Posted in June 2014

Hiding from nutters

Man it’s hot and going to get hotter!  How’s the rain? My first week has gone by so quickly and I’ve packed so much in. Today I’m taking it easy – nice breakfast outdoors, a wander in all the fabric shops and habdasherys that are in the area (my kind of place), a Date and … Continue reading


Whilst I wait on my laundry to finish, let me tell you about another highlight from last Friday.  Most things in the Jewish areas of Jerusalem start to close down around 2pm for Shabbat (Sabbath).  Shabbat is from sun down on Friday until sun down on Saturday. As I left the Old City on Friday … Continue reading

Muddy Strangers and Community

This is the second time in recent years that I’ve found myself getting on a minibus at the crack of dawn with a bus load of minus banter strangers and going to a place that I could easily trip and plummet to my death. And you know me and tripping! The tour started off in … Continue reading

He’s not here

I hadn’t yet left the departure lounge in Manchester when I became very aware of culture’s colliding.  I’ve never been on an airplane before that announces a prayer gathering at the rear of the plane … where I happened to be sitting.  I tried to do what my mother said and not stare.  However I … Continue reading

I don’t want to go

This was the phrase I said out loud in the empty women’s toilets in Manchester airport on Monday. I didn’t really care if they were really empty.  A flight to Las Vegas leaves at the same time, may be I could sneak on to that one. In fact I had been secretly repeating this phrase … Continue reading