Walking and Talking

Walking and Talking

This is a subject that is of increasing concern to me as communities across Britain battle to preserve open spaces. In Cardiff the Central square is now a huge building site. It feels threatening, the metal monsters rising where once was windswept bus shelters and skateboarders and people able to catch sight of the sky. … Continue reading

Origin of Vampires

Origin of Vampires

Here’s a story that justifies reading outside a person’s normal area of interest. Tschiffley’s Ride is one of the great travel adventures, the sort of journey only Werner Herzog would contemplate filming. Please. Aime Tsciffley, a Swiss former teacher, footballer and boxer moved to Buenos Aires in 1920. In 1925 he set of in the … Continue reading

Eleven rules for newt-watching

Originally posted on Minutiae:
1    Wait for a fine day.  The sun’s rays penetrate the goopy water. 2    Don’t eat a meal consisting largely of smoked mackerel before newt-watching. 3   Have patience.  Get your eye in. Look at the small swirls of the water.  Spot a striped nose.  As a newt dives,…