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 !
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.
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.
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.
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