Archive for the ‘2016’ Category

Betws Y Coed – Snowdonia

Posted: September 10, 2016 in Wales

Betws Y Coed is a beautiful village in North Wales where the River Conwy meets its three tributaries flowing from the west, the Llugwy, the Lldr and the Machno. Much of it was built in Victorian times and it is the principal village of the Snowdonia National Park.
Set nestled in a valley surrounded by mountains, mature trees <including the infamous giant Douglas Fir>, cascading waterfalls, hill-top lakes, river pools and ancient bridges with a stunning 14th century church of St Michael’s which is one of the oldest in the country.

Pont-y-Pair (the bridge of the cauldron) in the centre of the village was built in 1468 and provides amazing photo opportunities of the cascading water and rapids. At the far end of the village is the Thomas Telford’s iron Waterloo Bridge built in 1815 another notable place for a photo


Snowdonia National Park

Posted: September 5, 2016 in Wales

Fabulous day walking up Snowdon – Pyg up and Miner down

Stunning views and fresh clear air,

“My lungs have never felt so good”

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Roman Roads – The Fosse Way

Posted: August 8, 2016 in 2016

The Fosse Way is a Roman road linking cities of Lincoln <Lindom> to Exeter <Isca Dumnoniorum> passing through Ilchester <Lindinis> Bath <Aquae Sulis>  Cirencetser <Corinium> and Leicester <Ratae Corieltauvorium


The road originally marking the western frontier of the Roman iron age after the invasion of AD 43 probably starting life as a huge defence ditch or front battle line. It can be surmised as the Romans conquered further West and North it’s use changed to a reserve route and highway to move large numbers of soldiers and supplies from 100 – 200 AD

The Fosse way is a remarkable example of Roman roads almost following a straight line for almost 200 years with no more than a 6 mile deviation off centre!


Fabulous cycling with a historic narrative 🙂


About bloody time

Posted: June 5, 2016 in Still Saudi Arabia

At last, someone is taking steps to sort out this filthy dump


Perhaps this direct assault on the wallets of the locals will bring about a significant – long overdue – change in their mindset


The major reason so many expatriates work in KSA is to earn decent money – tax free – to save/send home to family in their Native countries. Owing to the enormous financial liquidity crisis currently being experienced by oil producers, they are desperately clamouring to remedy the situation by finding *extorting* alternative sources of revenue


The latest suggestion to be discussed by the shoura council – Saudi Arabia’s government assembly chamber – is to slap a 6% tax on remittances leaving foreign nationals bank accounts – this is on top of currently administration charges levied by the banks. Thus the notion of a ‘tax free income’ somewhat undermined

Saudi Arabia was sat on a 950,000,000 – almost 1 trillion US dollar – nest egg before oil dropped from well over $100 a barrel to $30. Over the last 18 months thus figure has been decimated and currently is estimated to be around 500,000,000!

Also up for debate are stricter capital controls on physical hard currency literally being carried out in people’s luggage/on their person

Dr Muhannad Al- Zabn an obstetrician working in King Fahd Hospital in Riadyh was shot shortly after overseeing the delivery on a woman’s baby in the maternity ward. The husband, angered at another man seeing his wife naked, shot the doctor after surreptitiously arranging to meet him in the hospital to thank him for safely delivering his child

Welcome to Saudi Arabia

King Khalid University

Posted: April 14, 2016 in Still Saudi Arabia

My new job…


KKU located in Southern Saudi Arabia in the province of Asir. The city is perched in the mountainous region along the Saudi/Yemen border at an altitude of 2200 metres above sea level

The city is unlike anything I have experienced in Saudi so far. Green mountains, fertile farmland and lots and lots or rain/showers/hail storms! Coming from the sand it is quite a shock.

Pyramids – Giza 2016

Posted: March 18, 2016 in 2015, Egypt

Another tick off the bucket list

A truly breath taking experience – not hard to see why these are one of the seven wonders of the ancient world





Coexistence possible…?

Posted: February 9, 2016 in 2015, 2016

cultural norms meeting head on…






What is going to be the eventual outcome…?

Let’s take a moment to mull over their promises, assessing their assurances for the future as we cast our objective discernment worldwide and closely observe and consider the current situation around the globe:



On the brink of collapse


Bankrupt and confiscated money direct from peoples’ accounts


Bankrupt and defaulting on loans repayments to IMF – expect ‘bail ins’

Puerto Rico

Officially is bankrupt and in default – asking for 50% write down in debts


Officially is bankrupt and in default.. IMF continues to land money <which is illegal and against their own rules!>


35,000,000,000,000 ZD = 1 USD – Germany post WW1 all over again


Official bankrupt and sinking slowly – expect ‘bail ins’

South Africa

Currency collapse and coming collapse – expect total chaos and ‘bail ins’


Oil, corruption and currency collapse – crisis and chaos imminent


Financial collapse imminent, currency devaluation and massive reduction in exports

no problems 😥