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Flight of uneven stone steps and castle ruins

Giving in to a Walking Stick

I was at the top of Kantara Castle in Northern Cyprus when I finally realized that it was time to bow to the inevitable… It had been worth every one of the several hundred rocky uneven steps to get up there, but now I had to get down. There were no rails, virtually no handholds, my knees were buckling and stabbing with a thousand arthritic needles… I had to start using a walking stick.

Huge number of people in a big square under floodlights

Politics, Human Rights and the Travel Media – Can they co-exist?

Politics, human rights and the travel media are unlikely bedfellows but they regularly share a bunk! Before we can ever begin to think about the implications of the pairing, we need to ask one seemingly simple but actually fiendishly difficult question – what is travel writing? No…

Climbing Tenacious

“I’ve always wanted to climb the mast of a tall ship. You can fix it for me sometime.” Mark said this not long after we first met nearly 12 years ago… And so we met the inspirational Jubilee Sailing Trust and found ourselves heading down to Southampton, where SV Tenacious was dwarfed by the ports giant cranes and a vast freighter piled high with containers in rusty rainbow shades,

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