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When Sleepless In Naxos, Drink Your Kitron With Lots Of Water

April 10th, 2020

The ship nudges into dock, the metal gangway is stretched out onto shore - and Naxos awaits. 

It’s the most spectacular welcome I’ve had from a Greek island. The sea is an improbable shade of blue that speaks of overzealous fiddling with the settings on Photoshop - but no, it really can look like this, and right now, it is.

Thoughts about staying connected in trying times

April 4th, 2020

Well, another week and the situation has yet to improve.

It's daunting at times like these to stay positive, and I think that's partly why it's so important  to reach out and connect with friends and loved ones.

I made a short video with some thoughts about what it means to be part of a community and connecting with one another:

And speaking of connecting, we're doing a 'Virtual Coffee Connection' webinar this coming Thursday to share some stories, smiles, and laughs together.

Earth, Wind And So Much Fire: Finding Bliss In The Aeolian Islands

April 4th, 2020

Seen from afar, it’s difficult to miss these isles. 

Maybe you’re used to seeing distant island chains slowly rising into view as you approach from dozens of miles away, turning from distant shadows - something seen at the corner of your eye - into distinct landmasses with colour and detail.

Secret spots in Malta you’ll definitely want to visit

April 3rd, 2020

Despite its small size, Malta is packed to the gills with things to do and places to visit. The downside of this is that many destinations across this tiny archipelago in the Mediterranean are always teeming with tourists, all clamouring for a fleeting glimpse of an ancient fresco or a shady spot at the beach.

Clotted, Crimped And Scooped: The Delicious, Exhausting Cuisine Of Cornwall

March 28th, 2020

“Oh lordy. Um. Are you sure it’s safe to eat this?”

I poke at the thick dollop of cream I’ve just spooned onto my scone. It has a slight crust, and it’s incredibly dense and stodgy, like butter recently taken from the fridge. I try to spread it around - and the scone can’t take it, and starts to crumble apart.

Should we bail out the airlines?

March 28th, 2020

Many businesses have been hit hard by the current COVID-19 crisis, and around the world airlines have temporarily and in some cases permanently shut down. There have been calls in the US for the major airlines to be bailed to the tune of $50 billion.

It's an unprecedented situation on all sides, and so I thought I'd weigh in with some thoughts on whether or not we should bail out the airlines:

Coronavirus has arrived and has all but shut down the airline business.

The Palladian villas of the Veneto

March 27th, 2020

Simplicity, elegance, and precision define Palladian architecture — as well as the man behind this distinctive and enduring architectural style.

Andrea Palladio was a humble stonecutter who rose from obscurity to become one of the world’s greatest architects.

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