Israel: It’s a kind of magic

Ten days ago I flew to Israel, as a guest of the non-political charity Kinetis, which is involved in a project to raise awareness of Israel beyond military issues. I didn’t know what to expect, but had a sneaking suspicion it would involve lots of machine guns and me trying… View Post

A Week in Israel: It’s Complicated.

A couple of days ago, we visited the ancient city of Jerusalem. To kick the day off we went to Jerusalem Biblical Zoo. On the way there (because I’m cynical like that) I remember thinking, “Well, I’m not sure what’s so special about a zoo…” Except as the zoo director… View Post

Leaving on a Jet Plane…

Over the past decade, I’ve travelled fairly extensively – I’ve eaten goat in a souk in Marrakech, I’ve ridden snowmobiles in Finland and stream boats on the Mississippi. I’ve been to most European countries and most major US cities, attending conferences and launches.  But tomorrow I’m heading to somewhere I’ve… View Post

Things to do in Cornwall When You’re Five…

This weekend, Flea and I were invited to Cornwall, to spend a few days at the Bedruthan Steps hotel, situated high on the cliffs between Newquay and Padstow. After a vintage Whittle family journey that took two hours longer than anticipated by Google Maps, I comforted myself with the fact… View Post