If you enjoy a glass of wine, then this blog post is certainly for you. I’m talking about corks. That small plug that seals the wine until you can resist it no longer and reach for that favourite item in the drawer, the corkscrew. I’m sure you would rather be drinking the wine than reading about the cork, however if you’d like to combine the two, I can wait right here until you return with your glass. Back with me? Cork is a fascinating subject and when you consider the impact wine corks … [Read more...] about Corks for Wine or Screw Top Wine? Let’s Start an Argument
Travel tips and advice from a photographer and writer
I'm not a Travel Blogger, let me make that clear at the outset! However, I am lucky enough to travel in my work quite frequently, so it began to make perfect sense to write about some of the locations I've travelled to, how I am able to enjoy the process of travelling (the trick is in packing super light) and also some of the great people I have met along the way.
I hope you enjoy the journey.
I love them. And right now, you are probably doing one of two things. Either nodding in agreement, your mind bringing forth a vision of a warm Mediterranean evening, the paving under foot still warm from the heat of the day, the final rays of sunshine slipping below the horizon and cicadas beginning to chirp. A glass of lovely red, a small bowl of olives and tearing some crisp bread to go with them. Olives invoke that feeling in me. Or alternatively, your’re screwing up your … [Read more...] about About Olives
If you love motorsport, track driving or those lovely European autoroutes and alpine passes, then you may well think that the centre of Paris is somewhere to avoid like the plague. In fact, driving in Paris is something that everyone should experience at least once in their lives, even if it’s only from the passenger seat. And if you love a little door to door competition and you happen to be driving a car some way down your list of cherished goods, then driving in the absolute centre of Paris … [Read more...] about A Real World Guide to Driving the Streets of Paris
For most people in the UK, the idea of driving on ice fills them with dread. The prospect of driving on a frozen lake simply scales up that paranoia with the added terror of drowning through a hole in the ice, to a cold watery grave. What's not to like? In fact, driving on a race track created entirely from the surface of a frozen lake is one of life's greatest pleasures if you enjoy perfecting the skill of driving. As for the prospect of the ice failing, at 50cm thick, it will support … [Read more...] about The Frozen Race Track
This is Sweden in the summertime. Most of the times I've been to Scandinavia it's been in winter time, almost always because I've been working with my friends at Ice Driver. This was shot from the back of the car looking rearwards, simply because the roads in this part of Sweden are stunning all year round and I couldn't resist shooting the patterns and contours. The combination of light traffic, tree lined roads that twist and turn, plus the many main roads are generally well maintained … [Read more...] about Swedish Road Trip
Sitting in a Tapas bar in Sitges in September, the thud of explosions outside made me put down the ice cold Estrella and take a look. There's a well known phrase, invented by Chase Jarvis, that the Best Camera is the one you have in your hand when you need to shoot something. Tonight, it was the iPhone 6. Nobody does loud fireworks quite like the Catalonians. I can think of countries in the world where health and safety and risk assessments would stop this but the celebrations in Sitges for … [Read more...] about Sitges, Santa Tecla and The Best Camera
If you’re heading south into France from the UK this summer and your journey involves Le Mans, Paris, Bordeaux or any part of the southern reaches of France, then we have to share with you our preferred method of crossing that water between the UK and France. And best of all, it doesn’t involve the M20, anywhere in Kent, or even a Tunnel. Instead, it involves a leisurely crossing from Portsmouth to one of a range of destinations along the coast of Northern France, using Brittany … [Read more...] about The Better Way to Drive South in France From England
Last summer marked the 100th Anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme in Europe. On 1st July 1916, the Allies began an offensive that saw more than 19,000 men killed on the first day. As part of the commemorations, I travelled to northern France with The Yorkshire Air Museum. They were asked to provide an AVRO 504K to display at the Thiepval Memorial on the 1st of July to represent the Royal Flying Corps, which went on to become the RAF. Working with them in a digital media … [Read more...] about Memories of Thiepval – One Year On
Anyone who has visited the Le Mans Museum right alongside the circuit entrance will be left with a burning desire to go and investigate the Mulsanne Straight. The desire to own a grey Porsche 911, stop half way down and light up a Gitance while resting your backside on the ARMCO is a feeling that I’m sure many of us have felt. For many though, the Museum visit is just part of a drive further south. So if, like us, you won’t have time to drive the whole public sections of the track, there’s … [Read more...] about Le Mans to Tours via that Mulsanne Straight
It’s early, before 9:00am, but even in late September, the heat of the day is making itself felt in Catalonia. I’m in Sitges, just south of Barcelona in Spain, tracking down a circuit I’d heard mention of on occasion, but had never really been able to find out much about. While Sitges may be more widely known as the gay capital of Spain, for me, the Autodromo Terramar holds significantly more fascination. Built in the hedonistic, golden age of the birth of modern motorsport, Autodromo Terramar … [Read more...] about Autodromo De Terramar – The Sleeping Legend
A winter trip to Los Angeles in January left me with a spare day in between meetings. As we’d already done the tourist LA route on the Sunday while we adjusted to time zones, we decided to head out towards Chino and March AFB, home of some collections of aircraft I’d read about for many years. As a geeky kid growing up in the UK in the early seventies, I have memories of Vulcan bombers at high altitude passing overhear, tiny white triangles creating a contrail, so high they were almost out of … [Read more...] about Meeting Some Heroes of Aviation in California