Reno, now more than just a quickie divorce centre

  I was in Reno, Nevada a few weeks ago and spent a day walking about the city. It was bitterly cold and windy and dark clouds threatened to bring more snow to the surrounding hills which were already covered in deep glistening drifts. In the main street flashing garish signs advertised gambling casinos and […]

Red Poppies in the Shellholes

  With the south wind blowing, rain splattering against windows and the sea a dirty chocolate colour, I rummaged in the cottage bookcase for something to read. I selected “The Road Back” by Erich Maria Remarque, “Journey’s End” by Sheriff and Bartlett, and “The Last Enemy” by Richard Hillary. The books were old, had the […]

Nature covers the scars of heroic battle

  One of the most famous of the 7 000 islands constituting the Republic of the Philippines is Corregidor. It lies at the entrance to the bay of Manila and gets its name which means “corrector” or “to correct” from the Spaniards who ruled the country for 400 years. In 1898 the Americans defeated the […]