Durian – the Happy Fruit


People either love or hate Durian fruit. (Opinions tend to vary depending on whether they have actually tasted it, getting the fruit past their nose and into their mouth.) A lot of people absolutely hate that

Durian – the Happy Fruit2017-09-13T11:43:14+08:00

Places we’ve been: Goreme (Turkey)


What is there to see in Goreme? For one thing there are lots of "Fairy Chimneys" - these strangely-eroded stone towers.  Sometimes you can wander through "Love Valley" because there are so many of these seemingly

Places we’ve been: Goreme (Turkey)2017-09-13T12:09:36+08:00

Places we’ve been: Brixham


Brixham is an incredibly picturesque little town in SW Britain. We were living in Torquay, Devon, and Brixham was a short ways further down past Paignton. Great place to go for some fish and chips

Places we’ve been: Brixham2017-09-13T12:12:02+08:00

Places we’ve been: Taksim


Istanbul (Turkey) is crammed full - that's the feeling you get. There are tiny streets, and tiny shopfronts . You need to sort of burrow into the shops to find the good stuff because although they are narrow

Places we’ve been: Taksim2017-09-13T12:15:00+08:00

Earthquake in Kathmandu


Yesterday there was a terrible earthquake in Nepal, with a great deal of damage and deaths in the city of Kathmandu as well as elsewhere. We visited Kathmandu in 2012. I got very tired of

Earthquake in Kathmandu2017-09-13T12:18:59+08:00

Elephant Poo Paper


I don't know - is that something you would want to be putting so close to your nose, knowing where it has actually been? It is actually paper that is really made out of elephant

Elephant Poo Paper2017-09-13T12:21:26+08:00

Kids like books


When James (our firstborn) was just 14 months old we went to work on Murray Island in the Torres Strait (Queensland). We lived in a tiny house (6m x 8m) and there were many things

Kids like books2017-09-13T12:23:15+08:00

Running amok


‘Running amok’ is for some reason a purely Malaysian thing. We never saw anything like that in Malaysia. But there was this one time, when we hadn’t been there very long, and we were enjoying

Running amok2015-08-26T08:29:27+08:00

A face on the train


  The little girl was so excited to be travelling with her doting parents on the train to the ancient Chinese city of Xi’an. There was so much to see and experience and she was

A face on the train2015-08-26T08:29:44+08:00



  I am the first to admit that I have always been a bit on the timid side. As a kid I was painfully shy. But that doesn't mean that I don’t enjoy an adrenaline

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