Miscellaneous

Chatting to Alastair Humphreys
Miscellaneous / Philosophising

Chatting to Alastair Humphreys

Last year I was interviewed by the extremely busy adventurer Alastair Humphreys for his website and a book on grand adventures, called Grand Adventures. It’s out this week – I just got my copy in the post, which made a nice change from the rest of this week’s parcels (nipple […]

Saturday papers by torchlight
After the walk / Miscellaneous

Sleep out

Eastertime is here, and the sun has so much warmth in it that it’s calling everyone out, like lizards from under our winter rocks. Delightfully both our first and reserve beach camping spot plans already had tents on them when we arrived on Saturday evening, so we ended up making […]

Eddie Izzard et al teach donkeys to play lacrosse
Miscellaneous / The blog

Eddie Izzard et al teach donkeys to play lacrosse

I had the rather good fortune of being at the Altitude Comedy Festival in the Alps last week. The first event was an improv show with special guests Eddie Izzard and Marcus Brigstocke, and improv stalwarts Andy Smart and Steve Frost. It may be proof that I’ve been going on […]

Donkeys aren’t stubborn. No way.
Miscellaneous / Plans

Donkeys aren’t stubborn. No way.

“Donkeys are kind of known for being stubborn, aren’t they?” said my friend Sarah the other day. Aha, the most common of donkey myths. I have discovered that everyone who doesn’t particularly know about donkeys seems to think this, while all the donkey people know otherwise, and comment amongst themselves […]

Too much direction and not enough donkey
Miscellaneous / Plans

Too much direction and not enough donkey

A few days ago I wrote a long blog full of woe. I’d realised that the donkey I had lined up, Mali, wasn’t the right one. She’s young – only just four – which is pre-teen in donkey years, arguably not yet finished growing, and certainly not accustomed to the […]

A donkey at the Costermonger Harvest Festival in London
Miscellaneous / The blog

Donkeys and Cockneys in the City of London

Back in the autumn, not long after I’d starting harping on about donkeys, my studio-mate Jasia came across a whole bunch of them right in central London. They were accompanying the Pearly Kings and Queens of East London on a procession through the City to the church of St Mary-le-Bow […]

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The journey around Wales with a donkey is going to begin in May. Until then I will be getting ready – trying to win the donkey’s heart, buying her panniers, planning the route, being alternately worried and excited. If you want me to let you know when the big milestones […]

Miscellaneous / The blog

I walk therefore I am

Is it for the views, the challenge, the exercise? Or the zen-like calm and hearty appetite? Hannah Engelkamp on word duty and Sarah Steinhardt on picture duty take two weeks and 190 miles to consider in some serious depth whether they actually like walking. And if they do, then why? […]