So what’s new in Birmingham?

There is no doubt to any Birmingham locals that the city centre currently looks something like a construction site.  New Street Station has been shrouded in scaffolding for what seems like years now, although the new Grand Central is to be unveiled next month.  Front access to the Mailbox has only recently been reopened after …

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Kenya, June 2011: An African Adventure (Part 2)

Funzi island, kenya

After a much-deserved rest day, we're off on another adventure.  We had been attracted by the sound of the Kinazini Funzi Dhow daytrip at the rep's welcome meeting, although by the Saturday we couldn’t quite remember what it entailed. (Something about a boat, something about crocodiles, something about a sandbank?) So we are picked up …

2011: Birth of a photographer (and a psychology graduate!)

Somewhere in between our trips to Edinburgh in 2010 and Paris in 2011, two things changed in the Fletcher household.  Firstly, I tentatively took my first module towards my Open University Psychology degree.  I hadn’t studied in getting on for 20 years, and decided it was high time my teeny tiny brain was challenged a …

Edinburgh Nov 2010 – A snowy anniversary weekend (Part 2)

After a chilly night (still not quite got that thermostat right…), we wake to see…. Oh, it's not that bad actually. I expected snow up to our knees, and Eskimos building igloos in the square, but the sun is shining, and it looks like we’ll be able to continue exploring the city today. Worrying slightly …