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January 21, 2020

So, what makes healthcare sustainable? Economically sustainable healthcare might involve something as simple as eating an apple a day to keep the doctor away (or other similar metaphors for healthier lifestyles). Environmentally sustainable healthcare might include jus...

January 13, 2020

If you throw enough pebbles in the great pond of life the ripples will spread outwards, possibly resonating for ever. So I believe. Thus I found myself volunteering to light a beacon to mark 125 years of the founding of Europe's largest conservation body, the National...

November 14, 2019

In the darkest corners, crypts, dung heaps, disused graveyards, smoke-wraithed tenements, gin-alleys and coal soot-blackened dens of iniquity of Victorian London one young woman lifted her eyes towards the seemingly impossible; visions of beauty. Her own mother thought...

November 5, 2019

It's wild, arty and crazy but absolutely beautiful in all the right ways; landscape, culture and people. The Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall, home to Goonhilly Downs Earth station, a national nature reserve, serpentine rocks, choughs, Poldark film sets, Gear Farm pasties, R...

November 1, 2019

 Looking at the White Cliffs of Dover from the beautiful sandy beaches of Northern France adds a fresh perspective to an era of rampant European weirdness and echoes of a troubled history of deadly psychopathic vanities. Le Manche is a sunny stretch of water today...

October 26, 2019

Next to Helgoland and once connected to it, until a violent storm in 1720 washed away the land bridge, is the neat sand island of Düne. It has a port area with a half hourly ferry service to the little red rock, a small airport for light aircraft to the mainland, a cou...

October 25, 2019

It's funny how connections happen. A mutual friend, writer Rob Macfarlane, made the introductions to Professor Jan Rüger who wrote the book 'Heligoland - Britain, Germany and the Struggle for the North Sea'. This extraordinary well-researched book is my definitive guid...

October 24, 2019

A sunny-ish dawn on a brown river in the centre of Hamburg. Once the launch pad for the Beatles and other denizens of rock and roll, the scene is more sombre, in a 'morning after the night before' sense. Early to board at number 3 quay at Landungsbrücke for the fast ca...

October 16, 2019

It seemed like a decade. A decade of summers, camping by a Scottish beach. Each day spent foraging for shellfish, seaweeds, soaking in the sea essence and just 'be-ing' - a sensation akin to shinrin-yoku, the 'forest bathing' favoured in Japan. Some days it really was...

October 16, 2019

What makes a pebble 'lucky'? What mysterious alchemy of time, place and senses conspire to guide the searcher to the discovery of a single pebble, amongst the millions on a beach, so distinct that it becomes 'special'? I have long pondered this quirk of the coalescence...

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