Volcano adventure #2

There’s no doubt that the erupting volcano in Iceland will bring a much needed boost to the country’s economy. Lots of jobs are benefiting – and being created – because of the lava flowing to the east of Grindavik. From the helicopter pilots charging a fortune for a flight over the crater to the restaurantContinue reading “Volcano adventure #2”

How to become a world champion

Becoming the leading competitor in your chosen sport sprint necessarily require rich parents investing in lessons and world class equipment. It might not even include all that much talent on your behalf. It all depends what your chosen event is. A few years ago I entered the World Conker Championship in England and wasn’t allContinue reading “How to become a world champion”

When there’s no vet on the island…

It seems such a simple and straight thing for those of us living on the mainland. If your dog gets ill, you can take it to the vet to get help, or contact a charity to help out. On an island as small as Eigg, though, there aren’t facilities like a supermarket let alone aContinue reading “When there’s no vet on the island…”

Wookey Hole

We’re heading down to the south west of England for my latest travel blog – visiting the underground world of Wookey Hole and discovering the incredible historical treasures it houses. Wookey Hole – one of the country’s top attractions – is one of 50 brilliant days out in my new book, Days Out Underground: 50Continue reading “Wookey Hole”

National Coal Mining Museum

It’s time for another journey beneath the surface of Britain to discover another cracking day out for people of all ages. The National Coal Mining Museum, not far from junction 38 of the M1, is awesome place to go – not least because it’s free to get in and even the brilliant underground tour onlyContinue reading “National Coal Mining Museum”

Standedge Tunnel

Time for another blog about a day out underground, featured in my book that contains 50 great things to do beneath Britain. If you would like a signed copy for yourself, or a gift for somebody you don’t like, then please get in touch via my website and I’ll get one sent out. The PenninesContinue reading “Standedge Tunnel”

Western Approaches

Liverpool is a city on the rise and visitors flock to the city to enjoy the redeveloped waterfront, Beatles history and Premier League football. One of the less-known attractions in Liverpool is beneath the city’s streets and is the third chapter in my Days Out Underground book. The Western Approaches is a fabulous way toContinue reading “Western Approaches”

Stockport Air Raid Shelters

Stockport Air Raid Shelters Days Out Underground. Some of the attractions in my Days Out Underground book are in out-of-the-way places, but not so the feature of Chapter 1 – this one is right in the middle of a big town. Stockport, near Manchester, has a secret beneath its streets. As shoppers pass by onContinue reading “Stockport Air Raid Shelters”

A Cornish Delight

As the weather improves, more sunshine hours cheer us up and we start thinking about our holidays, many of us will be booking an annual trip to Cornwall – myself included! While we may hope for the best possible weather on a trip to the surfing heaven of the south west, the skies often don’tContinue reading “A Cornish Delight”

Murky History Beneath Edinburgh

On the rare occasions I get invited into a radio studio to do an interview, I’m never at my most comfortable. For a start, I’m not very good talking about myself and I’m so wholly focused on not making a mistake that I inevitably make a mistake. This week, to mark the launch of myContinue reading “Murky History Beneath Edinburgh”