Interview with Ron Hands

Interview with 83 Year Old Blogger Ron Hands in Southbourne, Dorset, England: Author of ‘Growing Up With War’

“Bring a smile. It’s a winner.” – Ron Hands, 2016. If nothing on this site ever inspires you, perhaps this one can. It was a joy, privilege, and honour to meet up with, interview and sink beer with Ron Hands. Ron is an 83 year old blogger and can tell a story or too. Ron Read more about Interview with 83 Year Old Blogger Ron Hands in Southbourne, Dorset, England: Author of ‘Growing Up With War’[…]

Working Wednesdays: Union Crew Rep for Freshers at Bournemouth University, England

Working Wednesdays: Union Crew Rep for Freshers at Bournemouth University, England

In my ongoing series detailing all the jobs I have done, I’m slowly getting through the back catalogue. I have done quite a few volunteer jobs down the years and haven’t got round to writing about them all. They are a great way to meet people, help others, improve yourself socially and mentally and you Read more about Working Wednesdays: Union Crew Rep for Freshers at Bournemouth University, England[…]

Exploring Robert Louis Stevenson's Zone: Westbourne & Alum Chine, Bournemouth, Dorset, England

Exploring Robert Louis Stevenson’s Zone: Westbourne & Alum Chine Top 10, Bournemouth, Dorset, England

You might have read some of my previous articles on Bournemouth, Poole and Hampshire on here. This part of England’s South Coast has a lot to offer the everyday tourist and long term nostalgic culture struck backpacker. This short article is all about Westbourne and Alum Chine. These are two districts in the west part of Read more about Exploring Robert Louis Stevenson’s Zone: Westbourne & Alum Chine Top 10, Bournemouth, Dorset, England[…]

World Borders: The Ferry from Poole, England to St. Helier, Jersey

World Borders: Crossing from Poole, England to St. Helier, Jersey by Ferry

This edition in my world borders series is slightly long overdue. The reason being I have been on this route more times than I can remember. It was back in 2008 – 2009 that I worked on car ferries in the south of England. I was based in Lymington, Poole and Weymouth. But most of Read more about World Borders: Crossing from Poole, England to St. Helier, Jersey by Ferry[…]

Backpacking in England: Staying at the Lea Hurst Hotel, Bournemouth, Dorset

If you have followed my travels down the years, you have probably heard me mention the seaside town of Bournemouth in Dorset, England a few times on my blog. I first visited this iconic coastal resort in 1994 on a family holiday. I later returned here to Bournemouth to live, work and study. It is a Read more about Backpacking in England: Staying at the Lea Hurst Hotel, Bournemouth, Dorset[…]

Backpacking in England: Top 5 Sights in Poole, Dorset

I have spent a lot of my adult life in England and each time I’m back there I enjoy touring new parts and revisiting old haunts. In the last year I have backpacked through a load of English places like Liverpool, Birmingham, Windsor, Sunderland, Christchurch and London. I have also delved into the Empire of Austenasia. Read more about Backpacking in England: Top 5 Sights in Poole, Dorset[…]