• Ski-cruisingslider
    The Sunday Times, April 16, 2017

    ARCTIC SKI CRUISE

    …here, just inside the Arctic Circle, there are almost limitless peaks, and a small ship makes the perfect mobile base for exploring them. It opens up that most seductive of prospects: summit-to-sea skiing. The catch is that you have to get up under your own steam. The hurt in Hurtigruten? I joined its inaugural voyage to find out…

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    The Sunday Times, May 7, 2017

    THANKS FOR THE HOLIDAY, FIDO

    …despite surrendering their home and beloved dog to a four-year-old, an 18-month-old and their two fraught parents, Caroline and Ian appeared supremely relaxed as they bade farewell to Pepper and departed for their minibreak with their grown-up children. “Make yourselves at home.” Minha casa e sua casa, and all that…

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    Lonely Planet Traveller, December 2014

    SPIRITS OF THE FOREST

    …the drive showcases the binary world of this part of the Congo Basin – a mosaic of savannah and forest strung together by uneven dirt tracks. The Land Cruiser jerks wildly, to driver Maxwell Muswere’s delight. ‘We joke that, here, the drunk drivers are the ones going in a straight line,’ he says, his dreadlocks flailing, his laugh drowning out the straining engine …

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    The Sunday Times, May 8, 2016

    WASHINGTON DC: THE ULTIMATE POWER TRIP

    …Seldom a night passes without a senator or member of the House dropping by this family-run restaurant. Obama’s cabinet have their annual outing here – 40 SUVs, 20 different bills and John Kerry signing cheques in gold pen are among the fascinating titbits I coax from owner John Valanos…

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    Sunday Express, January 8, 2012

    The liberating Falklands

    …the mist-enshrouded peninsula of Volunteer Point is the site of the world’s most accessible colony of king penguins. They prove luminously beautiful, their shimmering blue-grey cloaks enlivened by splashes of crepuscular yellow. What I take to be bushes transpire to be infants, squeaking from deep within downy fur…

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    The Guardian, October 13, 2009

    The world’s toughest race?

    …the course is 103 miles long with an aggregate climb of 30,839ft. Put another way, you’re running non-stop from London to Birmingham while ascending from the Dead Sea to the top of Everest. Throw in chronic sleep deprivation and a 40C temperature range and you have an event that, as one laconic fellow runner put it, is probably going to sting a bit…

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  • SWEDEN_SKATING
    The Independent, October 23, 2013

    GO WITH THE FLOE

    …it was the question on all of our minds, but I asked it: “How do you know when the ice isn’t safe to skate on?” Niklas, our imperturbable guide, rubbed his chin, looked thoughtful, then offered up the distilled wisdom of a lifetime spent playing around on frozen water. “When it breaks,” he said…

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    Lonely Planet Traveller, December 2013

    MEXICO GREAT ESCAPE

    …great storm clouds of vegetation mass around the pyramids, dangling vines like prying fingers. Little wonder that when the Mayans abruptly and mysteriously abandoned this site in 900AD, it was soon consumed, lying undiscovered for the best part of a millennium…

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