Five of the best distilleries on the American Whiskey Trail

As sales of Kentucky bourbon and Tennessee whiskey have rocketed, so has interest in the terroir of the region, and distilleries – Jack Daniel’s and Wild Turkey included – have opened for tours

The Connecticut garden that inspired American impressionist painters

Florence Griswold’s house and garden, now a museum, has barely changed since the turn of the 20th century when artists escaped here to paint outside, says the director of a new film on American impressionism

Ranger Betty Soskin, 93, on the Rosie the Riveter national park, California

The oldest national park ranger in the US tells us why she’s proud of the second world war home front park in Richmond, just across the bay from San Francisco

Top 10 national and state parks in Hawaii

Here is an article providing the top 10 national and state parks in Hawaii http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2014/aug/15/top-10-national-state-parks-hawaii

Where Nairo Quintana learned his cycling

Nairo Quintana has just won the Giro d’Italia – this article shows you where his cycling education began. http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2014/jun/01/cycling-colombia-nairo-quintana

Eric Lomax

I think there’s something wrong with our values as human beings. If you haven’t heard of Eric Lomax, like me before seeing the film The Railway Man yesterday, then find out about him. This man was quite remarkable in many ways. Essentially, he forgave someone who had helped torture him during the second world war.Continue reading “Eric Lomax”

Turks and Caicos Islands, Grand Turk

Cockburn Town is the capital of the Turks and Caicos Islands. The capital is found on Grand Turk, the easternmost island of the group. If you head eastwards from Grand Turk the next land you will see is the continent of Africa. Cockburn Town is a very relaxed place. There are some modern buildings andContinue reading “Turks and Caicos Islands, Grand Turk”

Thomas Piketty – Capitalism isn’t working

One of the slogans of the 2011 Occupy protests was ‘capitalism isn’t working’. In an epic new book, French economist Thomas Piketty has indicated Occupy were right. Here is an article by Will Hutton explaining the reasoning. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/12/capitalism-isnt-working-thomas-piketty