#TBT Cairo

I spent six days in Cairo one summer in the early noughties, before heading off to Sharm el Sheikh on the Sinai peninsula for a further three days. I travelled with a friend, whose ginger hair, pale skin and freckles were not entirely suited to the climate of north Africa. The furnace like heat from the midday sun was, at that time, the biggest issue for western travellers. Continue reading “#TBT Cairo”

Little Bredy

It’s been a while since I’ve had a ‘Meet the Author’ post. For the avoidance of doubt that’s me in the foreground. I currently hold multiple roles at the Mexile, including writer, web developer, photographer and teaboy. I have a few more grey hairs than last time you saw me. But only a few. More importantly, I do still have a full head of hair. Continue reading “Little Bredy”

The Trial of the Century

Last year, we had a somewhat controversial trial in the UK. You may have heard of it – the news services covered it fairly comprehensively. It was controversial for a number of reasons, not least that it even occurred. Instigated by a fairly small number of individuals, most of whom had a fairly questionable set of morals, on the basis of hearsay and dodgy data. Continue reading “The Trial of the Century”

VSCO

There’s a ton of photo apps out there. I’ve tried plenty of them. Some I like. Some I delete. VSCO is one I like. It’s not as trendy as Instagram for sharing. It’s not as good as a whole number of apps for actually taking the photo. It’s not much good unless you pay up for at least a few packs of filters. It’s a bit confusing to use. It won’t crop to my Continue reading “VSCO”

Prince of Wails

I woke up yesterday to discover that Prince Philip would not. Well, so said the world of Twitter. But I wanted to hear of his death from a better source than the hysterical mass that is social media. Places where you find the most vocal complaints of #fakenews tend, in my experience, to be the places you’re most likely to find #fakenews. You know the Continue reading “Prince of Wails”

Escape In New York City

Throwback Thursday is an Instagram/Facebook gimmick. But it’s also a great exercise in scheduled nostalgia. An excuse to look back on photos taken years before and revisit what almost seems like a former life. This week, I went right back in my digital photo archive. Almost to the beginning. Sometime in August 2003, on the New York Continue reading “Escape In New York City”

Brexit Motor Corporation

We must, we are told, unite to make the most of our post-Brexit ‘opportunities’. I confess that I’ve been struggling to think of what these opportunities might be. Sure, a free trade agreement with New Zealand sounds great, but the country has an economy the size of Greece. And besides, last time I looked, our supermarkets already Continue reading “Brexit Motor Corporation”

The Republican, Translated

Yesterday, I went for a little Sunday drive with Mrs P. First port of call was to a little patisserie in Sandbanks which had recently been featured on television. The tables were packed and the shelves low on products. Perhaps because it had recently been featured on television. So we went into a coffee shop a few doors Continue reading “The Republican, Translated”

Spring Has Sprung

It’s remarkable what a few days of warmer temperatures and a blue sky can do to the English landscape. Previously barren branches and sullen bushes burst into a kaleidoscope of brilliant greens. Empty flower beds cast off their soiled brown uniforms, sprouting every other colour of the rainbow. Fallen cherry blossom provides a sprinking Continue reading “Spring Has Sprung”

What’s In A Name?

I have uploaded 15,819 photos to my Flickr account over an eleven year period. Although some were taken before I joined up with Flickr but were uploaded later. Say, about a thousand images. Or less. At the time of writing, my photos have been viewed a total of 1,140,466 times. Which suggests I should probably have used Flickr as my blog, not WordPress. Continue reading “What’s In A Name?”