Islay Whisky Cyclists

The race is restricted to 26 riders, who have qualified either by finishing in the top 10 in the previous year’s race or who came in the top 8 in either of the two qualifying races, the Speyside North or the Speyside South. These two qualifying races are run on the same day, one headingContinue reading “Islay Whisky Cyclists”

The Edward de Vere Society (EdVS)

Excerpt from the book – 40 Secret Groups The Oxfordian theory of Shakespeare authorship holds that Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, wrote the plays and poems traditionally attributed to William Shakespeare. It is recognized by Oxfordians and Stratfordians alike that writing about royal courts, Italy and law required a certain prerequisite level ofContinue reading “The Edward de Vere Society (EdVS)”

Robben Island

Once on the island everyone has to get on a bus and be escorted around the island before visiting the prison. The most poignant place is the house of Robert Sobukwe the founder of the Pan Africanist Congress. Sobukwe was in solitary confinement and wasn’t allowed to speak to anyone – however he did giveContinue reading “Robben Island”

Dog Owners Against Crows and Squirrels (DOACS)

Excerpt from the book – 40 Secret Groups This Canadian group was formed after a man’s pet dog was attacked by a group of crows and a squirrel in Trinity Bellwoods Park in Toronto during April 2015. The crows thought the dog was heading towards the tree where they were nesting and swooped down overContinue reading “Dog Owners Against Crows and Squirrels (DOACS)”

Cape Town – 1

No matter how many times I gazed at Table Mountain, rested on the Atlantic beaches, or savoured the food at one of the many restaurants at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, I could never really escape the history of Cape Town. Robben Island, the Slave Lodge on Wale Street, and the Bo Kaap district allContinue reading “Cape Town – 1”

France – Orange

Orange is justly famous for its Roman Arena, known as the Theatre Antique, and the Arc de Triomphe on the opposite side of the town. The Romans first arrived in 35BC and soon provided Aurisio, as it was known to them, with its two most visited sights of today. Aurisio was founded as a retirementContinue reading “France – Orange”

France – Nimes

Nimes is famous for its Roman sights including the Amphitheatre and the Maison Carree. There are others too in the Jardin de la Fontaine including The Temple of Diana and the symbol of Nimes, the Tour Magne. The Amphitheatre, called Les Arenes, is the most visited sight in the city. Although there are larger RomanContinue reading “France – Nimes”

Mama Rooney

Greenmarket Square is at the heart of Cape Town. This small space holds a busy open-air market where traders from as far north as Congo come to sell their carvings, paintings, jewellery, and instruments. Walking around there’s plenty of good-natured banter from all the traders, both male and female; “How are you boss?”, “Would youContinue reading “Mama Rooney”

Breathless in Valencia

The Miguelete is a round tower that’s part of the cathedral in Valencia. There are 207 steps to the top and they get narrower the higher you get. They also get slippier so make sure to wear strong shoes with a good grip. People ascend and descend using the same steps, which is fine atContinue reading “Breathless in Valencia”

Dracula Race, Romania

Vlad Tepes, who signed himself Dracula, was born in the Transylvanian town of Sighisoara in the winter of 1431. The Old Town with its cobbled streets and beautiful buildings is a magnet for tourists during the months of summer. However, on December 21st the town is inundated with visitors for the annual Dracula race thatContinue reading “Dracula Race, Romania”