to a more relaxed holiday mood. Gone are the simple roadside cafes we encountered along the full length of the coast where a fresh sheep skin hanging up indicated lamb on the barbeque with a couple more tethered nearby in case we were hungry. Now we are subjected to the unfamiliar trappings of modern life such as menus, knives, forks and alcohol.
Posted on 3:08pm Wednesday 27th May 2009
Today, Sunday 10th May, has been extraordinary in contrasts. Breakfast and a private air display in Aqaba with the Royal Jordanian Flying Falcons courtesy of Vic’s aerobatic contacts, followed by an afternoon in Petra.
Posted on 3:18pm Friday 8th May 2009
One week into the ride, three days of which were spent congregating from our various homes. Eventually, the 'Six Pack' were together for the first time just south of Barcelona. No more comparing equipment and checking lists, this was it. Gale force cross winds, making the ride down to Spain quite dangerous but a delicious lunch, brought us together as a group, with Charlie, the court jester, kitted out head to foot in black leather, courtesy of Harley Davidson.
Posted on 3:13pm Friday 8th May 2009
RUNNING a travel company means Cirencester's Nick Laing has visited some of the most beautiful places in the world.
Posted on 10:10am Thursday 12th March 2009
IT¹S CHELTENHAM Gold Cup Week and for once the weather is forecast to be relatively quiet - unlike last year a day¹s racing was cancelled on account of high winds battering the course and the time a snowstorm held up the Gold Cup.
Posted on 10:11am Wednesday 11th March 2009
OVER the last week a vast army of journalists have commented on the phenomenon that is Gail Trimble - the girl who took the team from Corpus Christie College, Oxford to victory in the final of University Challenge so I¹m going to have my say too.
Posted on 11:13am Thursday 29th January 2009
A BREAK in the arctic weather means I can finally head to the allotment. I have it in mind that I will dig up parsnips to accompany the Sunday roast and possibly make more progress on preparing a bed but the fork almost breaks on contact with earth.
Posted on 1:32pm Thursday 9th October 2008
WHEN I was five-years-old I pulled a rude face at a woman who worked in a shop in my home town. When we got home my mother (who had obviously decided not to have a scene in public) told me that we would go back that afternoon so that I could apologise.
Posted on 11:49am Thursday 9th October 2008
RETURN to Gifford’s Circus after a two-year absence and am delighted to see that some things have not changed. Tweedy the clown and the fiddle playing tightrope walker are still wowing the crowds and as always the lines between surrealism and reality are heavily blurred.