Ralph Goes Dutch (Part 4)

Here is your final instalment of the ukulele-bike-boat tour I did in 2019. So far, our much photographed 3-masted barquentine has been motoring under engine power close to land. But now it’s time, under the guidance of Captain Eelke, to unfurl the sails and let...

Ralph Goes Dutch (Part 3)

We’re off again on our uke-bike-boat tour of the Netherlands. Today, I learn about the world-conquering ingenuity of the Dutch – and Susanna tries her new e-bike – but it’s Becky who comes out looking the worse for wear…   Years ago,...

Ralph Goes Dutch (Part 2)

Saturday, late afternoon The sleet subsided and the crew unloaded bikes onto the quay. Hugo, our bicycle tour guide, adjusted each vehicle for its rider. Everyone was chatty and friendly. We had a few Brits and Australians along but I’d say the majority were...

Ralph Goes Dutch (Part 1)

I want to take you back to a simpler, happier time. Back when the world was idyllic and orderly and every moment spent on this green and pleasant earth was a joy and delight. Basically, any time before 2020 will do but I’m specifically talking about one week in April...

Entertaining in a Speeded-Up World

Welcome to 2021! The UK has just entered its third nationwide lockdown, the garden is covered with snow, and I’m viewing quite a bit more telly than I usually do. One thing I watched was a new film called Zappa which sparked some memories and caused me to ponder...

We Three Queens of Yorkshire Are

The end of the year, that will be forever known as 2020, is almost over and Christmas time is upon us. So I’ve chosen as this week’s topic: world peace! Poor Boris Johnson has had to cancel Christmas. With the UK already suffering one of the highest per...
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