Delve into the full archive of blog posts… Everything I’ve written will appear on this page, organised chronologically, giving you a (hopefully interesting) mixture of short stories, travel blogs, or contemporary commentaries.
Feel free to browse, if you’re simply hoping to find something new. Excuse the chaos of some of my earlier posts, as this site represents my first attempt at blogging. I’m always open to comments, and will endeavour to reply quickly if you have any thoughts.
With no apparent warning, something breached the otherwise placid waves. Offering no hope of premonitions, the entire scene was hopelessly transformed before it could possibly be comprehended. The perfect sheen over the water had burst, erupting into an ominous fountain, only momentarily concealing from the islanders the emerging threat. For centuries, the great beasts of… Continue Reading →
Cuckmere Haven Beach Visiting Cuckmere Haven beach is a wonderful and easy day out, especially for those based around London or in the south. It’s typically quieter than most alternatives, and what it lacks in reliable sandy stretches it compensates for with spectacular views of the Seven Sisters cliffs. Cuckmere Haven beach, also surrounded by… Continue Reading →
Will Jack Reacher be able to survive the COVID-19 pandemic? Physically, I’m sure he could survive the virus itself (it would certainly be a disappointing end to his legacy). The real question is whether his way of life is resilient enough to withstand new tests. This interesting thought experiment, interesting at least I hope to… Continue Reading →
By way of small update, I wanted to announce the launch of my second website, Tales from a Tent! For any travel or camping fans, this will represent a more focussed exploration of the topic, whereas Tom’s Tales of Woe are considerably more general. It’s taken a fair degree of effort to prepare it, though… Continue Reading →
Visions of future holidays Today, I wanted to write something a little bit different and hopefully fun to explore. With cautious optimism, it’s time to dream a little bit. With the new £5000 fine for attempting to travel out of the UK lurking in the back of my mind, I’m returning to refine my holiday… Continue Reading →
A Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill was voted through parliament in its second reading, by 359 votes to 263. Amongst various proposals, particular attention has been drawn towards the controversial plans to increase police capacity to block protests. Since its drafting earlier this month, the bill has sparked heated debate within the commons and… Continue Reading →
What’s so great about scuba diving in Madagascar? Madagascar is an amazing country to explore. The culture is vibrant, the people are welcoming, the tropical atmosphere omnipresent. Even so, it cannot be fully appreciated without scuba diving. I posted recently on Learning to Scuba Dive in Corfu, my first introduction to diving. The reefs surrounding… Continue Reading →
Is the end in sight? With UK lockdown restrictions imminently anticipated to ease, including the re-opening of campsites, I’d tentatively wager that spring planning can commence. Presently, amidst other updates, April 12th remains poised to permit self-contained accommodation, which includes campsites. With this potential in mind, where better to explore than the Peak District? This… Continue Reading →
No legal recourse for modern, technological crimes The seemingly limitless capabilities of various technological advances are both positive and negative. With new opportunities, it’s unfortunately possible to commit more harmful actions, including those that might legitimately be construed as crimes. Certainly, by general consensus, they can be objectionable, but not offend the letter of the… Continue Reading →
Amongst the various activities I’m thoroughly missing, scuba diving ranks very highly. It’s an experience unlike any other, whilst Corfu was a spectacular place to learn. Exhilarating, whilst simultaneously therapeutic, scuba diving is so enjoyable, and one of the first things I hope to revisit once travel restrictions ease. Learning in Corfu was entirely unique… Continue Reading →
This week, a previously-unexploded bomb was safely detonated in Exeter. It was controlled, with no injury reports to date. But it does serve as an awkward reminder of the era in which European tensions were at their highest. Discovered by chance, had this bomb inadvertently self-detonated prior to being unearthed, it might have inflicted civilian… Continue Reading →
“Thomas Fairfax.” I glanced around, intrigued. Another character to acquaint myself with. A name I had never heard before. Here I was, I position I’d never have believed imaginable. On the perimeter of a crime scene, cordoning off one shop from the remainder of the high-street. About to be introduced to some senior member…. Continue Reading →
Focussing on mental health is absolutely wonderful, and incredibly important. Subsequently, I thought I’d contribute my views, should this statement be either valuable or (less likely) original. Remembering to take care of yourself is precious, especially during periods of difficulty, and given the plethora of modern challenges we face. Our brains might be fascinating, but… Continue Reading →
Scafell Pike Towering 978m above sea level, Scafell Pike is the UK’s tallest point, making summiting this enjoyable ascent an immense achievement. Gifted to the National Trust as a WWI memorial for conservation, there’s plenty of room for exploration! Several routes ascend to Scafell Pike, the most popular stretching 5.7 miles into the clouds. Despite… Continue Reading →
Can social media be regulated? Having posted previously on potentially regulating social media platforms, I felt this topic required updating, not least owing to some drastic changes. To be unequivocally plain: social media is dangerous. It poses a very real threat, both on an individual, and global scale. Our existing relationship with social media is… Continue Reading →
Though growing in popularity, Slovenia is an underrated gem, offering a rich variety of activities and stunning landscape! Whilst touring two summers ago, my travel companion and I spent an enjoyable weekend in Ljubljana (Luub-lee-ah-na), before gracing Lake Bled with our presence, first detouring through Skofja Loka and Kranj. This stunning country is remarkably welcoming,… Continue Reading →
An impossibly vast carpet of blue melted into the distant horizon, the cloudless sky bleeding almost imperceptibly into the water. From here, the sea appeared everything that was. Coated by a shimmering sheen, the waves had journeyed thousands of unbroken miles to visit the cliff face, which stood quaking at the land’s end. Now glistening,… Continue Reading →
Why wild camping? If you’re wondering, why wild camping? In a tent? Stay tuned – I promise it redeems itself. As with mainland Scotland, the Outer Hebrides permit wild camping anywhere you might desire (that’s not private or specifically excluded). This generates fantastic opportunities for a truly unforgettable holiday! In the volatile wilderness of the… Continue Reading →
Dismantling the Confederacy Through an unprecedented surge in the production of fake currency, Northern counterfeiters significantly contributed towards toppling the Confederate government. In extreme brief, the US Civil War erupted in April 1861, following the secession of several Southern states from the Union, primarily to preserve the institution of slavery. Concluded in 1865 by Robert… Continue Reading →
Something about the image was wrong. Again. Having adopted my usual camouflage, already slick with mud, I was hurtling once more towards the trees at the foot of the hill, upon which my house resided. As they imposed themselves, extending higher with each thundering step, I realised some element was distinctly out of place, though… Continue Reading →
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