In the worrying climate of the current Covid-19 crisis, this is a poem which addresses the anti-social behaviour known as panic-buying - as seen from the point of view of a panic buyer.
Smartphones are taking over the world! This is a lighthearted photoessay looking at the use of these phones in Thailand. I hope you enjoy the photos and the accompanying captions
On 25th July 2017 I received my one millionth viewing on the HubPages network. This is a personal reflection on that milestone, and a brief thank you to all who have clicked and read my articles
Chiang Khan in Northern Thailand is a popular destination for local tourists and foreign backpackers. This article looks at some of the scenic and cultural attractions in and around the town
A poem expressing thoughts and sentiments following the terrorist bomb attrocity in Manchester, England, on Monday 22nd May 2017
Chiang Khan is a small provincial town in northern Thailand, and its main thoroughfare - the 'Walking Street' - is one of the most popular Thai holiday destinations, as this photoessay will show
Many famous people who died in 2016 had their passing extensively covered and eulogised by the popular media. But these are the remarkable stories of just six who have been regrettably overlooked.
Brexit and the US Presidential election result have been linked together as anti-establishment protest votes. But is that really the case? What are the similarities and what really motivated Brexit?
What is the oldest song in the world? What is the oldest song ever sung in English? Who was the first singer to be recorded? These and other historic musical firsts are described - and played - here
The ruins of Richborough in S.E England is a site of great historical importance, as many believe this is where the very first Roman landings in Britain took place. This is the story of Richborough
Thai street food is famous throughout the world for its variety, its taste and its availability. This photoessay illustrates some of the extraordinary desserts and cold snacks which can be found here
Thai street food is famous throughout the world for its variety, its taste and its availability. This photoessay illustrates the extraordinary cooked foods to be found on the streeets of Thailand
If ever I were to be stranded on the hypothetical island of the radio programme Desert Island Discs, these are the 8 records I would choose, as well as my answers to other questions posed by the show
This illustrated article tells the story of the Crystal Palace dinosaurs - monuments to the Victorian era and the cultural and scientific advancements of the Age.
On Thursday 23rd June 2016, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. This article gives the author's first impressions of the referendum campaign, and the aftermath of the result
An overview of eight English Heritage sites in the County of Norfolk - Neolithic flint mines and Medieval castles, priories, churches and bridges - all visited over just two days in May
What happened when a reasonably experienced, but nonetheless not very self-confident, world traveller decided to visit historic and interesting places in his own country - apart from getting lost?
This article looks at ten sandy beaches of extraordinary colour, what they are composed of and how they are formed, with illustrations of all ten
This is the story of the Elephant Parade, its history and development, its aims and objectives, illustrated with images from just one of its world stopovers in the City of Bangkok
Fuerteventura is a very popular island destination for vacationing Europeans. This personal photoessay gives an overall impression of this attractive island and some of its appeal to tourists
A presentation of personal photos capturing the daily life of a cross section of Bangkok residents
2016 is a year of change for me - in life, and in my wriiting. In this article I will say why the year is an important one, and how it will impact on my writing.
10 'nail houses' - examples of buildings which have remained in place long after their neighbourhood has changed - the result of great obstinacy or business acumen. A fun page of quirky buildings!
Finding one's way around a busy, unfamiliar road system is always a problem for tourists on their first visit to a foreign city. This is a basic illustrated guide for first time visitors to Bangkok
Ten of the most amazing dances, displays and rituals engaged in by birds for the sole purpose of attracting and keeping a mate. All are accompanied by a video and descriptive text. Hope you enjoy!
The Erawan Museum is a colossal three headed elephant sculpture and museum perched on a pink pedestal. This unique building houses a beautiful yet bizarre collection of Thai relics and artwork
Recent events in Iraq and Syria have dismayed all who believe in the need to preserve our culture and historic architecture. This article reviews the tragic loss of some historic sites
Examples of architecture designed, constructed or renovated with malice by a seriously annoyed and very determined individual. A fun page of quirky buildings!
The shopping malls of Thailand are a delight. Not merely for the obvious appeals of the retail experience, but even more so for the other extraordinary attractions to be found in these modern plazas
This article includes 10 interesting tales about garbage, its historical significance, and its present influence on our society, along with some novel solutions to the garbage problem and messages of hope and despair for the future.
The mountains of Gran Canaria offer a great contrast to the beaches which attract tourists to this Canary Island. This page looks at the beautiful landscapes and cultural history to be discovered here
This is a personal review of the Dunas Suites & Villas Resort in Maspalomas in southern Gran Canaria—a 4-star accommodation that should be considered by any who wish to visit this island on vacation.
The popular Gran Canarian resort of Maspalomas lies on the edge of one of the most spectacular, yet easily accessible, sand dune formations in the world. This page is all about the Maspalomas dunes.
Terrorist attacks in Paris in January 2015 led to an unprecedent public demonstration of support for freedom of speech and harmony of ethnic and religious groups. This page looks at this phenomenon
'Starman' is the story of an encounter between a lonely woman still grieving for the husband she lost, and an alien visitor who assumes the husband's form and takes her for a road trip across America
Most who visit the city of Venice for more than one day will stay in a hotel on the main island. But there are alternatives, and one is to stay in accommodation on the neighbouring island of Murano
Anyone who visits Venice on a vacation should spend some time touring the other islands in the lagoon. This page looks at just five of these islands - each worth a visit, and each with unique appeal
This article looks at the sights which can be seen as one cruises down the four kilometre Grand Canal in the heart of the city of Venice - a journey which any visitor to the city should take
This photoessay is a collection of first impressions of the historic city of Venice, and advice on how to make the most of a short visit to this architectural and scenic wonder of the world
'Witness' is the story of the burgeoning romance between tough city cop and an Amish woman, set against the backdrop of an extraordinary culture clash and a trio of killers who are hunting them down
Leeds Castle in England has been described as 'the loveliest castle in the world'. This is a photographic essay about the castle, its long history and its recent development as a tourist attraction
This is the story of the most controversial symbol in the world. The swastika was for millennia a symbol of good. But all that changed in the 20th century. Can the good ever be reclaimed out of evil?
This page looks at the diverse range of surnames or family names to be found in the English language. They are our own names, and yet how many of us know where they came from?
This article tells the story of the New Zealand Rugby Haka—one of the great sporting spectacles, anticipated with trepidation by opposition teams yet loved by fans of the game from all nations.
Mount Teide is the largest mountain on Spanish soil. Dominating the island of Tenerife, this massive volcano is the focal point of a beautiful and important national park, as this photo essay reveals.
A new botanic garden has opened on the Island of Tenerife, featuring an important and attractive collection of palm trees. But it stands in a place which was a stinking mound of garbage 30 years ago.
A photo-essay of the Santa Cruz Carnival on the Island of Tenerife - one of the best and most colourful carnivals in the world - impressions and advice on how best to enjoy the day of the main parade
Superman and Batman - Superheroes? Heroes? Or whatever? A light-hearted personal look at what these characters really are and a serious look at what a 'hero' really is. Hope I don't evoke their wrath!
The true stories behind some of the most famous plants to appear in literature, film, music and legend - Edelweiss, Mandrake, Frankincense, the Mayflower and Lotus blossom. And many others.
On the southern tip of the Island of Lanzarote is to be found a stretch of some of the most beautiful unspoilt beaches one could ever wish to discover. This is a photoessay about the Papagayo Beaches
Timanfaya National Park on the Island of Lanzarote is one of the world's great volcanic sites, a place of craters, lava flows and eruption debris. This photoessay is a personal view of the park today
This is a basic guide to the sights and experiences available to anyone visiting Lanzarote as a tourist. It is a photoessay by a first time visitor, and covers his impressions of this holiday island
This page lists 50 of the funniest, silliest, most confused excuses and explanations given to policemen or insurance claims reps in the aftermath of a road traffic accident. All are apparently genuine
Tug of war is a sport which has long been trivialised. This article argues that tug of war is one of the purest of all sports, and makes a case for it to be included once more in the Olympic Games
This review of the movie 'Alien' celebrates the features which make this a stand-out film in the genres of Science Fiction and Horror, the first - and best - of a major film franchise
By asking simple philosophical questions, the true intellectual ability of a child can be uncovered in a fun way. Such questions are the theme of this book, and 3 examples are explored on this page.
This is a review of a small book with a big idea - the idea of asking simple philosophical questions which encourage children and everyone else to think for themselves rather than just memorise facts
Expressions of emotion composed in the first two weeks after the end of a relationship, and reflections of the thoughts which flitted through my head.
The Caine Mutiny is one of the great war time dramas and features one of the finest acting performances by one of the biggest of all Hollywood stars, Humphrey Bogart. It is a movie well worth watching
This page looks at the creation of the colour grey (gray) in electronic devices. What exactly is grey? And its associated hues of black and white? Are they true colours? Or shades? Or what?
Stu Shepherd is a vain and unscrupulous publicist who one day answers a phone in a booth on a New York Street, unwittingly setting in motion events which will destroy his ego and may cost him his life
Some of the words of politicians are among the most erudite of all sayings. But some others are banal nonsense. This is my selection of the most memorable of all political quotes, jokes and analyses
In 2012 I lost my father. Ten years before, I lost my mother. This page relates the role of my parents in my life, and how my life developed under their influence. It may or may not be of interest to others, but I wanted to write it down
For many, Imhotep is an evil spell-casting character from Hollywood horror films. In reality this Egyptian High Priest was quite probably the first genius in recorded history. This page tells you why.
Of all the colours in the spectrum, bright yellow and bright orange are two of the most vivid and intense. Of course they are two colours which are also related to each other. Yellow, in the visible spectrum lies adjacent to orange. But how are these two colours created in visual display units? And...
Internet comments may be the greatest expression of free speech in the modern world, or they may be a medium for ill-considered, irrational and defammatory bullying. This page examines that potential
Jack Moore is an American in Beijing, and he's in trouble; accused of murder under a brutal judicial system. Even the young female lawyer assigned to his case doesn't seem to believe him - at first.
This is the home page to a series of articles which look at colour. Specifically they look at the RGB colour creation system used in modern visual display systems in computer monitors and in television sets. These pages describe how subtle changes in the intensities and proportions of just three...
America is passionately divided on the issue of gun control and the 2nd Amendment, and some, it seems, will go to extreme lengths to counter any changes in the law. This is the reason for this article
In 2012, London was host to the 30th Olympic Games and the 14th Paralympic Games. These are my impressions of both events and their accompanying media coverage—a potpourri of thoughts and anecdotes.
This is a page which tells the history and the meaning behind 30 of the very best Christmas carols ever written, with video presentations of some and links to videos of all the others. Hope you enjoy!
The Peter Principle can be described as a business principle, or a principle of human behaviour. Either way, it is a simple concept to grasp, but a concept which has a huge impact on the efficiency of business companies. This page explains it.
'Shenandoah' is one of the great Westerns - a powerful and evocative drama about one man's attempts to keep his family together in the midst of the escalating conflict of the American Civil War This.is a movie which has qualities to appeal even to those who have no fondness for the Western genre
This page includes a brief resume of key facts about Thailand, the principal tourist attractions, the people and the culture. Also included are links to all of this author's pages about Thailand
'The Emperor's New Clothes' is a fairy tale for children, but it is also a perceptive commentary on the human condition. In this review I look at the story, its history and its great wisdom
'The Eagle Has Landed' is a World War Two adventure story in which a platoon of renegade German soldiers who have incurred the wrath of the Nazis are given an almost suicidal mission to complete - nothing less than the kidnapping or assassination of Winston Churchill. Starring Michael Caine, Donald...
This is my review of ten of the very best hub pages devoted to the subject of wild plants and wild flowers. The review is specifically about the plants in their natural environment and will not therefore include hubs concerned with botanical science or horticulture. I hope within these criteria, my...
The Union Jack is one of the most recognisable on Earth. But where does this famous flag come from? How does it relate to the four home countries of the United Kingdom? And what is its future?
In September 2012, the news was broken that a new comet had been discovered. Based on its size and trajectory this new comet - Comet Ison - might just become the most spectacular arrival in the night sky in the past 100 years when it approaches in 2013. A visitor to our Solar neighbourhood, even...
The Erawan Shrine is a much loved devotional site in the centre of Bangkok. And yet it is just a tiny statue on a traffic-jammed crossroads in the city. This is the story of a remarkable little shrine
Anyone who visits coastal Florida, or the lakes and rivers, or the great Everglades wetlands, is sure to see a rich variety of birdlife. This page describes how to make the most of the experience
'Beauty is in the eye of the beholder', so they say. In this collection of poetry, prose, sentiments and reminiscences, I am the beholder, and these are my thoughts on the subject of beauty and what it means to me
A Hitchcock thriller set almost entirely in just one apartment room, with bored, incapacitated James Stewart idly watching his neighbours through the rear window. It's innocuous enough - until he begins to suspect one neighbour just may be a murderer
Folk music is a term which first originated in the 19th century to describe the music of the common people, music passed down through oral traditions frequently expressing cultural values and stories of a poignant nature. In the 20th century the term has diversified to incorporate the folk revival...
This page looks at four entertainments to be found in and around the City of Bangkok, and appraises their merits - attractions reviewed are Ocean World, Siam Niamit, Safari World and Madame Tussauds
Neil Armstrong died in 2012. This is a brief tribute to a man who played a central role in one of the greatest moments of human history, and a man who very possibly will one day become the most famous human being in history
Varanus salvator, the Asian water monitor, is one of the most accessible large lizards on Earth. If you know where to look, one can get up close and personal with these giants of the reptilian world
This page relates in text and videos, the history of one of the most famous melodies in the world of music, and one of the most beautiful too. It also provides my username - Greensleeves Hubs.
HubPages is an online site where one can write web pages for publication. But HubPages also likes to think of itself as an online community of writers. Can it really a genuine community, offering supportive advice in all aspects of life? In this page I write of one specific example of the support...
This is the home page to my astronomy articles on HubPages. The page includes a brief description of the various aspects of astronomy which make this such a fascinating subject to study for both professionals and amateurs alike. This page will also include links to all of my articles on astronomy...
The Grissoms are a family of violent crooks in 1930s America. When their paths cross that of young heiress Barbara Blandish, the gang abduct her and hold her to ransom and then kill her. But psychotic Slim Grissom begins to fall in love with her ...
Every little boy has a great fascination for dinosaurs - grotesque yet real monsters. The fascination is understandable, yet it is all too often lost with maturity. For some however, the fascination remains and extends to include other prehistoric life - the first creatures in the sea, the first...
It is one of the great conundrums - which came first, the chicken or the egg? Here I will endeavour to answer this question with a mix of light science and humour. And yes, there IS a definite answer!
Florida may be the world's favourite tourist destination, but it is also the subtropical home to exotic wildlife. This page is written to encourage tourists to take in the wonders of natural Florida
Many of the greatest minds in history are little known by the general public. One such genius was Christiaan Huygens. This page briefly relates his life story and his accomplishments in the sciences.
Italy has given us one of the world's great cuisines, a cuisine which seems almost universally popular, perhaps because the dishes tend to be comparatively simple to make and mild in taste. This page reviews some of the best Italian recipes on the HubPages website and the reasons for selecting them.
This film tells the story of Bruno Stachel, a talented, young WW1 German pilot, as he develops his skills. But Bruno has a flaw - he is ruthlessly ambitious to win Germany's top honour - the Blue Max
This page is a review of ten articles to be found on the HubPages website. These ten articles are selected from about 200 on the subject of the native populations of north, central and south America. They are a representative selection and are, I believe, among the best pages on this them to be...
HubPages is a community website on which members can freely publish their own pages of information, analysis, advice or comment, on any subject under the sun. Since joining HubPages early in 2011, I have also seen and read many articles by other HubPage members. It is my intention in a regular...
The second outing for Spielberg's intrepid adventurer takes him to India, and encounters with crazed mystics, holy stones, and swarms of insects, and features a high octane concoction of thrills, spills, magic, gruesome comedy and an evil villain
This is a page which tells the story in photos of one of the brightest additions of all to the field crops of the world. Oilseed rape, or rapeseed, is a brilliant yellow in colour, but is this bright colour a sight of beauty, or a blight on the landscape?
'The Apartment' is a romantic film comedy, an indictment of philandering hypocrisy, and a story of upbeat good nature in the face of loneliness. One of the best received movies of 1960, this great film won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director
This page promotes in text and videos the talents of one of the world's finest performers of traditional songs, and the composer of some of the most beautiful music of recent decades
This is the fourth page of a series of guides to the night sky for beginners. Here, I look at the most prominent objects other than our Moon and the stars, which can be easily seen in the night sky.
The last days of Adolf Hitler in his Berlin bunker at the end of World War Two, has been documented often in factual programmes. This film is the first serious movie by a German director to tackle this sensitive aspect of his country's history
Muang Boran is little known to most tourists who visit Bangkok, yet should be on everyone's list of must-see sites. This 240 acre site is a great celebration of Thai history, culture and architecture
It is the disaster of which everyone has heard. There have been greater losses of life, and catastrophes which have changed the world in more fundamental ways, yet none stay in the collective memory in the way that Titanic does. Why should this be so?
'Torn Curtain' was released in 1966 to generally unfavourable reviews. Yet this Alfred Hitchcock movie contains some classic set pieces and is, I believe, one of the most underrated of all his works
This is the third page in a series of guides for anyone who wants to learn a little more about our night sky. This page looks at those most numerous of all objects visible in the night sky - the stars
A lonely grieving man in Seattle, and a woman trapped in a relationship which lacks magic in Baltimore. A whole continent divides them. A likeable rom-com starring two of Hollywood's biggest stars of recent years - Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan
Green is perhaps the most tranquil, the most passive, and the easiest on the eye of the three primary colours of light. In this article, I look at shades of green in the RGB colour production system
This is a basic guide to what you can see on the surface on the Moon - there is as much that can be seen on the Moon with a pair of binoculars, than in the whole of the rest of the sky put together.
The premise of this essay is that there is no justification under any circumstances for any established nation to deny grown adult men and women the right to decide their own future.
The Cambridge University Botanic Gardens are a site of scientific research, a site of conservation of plant varieties, and a public garden for peaceful relaxation away from city life. Here I write a brief illustrated page about its history and continued development
The film 'Zulu' relates the events of Rorke's Drift. It is a historical epic, the story of a heroic defence against seemingly impossible odds - a British 'Alamo' This is a review of the film
At the end of 2011 this page serves as a brief record of this year, my first year's experiences of HubPages, and hopes and aspirations for 2012. It has been a bad year for me - the one bright spot has been the fulfilment of an ambition to write and publish. In this page, I try to explain the...
This short page is an introduction and photographic guide to a few of the many and varied attractions for tourists to visit in the little known North East of Thailand
The first of four basic guides to the night sky, and what can be seen with the naked eye or binoculars. This page identifies the many kinds of objects you can see when you look up at the night sky
Circumstances lead to a Presidential lookalike playing the role for real - in the process exposing corruption and finding love with the First Lady! A gentle and appealing satire
A look at the various shades and tones of the colour purple, at mauve and amethyst, lavender and lilac, orchid and plum, and indigo and violet. How are these colours created in a visual display unit, and what is their history?
Everybody knows the United States of America. But where do the names of all the states come from? The aim of this page is to chart the origins and meanings of the names of all 50 States of the Union.
The images on this page are a selection of my attempts at studio photography of models, with brief descriptions of problems posed and solutions found
This article looks at the photography of plants and flowers, illustrating the kind of images which can be attempted by anybody with a decent camera and lenses, and a little thought and care.
This is one of 3 pages showcasing the main sites of Paris, with notes on making the best of the photographic opportunities. This page looks at the photography of architecture, ornamentation and statues
This is one of 3 pages showcasing the main sites of Paris, with notes on making the best of the photographic opportunities. This page covers the Palace of Versailles and Sacre-Coure
This is one of 3 pages showcasing the main sites of Paris, with notes on making the best of the photographic opportunities. This page covers the area within 1 km of the River Seine
The planet Venus has a complex geological history, and an alien climatology. This page gives a basic explanation of our current state of knowledge about Venus's geology and climate, and how it may have developed
In recent years I have spent several weeks living in a small village in N.E Thailand, as the guest of a Thai family. This page is a short introduction to the village, the people, and the countryside
In 1942 the battle for Stalingrad is raging. The beleagured Russians are looking for heroes to inspire them, and deadly sniper Vassili Zaitsev fulfills that role. But German Major Koenig has one mission in life - to eliminate the Russian sharpshooter
Some of the wittiest and most humorous quotations in the English language are quotations about age, childhood, adolescence, middle age, and old age. Here you'll find some of the best.
What makes a great film? Everyone has their own views, but perhaps the only defining quality is quality itself. This, however, is my list of 100 of the greatest, with links to all my film reviews.
This is a page which explores through short essays the emotions and behaviours which accompany the clinical state of depression, and also one of its most prevalent and pernicious causative factors - the experience of loneliness
This is a dramatised account of the events of 9/11 and the passengers who fought back on United 93. It's not sensationalist entertainment. It's just a faithful account of ordinary people faced with a terrible crisis and a horrific dilemma
It's a common saying - travel broadens the mind - but it's so true. This article describes all the great values of world travel. It also lists all my travel articles and contains links to these pages.
Russell Crowe is Captain Jack Aubrey in a tale of two dueling ships during the Napoleonic era. The Acheron is a tough, fast, state of the art French warship and more than a match for Aubrey's H.M.S Surprise. But Aubrey must find a way to defeat it
These short pieces are reflections on the subject of love. Some of these are very personal truths for me, some have just a basis in truth. All may strike a personal chord with someone.
This is a review of the first episode in one of the most successful and profitable of all blockbuster series. This is light-hearted Hollywood adventure at its best
In the English language, we have many words for different shades of red—scarlet, crimson, cerise, burgundy, and many more. But what are all these shades? And where do these evocative names come from?
The Quick and the Dead is a Western in which 16 of the fastest guns around shoot it out in organised duels until one is left. There's no prize for second place
Jordan is a small country which has been shaped by a diverse range of different societies. This page gives a brief overview of the historic timeline of Jordan from prehistory to the 20th century.
Genevieve is a good old-fashioned comedy made in 1953, and centred around the famous London to Brighton car rally. This is the story of two eccentric veteran car owners who participate in the rally in an era when driving was so much less complicated than it is now
This page concerns the reasons why people write on HubPages. Writing on a site like this costs you nothing but time, and it may just prove to be the start of a new hobby, or even a new career.
The Big Country is a savage indictment of the cliched Wild West philosophy of men who believe it is right to live by the gun and settle disputes in a terminal way. Everyone's opinion is personal, but my opinion is that this is a great movie
Venus was long considered as Earth's twin, and compared by the ancients to the Goddess of Beauty and Love. However the truth has proved to be very different. Venus is the personification of Hell.
Predator is a film in which a bunch of America's finest soldiers are pitted against an unseen enemy in a Central American jungle; just seven tough soldiers and one monstrous alien adversary which stalks them with an intention to kill them, one by one
Deep in the heart of the Jordanian desert are to be found a curious assortment of ancient buildings, seemingly sprinkled in isolation without rhyme or reason. These are the so-called 'desert castles' of Jordan.
Henry Faber is a heartless German agent who will stop at nothing to complete his mission .... until, that is, he meets Lucy - someone who finds his heart; someone he cannot despatch with his usual ruthless efficiency
Mercury - the closest of all planets to the Sun. At first glance Mercury resembles nothing more closely than our own Moon - a barren rocky world strewn with craters. But there is a bit more to Mercury than meets the eye.
The days of the week and the months of the year are the yardstick by which we define the turning of the Earth on its axis, and the revolution of the Earth around the Sun, and by which we date the events of our lives. But where do the names come from?
The days of the week and the months of the year are the yardstick by which we define the turning of the Earth on its axis, and the revolution of the Earth around the Sun, and by which we date the events of our lives. But where do the names come from?
Falling Down is the study of a man's tortured mental descent from law abiding citizen to crazed killer, as he walks across town. This film documents how the final pieces of his life collapse on a hot day in Los Angeles. He is falling down
Just north of Bangkok on the plains of the Chao Phraya River, there is a vast collection of crumbling ruins, temples and statues, the faded remnants of a once glorious civilisation. This is Ayutthaya
In 1970, the Apollo 13 moon mission developed a critical fault. This movie is the story of what mission control did to try to get the astronauts back safely, and how the astronauts coped with being stranded in outer space
This page is a photo essay about the carnival which takes place every year in Funchal, the capital of Portugal's Atlantic island territory of Madeira, in the week before Ash Wednesday.
Most tourists go to Madeira for the sunshine, the landscape, and the flowers. But Funchal is where many will stay, and their experiences here will largely determine their enjoyment of the island
Some time ago on British television, Professor Brian Cox presented an excellent series in which he described his personal list of the greatest wonders of our solar system. This is an alternative list, but it's a list with a bit of a difference ...
Petra in Jordan is unique. It is a vast accumulation of tombs and other buildings mostly carved out of sandstone; sandstone which earned that most famous and romantic of epithets for Petra as the rose-red city, half as old as time'.
If you need a brief respite from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok life, Lumpini Park is an oasis of peace right in the heart of the city's business and commercial centre.
Many years ago, the Daily Telegraph ran a competition to write a story or essay in exactly 50 words, no more, no less. Here are a few of my 50-word essays.
This page is the third of three devoted to the subject of holiday preparation. This one details all the things to think about before you go, and when you should start thinking about them.
When going away on vacation, it makes sense to prepare a checklist of useful or essential things to take with you. On this page an example of such a checklist is presented with ideas, tips and advice
This page is devoted to holiday packing for long haul flights and vacations of more than 7 days. Effective bag packing is one of the first steps towards an enjoyable trip