Travels through History – The Balkans: Journeys in the former Yugoslavia

The Macedonians build a fountain and upset the Greeks. Villages on the road to Lake Ohrid fly Albanian flags instead of Macedonian ones. Kosovan taxi drivers believe fundamentalists are being sponsored in their country by former foes. Dubrovnik is so popular a one-way system is now in operation on the city walls. In Sarajevo, theContinue reading “Travels through History – The Balkans: Journeys in the former Yugoslavia”

The Frisby Waterless Murders

INSPECTOR KNOWLES IS BACK The third book in the Inspector Knowles series sees Knowles and Sergeant Barnes investigating why the wrong person died on a murder/mystery excursion on a steam train. It seems more than one person wanted the victim dead and the question is: who murdered Major Harkness in full view of 24 peopleContinue reading “The Frisby Waterless Murders”

The Frisby Waterless Murders

Coming soon to a website near you – the third Inspector Knowles book entitled The Frisby Waterless Murders. The third book in the Inspector Knowles series sees Knowles and Sergeant Barnes investigating why the wrong person died on a murder/mystery excursion on a steam train. It seems more than one person wanted the victim dead and the questionContinue reading “The Frisby Waterless Murders”

Istanbul – Spice Bazaar – 3

This extract is from ‘Travel Tales from Exotic Places like Salford’ I made the mistake of lingering for three seconds looking at a blue T-shirt of Istanbul. “Welcome back,” said a voice. “Thank you,” I said. “You have been here before I think.” “Yes I have,” I said, “in 1999 and 1990.” “I have been hereContinue reading “Istanbul – Spice Bazaar – 3”

Gobekli Tepe – Part 5

This extract is from ‘Travel Tales from Exotic Places like Salford’ Enclosure C was discovered in 1998 and contains two concentric circles of pillars. Enclosure D, discovered in 2001, contains two central pillars 5.5 metres high. Another pillar contains an image of a headless man with an erect phallus. Another pillar in this enclosure possesses a similar image. Both ofContinue reading “Gobekli Tepe – Part 5”

Dry-stone Walling in Littondale

An extract from the book 40 Humourous British Traditions “I can build a better stone wall than you can,” “My wall is straighter than yours,” and “My stone wall is longer than yours” were all familiar brags in 15th Century Yorkshire when the farmers were building walls around Littondale to enclose their sheep and cows.Continue reading “Dry-stone Walling in Littondale”

Turtle Rinsing in London

An extract from the book 40 Humourous British Traditions It’s a little known fact that every turtle that swims up the River Thames past Tower Bridge into the Pool of London becomes the property and responsibility of the monarch. This rule is part of the Common Law of England and dates back to the timeContinue reading “Turtle Rinsing in London”

Dancing Around the Windmill

An extract from the book 40 Humourous British Traditions The concept of the Village Idiot is a long-held tradition that was refined to its highest degree in rural Somerset in the 1300s. At that time the position of Village Idiot was an official job title and had a salary, though it was paid in acorns.Continue reading “Dancing Around the Windmill”

Walking the Weasel

An extract from the book 40 Humourous British Traditions According to the Lindisfarne Chronicles, “Walking the Ways All” was an annual tradition in all Anglo-Saxon towns. The third Thursday in July was set aside for the townsfolk to walk along the common pathways and re-establish their right to frequent these paths. According to the EnglishContinue reading “Walking the Weasel”

Travels through History – Armenia and the UK

In 2005, the Armenian alphabet celebrated its 1600th birthday. In commemoration, 39 large, carved Armenian letters were placed near the final resting place of the man who created the alphabet, Mesrop Mashtots. The place is known as the Park Of Letters and can’t be missed by anyone who is travelling towards Amberd Fortress. Please seeContinue reading “Travels through History – Armenia and the UK”