Elevation Challenge 2015

Elevation Challenge Route

I’ll be honest.  I get jealous writing about other peoples adventures.  Especially ones like this.  But I’ve really enjoyed playing my small part in the planning stages of the Elevation Challenge 2015. Ben Treasure and Erin Duffy plan to travel from the lowest to the highest point in Europe using human power alone.  They aim to cycle 5000km across western Europe, Turkey, Georgia and into Continue Reading

The Mu Folding Charger

Mu Duo Charger

I can’t remember the last time I went out without my phone. I think it was in that brief period when I thought running would be fun. As many in the same like of work, I am not only attached to the device and what it can do, I've also become aware of it’s limitations. Especially when it comes to power. If like me you use your phone to view, create and share multimedia you’ll be lucky if your Continue Reading

Sawyer Mini Water Filter (a mini review)

Sawyer mini filter

Never buy bottled water again. (There is a version of this article on the Guardian) I'm pleased to say I haven't had to buy bottled water for a while. There are so many reasons why I think we shouldn't buy water in plastic bottles. For starters, it's not good for us or the planet we live on and seem to be trying to ruin so effectively. We consume 50 billion bottles of water every year. 30 Continue Reading

Towards Syria


While the world's news is again preoccupied with North Korea, confirmation is seeping out of Washington that Assad has in fact used sarin gas on suburbs of Damascus and elsewhere, in what it calls a "small scale" chemical weapons attack. I'm not sure if 20+ people killed by chemical weapons would be considered "small" if located inside US borders. What I am sure about is this can only exacerbate Continue Reading

Breezing through airport security

walking from the plane

I've been trying to smooth my transition through airport security recently and in these couple of months I feel like I have it cracked. The time before the liquid restrictions came in seems like a different world. In many ways it was. Recently I've been to Austria, Turkey for a week, Sweden for four separate occations and a couple of days in Paris. Yes I know.. trees will be planted to Continue Reading

iPhone 5 Vs the iPhone 4s: With Photos in mind.

A fisherman on a market in Turkey. Edited with Snapseed

There are no images of the iPhone 5 in this blog post. I imagine you have seen one by now and know what it looks like. This is certainly not the normal phone review due to some interesting realisations that forced me to change the way I look at comparing the iPhone 4s to the iPhone 5. Last week I was in Turkey speaking at the European Wine Bloggers Conference and delivering a couple of Continue Reading

The Tom Bihn Tri-Star Carry-on Travel Bag

Tom Bihn logo

[Disclaimer] This video is more of a quick look than a review. I have no personal connection with Tom Bihn and this bag was sent to me free of charge. I only paid import duty, but don't let that lead you to think I haven't been anything other than honest with my opinion. I already have the larger Tom Bihn Aeronaut and was delighted to have the Tom Bihn Tri-Star unexpectedly sent from the Tom Continue Reading