Author Archives: Jake

About Jake

Long retired travel writer, author and freelance journalist. Educated at Wolverton Grammar and Greenwich Naval College. Happily married since 1958, with a married son and daughter, a married granddaughter and an adult grandson. Hobbies rock-climbing, dinghy racing and ocean racing. Still regularly working out in the gym.

Frozen by Iceland!

I must begin with a warning to any of my readers with a weak stomach. This tale is not for them. On about the 5th or 6th of January, I took a delivery from Iceland. I decided to treat myself … Continue reading

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Virgin swallowed my computer!

According to the bills that I pay, Sir Richard Branson appears to have a grip on my household.  My telephone, cable TV package, computer broadband cable modem, WiFi Modem all now come under his banner. I signed up years ago … Continue reading

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At least I’m making a start! Recovery begins here!

You can’t do anything about getting older!  You just have to know how to handle it!  “But it’s lockdown and I’m  shielding.” Keep your body as fit and as strong as possible, with exercise to stave off pain and stiffness. … Continue reading

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We must eventually get back to normal but what is normal?

IF WE TAKE ANYTHING AWAY FROM THIS EXPERIENCE, HOPEFULLY IT’S KINDNESS When life begins to have a semblance of normality, will we continue to look out for those who are vulnerable, keep in contact with loved ones, treasure the small … Continue reading

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We’ll all go to Dublin in the Green, in the Green

The beautiful, gentle one, whom I call Pollyanna, went off with one of her friends for a City break in Dublin. Ever helpful I donned my travel Journalists hat, reached into my well stocked bookshelf and handed her my copy … Continue reading

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What Happens Now?

what do you think it’s going to be like, once it’s over?  Will it ever be over?  We’ve been living in suspended animation during the pandemic. Even if  you’ve been going to work each day as one of the essential … Continue reading

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Famous Last Words – A Covid-19 Smile

This has to be an ideal time for a sad beggar like me to remind you of others last words. What more can you ask for? “Goodnight my darlings, I’ll see you in the morning!”  – Noel Coward ”It’s never too … Continue reading

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The History of the Lockdown Photographer

Early on, during the lockdown, I noticed my camera bag was gathering dust in my office. I checked the photos that hadn’t been been cleared from the SD card and realised they were more than six months old. My ready-to-go … Continue reading

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Am I Ready For The End Of Lockdown?

In fact fewer than one in five adults of the British public think now is the right time to reopen schools, restaurants, pubs and stadiums.  For many people, lockdown has allowed them to to press the pause button on their … Continue reading

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My VE Day – I Was There!

I was about eight years old in 1943 when I first fell in love. I lived in Woburn Sands which is not far from Bletchley Park of the Enigma fame some of my school friends had parents who were boffins … Continue reading

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