Holiday snaps – TUI blue-sky thinking

I’ve always had a soft spot for TUI as they grew out of Thomson’s which had a newspaper arm, who gave me my first job and my first holiday discounts. TUI which gave us the dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s and putting us in the middle and is now branding a range […]

Holiday Snaps – Cruise extra

It’s in midwinter that we start looking to the new year and where we’ll go, and for many of us that’s a cruise. And that’s what Celebrity Cruises were thinking too when they invited us all out to the Ivy in Dublin To talk about their 2020 vision, and the launch of Apex. […]

It’s our 25th Wedding Anniversary!

The world has changed a lot in the last 25 years but we’ve not… unless it is to get even more handsome and pretty. Twenty-five years ago today Sarah and I (yes, that’s her name, the Scary came later) formed a modern-day Scotland and England union. And as the fractures in the older United Kingdom […]

Holiday Snaps – Winter sun

I know I’m wishing the seasons away but it’s time to plan for winter sun. Yes, we know that the sun comes out 360 days a year (sorry 350 days a year). So that’s a virtual guarantee of good weather. Although it would be just my luck to be there when it does rain. Let’s […]

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 […]

We will delight them on the beaches

We’re all different and my elder brother would prefer to stay in the hotel in Ibiza rather than hit the beaches. My parents loved the beach and my Mum, in particular, loved to sunbathe. Me being the restless sort and never a strong swimmer I preferred a beach game. And I spent a week in […]

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 […]

Holiday Snaps

I love an oul’ festival…. they’re almost always not what you expect, and even better too. Take for example the Festival of the Trays which too me conjures up an image of people banging beer trays over their heads. It used to be popular in the Seventies and was featured in one of Esther Rantzen’s […]