Europe’s Top Cities- Half Way There

So we are half way through the list of my favourite European cities and have journeyed to fifteen different cities in thirteen different countries. You probably haven’t learnt much other than I break down a lot, fail to prepare accordingly for my trips and I am very fond of the Norwegian countryside. These posts haven’t offered much in the way of travel advice and things to see but I hope you have enjoyed them so far. Over the next couple weeks we will count down to the number one spot and hopefully I will have chosen one by then, but that is proving to be a tricky task.

If you have missed any so far or just want to refresh your memory of the list so far, here they all are;

How Covid-19 Is Threatening The Premier League Season

The number of positive tests returned by Premier League players in the last week has surged up to 40, more than double the previous week’s high of 18. With four games having already been postponed there is serious risk of an unfulfillable fixture pile upbringing into question the sustainability of the season. With the density…

Book Review- A Brief History Of Time by Stephen Hawking

‘A physicist is just an atoms way of looking at itself’- Niels Bohr There is a time and a place to read A Brief History of Time, probably, but 6:30am in the back of a pickup truck definitely isn’t it. Trying to get a basic understanding of string theory, space-time and particle physics whilst half asleep, bumping…

Book Review- Divided by Tim Marshall

The world is building walls, and it is building them fast. Half of all border barriers erected since the end of the second world war have been put up in this century and European nations could soon have more miles of fortified barriers than at the height of the cold war. Modern borders are being…

Book Review- The Thursday Murder Club By Richard Osman

A couple of weeks ago, the inevitable happened, I tested positive for the coronavirus. I still don’t know how or where I got it from, I guess it’s just hanging around most of the country now. I only lost my sense of smell and taste so it wasn’t too bad considering how much worse it…

Book Review- Factfulness By Hans Rosling

It is good to have a balance to reading, to flick between fiction and non-fiction, from thriller to biography, from horror to history. After the harrowing Uninhabitable Earth, it was important to read something optimistic and hopeful, to find some good news and cause for celebration, and Han Rosling’s Factfulness is just that, it was the antidote to despair,…

Book Review- The Uninhabitable Earth

I got a bit a side-tracked about toilets in my post about Dishonesty Is The Second Best Policy but for this book, I can think of no better place to read it, as it might make you shit yourself. The Uninhabitable Earth is a terrifying eye-opener into the devastating scale and cataclysmic complexity of Climate Change, in his opening…

Book Review- Shakespeare By Bill Bryson

I have been given the gift of time, which is nice as it’s not even Christmas yet. Travelling the long slog to work has gifted me the opportunity to get a little reading done on the lengthy journey to a cold building site. It isn’t really a present as such, but more of a silver…

To Read- Writing About Reading So I Can Read More Writing

               It is hard to build a standout CV when all you have done for the last five years is move stacks of bricks, taught skiing and broken down in an old van in various European countries, so I have decided to add a much needed arrow to my very light quiver. My new year’s…

SUP CHALLENGE DAY 1

Day 1/12Mile 18/340Sunburn 10/10Solid first day on the Wye. Made good time on the first section and had a good play on some gentle rapids. Not too sore just yet but on other days I’ll will be covering twice as many miles so it’s gonna be a tough time. I have paddled a lot in…

I’m going on an adventure for a good cause

The Campervan Man  After 17 weeks of boredom, lockdown and boredom the time for an adventure has finally arrived. On Monday I will be setting out in my unreliable van with my mice- chewed paddleboard to conquer the River Wye. Once I have paddled down that stretch of water it will be on to the…

The Best Van Meals- #8- How To Make Boring Pasta

There is fancy pasta and there is basic pasta. I have cooked a lot of basic pasta. I practically survived off it for a whole summer. It took Bani and I four countries and four weeks to try something else for dinner. We ate a lot of pasta. There was pasta in tomato sauce. Pasta…

The Best Van Meals- #9- How To Make The Perfect Bacon Sandwich

What the Hovis? Another sandwich? Man, this guy must really suck at cooking. Correct. And the first time I tried to make this sandwich it nearly ended in a firey disaster. I really do suck at this. We hadn’t eaten before the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona because we thought the odds were high…

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