Tracks of the Iron Masters Day 6: you say immigrant, I say potato.

Weeds for many of us are those plants which happen to find their way into the least desirable places on our front lawns, garden paths or back yards. There we are, sitting on our laurels feeling as pleased as punch with our manicured lawn or tidied up patch when out of the corner of our … Continue reading Tracks of the Iron Masters Day 6: you say immigrant, I say potato.

Tracks of the Iron Masters Day 3. Who you looking at?

There's no doubt the tracks are seriously under scrutinised. There's nowhere near enough CCTV cameras to monitor any anti-social behaviour and for a country which prides itself on being one of the most scrutinised in the world, this is clearly a very poor state of affairs. Given every double decker bus in the UK has … Continue reading Tracks of the Iron Masters Day 3. Who you looking at?

Tracks of the Iron Masters Day 1: travelling with (and in) a tent.

"I think we've got a storm brewing!" calls out the man on the electric wheelchair as he speeds by, pointing up to the gathering clouds, wind in his hair and thick west Cumbrian accent trailing behind him. The winds been gathering pace all afternoon and what was earlier a brisk thoroughfare of dog walkers, bikes … Continue reading Tracks of the Iron Masters Day 1: travelling with (and in) a tent.

Tracks of the Iron Masters: Day Minus 2 and counting

It's been months coming and now it's just around the corner: an eight day residency on two stretches of the railway tracks which have been known for decades as the 'Tracks of the Iron Masters, so called because their significance in the iron, steel and mining industries on the West Cumbria coastline. So what's going … Continue reading Tracks of the Iron Masters: Day Minus 2 and counting

Tips for Travellers: the first time I ever…

... walked along the new platform which connects the Nottingham tram to the railway station was the moment I realised that there are new things we could be doing and seeing every day. Not as a form of magnificent gesture, or in a transformative life changing impactful kind of way but in a small, momentary … Continue reading Tips for Travellers: the first time I ever…

Tips for Travellers: Waverley Hotel, Workington

Hot spots, cold spots and soft spots. What many hotel managements don't get these days is that along with the 17 different types of eggs you can choose for your breakfast, what the travelling business person or giraffe needs from a hotel is a functioning, reliable, uncontested and free wifi as part of the package. … Continue reading Tips for Travellers: Waverley Hotel, Workington

Tips for Travellers: Panna Kitchen and Canteen, Liverpool

Dreaming of musical reunions at the dreamy PANNA café. PANNA Kitchen and Canteen is a chic café on Tithebarn Street in Liverpool. The kind of place where you might meet aspirational, visionary and sparky musicians of the future, it was setup by Slovakian business partners Peter and Ivana, and offers a refreshing relief to the … Continue reading Tips for Travellers: Panna Kitchen and Canteen, Liverpool

Tips for Travellers: The Seacote Hotel, St Bees.

The Hotel that DIY Enthusiasts have been crying out for. Cumbria affords the tourist a multitude of seldom seen pleasures. Whether it's landscapes and seascapes, birds and butterflies, or trains and wind turbines it's impossible for the visitor not go 'wow' at least three times a day. These feats of genetic and human engineering bring … Continue reading Tips for Travellers: The Seacote Hotel, St Bees.

When you land somewhere new, you have no history.

Or so you think. You hear the words but can't understand the sentences. The maps are intriguing but meaningless. The streets have names but no personality. There's no hypertext in the environment: which means no links, no back story, no memories to reminisce about. Or so you think. When you're new, you understand the importance … Continue reading When you land somewhere new, you have no history.