Author Archives: Profusion of Eccentricities

Oviedo to Escamplero-ish

One of the handy things about a virtual walk is that if you fall short of your target you don’t have to spend the night in a field by the side of a path, unless you want to. The classic … Continue reading

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An invitation

Originally posted on Virtual Camino:
‘Would you like to walk the Camino Primitivo with me?’ A question I was not expecting nine weeks in to lockdown. I live in one of the most densely populated parts of my city, with…

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Virtual Travels

I fell out of love with writing last year. I just couldn’t find the motivation. My posting had become sporadic, each new blog entry started with an apology for absence. I became distracted by the easy gratification of Instagram, then … Continue reading

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Persevere: A Leith Love Song

This is not a David and Goliath story. It is not about left versus right, big business versus small, rich versus poor; it is not about rot versus regeneration, stasis versus change, history versus the future, although some will say … Continue reading

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Back to school: a journey in to adult education

New posts from me have been woefully lacking this year.  Part of the reason for this, I must admit, is my addiction to the evil, easy, gratification of Instagram (read more about my guilty pleasure here).  Part is the result of … Continue reading

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The Arctic Circle – Winter’s Disneyland

I have never been to Disneyland but I imagine that it is a little like the Arctic Circle in December.  Manic children, frazzled parents, staff in costume, a babel of languages. Just outside the town of Rovaniemi in Finnish Lapland … Continue reading

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The mask-maker of Bangkok

Twelve years ago, the back streets of Bangkok.  We are somewhere near the river taxi dock for Wat Phra Kaew, and very far from home.  It is early but already the heat and the humidity are high.  I feel a … Continue reading

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333 years underwater – Stockholm’s Vasa Museum

Sweden’s most visited tourist attraction is a museum with just one exhibit.  How does something so simple draw such large crowds?  Well, it’s one special artefact.  The Vasa Museum, situated on Stockholm’s Djurgården island, is home to the world’s only … Continue reading

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Skansen, the world’s oldest open air museum – Stockholm

National history museums are often high on my ‘must see’ list when visiting a country for the first time.  They are the perfect place to learn about the local culture, both from the artefacts on display and the displays themselves: what a people … Continue reading

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Vintage Fun at Gröna Lund, Stockholm’s city centre amusement park

It had been a cultural morning, a stroll around Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s old town, followed by a visit to contemporary photography gallery Fotografiska in the Södermalm district.  The gallery is on the waterfront and, as we stepped out in to … Continue reading

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