Maggie’s Culture Crawl Edinburgh 2015

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The words ‘culture’ and ‘crawl’ are not often used together, but in the case of cancer support charity Maggie’s, Culture Crawl has been an annual event in London for 10 years now.   On Friday 25th September, Culture Crawl is coming to Edinburgh for the first time. I am blogging about this because I am a board director for Maggie’s – plus I am taking part in this unique event, which will take participants round some of Edinburgh’s hidden cultural gems …. Continue reading

Jakarta culinary adventures – my favourite food experiences

When I wasn’t “flooded in” at my hotel during my time in Jakarta back in January 2013,  I enjoyed several culinary experiences, including a lot of outstanding Indonesian food.  In my humble opinion,  Indonesia’s culinary heritage offers the best food in Asia – I had to run and work out everyday to avoid rolling on to my flight home. So, aside from the incredible pork knuckle at Die Stube, here are some of my other Jakarta culinary adventure highlights…

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2014 summary in pictures

For the last few months my dive gear and travel bags have had time off and blog has been quiet.  I have been preoccupied attending a family wedding plus doing more routine things in life back in the UK.  As the year draws to a close however, I have been reflecting over the year and decided to select 12 of my favourite (and mainly people) photos from my various travels and experiences.


Lord Lucan and Crazy German, two of many dedicated hash house harriers, show off their “badge jackets” at the Pattaya Jungle Hash House Harriers Australia Day run:


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The Save Minamisoma Project and the JW Marriott Khao Lak

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On the morning of March 11 2011,  I remember sitting in my living room having breakfast with two house guests.  It was the day before my first triathlon – the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon.   On CNN, breaking news from Japan took over the morning headlines with scenes of the devastating tsunami as it hit the shores of North Eastern Japan.  I am sure many will recall the ariel news footage showing scenes of a high speed, debris ridden black wave engulfing the flat farmlands of North Eastern Japan. With this huge wave were complete buildings – some on fire – ships and trucks, all destroying anything in its path…


I immediately sent a message to my friend living in Tokyo. She of course felt the earthquake and the city had gone into its famous and well rehearsed earthquake emergency plan, fearing more earthquakes and aftershocks.  Thankfully her family from…

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