Trip to Taormina

Apparently exhausted by her exertions, the nun sat down, but the middle-aged woman, taking her cue from the nun, got up. She came to stand by me, pulled out a creased picture and pointed at it, saying “Mia Mama.” Her mother wasn’t the one sunning herself on the rock; she was the one swimming inContinue reading “Trip to Taormina”

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