It’s low-fare Lingus… from €39.99

Without rules what would we be? French. I love comedian Al Murray, the Pub Landlord. The thing is that some don’t because they don’t get the joke… the exaggerated flag-waving Little Englander. And, of course, like many comic creations, Al is very different from his stage act. He is actually a Second World War buff […]

This Sporting Weekend… Andy Murray

It’s not surprising that Andy Murray has had to have his body reconstructed from spare parts. Because it’s not easy carrying the sporting hopes of an entire nation, Scotland, on your back. And yes, we know he’s also British. But, of course us Scots love to joke that the English media call him British when […]

Surfing the seas in Barcelona

Only one man walks on water in Barcelona. He’s everywhere – in every shop window, on the backs of every family of tourists. Or parading his skills before 100,000 worshippers at the cathedral of football, the Camp Nou. Only on the day I visited the Spanish city, he’s not. The ubiquitous Lionel Messi is back […]

Eat my shorts… it’s Voldemort and Bart

How do you explain to US customs why you need to take a brick through? Just say it’s because you’re rebuilding Diagon Alley brick by brick. Our guide tells us that’s what a member of the Harry Potter film team did to ensure everything met with JK Rowling’s approval. The very same JK would visit […]

Hogwarts and all… Harry Potter

They’re the stuff of fantasy, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, the Wizard of Oz and Hogwarts Castle. They are the castles of our imagination, so think about the chance of seeing them come to life. Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, to give it its proper name, rises majestically from the pages of JK […]

Flyday Friday – Flying the flag

When an airline pulls out of a route it merely opens up the market for another, and who can blame Aer Lingus for putting their hands up? While recognising the challenges for everyone in the aviation industry, our national airline carrier was quick to flag up its product in the wake of the Norwegian news. […]

Twice Upon A Time In Hollywood

It’s probably not that different from when Sharon Tait went to El Coyote in West Hollywood in Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood. The Mexican restaurant was where Sharon and her friends ate a Mexican meal and drank Margaritas. Although the heavily-pregnant actress stayed off the cocktails. Unbeknown to them when they returned home to […]

Give us this day -Padova

As calling cards go it does the job – simple, functional and just what is needed if your stock painting will be halos. With a swish and a brush of red paint Giotto di Bondone had announced himself to the Papal envoy with his freehand circle. And within a few years he would announce himself […]

Holiday Snaps – Save money on Italy

A man goes into the doctor: ‘Doctor, I feel like an Italian island,’ Doctor: ‘Don’t be Sicily.’ You obviously need more than a morning and afternoon to spend in Sicily but alas that is all we had on our day trip from Malta. Of course we could easily put that right with award-winning Italian holiday […]

Flyday Friday – Madeira

The mother-in-law has been asking where to holiday. I thought a single fare but I’m not that brave. And then changed my advice to Madeira. The Bamba (the kids couldn’t say Grandma) has something of the green fingers about her. So she’d love lush Madeira. Madeira’s flora and fauna benefit from the volcanic ash on […]