After a brief stay in Thailand in 1996 we went to Hong Kong for a year, where I worked on, what was then, the largest building site in the world. I welded for a year which earned us the cash for me to become a dive instructor. I also bought the equipment to make underwater video, which was a bit basic at the time, but it paid the rent for a good while.Continue reading Thailand 1997-1999
I have done work in the past few years for the NHS, who offer their staff a day out in Todmorden to ease their stress and, at the same time, guide them in a few areas to do with work. At the same time, they get to eat nice Thai food, plus hang out in a gorgeous town in the Calder Valley for a day, which to be honest would be what I would prefer over a day at the NHS in the current climate.Continue reading Back to Yorkshire
When I heard of the whole location independent, remote working trend back at the end of the last Millennia I was drawn to it like a bee to a honeypot. I had already found work whilst abroad, becoming a scuba diving instructor, making underwater video, welding in Hong Kong, but the dream was to be free of location with the ability to come and go whilst making enough to live.Continue reading Remote Working 2023
We made a home here almost a year ago now. We made a home here because it’s in the middle of The Atlantic, it has green fields like Yorkshire has green fields, yet it doesn’t get much colder than 14 degrees in the winter, it has gorgeous soil that can grow most things except pineapples, so here they grow pineapples in glasshouses and bananas in the fields, or avocados, strange flowers that look like they’ve landed from another planet, but mostly grass for cows that we woo into making cheese. Lots of cheese.Continue reading The Azores
India is more easily represented by images, or read about, because it does have rather amazing, colorful history.
I have been there four times and they all blur into one eventually, other than some of the changes there such as how Goa changed so quickly, that even the locals forgot to change the languages on their menus.Continue reading India 92 to 93
I remember visiting the font where my father was baptised in Dublin, not far form the Guinness brewery. The small alcove where he would have waved his arms and legs and wailed his fresh lungs was my first bookend of his life, a life that started in a local tenement, the passion of poverty, the frailty of humans, moving within the wild waves of other people’s wishes.Continue reading Bloktopia
I met a wonderful artist in Sintra called Almeida Coval, so I made a video showing his watercolor painting techniques.
Jose then asked me to come back and make another video showing how he paints flowers, and rather surprisingly, another showing his martial art techniques.Continue reading Almeida Coval
I woke up early this morning so that I could get out when the sun was rising, whilst the Rainbow Lorikeets are still asleep in the trees and before the Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos wake to pirouette on telephone wires as if they have discovered them for the first time.Continue reading Swimming in Sydney
Apparently the internet is altering our minds. Well I hope so, I mean if we are going to evolve Continue reading The Internet is altering our minds
One of the handy things about being a Cyber Gypsy is that I get a chance to watch whatever world cup game I wish. This can be distracting if I’m trying to work at the same time and beer can be very distracting. For days. Caution recommended. Continue reading The World Cup