About Me


John Ruler
John Ruler

What, you may well ask, am I doing running a website in my eighties? First proving age is no barrier to blogging. Secondly, it’s a wonderful way to explore three seemingly diverse subjects in depth. Guest features on a specific  topic or of a more general nature are welcome – as are comments  good or bad on the contents of this site !



Essentially Horses
See how a lucky break led me into riding some 600 horses in 48 countries. Read, too, about rare breeds, carriage driving, working horses and a host of other equestrian topics.

See: Essentially Horses


Essentially UK
As a former chief reporter and district editor, expect a local newspaper emphasis on characters, customs, history and gardens with the emphasis on  Kent and Greater London. A history of Bromley and eight years as a magazine columnist helped establish me as a specialist writer on the region.

See: Essentially UK


Essentially France
Essentially Northern France: A cross-Channel booze cruise, some 20 years ago, and a growing nosiness for what lay beyond Calais led to my love of Nord-Pas de Calais and writing the Bradt guide, the first to a region too often missed by motorists on their mad dash south.

See: Essentially France


Essentially World War One
In 2014 Bradt’s guide to the World War One Battlefields jointly written with fellow travel Emma Thomson became an instant success; published in 2018, a second and larger edition remains a big seller.  I was also a consultant for the 2018 North American Michelin guide to The Battlefields of the Somme, Amiens, Peronne and Albert.
See: Essentially World War One


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