Xmas Gifts for MSers

Posted on 30th Nov 2012 by ian under Random | No Comments »

I receive a weekly newsletter from Julie Stachowiak who writes about MS for www.About.com. This week she wrote about gifts NOT to give people with MS so thought I would summarise here and add a few of my own. I guess non-MSers have the thought, “Gosh, what do I get someone with MS?” and then focus on the disease not the person… and I’ll be the first to say that …read more


Dog Day Afternoon

Posted on 29th Nov 2012 by ian under Dog Day Afternoon | No Comments »

Seeing the internet is crammed full of cats, what about a dog day afternoon?  Click any photo to enlarge.


Westminster Abbey

Posted on 27th Nov 2012 by ian under Travel Tales | No Comments »

From the Eye to Westminster Abbey and our first drop of rain. It wouldn’t be London without a bit of drizzle and one of the perks of a wheelchair kept us pretty dry – we were able to skirt the queue and go in a separate entrance. I love the Abbey – the building, the history, the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior and the fact that it is a ‘working’ …read more


Tuesday Travels

Posted on 27th Nov 2012 by ian under Tuesday Travels | No Comments »

Sometimes the cooler climes can be seductive.  Could turn into a climb even.  Click on any photo to enlarge.


The London Eye

Posted on 25th Nov 2012 by ian under Travel Tales | No Comments »

Time for some of London’s main sights… Jumped in a black cab from Kensington to the London Eye via Buckingham Palace (where a squirrel was frolicking on Birdcage Walk – love squirrels!), past the Houses of Parliament and across Westminster Bridge to the ‘Eye’.  We were warned of two-hour queues but it was only minutes. The London Eye is the city’s most popular paid tourist attraction with three and a …read more


Weekend What’s On – Carole King

Posted on 24th Nov 2012 by ian under Weekend What's On | No Comments »

I saw an interview with Carole King recently on Sixty Minutes where she asked, rhetorically, “Where did those 70 years go?”  It wasn’t said sadly or wistfully but more matter-of-factly.  I think we all wonder occasionally how time flies.  Ms King, more than many singer-songwriters, can look back on a powerful legacy of work, including the superb 1971 album Tapestry, her first number one hit at the age of 18 …read more


Kensington, London

Posted on 24th Nov 2012 by ian under Travel Tales | No Comments » rydges kensington london

Our base in London was Rydges in Kensington (four grand terraces that had just been recently refurbished). It has a good little restaurant called the Jam Cupboard and a bar/lounge off the lobby called The Polo Bar. Rydges just manages the property for the owner, a young guy called Ali from Dubai who also happens to own the Dubai Polo Club. The photos in the bar are from his horse …read more


Happy Turkey Day!

Posted on 23rd Nov 2012 by ian under Random | No Comments »

To my American MSer friends, Happy Thanksgiving!  Click any photo to enlarge.


Victoria & Albert Museum and Harrods

Posted on 22nd Nov 2012 by ian under Travel Tales | No Comments »

Around the corner from our Kensington hotel – a 10 minute walk/wheel away – was the wonderful Victoria and Albert Museum.  It is simply the world’s greatest museum of decorative art and design. The V&A building itself is stunning and you need a bit of time because there are some 27,000 items spanning a period of 3,000 years. Admission is free so if you allow, say, four hours, you could …read more


Points of View

Posted on 22nd Nov 2012 by ian under Wacky Wednesday | No Comments »

It’s all a matter of perspective.  Click any photo to enlarge.