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.

MY MAIDEN VOYAGE – ALL AT SEA

The reason why A few weeks ago, one of my offspring asked me, “is there anything you haven’t done?” I’m not sure if this was meant as an admiring observation, or whether it was the words of someone who was … Continue reading

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The Young Man Of The Sea – Half a Dinari for my Life Story

Red Ensign – White Ensign The Young Man of the Sea with apologies to Ernest Hemmingway Throughout Hemingway’s career as a writer, he maintained that it was bad luck to talk about writing: that it takes off! whatever butterflies have … Continue reading

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To resurrect an old tale . . .or I know that my redeemer liveth

At my great age it is obvious that I am going to lose a few friends and I often used to tell my buddies in the SBS that I was going to be the ‘last man standing’ this has become … Continue reading

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He who climbs Mt.Fuji is a wise man, he who climbs twice is a crazy man.”

The title is a famous saying about the Sacred Mountain. My blog is about climbing it it on a third occasion. What does that say about me? Climbing Mount Fuji (3776 meters), Japan’s highest and most prominent mountain, can make … Continue reading

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Kill all the Lawyers

In two months it will be the second anniversary of my lockdown sentence.  On March 2nd 2019, the much revered National Health Service, wrote to me personally, advising me that I was “special” inasmuch as I am very old and … Continue reading

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My Mother was a Black Marketeer!

Do Wokes have an alternative word for a black marketeer? To set the record straight, my mother wasn’t the most lovable person I’ve ever met, in fact, when the chance came at the age of 13, I couldn’t wait leave … Continue reading

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The Knicker Saga

I had a free £20 Amazon Gift Card, so being a nice person, I asked my darling wife, ‘Pollyanna’; if she would needed anything?  She opted for some new knickers.  What else can you buy a lady who has everything? … Continue reading

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There is no good war and no bad peace. . . .

Today’s Telegraph quoted  – Boris Johnson ‘unhappy’ about Afghanistan and says ‘blood and treasure’ must not be wasted British lives lost and money spent in protecting the Afghan people must not be in vain, says PM, as Taliban fighters storm … Continue reading

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I’m on the road again!

Back on the road again, most of my friends are aware that I’m a complete car nut. I have a petrol driven, V8 Lexus Sport capable of 160 mph. (Innocent face – who me officer?) I also claim that I … Continue reading

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Further Travails of a Travel Writer

What a year the last six months has been!  Coronavirus has changed our world, we hope that once we return to normal it will have changed into a kinder, much nicer place with love thy neighbour being nearer to the … Continue reading

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