After a suitable amount of hijinks making our way from Austin, TX to the shores of the Olde Country, we finally arrived in London... This is probably the most middle-class vacation I've ever been on, so being picked up by a driver at the airport is essential. Our guy is tall and has an accent … Continue reading #UK 2015 – 2. Our Nation’s Capital
It had only been a year since my last visit to the old country, but it had been much longer since I'd really had a chance to look around. In addition to the cold wasteland of the North East of England, I'd also be checking out my long-held prejudices of other parts of this great … Continue reading #UK2015 – 1. Cars and Planes
In the early days, just about the only kind of writing that ever made me money was the kind that, in this age of digital publishing, is now almost-sorta-kinda legitimate. That’s to say, I was writing 50 Shades of Grey before it was cool. That’s to say again, but a little clearer, I was being … Continue reading On Opportunities Not Taken
The Industrial Revolution; the Empire; cricket; Rolls Royce; the Beatles; the Queen; Shakespeare; David Bowie, Margaret Thatcher, David Beckham. Britain is famous for many things, but rarely for its food. I now live in the US which, as we all know, is the home of fine dining. Colonels, actual war heroes, bring us home-made chicken … Continue reading Side of skin
On my return visit to the Old(e) Country, I was surrounded by images like this. This is Tynemouth Priory. When I look at this, I remember the thing my dad said every time we visited, sighted, or casually mentioned the priory. "It'll be nice when it's finished." My childhood, ladies and gentlemen.