It is far better to travel than to arrive
Like myself, there are many who have been there and done it. Nevertheless, I remain in envy of those who have been there and done it and been able to write so eloquently about IT.
As a young lad I could not read enough stories of adventure and travel. I was determined to become a travel writer. My favourite books were the thrilling accounts of Jack London and W. E. Johns’s adventure yarns about that ace flier, Biggles - "Well, here we go - "chocks away!" Later came Stevenson’s, Robinson Crusoe, H.M.Stanley’s, In Darkest Africa and Edgar...
In July 1888 the Milanese music publisher Edoardo Sonzogno announced a competition open to all young Italian composers who had not yet had an opera performed on stage. They were invited to submit a one-act opera, of which the three best (selected by a jury of five prominent Italian critics and composers) would be staged in Rome at Sonzogno's expense.
It is hard to believe nowadays but the English public house once was one of our greatest national icons. With a history dating back to the Romans and Anglo-Saxons. pubs have always been central to the social lives of the working class. It was Dr.Johnson who wrote: ‘As soon as I enter the door of a tavern, I experience an oblivion from care and a freedom from solitude.’
Norway – just like it said on the tin; spectacular scenery, rugged coastlines, colourful houses, fish for dinner and money draining away as soon as your feet hit a fjord.
This trip had been planned to coincide with nature’s big light extravaganza; the wonderful and mystical phenomena of the Northern Lights. According to those in the know, the sun activity which causes the Aurora Borealis to put on its best show is currently at its highest point in its 11 year cycle.