Apr 20

Aurora? Eureka!

In late March Amani and I set off on an aurora hunting trip to Swedish Lapland. This was my 4th attempt at seeing the Aurora Borealis. Three previous adventures - once to northern Finland, once to Geysir in Iceland and once to Tromso and Longyearbyen in northern Norway, (all in the freezing winter months!) whilst very enjoyable in other ways, were not successful in sighting the elusive aurora. I chose Abisko in Sweden this time, due to its unusually dry micro-climate that helps produce cloudless Read more [...]

Feb 11

Darwin to Alice on The Ghan

Have fallen a bit behind in updating things here, so here's a quick round-up.  We travelled to Australia in October, starting our journey in Darwin. Dear old Darwin... still has a place in my heart, having lived there for almost 7 years. As usual, it didn't disappoint, in the sense that we got drenched when the heavens opened whilst we were walking to feed the fish at Doctors Gully one afternoon. You can't beat  Darwin thunderstorms! We did a jumping croc cruise and the family enjoyed it, Read more [...]

Jan 06

Jenny’s Wedding

My dear daughter Jenny was married in November 2011 to her fiancé David. It was a beautiful day and a beautiful wedding. I wish them many, many years of happiness together.

Jenny & David's Wedding
Jenny & David's WeddingNov 5, 2011Photos: 67

Nov 28

Thailand July 2011

A slightly belated post, but we had a superb time in Thailand in July. It was a 3 week holiday that we could easily have extended indefinitely (given the option)! The trip got off to a good start - we flew non-stop on Oman Air, leaving Muscat at about 10:30 in the morning and arriving into Bangkok at about 7:30 in the evening. No lengthy transits en-route and no night flights - how civilized! It cost more than going via Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Doha, but it was money well spent. We stayed in Bangkok Read more [...]

Sep 29

Malaika’s 4!

It’s hard to believe my littlest one is 4 years old already.

Malaika on her 4th birthday

Aug 04

Mapping Hotels In Google Earth

One task that has always frustrated and even annoyed me at times is trying to work out the best hotels to stay in when you're planning to visit somewhere new. The inline maps the hotel booking websites display leave a lot to be desired. I usually end up copying and pasting the hotel's address into Google Earth, trying to check whether a potential hotel is in the right area or not. Google Earth does of its own accord show the locations of some hotels with a symbol in the shape of a bed, but these Read more [...]