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

Las Vegas Virginity Lost

Las Vegas, NV The light in the top of the Luxor pyramid (Las Vegas version) is, according to Tim the bus driver, the brightest light on Planet Earth. At 32 million candlepower, it is so bright that when the Space Shuttle passed through its beam, the light passing through their window was bright enough for them to read the newspaper. And spooky but true, in … Continued

World Weight Watching Guide

Las Vegas The average American consumes 3,774 calories a day, almost double the 1,960 calories consumed by the average man or woman in India. 76% of American men and 73% of American women are overweight, compared with 17% of Indian men and 15% of Indian women. But America is not the fattest nation. Read on…. There is a fascinating article in August’s Zest magazine, giving … Continued

Las Vegas Virgin

I’ve spent a lot of time in the US, but have never been to Las Vegas before. As soon as I stepped off the plane in Las Vegas there was no doubting where I was. Less than 10 yards from the arrival gate was a huge bank of gaming machines (see above). I could just picture game-hungry passengers staggering off the plane and over to … Continued

Warning: Blog Deluge Alert

Las Vegas Just thought it fair to warn you – I am going to start blogging more often. I am trying to find an easy and user-friendly way for you to filter the updates, e.g. so if I categorise them into travel, technology, exercise and nutrition, etc, you can choose which category or categories you would like to receive alerts for. But I haven’t yet … Continued

Vid Blog Dog

New York City I’ve been researching video blogs to find out what it’s all about. Trouble is, they’re too entertaining and I find hours passing while I meander enjoyably but not very purposefully around cyberspace. My favourite so far is a very talented doggie dancing to a ‘You’re the One That I Want’ from Grease. It’s priceless!