15th April, 2019 / travel
We’ve just returned from our first trip to Suffolk, where open landscapes and abundant birdlife take centre stage and everything feels gently connected. The food’s pretty good too.
6th March, 2019 / events
Last night I attended the launch of Dear Nature, an important new work from renowned Nottingham artist John Newling. I was also invited to give a reading from the book.
15th April, 2018 / travel
We feel refreshed after the mossy calm of Kokedera, but it’s time to descend from the peaceful hills and head into the city. Our bus arrives, and we enjoy the short trip downtown.
13th April, 2018 / travel
We arrive at Saga-Arashiyama station hoping to store our cases in coin lockers, but all are in use. And so we drag our wheelies in the suffocating Spring heat, weaving around a billion tourists.
12th April, 2018 / travel
We arrive in style, aboard the impressive 500 Type Eva Evangelion Shinkansen, delighted to be back in Hiroshima. This charming city made a big impression on us two years earlier.
11th April, 2018 / travel
We catch a local train out of sprawling Osaka to the Kawabe district in Hyōgo Prefecture. The family of our friend, Yusuke, has invited us to stay, even though he’s working away in the Philippines.
10th April, 2018 / sport
Two years ago, an overnight stay in this sprawling city left a mixed impression, but my second visit benefits from everything Geri learned while filming last year, and the thrill of Grand Sumo!
9th April, 2018 / travel
Our trips to Japan tend to rest on two very distinct styles of accommodation: mostly, we’re content with Airbnb boltholes, but occasionally there’s the luxury of a five star hotel.
8th April, 2018 / food & drink
Despite markedly different approaches to customer service, Bear Pond and Koffee Mameya have much in common, not least their unflinching dedication to quality. When coffee reaches this level, the experience is mind-altering.
7th April, 2018 / travel
I’d agreed to meet Geri for coffee. Usually, that means a brisk walk into town, but on this occasion, she was in the future. She was 6,000 miles away.
12th August, 2017 / music
The National, Bon Iver, Beach House, Feist, Iggy Pop, Band of Horses and many more. Refshaleøens, Copenhagen
18th October, 2008 / art
I was back in one of my favourite Reykjavik bars. I sipped a cup of cold Thule, served by an Icelandic woman, with whom I half-conversed in my rusty Íslenska.
10th January, 2008 / food & drink
I’m doing a lot more cooking these days and learning about food rather than just eating it. My kitchen confidence took quite a knock over the last few years, but I’m back.
18th February, 2007 / travel
A few of you know that I lived in Iceland for a total of around a year, and I get lots of emails asking about things to see and do in Reykjavík. To save me the trouble of writing back every time, I decided to post up my must-see list here.
4th November, 2006 / food & drink
Brrrr! It ain't half getting cold out, and Autumn feels more like Winter. At this time of year it is important to keep well fed and ward off any nasty colds and flus.