I am writing these words in the library in the rear (aft) section of the MV Ocean Nova at the end of 9 days exploring the Scoresby Sund fjord system of Eastern Greenland on a small Expedition cruise with 57 other passengers Continue reading
I am writing these comments in Iceland which I think is the 100th sovereign state or independent territory that I have visited since I first left the UK in 1964 on a school visit to what was then West Germany.
I am very conscious that although I have close connections to Beautiful British Colombia in Canada I have never written an article that has given me the opportunities to extol the virtues of both Vancouver as a city and BC as almost certainly the most scenically attractive part of North America. Continue reading
Should we really be surprised at the tragic events of the past week – the murder of young MP Jo Cox in the UK and the slaughter of 49 innocent individuals in a gay night club in Orlando Florida in the USA? Continue reading
I have just returned from an exhausting four and a half day stay in Singapore and I am wondering if my tiredness was a reflection of getting older or the fact that there was so much to see and I needed much more than four and a half days to fit in everything that I had hoped to visit. Probably a combination of both. Continue reading
For the uninitiated, which I readily admit would have included myself until recently, Bohol is an island Province in the Visayas region of the Philippines. It has a population approaching 1.5m and is situated east of Cebu where I have been based, south of Leyte and is the 10th biggest island in the Philippines, a nation of islands.
With a population of around 100 million the Philippines is the 12th biggest nation on the planet by population and both one of the most dynamic and impoverished nations in South East Asia. With another 10 million Filipinos living and working overseas many families are dependent on overseas income. Continue reading