Injured

Hands up who’s ever been injured? I know I have, plenty. As I type this my ankle is raised to 45° with a bag of frozen veg on top. The nurse at the A&E said its a bad sprain. How did this happen? Toward the end of my recent travels Read more…

Fridge Magnets

Its a cold December morning in North England. Again. As I’m stood blearily stirring my cup of tea, I happen to glance at my fridge which is covered in magnets. Looking at it warms me, clears my thoughts and makes me smile. As some of you may know, I’ve recently Read more…

How high did I go?

I’ve always been a fan of Derren Brown. When his first TV show came on I saw him getting strangers to do mad things like hand over their keys and wallet without asking why. I remember as he deconstructed his tricks, introducing me to the world of NLP and practical Read more…

Cambodia

The bus journey from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, took about six hours. It was cramped and hot and I had locals babbling at me constantly, grinning toothily all the while. They knew I didn’t understand a word. I didn’t take enough water and by Read more…

Sayonara Japan

Having been in Hong Kong for a few days you’d have thought I’d have had ample opportunity to reflect on my time in Japan, but not so. From visiting night markets to climbing peaks, getting drunk with other travellers to getting caught up in gambling fever at the races, things Read more…

Hiroshima, Japan

On August 6th 1945, at approx 8.15 in the morning, the Enola Gay flew over downtown Hiroshima and dropped Fat Man, the first atomic bomb to be used in a war. In a flash of nuclear fire, 90,000 lives were immediately snuffed out and, within a week, the death toll Read more…

Today I met Soke

I’ve been training in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu (aka ninjutsu) for just over seven years and, as I’ve fallen deeper in love with the art, I’ve often dreamt of visiting the grandmaster in Japan. Today I met Soke Masaaki Hatsumi. Sporting a crazy purple hairdo and arriving fashionably late, a hush Read more…