Johnny Cash: Heartrending

A beautiful, heartrending song with a video to match. His voice sounds worldly-wise and world-weary, the voice of a man who has lived long and lived hard. Highly recommended. Click here for the song and video. Click here for more about Johnny Cash

Highway 101: Here I Go Again On My Own

San Francisco, California The last time I drove up Highway 101 was in 1994, in a Mustang convertible with the roof down, my boyfriend (later my husband, now my ex) at the wheel, Depeche Mode on the stereo, the setting sun glaring through the haze over the mountains. We were on a 3-month break from work, and had just arrived in the US at the … Continued

Survival of the Dippiest

‘It’s a matter of survival.’ I was talking on the phone with the head of major nonprofit organisation Conservation International about my forthcoming Pacific row. He was sounding earnest and concerned. ‘Don’t worry about me,’ I said. ‘I’ve already survived the Atlantic. I reckon I can survive the Pacific.’ Pregnant pause. ‘I meant the survival of the oceans,’ he said. Doh!

3 Ways To Make An American’s Jaw Drop

Redondo Beach, Los Angeles Say ‘I’m not doing this for the money,’ or ‘MySpace? Never heard of it,’ or ‘Britney who?’ (OK, so I’m kidding with the last one.) This highlights a couple of interesting issues. The first is that we are under the illusion that America and Britain share a common culture. We think we watch the same movies (mostly true), talk the same … Continued

A Moral Dilemma

San Diego I hate to see food go to waste. I want to lose weight. I am in America. These three facts present me with a moral dilemma. America just doesn’t do small. This is what I love and hate about America. I love it because it’s larger than life. Americans like to think big. Why try to raise a mere $100,000 to row the … Continued