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Birmingham Summer Funfair

During the summer holidays, British kids are home from school for 6 weeks or more! The challenge all parents have is keeping them entertained. Luckily, many different funfair operators set up around Birmingham during July and August. We went to the Robert Wilkinson Family Funfair at Pype Hayes Park instead of Digbeth Funfair as it was supposed to be a…

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Alum Rock Road (July 2021)

It’s one day before the festival of Eid al-Adha (aka “big Eid”) – which is the most important celebration of the Islamic year. In preparation, most Muslims will go out shopping for clothes, jewellery, food, and presents for loved ones. And, just like for Christmas, there are plenty of last-minute shoppers rushing to the stores. Alum Rock Road in Birmingham…

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Visiting Venice

My seven-year-old daughter was distraught to discover the city of Venice may disappear soon due to rising sea levels. So, in October 2019, we took a short trip to the historic city. I only had an old camera and my smartphone to record the vacation but, as you can see, the video came out nicely. In this short film we…

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Turkish Cyprus 2015

In 1974, Turkey invaded the northern part of the island of Cyprus and have controlled about 40% of the territory ever since. They’ve named it the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, but in truth it’s just an exclave of Turkey now. After all, they officially use the Turkish language and the Turkish Lira, and have an enormous Turkish military presence.…

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Greek Cyprus 2015

Most people go to Greek Cyprus for the clubbing. I’m not most people. In fact, I hadn’t even heard of Ayia Napa until after I came back home. Everyone assumed I’d gone to Cyprus for the hedonism and kept asking how drunk, high and laid I’d gotten in my week on the Med. I actually came to Greek Cyprus for…

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Ljubljana 2015

In early 2015, I was sent over to Slovenia for a science education project that was being launched by the Prime Minister. It was an intensive couple of weeks. However, afterwards I stayed a few extra days in Ljubljana, so I could explore this relatively unknown – in Britain anyway – central European capital. Turns out finding Indian food in…

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Istanbul 2015

Early 2015 and I was heading back to Istanbul once again for a quick cultural tour of both the European old city and the Anatolian side. I love playing tour guide for family and friends who are visiting new places and, seeing as I’d lived in this city for about six months, I was the perfect person to plan the…

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Andalucía Tour 2014 (1)

Another Christmas and another big foreign tour. Once again I’m spending my winter in a different country. This time around, I’ve decided to take some of my family to see the Andalusian region of Spain. As usual, we were taking the sensible option of flying into Malaga, hiring a car, and controlling our own schedule. If you have the ability…

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Sweden 2013

Work commitments meant I had to visit Sweden in spring of 2013. My meetings would only take up two days, but I booked myself a five-day trip so I could explore both the capital, Stockholm, and the University town of Karlstad. It’s more than 450 years old and sits on the banks of Lake Vänern – the largest lake in…

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