This is an introduction to some of the finest examples of modernist architecture in Manchester from the peak 'modernism' period of the 1960s. At various times, these buildings have been derided for their ugliness; but in recent years, there has been a growing fondness for them and their stories.
Here, we take a look at some of the finest examples of brutalist architecture built in the UK during the mid-20th-century modernist period. We'll examine 10 iconic buildings that span two decades between 1958 and 1978 which have managed to escape the fate of the wrecking ball and still stand proud.
An informative guide to any tourists thinking about planning on visiting the Genghis Khan statue complex as part of a trip to Mongolia. The article includes travel advice and hints and tips to help you plan and get the most out of your visit to this highly important site of Mongolian heritage.
In this article I share some of the common scams that you may encounter when travelling. Knowing these scams before you travel will help you know what to look out for and to help you avoid them so you can travel safely without encountering problems.
In this article I look at the changing skyline of Manhattan and provide an overview of some of the most daring and ambitious new skyscrapers going up in the city that never sleeps. We look at the architects designing this new skyline and chart the incredible heights of these new landmarks.
This article offers an introduction to the scenic Lake Bled in the small Central European country of Slovenia. Based on my own personal experience I offer practical tips and advice on travelling to Lake Bled, including where it's located, how to get there, where to stay and what to see and do.
This article offers a practical guide with lots of top tips for planning a visit to the Gorkhii Terelj National Park tourist zone in Mongolia. The article includes many fantastic photos and provides an overview of what to expect from a 2-day tour from Ulaanbaatar with a local tour agency.
This article offers a recommended travel itinerary for spending 6 months travelling around Asia. Six months is given as the suggested duration but if you have less time the article should give you an idea of what to do, and how long to spend in each of the countries listed.
A photographic guide to the evacuated ghost city of Pripyat in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. This article explains how you can enter this abandoned city and take a look around at the old buildings and see the Chernobyl Power Plant.
This article offers travel tips and advice for planning a one-day tour from Kiev to the Chernobyl exclusion zone and the evacuated city of Pripyat. Based on my own personal experience I share photos of the area and we look at the various tour options and example itineraries and what to see and do.
A look at one of Goa's best beaches, located approximately 60km south of Dabolim Airport. Agonda Beach is a relaxed easy-going beach with plenty to offer a diverse range of tourists and visitors with a wide range of budgets and interests.
This article provides an introduction to the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Beauty in the English Lake District. I offer practical advice and tips for anyone planning a visit and shares some fantastic images of the Brimham Rocks and other interesting sights at Nidderdale.
This article offers a practical guide to visiting Moscow and choosing how to spend your time wisely, including what to see and do, where to stay, how to get around and what camera to take with you to capture those amazing sights.
This article offers a practical guide for planning a visit to Ulaanbaatar, capital city of Mongolia. We offer useful information and advice on how to get to Ulaanbaatar and look at some of the best things to do and offer recommendations on where to stay and what top sights and attractions to see.
An introduction to the natural sweetener, Stevia, including an overview of its health benefits and what the big soft drinks manufacturers are doing to embrace stevia as they try to reduce the sugar content of their products in response to the obesity crisis and sugar taxes levied by Governments.
A look at the vibrant street art scene in Glasgow, Scotland and the way that this is being fostered and supported by local institutions and municipal bodies.
A look back at every England kit worn at a soccer World Cup since 1990.
This article offers a practical guide to visiting the 798 Art District in Beijing, centred around a former communist industrial complex in the north east of the city. The article offers practical advice to anyone of planning a visit to the 798 Art District including how to get there & what to see.
This article offers useful tips and advice for travelling to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Wadi Rum in Jordan. Based on my own personal experience we look at the history of this fascinating desert and look at how you can do a tour with a bedouin guide and sleep under the stars.
In this article I provide a summary of my experience of visiting Petra in Jordan and offer helpful tips and advice to anyone planning their own visit to this UNESCO world heritage site.
This is the third of a three-part series of articles describing my Trans Siberian Railway journey between Beijing and Moscow. I will share my experiences of the trip and offer practical advice and information to anyone who may be planning a similar trip on the Trans Siberian / Mongolian Railway.
A recipe for a traditional Irish pancake recipe know as Boxty (a type of potato pancake). It's a quick and easy recipe and makes a great supper dish.
Learn about some of the finest Belgian beers around with this Belgian beer guide. We look at the best Belgian beers, the best Belgian beer glasses and the annual Belgian beer festival.
This is a user review of the performance and specification of the Sony A6000 Mirrorless camera. The review includes examples to showcase the quality of the camera.
This is the second of a three-part series of articles describing my Trans Siberian Railway journey between Beijing and Moscow. I will share my experiences of the trip and offer practical advice and information to anyone who may be planning a similar trip on the Trans Siberian / Mongolian Railway.
This is the first of a three-part series of articles describing my Trans Siberian Railway journey between Beijing and Moscow. I will share my experiences of the trip and offer practical advice and information to anyone who may be planning a similar trip on the Trans Siberian / Mongolian Railway.
This article offers a practical guide giving you useful tips and information for tackling Norway's 3 most epic hikes in only 5 days. This article provides you with all you need to plan your hiking trip to Trolltunga, Pulpit Rock and hike to Kjeragbolten in one week.
A first-hand account of hiking to Kjeragbolten including useful information and handy tips to help you plan your own adventure to this popular natural landmark of Norway.
This article provides a practical guide to hiking to Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen) in Norway and includes useful information and handy tips to help you plan your own adventure to this popular natural landmark of Norway.
This article offers a practical guide to hiking Norway's Trolltunga in a single day. The article is packed full of lots of useful information and tips to help you plan your hike to Trolltunga including what to wear; what to pack; how to prepare and when to go.
This offers gives 5 reasons to plan an itinerary for visiting the UK that includes more than just seeing London. Ask most people where they would like to visit in the UK and you'll almost always get the same reply: London. However, there is much more to the UK than London. Read on to learn more...
This is a brief history of the historic milestones in promoting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender equality in Manchester since the 1980's.
The UNESCO World Heritage site of Stonehenge, located in the South of England, has intrigued historians and archaeologists for decades. This articles explores some of the myths and theories surrounding the origins of site and seeks to uncover who really built Stonehenge.
This article is intended to guide you through the process of producing a Management Research Report (MRR), from inception to delivery, for your organisation or as part of a Human Resources degree programme.
The article offers practical advice and information to find and arrange homestay with a traditional Tibetan Family in a traditional Tibetan village in the Jiuzhaigou Valley in China.
An introduction to one of the most beautiful World Heritage Sites: Jiuzhaigou Valley National Park and it's incredible lakes in Northern Sichuan, China. This article offers practical advice and information to any adventure seekers planning a trip to Jiuzhaigou Valley in China.
This article provides readers with an overview of the principles of Scientific Management theory with examples of a Scientific Management approach in various sectors and industries.
Explanation of the value of conducting thorough exit interviews & Workplace Surveys that link to recruitment and retention strategies & how high levels of employee turnover can be reduced.
In this article I offer a practical guide to visiting the island of Flores in eastern Indonesia, famous for the Komodo Dragons but otherwise relatively unknown to the average person. We look at where to go, what to do and how to get around and explore the best this remarkable island has to offer.
This article offers a practical guide for travellers intending to visit the county of Yangshuo in China. Here's a summary of the key sights and attractions in Yangshuo as well as information about how to get there, where to stay and the best time to plan your visit.
Find out how to make a delicious mango fruit smoothie in no time at all. This healthy smoothie recipe uses only 3 ingredients; takes no time at all to prepare; and is bursting with flavour and healthy goodness. Add this delicious drink to your daily routine and you can thank me later!
In this informative article I offer a practical guide full of useful information, tips and advice to planning a visit to the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an. Based on my own personal experience we look at the history of the site and when the figures were discovered as well as practical visitor advice.
This article shares the key facts about the mysterious Komodo Dragons, including information about where they live, what they eat and why these beasts are so special but also endangered. Witness my stunning pictures of Komodo Dragons in their natural habitat on Rinca Island in Indonesia.
In this article, I offer a delicious fruit smoothie recipe, which happens to be one of my favourite smoothies because it is so easy and healthy. Preparing this recipe takes only two minutes and involves only four ingredients.
This article is all about Varanasi, also known as Banares, Banaras and Kashi. We look at where this sacred city is located and explore some of the top sights and attractions. As a first time visitor, Varanasi can be an overwhelming and intimidating place so this article is full of practical advice.
I this article I offer a practical guide full of useful information, tips and advice for visiting the mysterious Nazca Lines and examine some of the many theories around their origins. We look at where the Nazca Lines are located and how to arrange a flight over then based on my own experience.
An introduction to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Halong Bay in North East Vietnam. In this article I give an overview of my experience of visiting Halong Bay and provide useful tips and information for anyone planning to take a cruise of this fantastic location.
Explore the history of the Taj Mahal with these Taj Mahal facts and pictures. Read my top tips for a first time visit to the Taj Mahal including when to go, how to get there and what to see.
Here is a delicious simple and easy recipe for a one-pot dish that can be cooked in one pan on the stove or in a slow cooker or crock pot.
A quick and easy recipe for making Aloo Bhaji which is a perfect compliment to Indian Poori which you can make as part of a traditional Indian breakfast of Indian Poori Baji. This is a great Indian breakfast recipe or can made as a snack on its own.
In this article we take a look at the Ironbridge, centrepiece of the Ironbridge Gorge in Shropshire. Built by Abraham Darby at the start of the industrial revolution Ironbridge is the worlds first bridge made from iron and attracts tourists from all over the world.
How to make Indian Poori bread
Your guide to the Perhentian Islands of Malaysia - Perhentian Kecil and Perhentian Besar. This article includes top travel tips for visiting the Perhentian Islands and spending a few days relaxing on Perhentian Kecil
In this article I offer my top tips on renting an apartment in a neighbourhood in Bangkok and offer practical tips and advice for anyone thinking of moving to Bangkok or looking to stay in an apartment as part of a short Bangkok holiday.
In this article I offer practical advice and top tips for planning a first time visit to the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu in Peru. This wonder of the world has fascinated historians and travellers for many years but nothing quite prepares you for seeing it! Learn how to plan you own visit.
In this article I offer a practical guide to visiting Machu Picchu as part of an organised tour from Cusco. I offer useful information and top tips in arranging the 4-day Inca Jungle Trail tour as part of a trek to the ancient Machu Picchu wonder of the world in Peru.
This article offers a practical guide full of useful information, advice and top tips for planning a visit to the temples of Angkor including the Bayon temple and the temple of Ta Prohm as seen in the Tomb Raider movies. We look at the options to visit independently or with a tour guide.
This article offers a practical guide to visiting the Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam with tips and advice on how you can arrange to stay in a homestay with a local family. We draw on my own personal experience and look at what the food's like and what the locals get up to in a place like this.
This article introduces the reader to one of the most popular drinks in South America: Inca Kola.
All about visiting the Great Wall of China at the Mutianyu Great Wall section. Includes lots of photos of the great wall of china and information about the Mutianyu wall sections of the great wall.
This article introduces the reader to the staple of Chinese fast food cuisine! the noodle pot. Here we look at what makes this simple snack so popular in China, the most populated country on earth, where more than 40 billion noodle bowls are consumed every year.
The Indian railway network is cheap to use and very well-organised. Use of the railway in India is extremely popular and using a train in India needn't be something for a visitor to fear.
Read this article as I give you my top 5 reasons for visiting Beijing.
A look at some of the more classic Manchester architecture, and the influence of gothic in architecture in Manchester that form an interesting juxtaposition with the citys' more modern architecture.
A look at some excellent examples of modern contemporary architecture in Manchester, England focusing on the architectural styles of the 21st century. We take a look at some of the finest new buildings that have gone up in the city since the turn of the century.
This article looks at how asthma and allergy symptoms, especially allergy asthma, can be managed by using home dehumidifiers and whether or not there is any benefit for sufferers of these conditions in reducing humidity in the home.
This article is about the top 5 tourist sights and attractions of Delhi. There are many tourist destinations and tourist spots in Delhi. These are the top things to do in Delhi that should be visited on a Delhi tour.
This article offers practical information and advice about planning a visit to the Skypark of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore. The article provides my top tips for when to visit, how to get your tickets as well as some general information about this global landmark on the Singapore skyline.
An introduction to the Donghuamen night market at Wangfujing Street Beijing. Read details of my first visit to the Donghuamen street market and the chinese delicacies of Wangfujing Street.
A guide to visiting the french colonial town of Hoi An in Vietnam- A UNESCO World Heritage Site
Does a travel guide really make my trip? Do I need a travel guide for my trip? No, travel and tour guides don't make a trip. Go travel in your own way & ditch the Lonely Planet. Guides are useful but not essential
A great simple eggplant recipe that's ideal for lunch. This sandwich recipe is bursting with goodness, bursting with flavour and is filling without being at all heavy. A great recipe for eggplant.
There are many tips for travelling. Come with me as I explain what to take travelling around the world. This is the top 10 essential items that you need before travelling around the world.
A personal account of mountain biking down the Death Road in Bolivia - the Worlds Most Dangerous Road. Includes lot's of original pictures of the death road and other interesting facts & information.
A fun and informative article about my experience of doing a 15'000ft skydive at Lake Taupo, New Zealand.
This article provides information on the Kong Lo Cave in Laos & how to incorporate Kong Lo Cave into your Laos trip. The article has advice to anyone considering a trip to Kong Lo Cave and lots of photos.
Helpful tips and info on planning and preparing meals when travelling in a campervan / motorhome or caravan.
In this article I offer 10 very convincing reasons why now is a good time to quit your job - or take a sabbatical or career break - and go and travel the world.
This article follows my recent theme of quick and easy budget meals that are suitable for cooking in an RV. The recipe can easily be prepared in the home or in a Recreational Vehicle or tent.
What is for dinner? This is one of my simple recipes for dinner meals. A simple and easy recipe for cous cous to show that it's easy to make meals that are healthy & that great recipes = easy recipes.
This article follows my recent theme of quick and easy budget meals that are suitable for making when camping. The recipe can easily be prepared in the home or in a camper van or tent.
This article follows my recent theme of quick and easy budget meals that are suitable for making when camping. The recipe can easily be prepared in the home or in a campervan or tent.
One of my favourite quick and easy recipes, this quick pasta recipe is the perfect quick dinner and perfect for a family meal. If you like quick pasta recipes with bacon you'll love this.
When visiting New Zealand the best way to experience New Zealand is by hiring an RV, also known as a camper van. In this article I offer practical advice and top tips on how you can rent a camper so that you can explore the best of the country and seek out some of the most spectacular spots on earth
Find out what is in a White Russian cocktail. This is an easy to follow White Russian recipe for a perfect White Russian cocktail. Follow these simple steps as I explain in this simple guide how to make the perfect White Russian.
This article provides a great recipe for making us of those brown old bananas that you're about to throw out. With just a few minutes and only a few store cupboard items that everyone owns, you'll have a great easy dessert made in minutes which the whole family will love.
In this article I offer a practical guide to planning a first time visit to Vietnam, offering lots of useful advice and information relating to the best time to visit, what to do, where to go and how to get around.