3 reasons to stay and look around


Content includes varied topics from wildlife to space exploration and great photos. My personal interests have fuller sections devoted to culinary, architecture and ancient history.


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Errrm, let me see, I’ll leave it for you to come up with the third reason why you would want to look around this website.

Here is a video of Geike Arnaert singing a song called Zoutelade with Dutch group BLØF. In her solo career since leaving Hooverphonic she’s been floating between collaborations with various artists and her own work. One song from her latest album called Blinded is impeccable, and probably the only one that would feel at home on a Hooverphonic album. Find out more about Geike and Hooverphonic from the ‘Music’ section on this site.

where I Live – The Archway

category: about me

Despite Archway being a shithole I’ve been here for most of my life. Lately it has finally been recognised as a significant place worthy of investment by the uncaring Council but not down to its unappreciated history but due to the commercial value and real estate revenue for property developers.

What was once, and still is a major London gateway to the North, was unforgivably turned into a carbuncle gyratory by the 1960s head-in-a-cloud-cookoo-land town planners – history has simply repeated itself. The landscape pirates that created the roundabout and the tower are back having removed the roundabout and narrowed the through traffic to one lane. But the folk of our past left their mark and their story is all that remains for posterity, as surely even St Joseph’s will become luxury flats in due course.

Feature 1 – Pakistan in 29 Days

category: humour

The Guru Aziz seeking spiritual enlightenment, sets out on an epic journey of discovery to Pakistan, which he believes to be the craddle of wisdom that once emerged from ancient civilisations along the Indus Valley. The story is told in over 600 scenes and by the end of it, you will truly have a flavour of Pakistan and an insight into one of the most dangerous places on earth to be at.

The Guru lands in Karachi, the southern tip of Pakistan, and travels towards the Capital of Islamabad at the northern tip. With the Indus River cutting through the centre of Pakistan, the country has a turbulent West with the provinces of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and a milder East of Sindh and Punjab. Mr Aziz chooses the Eastern route, not least because the Punjab is his main interest, and the subject matter of his current book about this region of the South Asian sub-continent.

Feature 2 – The Last Tsar

category: media

To mark the centenary of the execution of the last Tsar of Russia and his family there were many exhibitions held about them, including at Buckingham Palace and the Science Museum and online by the British Library. I was moved by that family story and posted a mini-exhibition on facebook in the form of 162 posts.

This special feature looks at the Romanov story, their family life and the events that led to their tragic end. A tribute.

Feature 3 – Hooverphonic

category: music

This Belgian/European band have been around for over twenty years performing at hundreds of concerts, TV and radio sessions and umpteen festivals. Their music is psychedelic, dreamy, heavenly, futuristic, techno, pop, rock, you name it. This is a tribute page.

There are two offsite links to try, fan website which provides an events history and future events schedule, and my youtube playlist.

The History of Gin

category: culinary

The history of gin goes hand in hand with the history of rum and the story of distillation. Fermentation is a natural process whereby distillation is a type of processing. We process a fermented base in order to obtain a higher percentage of alcohol by volume.

However, the refinement in the distillation process means a filtering out of flavour; more alcohol, less flavour. And so distillation is essentially the art of hitting the right balance between the desired alcohol content and level of flavour.

Bitcoin & the Blockchain

category: media

You have to have been living in an igloo not to have heard of Bitcoin. You may have come across it on the internet, or seen the newspaper headlines. But do you know what it is and how it differs from the existing currency.

Because it offers anonymity Bitcoin is used to facilitate transactions for drugs and arms. But at its core Bitcoin is just a technology, it’s neither good nor bad, it’s just there to be used. In 2017 its value sky-rocketed and in 2018 it’s setting out to change banking forever.

Women with amusing T-Shirts

category: humour

From the cheeky to the saucy or rude, women are accordingly voicy in proportion with the assets they have been blessed with. If you have it – flaunt it, as the saying goes!

Humour is the best medicine, the humour category contains all sorts of witty amusement including jokes, funny photos, quips, interesting facts and many items to keep you chuckling for a while.

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