Holiday Snaps… It’s Georgia, the love getaway

I’m headin’ down the Atlanta Highway Lookin’ for the love getaway Headed for the love getaway, love getaway I got me a car, it’s as big as a whale And we’re headin’ on down to the Love Shack The B-52s Where you might just find your favourite Travel buddy. I caught one of Georgia’s finest, […]

This Sporting Weekend – Internationals

I first learned about the world through watching sport – World Cups, Olympics, the golf. The planet always gets a little bit smaller when your country is facing Kazakhstan in the footie. Or your rugby team tries for the umpteenth time to beat New Zealand. While the cricketers are ducking out of the way of […]

Give us this Day – LA’s gospel choirs

My family teased me when I was young as I stood by the side of the choir trying to be one of them. The choir that is. I lack nothing in enthusiasm but everything in vocal range. The same today, on both counts. My love of choirs has only grown the older I’ve got. And […]

Jocktails – the Sazerac

Now we all know that Cocktail Hour is 6 o’clock but did they stipulate that it had to be 6pm. So picture the scene: the Preservation Hall Jazz Band of New Orleans are belting out the tunes. Before they lead us into the hall, naturally playing When The Saints. They’ve got gumbo and jambalaya on […]

Jocktails – the Hurricane

I try to make a point of never sharing my cocktail with anybody else… but you’d do well to drink this Jocktails recommendation, The Hurricane, on your own. This is Pat O’Brien’s Hurricane cocktail and it’s meant to fill 13 thirsty drinkers. I guess it depends on your crowd! I was introduced to the Hurricane […]

Holidos and Don’ts: When in Rome

Do like the Romans… or the French. Or the Americans… or the Asians… it’s Holidos and Dont’s: When in Rome. These are the foreign customs that catch us out, but the trick is forearmed is forewarned. And play it safe. Back in the day when I was going to Italian classes I tried out an […]

Holiday Snaps – Dog surfing, California

They’ve been in training all year for the big event, and it’s almost upon us – Surf City Surf Dog in Huntington Beach, Southern California. This is where Bono, the Brazilian labrador made his name (I never did hear if he also wore shades). And the pupparazi will be at Surf City Surf Dog in […]

Jocktails… the Strawberry Daiquiri

A sweltering hot summer in Boston after Aberdeen University, three jobs, and a thirst on me like a blindfolded man in the desert. And a party of office workers unwinding in Quincy Market with a jug of Strawberry Daiquiri. I was in… and from that moment the slushy, ruby-red rum cocktail has always ben my […]