seven-legged race, Exeter, UK

The seven-legged race comprises teams of six people who race around the cathedral close in an anti-clockwise direction. The prize is won by the first team to cross the finishing line having completed 66 laps. The race was started in 1541 by boys who had been unsuccessful in their attempts to join the cathedral choirContinue reading “seven-legged race, Exeter, UK”

Things to consider on elephant safari

Soon Major was thirsty, so he headed for a small stream and sucked up a ten yard stretch in a matter of seconds. As an encore he raised his trunk vertically in the air and blew out the last two yards of water so that we tourists were treated to our own mini-monsoon. He trumpetedContinue reading “Things to consider on elephant safari”

The Cart Ruts of Malta

At different sites over the two main islands of Malta and in the surrounding waters are found some man-made features which have been given the name ‘cart ruts’, largely because the first visitors to discover them believed they had been worn by a cart. Their most famous site is at Clapham Junction, named after Britain’sContinue reading “The Cart Ruts of Malta”

Mr One Dollar

We then encountered a long queue of people holding their passports. At the head of the line was a large overweight gentleman in a grey tunic sitting on a wooden chair similar to the ones we had had at school twenty years previously. The customs official’s hair was thinning and combed backwards, though he hadContinue reading “Mr One Dollar”

The Goat Parva Murder Mystery

I entered the 1st chapter of my new novel into a competition and it won, so the 1st chapter is now available here: http://writersbillboard.net/firstchapter3.html. It will soon be available on Amazon and other websites along with my other books, 40 Humourous British Traditions, Julian’s Journeys, Ten Traveller’s Tales, and 40 World Sports

The Canoeist

I find it hard to believe what is happening in Seaton Carew, near Hartlepool, in the UK – all investigative journalists worth their salt should be heading there straightaway.  Seaton Carew is the home of the mysterious “Canoeist” John Darwin, who ‘disappeared’ in the North Sea in March 2002, only to apparently come back from theContinue reading “The Canoeist”

The Festivals of Vancouver

Sight Number 17 – The Festivals of Vancouver Festivals abound in Vancouver and they begin on the first day of the year. There are Polar Bear swims at various places in the Lower Mainland such as Deep Cove in North Vancouver and at Davis Bay on the Sunshine Coast, but the largest gathering of swimmers isContinue reading “The Festivals of Vancouver”

Stone Age Roulette

A stone ball 30 feet in diameter may provide archaeologists with a vital clue as to the real reason for the construction of Silbury Hill and the Avebury Stone Circles in Wiltshire, UK.   The ball was found two months ago in a farmer’s field at the base of Silbury Hill and was believed toContinue reading “Stone Age Roulette”