Sunday, 1 December 2013

Wall of Fame - Travel Snapshot of the Month - Denmark

Brrr....Winter has finally descended on us up here in the Northern Hemisphere - time for wrapping up on the dark early icy nights, chilling breezes and hibernation....but look on the bright side, its not all gloom - the last season of the year also brings the magic of snow!
 
So to mark the beginning of Winter, Travel Snapshot of the month was captured during an out-of-the-ordinary trip to explore the homeland continent of Europe, to the cheery land of pastries, The Ugly Ducking and exceptionally pretty people - Denmark!
 
A glazed over icy canal and frosted tops of Copenhagen's charming doll-like townhouses frozen in time....  
 

Check out more of my snapshots from my adventures here 

Friday, 1 November 2013

Wall of Fame - My Travel Snapshot of the Month - USA

Wow! November already, time for another photographic trip down memory lane. For this month, its the majestic whispering Waterfalls backdrop of Yosemite National Park, California during my epic roadtrip across the USA...



  See more of my Photos from across Northern USA or On-The-Road Video Diaries

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Let 'Em Skate - An Extreme Street Sports Charity Thats Off The Wall




Ok so for this scribble, even though I'm all grown up (as the conforming society will say) I'm a fan of cartoons, especially this little guy who probably is one of the most famous cartoon characters created on our third rock from the sun. Can you guess who it is ......even though there is a picture right there...yep Bart Simpson. I loved him as a kid, he was a real rebellious dude - the famous little yellow rascal who's mischievous nature is rarely seen without hurtling along on a trusty skateboard up to no good.....but actually not all skateboarders are up to no good, undeserving of the whole 'tut tut tut' waving the pointed finger in disgust at them as if they were juvenile delinquents. Lets lift those judgemental stigmas.....they actually should be encouraged.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Wall of Fame - My Featured Travel Snap Shot of the Month - Australia

Its Autumn! and the early nights are creeping in....Travel Photo for October is from Queensland, Australia of a nightly nestling peacock under the slither of the moon in the indigo evening sky....

 
 
See more of my photos from my discoveries in the Land of Oz here

Monday, 16 September 2013

Meeting The Amazon Man - Alan Holman - The Record Breaking Kayak Down The Amazon

Ahh life....row row row your boat, gently down the stream, merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream.....not for this guy it wasn't....and it certainly wasn't a stream.....

Last week, I met an incredible Guinness World Record Holder.....my first one too!

Now at 68, British man Alan Holman who in 1982 at the age of 38, is the first and only man on record that has ever kayaked the entire length of the 4,000 mile long Amazon River, you know what he said to me...

'Young lady, nothing ...is 100% impossible, but  
                  nothing is 100% sure'

                            awww.

Monday, 2 September 2013

Wall of Fame - My Featured Travel Snaphot of the Month - Australia

Spotting sleepy Mr Koala chillin' out in a grand Eucalyptus tree in the Koala Conservation Centre - Melbourne, Victoria - what a cutie!
 
 
Check out more of my photography from Australia here

Monday, 26 August 2013

WanderLust Travel Photography Competition 2013 - Err....Why not?????

 Hi everyone!
 
This week I've thought why not? and entered Travel Magazine WanderLust's Travel Photography Competition of the Year 2013. This year you need to submit 5 photos in the portfolio in one of the following categories People, Wildlife, Landscape or Travel Icons.
 
My entries are from my Portfolio of Ghana, West Africa in the People category....no Instagram or flashy filters - wish me luck!

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Two Summer Books that will Inspire the Free Spirit in you!


Hello people,

It's still summer and you should be in high spirits!! so I'd like to share with you two fantastic travel books I own that are guaranteed to inspire the free spirit you've always wanted to unleash!


How to Travel The World on $5 A Day : Travel, Cheaper, Longer, Smarter
- Matt Kepnes


'TRAVEL CAN BE DONE ON A BUDGET WITHOUT SACRIFICING COMFORT OR THE ADVENTURE YOU SEEK'
 
 
Bingo! isn't that just music to the ears of anyone who has dreamt of exploring to the ends of the fantastical suspending sphere of Planet Earth - 'without sacrificing comfort OR the adventure you seek'. C'mon this is not just another 'travel book' appearing on the shelf, its written by long term American traveller Matt Kepnes from the largest travel blog online  today Nomadic Matt who has gathered invaluable information from his seven years of full time travelling on a budget around 70 countries to date....he knows a thing or two about travelling, showing you that by spending approximately $50 a day, you can travel longer without having to be living the cliché life of a pauper on bread and water and squatting in rat infested backpackers with dripping ceilings as a budget traveller (I have never had a rat as a roommate but was lucky enough to get a dripping ceiling on one occasion!). Matt generously shares his experience and knowledge in an attempt to eradicate the 'travel is just for the rich' or 'too expensive' ethos that acts as an obstacle to many who dream of adventure and discovery without breaking the bank. Full of tricks, tips and secrets the book includes how to live and budget differently whilst saving for your travels, how to get free flights, finding cheap and comfortable accommodation and how to make your finances last for travelling cheaper, longer and smarter....plus more. 




Disrupting The Rabblement : Think For Yourself, Face Your Fears, Live Your Dreams, Piss Off Some Zombies
- Niall Doherty

Friendly Irish-born Niall Doherty of 'Disrupting the Rabblement' quit his job nearly three years ago and has since become a self-employed vagabond. Choosing to think for himself, he remains unconditioned by society to pursue his passions and help other people escape mediocrity whilst he takes on the challenge of travelling around the world without flying. Along with his You Tube Channel 'Renaissance TV' his E-book 'Disrupting the Rabblement' is his personal take on showing people how to 'rabble rouse' taking control of their own lives, challenging conformity and eradicate thoughtless living....tempting you to realise you can become fully conscious to your decisions and living a more fulfilling life.
In his own words..
 
'Disrupting the Rabblement is for all those people who have been doing what was expected of them and following all the rules, only to find that type of life extremely unfulfilling. It’s also for people who have already broken free and are aiming to make a positive difference in the world. It’s for anyone who wants to think for themselves, follow their dreams and help others do the same.'
 

 
Read the book if this sounds like you....its not a crime to think for yourself or say 'That doesn't make sense to me....'
 
Happy reading!




Sunday, 18 August 2013

'International Inspiration' - Tennis Colouring The Third World

By Sal Bolton

as seen in UK Tennis Magazine October 2013 Issue 

It's still British summer! and one year on from the close of the London 2012 Olympic Games - lots of people are out on the tennis courts having a go as the Great British Tennis Weekend kicked off all over the UK - of free tennis! Seriously, you read it right.....FREE tennis. This is an article I've written for 'UK Tennis Magazine' about the legacy of the Olympics and how UK tennis initiatives have utilised unwanted tennis equipment to inspire communities to play tennis in the UK and in the Third World.  

A little bit of my more 'serious' writing....
   

When London was awarded host city to stage the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, the motto echoed 'A Lasting Change' and 'Inspire a Generation' - evoking figures of 10 million people to become involved in sports project across the UK inspired by the unique and magical spell of the London 2012 Games and what it brought to the capital. A legacy is sure to remain, as the last medals were awarded at the Paralympics Closing Ceremony defining an end to a seven year journey, but the start of another. The ground-breaking legacy programme organised by the London Olympics Commitee 'International Inspiration', promised to reach 12 million children in 20 countries around the world and connect them to the inspirational power of the Games to ultimately choose sport.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Wall of Fame - My Featured Travel Snap Shot of the Month - London in the Summertime...

With Chiming Big Ben peeking out the back there and the Union Jack fluttering in the breeze - the lordly black lions keep guard during a hazy summer day in Trafalgar Square, London, England
 
 


See more of my photography from London during the 2012 Olympic Games here

Thursday, 25 July 2013

The Royal Baby - Awaiting The Heir to the Throne

It's the morning of Monday 22nd July 2013 in London, England and a historic event is about to ignite a spark in the slumbering world and the future of the British monarchy and Commonwealth. The morning news and tabloids are fired up with the unexpected headline that Kate Middleton, The Duchess of Cambridge has gone into labour....a baby is on its way.
 
 


But this is no ordinary birth that the world are ruffling their feathers over in colossal anticipation - its the birth of a baby that is destined to rule a nation and commonwealth. The future heir of England.

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

The Day Murray Won Wimbledon - My Video Blog





Our hearts were in our mouths, our knees quivering as we held our breaths in the rally of the final point....but after 77 years, 15 Prime Ministers and 3 Monarchs, a British Man FINALLY wins the Wimbledon Men's Singles Title...and I was there...here's my video blogs following me on the unforgettable day that Andy Murray made sporting history....

Monday, 1 July 2013

Wall of Fame - My Featured Travel Snap Shot of the Month - The Amazon, Ecuador

The magnificent Amazon Rainforest of Ecuador, South America

 
   See more of my photography from Ecuador here

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

A Royal Encounter...The Queens 60th Coronation Day

4th June 2013. London, England.

Blue skies, warm weather - It can't be? really British Summer? Today, a somewhat unusually summery British day in the capital is championed by a special royal occasion -the celebration of Britain's long reigning monarch Queen Elizabeth's II 60th Anniversary of her Coronation in 1953. I wasn't even thought about then, but Queen Lizzie's the only British Monarch that has been a constant presence in my life; stamps, coins, T.V, Movies, Cartoons - c'mon she must be a real person.

You can pretty much tell there's a national occasion taking place in Merry Ole' London, which to give us credit, we do very well at staging, as we did with  the controversial National Funeral of Margaret Thatcher on that gloomy morning in April and of course the London 2012 Games.

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Wall of Fame - My Featured Travel Snap Shot of the Month - Ghana


    Wli Agorviefe Village, Eastern Region, Ghana, West Africa

  
   See more of my photography from Ghana here

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Carribean Sports Fever - How A New UK Initiative is Nurturing the Islands Hidden Talents


Ok, so the British Summer is around the corner, well you would think on some days but then on others you're disappointedly whipping out the winter wardrobe again. But.... usually summer time means the emergence of more active sporting activities with the more tolerable temperatures and prolonged lighter evenings in our favour. But some places out there in this big wide world, really, in the one outside your back garden, the gym or your local park or playground, are missing out on sporting opportunities due to their poor or otherwise non existent sports infrastructure.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

The National Funeral of The Iron Lady - As I Saw It


The Iron Lady. The Iron Lady. Margaret Thatcher, Margaret Thatcher - now I'm not one that can sit and talk about politics all day but I don't have to be a political junkie to know who Margaret Thatcher was or 'The Iron Lady' as she was affectionately christened based on her nerves of steel and her strong and hearty manner. Love Her or Hate Her she was one tough lady, couldn't have been an easy job. I was only a toddler throughout her time governing the country at 10 Downing Street, so I guess I have no memories of her and know very little about her political lifetime. The news of her death earlier this month in the UK seemed to bring rejoice to certain societies and affectionate praise and blessings from others. So I thought it would be an interesting experience to hop on down to the streets of London to observe the atmosphere of this highly anticipated and controversial national funeral of the former Prime Minister. A historic occasion not to be missed.