The 21st Century Called...

The 21st Century Called…

The Church of England will vote today to decide whether to allow women to serve as bishops. This  decision point comes twenty years after women…

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Leaving on a Jet Plane

Leaving on a Jet Plane

My time in the beautiful Cook Islands is up, and with it, my time travelling around the world, with just my wits and my backpack….

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Matutu Brewery

Matutu Brewery

In Japan, I had sipped Kirin and Sapporo. In Hong Kong, it was Tsingtao. In Vietnam, I’d sampled both the Hanoi and Saigon beers. In…

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Looping Rarotonga

Looping Rarotonga

Pretty much every day here is a little surreal. The colours, the light, the scenery and the people are so delightful that it’s sometimes hard…

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How to Photograph Stars

How to Photograph Stars

Some time ago, whilst in Britain’s Lake District,  I saw the most incredible stars in the sky, with clouds of stars clearly visible. At the time,…

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Curiosities - Cook Islands: Hermit Crabs

Curiosities – Cook Islands: Hermit Crabs

There were a lot of hermit crabs in the Cook Islands, especially on Aitutaki. I thought they were very cute and photogenic, as well as…

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Cook Islands: Aitutaki

Cook Islands: Aitutaki

When I was planning this trip back in March, I had a look on Google Maps and found Aitutaki, an island about 45 minutes by…

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Diving Rarotonga

Diving Rarotonga

I’ve dived a fair few places in the world, and on this trip, I’ve dived Koh Tao, in Thailand, and the Great Barrier Reef. I…

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Island Time at The Mooring Fish Cafe

Island Time at The Mooring Fish Cafe

There’s a lot of talk on Rarotonga about “Island Time”. At first glance, the idea is about an easygoing attitude to punctuality. I suspect it’s a…

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Curiosities – Cook Islands: Chickens

Curiosities – Cook Islands: Chickens

Q: Why did the chicken cross the road? A: To get to the beach! Rarotonga is the spiritual home of Free Range Chicken. Chickens roam…

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