Rasputin, Princes and Peasants.

To our left is the Oxford, University College, it’s had several Prime Ministers, Australian and British, American President Clinton, and a current member of the US Supreme Court. One of the most interesting characters at the college was Prince Yusupov. The man who killed Grigori Rasputin. Rasputin was a Russian from Siberia, born in 1869…

Smooth sailing makes a poor sailor in Catania

A Broken car, A Broken tooth and still a nice holiday in Catania. Albeit that I’m currently sat in a cafe in Catania with pouring rain and thunderstorm the view and the holiday, optimism still flows forth. Maybe helped by the young Americans excited about travelling for the first time or the young Sicilian couple…

Good Morning with a smile.

I’m lying in bed this morning and thinking about what to talk about. So I thought I’d do something a little different. I’d like to know what you all do as a morning routine to perk you up? What gets you energised? Motivated? Clears your mind? Puts a smile on your face? So you can…

Into the unknown

Is it a big deal to jump into the unknown? Or is it a simple opening of a new chapter? The reason I’m writing this piece is that I’ve handed in my notice to my work, booked flights back to Sicily and will leave my online work December 31st. I’ve written before about facing your…

Happiness, how to be happy.

“As happy as a Frenchman with self removing trousers” Blackadder. I have skipped my writing story/journey forward to France instead of Rome. A beautiful country and I was in Provence, France the day the French won the World Cup. I had travelled from Rome to Marseille and then headed north ending up near a town…

🎭 Plays, Performances and Politics 🎭

If you are looking for some culture and entertainment, you can’t go far wrong with Syracuse’s Greek amphitheatre and her plays. Based on the mainland, it’s set in the old bedrock, carved out by the Greeks who lived here two thousand years ago. The place has been regenerated from farmland into a modern outdoor theatre,…