Britain

Last Chance To See: Travels Round Britain With A Greek

Last Chance To See: Travels Round Britain With A Greek

Before setting off for a new life in Greece, I’m talked into taking a tour of Britain.
Visiting many places in the country for the first time – places I’d heard of, made assumptions about, but never really bothered to visit – it was a chance to see my country in a whole new way. And also through the eyes of my accompanying Greek Passepartout.

So a last chance to see. Which turned out to be so much more…

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Diary of a Westminster Nobody

Diary of a Westminster Nobody

Written for the UK Civil Servive magazine – a piece on my time working in the Houses of Parliament.

Gordon Brown counted my chips, Lady Thatcher drooled on my spotted dick, ‘refreshed’ MPs were poured into taxis. And all the while the Palace with its bare stone staircases, its courtyards looked over by iron-grilled stained-glass windows, its ornate foyers and recess, stood impassive and imperious. With its myriad byzantine system of corridors and lobbies. And its ridiculous traditions and practices to explore…

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The Magical Mystery Tour

The Magical Mystery Tour

Commissioned to be part of a feature on musical history tours, I am sent to Liverpool to rub shoulders with fellow Beatles’ obsessives.

Driving round the Fab Four’s old haunts in a replica Magical Mystery Tour bus, I am in my element…until the trip starts getting a bit too exhaustive for my tastes. And when the die-hards start crying around me, well it’s time to bond with the one person on the tour who’s never even heard of the Beatles…

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