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A Pig Is For Christmas, Not For Life!

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The Ericle has been having a pig of a December. Yesterday I chauffeured The Prodigal One, who has a ham-scam on the go for Xmas, to Smithfield Market. Tomorrow I’m off to Romania for a long weekend, with a traditional … Read more...

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Take Me Out To The Ballpark

During the final fortnight of this October I was up in the early hours of the morning no less than 6 times. I’m not a great sleeper, butredsox my early risings on these occasions were intentional – I wanted to … Read more...

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My close shave in Istanbul. (And another in North London).

As some of you may know, The Ericle has recently returned from a late summer holiday in Turkey; the last 4 days of which were spent Turkey 170in Istanbul. We had booked our flights, and our Taksim Square accommodation, in February … Read more...

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THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES Part 1: It’s Not About The Bike

Contrary to most non-motorcyclists expectations, the joy of touring on one’s bike is definitely not the covering of long distances at speed. Au contraire, IMHO, thundering down motorways isn’t  a very pleasant experience at all. But if you live in … Read more...

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The Ericle’s Motorcycle Tour 2013

A week’s break from pedalling, but still on two-wheels.

(An update on my preparation for the Ride 100 here.)

If all goes to plan, this is my itinerary:

July 7: London – Metz, France (390 miles)

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AROUND THE WORLD IN 25 DAYS. Traveller’s Tales: Part 4 – China, is there a different thought-process at work there?

On our 2nd evening in Hong Kong we found ourselves in protracted financial negotiations over a ‘must-have’ consumer item. The politesse of the moment involved intermittent departures from the matter in hand for exchanges of personal information. The young … Read more...

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AROUND THE WORLD IN 25 DAYS. Traveller’s Tales: Part 3 – Hong Kong, Beyond The Crossroads

In 1990 we spent a week in Hong Kong, en route to New Zealand to introduce our 8 month old first-born to The Rellies.  Hong Kong’s DNA as a city on the crossroads HK0113–geographical, historical, economic and cultural – was … Read more...

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Not all low-cost airlines are the same!

As a strong believer in consumerism, I think it commensurate with that belief to let suppliers of products & services know how they have let you down in order to give them the opportunity to  comment and/or put things right. … Read more...

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AROUND THE WORLD IN 25 DAYS. Traveller’s Tales: Part 2 – My Amazon Misadventure

I’ve been an early adopter of, and a bit of an evangelist, for e-books. Besides their portability, as a multi-tasker when it comes to reading material, I really enjoy the easy access to a mini-library. And though it’s not to … Read more...

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AROUND THE WORLD IN 25 DAYS. Traveller’s Tales: Part 1 – Jet Lags and Old Lags

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Regular readers of this blog will have noted an unaccustomed protracted silence? Perhaps not! However, in case you were wondering, the principal reason for this has been my absence from the UK shores for almost a month on a round-the-world Read more...

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