Edinburgh is celebrated for its macabre sights and stories – its cemeteries, its bodysnatchers, the buried Mary King’s Close. But even if you ignore the macabre, it’s a city that can be downright weird. For instance there’s the Heart of Midlothian, a little mosaic heart set in the pavement where the old Tolbooth – prison, […]

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The World’s Best Olives – An Investigation

October 28, 2014
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It’s amazing how travel can change your perspective. On the bigger things in life, sure, but also on smaller things, too. Small, delicious things… like olives. I used to hate olives. I wanted to like them, though. So badly. I went to London bars in my twenties and envied the other drinkers, popping them into […]

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Five Ways Tyneside is Great

October 17, 2014
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Tyneside is … great art. There’s the Baltic, a converted flour mill that presents continually changing exhibitions of contemporary art. The top floors give one of the best views of the Tyne and its bridges that you can possibly get, and exhibitions have included such diverse artists as Antony Gormley, Damien Hirst, Yoko Ono, and […]

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Doing the Laos Loop Without Planning It First

September 14, 2014
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We were fresh from the tranquil surroundings of Si Phan Don and the 4000 Islands. Our first days in Laos were peaceful and incredibly relaxing. But things were set to change quite drastically. I don’t know where we first heard about ‘The Loop’ but it sounded fun and we decided we’d do a little bit of it, in […]

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Driving safely around New Zealand

September 2, 2014
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One of the best – and most common – ways for tourists to explore and enjoy New Zealand is by hiring a car or a campervan. As we travelled around these gorgeous islands for over two months, we actually bought a car and sold it again at the end (something I really ought to write […]

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Doing the Lambeth (North) Walk!

August 15, 2014
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The South Bank has come up in the world. But once you’re past Waterloo, it’s not trendy any more. You end up in Lambeth North, in an area that hardly seems to know what it’s called and that shades imperceptibly into Kennington and Vauxhall. Not, you might think, an interesting place? Think again. There are some fascinating […]

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Mumbai: last days in India

August 4, 2014
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After our relaxed few weeks by the beach in Goa, and with the memories of Delhi not so far away, we weren’t especially excited about hitting one of the world’s most populated metropolises. But hit it we did, arriving into the main station before 6am. Admittedly, it didn’t start well. Despite our tired protestations, the […]

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