London: Nostalgia in the Now

Nostalgia hangs thick in the air of the UK and especially with London. When I return to my spiritual home (Heathrow) literally a city within a city, a Vatican for avgeeks, I find British Airways are not only still flying the jumbo but some are in retro colour schemes recalling 1983 (Negus & Negus designed […]

Lisbon: Here at the Western World

*Due to unforeseen circumstances this is not the blog I envisioned, something on par and as detailed as my Helsinki blog – still one of my faves which deserves more eyes and curious minds. As for Lisboa, I’ve had to cobble together a piece as best I can from my notes on this my sophomore visit to […]

Seville: A Saucerful of Secrets

Frying or freezing could have been the title here. I am no stranger to the heat but more so in Asia. 37 was commonplace In Guangzhou. Likewise freezing in hostel dorms or on public transport and so Seville breathes a familiar air. My expectation was to be done with the cauldron city within a few hours […]

Gibraltar: The Key to Exclusivity!

Frontiers form a big part of my life. From the outset the bridges between Wales and England over the rivers Wye and the Severn cast an indelible symbol of escapism. Likewise in China when living in Shenzhen and staring across to the lesser known vistas of northern Hong Kong. I have crossed many borders on […]

Orihuela: The Murals of San Isidro

1976 was a period of great change and renewal around the world (Punk in the UK, the death of Mao Zedong in China and the death of Francisco Franco in Spain the previous year). I have been based in the latter since late 2018 and have been grateful for the fascinating journey it has given […]

Elche: Original Motion Picture

The world is littered with geographically close cities that in appearance and mood are worlds apart Newport and Cardiff, Bristol and Bath, Glasgow and Edinburgh, Hong Kong and Shenzhen, Copenhagen and Malmo. Some of those were visited pre-blog. However, in this case, it’s Alicante and Elche (or Elx if you give it its Valencian name). […]