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The Cassier Highway

Google Street View are now just about everywhere (which probably includes your gastrointestinal tract), which once again allows me to do a re-run of one of the Pacific Northwest wilderness roads I drove back in 1999 (last year, via Street … Continue reading

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Where the Streets Have No Name

During the autumn and winter of 1987/88 I was living in Calgary, in western Canada. I was 23 years old and hopelessly in love with a girl who didn’t love me. In the subzero temperatures of a Canadian winter, this … Continue reading

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Arctic memories

During various moves over the years a lot of the Alaska trip photos have been lost, particularly shots I took on the Dalton Highway. So, I was delighted to discover recently that Google Street View now do the Dalton Highway. … Continue reading

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The Yukon Queen…

… is of course the name I gave to the No.1 car, after we made a record-breaking drive up to the Arctic Ocean in Alaska. That was in 1999 and since then the book I’ve written about the 2CV Alaska … Continue reading

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Cook’s Overseas Timetable – the end of a legend

In a previous post I talked about the Thomas Cook travel company, and in particular Cook’s famous timetables, the European Timetable and the Overseas Timetable (here). Sadly, the Overseas Timetable was published for the last time at the end of … Continue reading

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Thomas Cook – troubles and famous timetables

Thomas Cook, one of Europe’s biggest tour operators, is in financial difficulty. Cooks invented the package holiday and have been in business for more than 150 years. Cooks are blaming political unrest and natural disasters in key holiday destinations as … Continue reading

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Everyone has an Aeroflot story

Andre and I got off the train at Beijing Central Station, which had one of the biggest waiting rooms in the world, capable of holding 4,000 people. We’d been travelling for three weeks by rail across Europe, Russia, Siberia and … Continue reading

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The Great Railway Bazaar

“He’s got a knife!” cried Andre. Alec had indeed pulled a knife on us, but he was way too drunk to use it. The train lurched across some points. The door to the concertina coupling between the carriages slid open. … Continue reading

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Mr Mouse’s 50th Birthday

When you wish upon a star Makes no difference who you are Tinny and distorted, the song blared from an array of speakers strung above the street. I covered my ears. A big blue bear stopped in front of me. … Continue reading

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Dance in the Old Fashioned Way

London. A freezing winter’s afternoon. A back street in Soho. Below the bell push a small card said: ‘Young French Model’. The door was opened by an old lady who looked like everyone’s favourite granny. She wore an overcoat and … Continue reading

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