CHAOS TO COSMOSThe path from chaos to cosmos was discovered by telling one's life story

Monday, 23 November 2020

Tell your story

“Tell your story. 
Shout it. Write it. 
Whisper it if you have to. 
But tell it. 
Some won't understand it. 
Some will outright reject it. 
But many will thank you for it. 
And then the most 
magical thing will happen. 
One by one, voices will start 
whispering, 'Me, too.' 
And your tribe will gather. 
And you will never 
feel alone again.” 

Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Escape to Salisbury

Choristers Green, Salisbury, showing Mompesson House

Leaving the house is such an event these days. This was the first time - other than walks round the block and one other journey when I didn't even get out of the car - since March. But as 'him indoors' had an appointment in Salisbury on Saturday afternoon, I thought I'd go along for the ride and have a wander around while I waited, for less than an hour, carefully avoiding people entirely.

Of course, this is something that only works in Britain on days when the weather behaves. Saved so much money by not popping into shops 'just for a look' and even more in calories by resisting temptation on the basis that I didn't want to go in anywhere to purchase food or drink, especially on such a short outing.

The medieval Crane bridge over the River Avon

Beside the River Avon

When you find an empty park bench, nobody sits beside you these days. Bonus!

Salisbury Cathederal

The cathederal was closing by the time I got there anyway, not that I'd wanted to go in, but that meant less people around. There was art to look at outside too.

Celebrating 800 Years of Spirit and Endeavour Exhibition 

Monday, 11 March 2019

Syros Carnival 2019

Συριανό Καρναβάλι 2019 - Syros Carnival 2019

Putting this on the bucket list for a future year: Carnival in Ermoupoli on the island of Syros in the Cyclades, Greece. Syros Carnival is a three-day-event with festivities on the Saturday night - the traditional Zeibekia (masquerade) custom in Markos Vamvakaris Square - in Ano Syros, a procession along the harbour front on the Sunday afternoon that culminates in dancing in Miaoulis Square, with a Latin party on the Protopapadaki pedestrian street and, on Καθαρή Δευτέρα (Ash Monday or Clean Monday), the customs of Koulouma with kite flying in the countryside and particularly in Gallissas village.

The dates of Clean Monday in Greece tell us when this carnival takes place.

Photos and videos from Syros Carnival 2019

Syros also features in The 8 Best Greek Destinations to Celebrate Easter, as it is perhaps the only place in the world where Catholics celebrate Easter with the Orthodox in all the churches of the island. I really like that idea.

Rail-Ex Taunton 2018

A few details from Rail-Ex Taunton 2018 on 28 October 2018

Monday, 25 February 2019

Monday, 10 September 2018

Ten Things We Loved About Kos: 1. Santa Maria

About to set off from Kos Town harbour on the Santa Maria

The Santa Maria 3 Island Cruise - which visits Pserimos, Kalymnos and Plati - is a really fun and entertaining trip. We initially picked it because it's a lovely looking wooden (proper) boat. The crew, particularly Captain Mario, are ace performers and make it an experience to remember. Nice stops for coffee, beach, sightseeing; food on board was way more than good, dolphin spotting and swimming off the boat in crystal waters. The best boat trip and our favourite trip on Kos.)

Looking back to Kos Town as we leave on the Santa Maria

Neratzia Castle from the sea

Out to sea on the Santa Maria

First port of call for coffee and beach

Santa Maria at one of the islands we visited

Santa Maria at one of the other islands we visited

Monday, 3 September 2018

Ten Things We Loved About Kos: 2. Taverna Fantasia

Greek night at Taverna Fantasia in Zia

The Greek night at Taverna Fantasia in Zia is stereotypical and cheesy, but this night out was fantastic fun and well-organised, with a lovely atmosphere, not to mention the unlimited supply of wine and very good food for mass catering. We booked the trip, which includes transfer from your hotel by coach and a stop in Zia village to look at the views - at sunset - on the way, via Kosinfo

(Sadly, when we went back in 2018, the weather wasn't playing nicely on the night we'd booked, so the meal and entertainment was provided in a large indoor venue instead. Unfortunately, we were about as far as you could get away from the stage as you could get and behind a pilar, so couldn't see much. Or fortunately, if the quality this time is taken into consideration - it was crappy cabaret rather than genuine Greek. Add to this that we ended up as the only two English speakers on a table of East Germans who were constantly stealing extra food and drink, greedily hogging the shared plates on the table and taking the piss thinking we would not understand German. Actually, I do! Not a particularly nice evening out experience. Not much that can be controlled either, just that 'mileage may vary.')