Fireworks

They hail from China, herald in the New Year, mark the burning of a Catholic traitor and are banned in southern Ireland. And fireworks will be lit all over the UK tonight to commemorate the failure of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. That was when a group of disenchanted Catholic noblemen attempted to blow up […]

This Sporting Weekend – Club shops

With apologies to Tottenham Hotspur fans everywhere this Saturday’s This Sporting Weekend comes to you by way of Bayern Munich bratwurst sausages. Bayern, of course, are the pride and joy of Munich. And this being Bavaria they like to push their lederhosens. Which is why their salt and pepper cellars are of a man and […]

Flyday Friday – Das airport toilets Herren und Damen

I feel I know Franz J Strauss better now than my own wife. Having spent a good bit of time with him on four visits to his airport in the last couple of weeks. Franz J is not from the illustrious musical Strausses, the elder of whom gave his name to Vienna Airport. He was […]

Flyday Friday – Ryanair flyin’ where?

One of my favourite things around the house (The Scary One, of course) is my globe. Particularly when one of those destinations crop up on the Ryanair roster for summer 2020 which I’ve never heard of. Palanga is one, Podgorica another. I was concentrating in Geography class when Verona and Marseille came up. Palanga, I […]

Portuguese portcullises – Castelo de Almourol

Medieval castles are all wrapped up in our imagination with damsels in distress. And ever the knight in shining armour I am always there to protect my lady’s honour. We’re in Castelo de Almourol in the middle of the River Tagus in Portugal. It is our wedding anniversary week. And this is without doubt the […]

Saturday night’s all right… for Ryanair

Message to Michael O’Leary… I watch the football on TV on a Saturday. I think you’ll understand although tonight it’s not your beloved Manchester City but that pesky Liverpool side. Who seem the only team who can give you a game. Just so you know though about my schedule the next time you extend your […]

Flyday Friday – Dubai

The Son And Heir was always reaching out as a toddler, curious to see what the world felt like it. And he loved his lego which he called ‘Talls’. He’d love Legoland in Dubai Parks and Resorts then. And you’d love Emirates’ deal for your family for €5,569 http://www.emiratesholidays.com with return flights. Emirates Holidays has […]

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 […]

Holiday Snaps – Biarritz

Right, the world’s leaders aren’t going to stay in a caravan park but I do heartily agree with the G7’s choice of Biarritz. In a former life, and former newspaper, when I had to compete with others (the cheek of it!) to be picked to go on a travel trip, I landed Biarritz. The newspaper’s […]

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 […]