Category Archives: Journey Blog

1. Spending more time with my family

Tradition has it that a person stepping down from a senior role eulogises about the joys of spending more time with their family. Most people I have worked with over the years have been of the opinion that I only … Continue reading

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2. The Dennis Bergkamp Spreadsheet

Dennis Bergkamp is irrelevant to this story, except that he was a footballer who didn’t like flying. He was a good enough footballer to have it written into his contract that he didn’t have to fly. He played for a … Continue reading

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3. My Funny Vinyl-Time

PARENTAL GUIDANCE: This blog contains willful self-indulgence and bad (musical) taste. STYLE GUIDANCE: Album titles are in bold, Song Titles are capitalised, lyrics are in italics. I clambered up into our attic to find something important for the Journey. I’m … Continue reading

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17. Japan at last. Four last trains. Or seven?

My daughter lives in Yamagata province in northern Japan. Our boat is arriving at the small town of Sakaiminato in Tottori. There are still 1300 kilometres to cross with a total train journey of around 12 hours until we get … Continue reading

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16. On a slow boat through the Sea of Japan

The first thing you should know is that me and boats don’t really go together. From an early age my kids learnt that on even the shortest Channel crossing the best thing to do was to leave me in a … Continue reading

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15. Yul, tide greetings from Vladivostok

This visit gets off to a bad start. It’s my own fault. Having basked for an hour or so after dinner in the afterglow of my success at finding a hotel that looks like a hotel, I walk into our … Continue reading

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14. Monday: Habarovsk to Vladivostok

The Lonely Planet says that as well as being an OK place to visit, Habarovsk also has the distinction of being the coldest city of over half a million people anywhere on earth. For me, it will always have the … Continue reading

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