Sunday’s Inspiration: I Don’t Know Where I’m Going #gawa

“I look to the future, it makes me cry. But it seems too real, to tell you why. Escape from our history. Free from the memory” – Nicky Wire. I didn’t know what to write today so my heart is just pouring out some emotion here while I jot this down, live from the Hostel Read more about Sunday’s Inspiration: I Don’t Know Where I’m Going #gawa[…]

Working Wednesdays: Back on the Air at Radio 3, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong

“Travel blogging chilled the radio star” – tweaking of a lyric by The Buggles. If you have followed my journeys or indeed known me back in the early days, you’ll be aware of my passion for radio. What began as a “bit of craic” in a blue hut in Belfast’s Belvoir Park estate in 1997 turned Read more about Working Wednesdays: Back on the Air at Radio 3, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong[…]

“It’s only a gameshow, it’s only a gameshow”: The Lock In, Bournemouth, England

“You’ve made me look like a c*nt in front of millions” – Craig Phillips talking to “Nasty Nick” Bateman on Big Brother 2000. As I continue to write about my journeys around the planet, there are some huge huge gaps from my adventure that are just not covered on this website, and for the lack of Read more about “It’s only a gameshow, it’s only a gameshow”: The Lock In, Bournemouth, England[…]

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Backpacking In England: Visiting Poirot’s Flat, Whitehaven Mansions, Barbican, London

My fascination for crime dramas and thrillers isn’t something I’ve really mentioned on here. In fact I’ve never bought a Television in my life (my parents bought me one back in the day though) nor do I ever even look for one in a hotel room, hostel lounge or any flat that I happen to Read more about Backpacking In England: Visiting Poirot’s Flat, Whitehaven Mansions, Barbican, London[…]

Watching Wet House By Paddy Campbell at Soho Theatre, London, England

On my journeys round the globe, you’ll have gathered that I love doing all sorts of different things on my travels and don’t have boundaries and limits. Whether it’s backpacking nonchalantly through Iraq, attending a victory parade in North Korea or eating as much food as you can in Gracia, Barcelona. I heard word that Paddy Read more about Watching Wet House By Paddy Campbell at Soho Theatre, London, England[…]

Working Wednesdays: Travel Podcast in front of a room full of backpackers in Yerevan, Armenia

It’s been quite a crazy year for me but not just travel, the amount of side projects I’ve been involved with. In the past year, I’ve worked with the BBC, Vadovia (iPad app), Asia Rooms, Wanderlust and the County Down Spectator (newspaper in my hometown). But a recent highlight was the time I took part Read more about Working Wednesdays: Travel Podcast in front of a room full of backpackers in Yerevan, Armenia[…]

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Working Wednesdays: BBC Radio Ulster Interview, Northern Ireland

I’ve always loved media. There’s something about TV, newspapers, radio and the whole public sphere thing that I love. As a teenager I did some work experience in the BBC and Belfast Telegraph as well as studying a City and Guilds course in Journalism. At university I wrote for the magazine, starred in 2 TV Read more about Working Wednesdays: BBC Radio Ulster Interview, Northern Ireland[…]

Antarctica Adventures: Deception Island – You Only Live Twice

Reminders of the early James Bond film, You Only Live Twice somehow come back on entrance to the mystical southern solitude of Deception Island. This island is something special.  The hidden crater from You Only Live Twice with Sean Connery was an image that stuck from childhood, here on this lonely island, that image returned Read more about Antarctica Adventures: Deception Island – You Only Live Twice[…]