The opening of Palmerston North’s new railway station in 1963

Listening to the latest episode of Radio New Zealand show Sounds Historical,1 I was fascinated to hear a snippet from the opening of Palmerston North’s new railway station in 1963. I don’t know a great deal about Palmerston North, but I’ve passed through it several times on the main trunk line that runs north and […]

Microadventures – Alastair Humphreys’ new book

Writer, explorer and adventurer Alastair Humphreys has written a new book called Microadventures, and it’s out today. Alastair’s concept of microadventures – “a tiny little adventure that’s close to home and easy on your pocket” – pushed me last year to see how far my bike could carry me and all I would need for an […]

Los Angeles

I think about California, and about Los Angeles, quite a lot. It’s not such a weirdly niche topic that I should be surprised by the way it keeps coming up, but I find myself thinking about, reading about, or listening to details of life there throughout its history all the time. LA seems to me to be quite […]

Postcards from the Lake District: The road from Penrith

The route I’d picked to get from Penrith railway station to Ullswater and Glenridding wasn’t Google’s first suggestion. I’m a little suspicious of the cycling option when using Google’s route-finding tools – I’m still not sure how much it takes into account the rider’s legs, arse and mood. Having managed to get myself and my […]