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30th December, 2019 / personal

2019 in review

Six years have passed since I last reviewed the year. That was 2013; I got engaged and began to detach from the speed and distraction of design and tech, pledging to prioritise my personal life.

22nd September, 2019 / audio

The podcast that never was

The idea was to create a podcast series about sound and place, recording each episode in a different location. I assembled one episode but thought better of sharing it — until now.

15th April, 2019 / travel

A long weekend in Suffolk

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.

15th April, 2018 / travel

Sakura and the city

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

Hoshinoya Kyoto

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

At home in Hiroshima

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

Family time in Kawabe

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

Grand Sumo in Osaka

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

Hoshinoya Tokyo

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

Bear Pond and Koffee Mameya

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

Meeting my wife for coffee

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.

28th February, 2018 / outdoors

A few days in Langdale

Instagrams from a wintry camping and hiking trip in the Lakes.

1st September, 2017 / technology

I’m writing again

Buoyed by experiential optimism, I want to highlight the ways digital technology can benefit well-being, and strengthen our connection to the natural world.

31st December, 2013 / personal

2013 in review

Another end-of-year reflection for future me to enjoy. It was an incredible year in which I pretty much sorted my life out. Most notably, I turned 40, and got engaged!

17th June, 2013 / travel

Waking in Florence

I awake to a beautiful Summer’s morning in the Boboli District. The heat has me out of bed unusually early, and I find myself on our balcony garden, looking across the terracotta rooftops of Florence.

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