A chance encounter with the Notre Dame Cathedral April 20th, 2019 As the Cathedral in Notre Dame lies in ruins after the fire, people around the world have shared their photographs. This is my unexpected contribution to the global memory of a once majestic building. I visited Salisbury and survived April 22nd, 2018 Following the nerve agent attack in Salisbury, the city became a virtual ghost town. We decided to took a day trip to the historic city. It was beautiful. The English and Welsh Railway March 4th, 2018 Seen from the window of an almost speeding train. It enlivened my daily commute. Belle & Sebastian at the Royal Hospital Chelsea June 17th, 2017 A concert by Belle & Sebastian featured great music, incredible grounds and the spirit of the Chelsea Pensioners. The Acropolis at Night April 28th, 2017 It was a pretty cool hotel. Staff was friendly enough and it was clean and tidy. Thing it, because it was spring no one really ventured out at night. Which was a shame for them and great for Takako and I. When the lights went out we slipped upstairs and were treated to a gorgeous […] The Design Museum : candidate for worst museum ever? April 15th, 2017 The Design Museum moved to a new building to much fanfare. Unfortunately the new site is a triumph of style over function. The Kyoto Kimono January 31st, 2017 Visit Kyoto in Japan and you will see lots of people wearing traditional Kimono. It’s not cultural appropriation – it’s celebrating the Japanese culture. The kei car and the lovely lady who drove it December 10th, 2016 I caught a photograph of a Kei car on the streets of Japan. Far from being upset, the driver offered me some friendly encouragement. You go and buy a multi-million pound apartment in the heart of London October 25th, 2016 A series of glass fronted apartment blocks appeared behind Tate Modern. A fashionable location – until the Tate’s towering extension was built. Electric deliveries (Japanese style) October 18th, 2016 Home delivery in the UK is done using large white vans. In Japan they take a smaller approach – using single seat electric vehicles. Gibraltar grows by reclaiming land from the sea August 17th, 2016 Gibraltar is little larger than a small town, yet it continues to grow by reclaiming land from the sea. Survivor of Hiroshima August 6th, 2016 Not everything was destroyed in the blast when the US dropped a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima. A tree survived and has been a symbol of hope since.