Citybreak: Lisbon

Citybreak: Lisbon

Eating Out On almost every street in downtown Lisbon, local restaurants abound with cheap and cheerful menus, catering mainly to families. Over the street from where were staying, in a small bedsit apartment at street level, there were half a dozen such restaurants barely the size of a living room, sparsely furnished with simple formica [...]

The Walkie Talkie

Arguably one of the ugliest buildings in the world, the Walkie Talkie affects me like a bad haircut. But it is certainly distinctive and having walked past it every working day for around five years, I actually started to find it ... interesting. Certainly when you take photos, it changes depending on the time of [...]

Coffee Shops

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International Mountain Day

International Mountain Day

International Mountain Day was inaugurated in 2003 by the United Nations to support events that encourage the sustainable development of mountains. The responsibility for the observance of International Mountain Day was assigned to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), one of the UN organisations. Various themes have been celebrated during the annual event, including raising [...]
Ethiopia

Ethiopia

One of the world's poorest countries is also among the most populous. Few people realise the population size of some of the African countries -- Ethiopia has more than 100 million people, and increasingly they will be living in towns. Urban planning and development are crucial to these people's futures.
Haw Par Villas

Haw Par Villas

It's many years since I went to the Haw Par Villa in Singapore -- I mean the original, not the spruced up version that's there now. The villa is  definitely one of the odder aspects of Singapore, whose respectful and pious Confucian ethic is well known. The often gruesome depictions of the 10 courts of [...]

Cranes

Looking out over the London skyline I realised that cranes are absolutely everywhere in this topsy turvy city.
The Sea, The Sea

The Sea, The Sea

Nearly three quarters of the world"s surface is water. Yet how often do we go down to the sea and enjoy it? Let"s get out there more. let's also protect it.
Lewes Apothecary

Lewes Apothecary

Fabulous window display by Amanda Saurin at her lovely apothecary shop in Lewes. The shop is on the western end of town as you come away from the High Street. I passed these displays of flower petals on my way to the station and it out me in a better mood than I had been [...]
Paddock Singers 10th – Gloria!

Paddock Singers 10th – Gloria!

The Paddock Singers celebrated their 10th birthday with a fabulous rendition of Vivaldi's Gloria. The event was delivered to a full house at All saints in Lewes. The choir was founded in 2007 after a group of singers from the Finnish Prisoner decided they wanted to continue their musical journey by setting up a people's choir. [...]
New energy

New energy

Did you ever think about how energy will be delivered in 2050?  Most people think of energy in terms of charging up their mobile phone or plugging in the fan on shot summer's day. But usually they have no idea how power gets to their home or what is used to generate it. Traditionally it's [...]
Review: London City Hotel

Review: London City Hotel

Spent a couple of very pleasant nights at this bijoux hotel right next to Borough tube station. The rooms are clean, tidy, and the staff are friendly. Not all the rooms have en-suite bathroom but the shared facilities are spotless. The hotel also has apartments, and Cafe Riva downstairs offers a nice breakfast at a [...]
Ramshackle northern Cyprus

Ramshackle northern Cyprus

This photo brought back very fond memories of a holiday we had a few years ago in northern Cyprus. We would find all sorts on the roofs of houses there. Whereas the southern side was full of fish n' chip shops, the north had a more frontier feel to it. This photo captures something of the ramshackle, [...]
Kuwait still suffers Saddam scars

Kuwait still suffers Saddam scars

My recent trip to Kuwait took me to the usual round of energy, oil and investment companies, but before we went to the airport having spent less than 24 hours in the country, our taxi driver insisted on giving us a quick tour of the main sights. We went round the gleaming and impressive mosques, [...]