All human life is here (and some I’m not so sure about)

My broad aversion to travel has been well documented in these pages. To be clear, though, while A (home) is always to be preferred, I’ve no objections whatsoever to B, C or – venturing further afield – even D. Being somewhere else is fine, it’s the getting there that I don’t care for. That’s because…

Be (t)here now

I do like the occasional idle flight of fancy (to be fair, you had me at ‘idle’) and today’s Daily Prompt sent me off on one, since it involves two subjects close to my heart: technology and travel. I’ve written about both before but – as far as I can recall – never the two together.…

Verily, A New Review on JourneyCounsellor

Recently, I was wandering around a French stately home – as one does. According to the brochure, this imposing building has been in the same family for over 500 years, but it seems that it hasn’t always been a private residence. Admittedly, I shouldn’t have been handling the exhibits, but I was intrigued by an old…

What’s the bloody point (and click)?

What is it with ‘selfies’? Why do so many people feel the need to remind themselves constantly of what they look like? Personally, that couple of minutes twice a day looking in the bathroom mirror while brushing my teeth is more than sufficient for me to keep the old memory banks topped up, self-image wise. I’m pretty sure I’d…

Faraway laughter

“Far from home. Tell us about the farthest you’ve ever travelled from home.” There’s a website – of course there is: did you really think there wouldn’t be? – that will tell you the precisely opposite position on the globe to wherever you are in the world. Useful to know. Thus it tells me that if, unaccountably, I…

By appointment

“Comfort zone: What are you more comfortable with – routine and planning, or laissez-faire spontaneity?” In order to protect my carefully cultivated aging-hippy image, I suppose the appropriate response to this latest of ‘365 Days of Writing Prompts’ would be something along the lines of ‘Whatever, man…let the good times roll…I’m a free spirit.’ But I’m…

Aspiration without perspiration

“What’s the 11th item on your bucket list?” To be honest, I was entirely ignorant of the concept of the bucket list until I saw the film of the same name in 2007. While I enjoyed the movie, I never thought seriously about compiling my own bucket list, so to write about the eleventh item on…

Go Forth And Worry

Whoever first said that ‘travelling is better than arriving’ was probably being dragged to Tyburn to meet a masked man with a disembowelling knife and a mean streak. Or on the final approach to Heathrow in the middle of the long-haul early morning rush hour. In the great scheme of things, getting there is the…