North Island – #NZL

It's the start of the summer  in New Zealand - the water's not yet warm enough and paddling up near the Bay of Islands was worse than the Bristol channel in October, in other words COLD!! Staying on The Rock (an awesome floating hostel) and snorkling in the Bay of Islands was, ahem, bracing to [...]

The Last Journey – The Hobbit

It feels very strange to have witnessed the end of an era, alone, on a cold Friday and at the start of a new year. It felt like it should have had more fanfare. For each person give it the red carpet, not just one premier. But then, as a fan/avid reader (whatever you want to [...]

Literary Influences

Facebook posts will forever make their rounds and we'll all get tagged at some point. And as it was I was tagged in one to name the 10 books that have influenced the most or are that important to me. For a long time I have evaded that question, always with the answer 'oh I [...]