Idle Thoughts

I never keep a diary, I don't have the patience or the time. I do, however, jot things down that interest, amuse, intrigue, baffle, or otherwise grab my attention. As much has grabbed me over the past few years, my ramblings are quite extensive, but you are spared the entire works.

What follow are a few extracts, interspersed with the odd travel and location tip. Remember, the snapshots of my thoughts are contemporaneous with my travels, so subsequent events may have overtaken my ramblings!

Some of the places mentioned, which were above the ordinary, can be found on the Links Page.

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Idle Thoughts

Milestones - Be Careful What You Wish For!

14/11/2015

At the bottom of the Home Page of this website is a quotation from Horace’s Odes ...more

More News from the Front

02/09/2014

The new American wife having departed the shores of fair Albion on the 2nd of July ...more

May the 31st 2014

22/07/2014

When I designed and set-up this website it was not intended for holiday snaps, wild parties, selfies, or indeed for any other such frivolous content, but then I hadn’t expected to get married ...more

I Lied!

08/04/2014

Yesterday, I made a solemn promise ...more

It Only Gets Worse ...

07/04/2014

I live in an odd house ...more

Survival …

09/02/2014

It’s that time of the year again. It’s the depths of Yellowstone; it’s snow-coaches before dawn and after dusk; it’s ...more

Driving Miss Cindy

07/11/2013

“Erm … excuse me sir, there is a monkey in your car.” ...more

Here & There ...

23/09/2013

It has been an interesting and action-packed few months, and the one thing that has not been freely available has been spare time ...more

Snow and Yet More Snow

18/03/2013

It was odd to be opening a pile of Christmas Cards and a few gifts at the end of February, but life has become somewhat disjointed of late. I seem to spend much of my time trying to catch up with the consequences of deserting one or other end of my current travel axis for several months at a time. Hence my belated Christmas activity, and subsequently the crazy scramble to damp down a slowly smouldering in-tray. The one redeeming feature of the miserable UK winter, although depressing beyond belief, was that it helped to keep ...more

Cheltenham Man Not Vapourized in Yellowstone Holocaust

29/01/2013

Yes, it still hasn’t happened, the Yellowstone super-volcano hasn’t yet blown, the caldera is still intact, or at least it was when I looked this morning. I think I might have heard if anything had happened since lunchtime; mind you, I can see a herd of bison stampeding across the meadow by the Arch as I look down from my vantage point high above Gardiner. ...more

Security Broadens the Mind

11/12/2012

“When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.” Clifton Fadiman ...more

Where Has a Year Gone?

26/08/2012

Although the muse has not struck overly much in the past year ..... ...more

Healthcare Contrasts

12/07/2011

At 0400hrs on the morning of the day I was due to fly ..... ...more

It's the Weather Again!

01/07/2011

There was no Spring this year ..... ...more

Damned Politics Again!

01/06/2011

If I were to sum up US politics as I saw it ..... ...more

Yellowstone - The Sting in the Tale

28/05/2011

Some Musings on Balance ..... ...more

Gas Across the Alley

26/05/2011

Diagonally across the back alley ..... ...more

Elk, Fraternity & Wolves

23/06/2010

From my bedroom window, across Lewis ..... ...more

Don't Mention Politics!

18/06/2010

The frontier mentality is not far below the surface ..... ...more

Bad Hair Day

04/06/2010

People make the difference ..... ...more

Hiking with Bears

02/06/2010

Montana is riddled with Trails and long-distance walks which ..... ...more

Livingston, MT

20/05/2010

Livingston is a City, a small one ..... ...more

Montana Weather

04/05/2010

Three Months in Montana - Every Season Every Day ..... ...more

US Rental Vehicles

29/04/2010

It's not the side they drive on ..... ...more

Water as a Commodity

26/03/2010

Round the World on a 'One World' ticket ..... ...more

Airport Encounter

22/03/2010

Killing time at LAX ..... ...more

Maui - the Roads to Hana & Haleakala

19/03/2010

At dawn I headed for ..... ...more

The Other Side of Fiji

06/03/2010

FIJI is an odd place! ..... ...more

Fugitives' Drift - The Zulu Wars

05/10/2009

The murder of David Rattray in January 2007 may have ..... ...more

Helicopter, Rhino & Dust in Namibia

13/09/2009

Having left temperatures in Kruger in ..... ...more

Planning a Trip to Kruger?

30/08/2009

Should you ever consider visiting Kruger, do not ..... ...more

Infectivity, Lethality & US Media

23/07/2009

My microbiology professor in the late ‘60s often stated ..... ...more

Survival of the Fittest

21/01/2009

500mm Nikon lens delivered and couldn’t wait to try it out. ...... ...more

Rhino in Uganda

27/12/2007

There are only eight Rhino in Uganda, six of them ... ...more