Blue Penguin Blues

Posted: August 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

The world’s smallest penguin needs our protection with numbers declining on New Zealand’s West Coast.

Check out what you can do at The Blue Penguin Trust



Llandinam Country Show

Posted: May 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

A great day out in Llandinam amongst the horses and hounds!

Horse & Rider _221 Welsh Hounds 1_219 Welsh Hounds 2_220

Woman’s Hour

Posted: April 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

Woman’s Hour is exploring the diversity of women in the media.  Should be interesting stuff.  Don’t know much about broadcast media but do know that women are well represented in my own newspaper and journals contact list and I couldn’t do without you!!!.

The Kensington Oval, Barbados is the venue for the three-match Twenty20 series on 9, 11, and 13 March 2014.

England last played the West Indies on their home soil in 2009 so the excitement is mounting.  Often referred to as the ‘Mecca’ of cricket, the Oval has hosted some notable cricket matches in its 120 year history including the Cricket World Cup Final in 2007. It is stunning ultra-modern venue with a seating capacity of 11,000, increasing to 28,000 for major tournaments.

This encounter promises to be as memorable as the rest.

Tickets will be released by the West Indies Cricket Board and you will need to register online.

Howzat Travel (0800 840 1110) has packages including 7 nights accommodation between 7th and 15th March, return flights from the UK, airport transfers, match day transfers and tour manager services from £1,699 per person. Tickets, when they become available, will be charged at face value and in the region of £45 to £55 per day.

Living with the Lions Sports Travel (020 7223 6650) has a package including 8 nights accommodation, return flights from Gatwick to Barbados and match tickets, from £2199

You can follow developments on the English Cricket Board website or on Twitter or Facebook.  To get a flavour of what’s to come tune in to WestIndiesCricketTV.

Kensington Oval image courtesy of

New resort opens in Phuket

Posted: January 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

Entrance to the dusitD2 Phuket Resort

Here’s news of an exciting new resort opening in Phuket, Thailand.

The dusitD2 Phuket Resort is just one block from the island’s popular Patong Beach  and within walking distance from the Jungceylon shopping and leisure complex.

The resort is a destination in its own right and boasts 390 stylish guest rooms and suites as well as an array of iconic lifestyle and entertainment outlets including a Hard Rock Café.  With two pool bars there are also plans for a scenic rooftop bar and a spa with 9 treatment rooms for guests to enjoy.

Hotel owner, Gary Murray, CEO of Destination Resorts Co Ltd said “The dusitD2 Phuket Resort is an excellent product in a great location for guests looking for the perfect combination of sun, sea and impeccable service.”

Eight other 8 dusitD2 hotels are also in the pipeline, from California, USA to Nairobi and Kenya with the Phuket Resort being the first of these hotels to open this year.

For further information and bookings go to:

Getting tickets and travelling to international sporting events doesn’t have to be a nightmare.  Here’s how to beat the touts, see the event and enjoy the experience.

Super Bowl XLVIII – New Jersey

2 February 2014 is going to be the biggest date in the USA’s sporting calendar next year, the day when the Super Bowl XLVIII brings the whole country to a standstill.

82,565 frenzied fans will fill the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey at the first ever cold-weather championship in the Super Bowl’s history.  Around 110 million TV viewers are expected to tune in.

Tickets range from around £300 to £1,600 and the National Football League offers packages including VIP access, refreshments, accommodation and merchandise.

For the best chance of securing a seat there are all-inclusive packages from the UK.

Sports Events Travel (01543 258631) offers return flight from London to New York, with 3 nights in a 3 star Manhattan hotel and upper level match tickets.  Prices start at £3220

Thomson Sport (0844 800 9900) has 3 nights at the Holiday Inn Midtown, match tickets and a two day New York Sightseeing Pass with a National Football League Experience, for £4,195.

Flights are not included but you book from selected UK airports with American Airlines (0844 499 7300) with prices starting at £476 for a 4 day trip.

Free seat cushions and hand-warmers will be handed out to spectators on the day, and Bruno Mars headlines the half-time show to warm things up even more.  Stay in touch on the official Twitter page and learn some useful American football slang before you get there.

XXII Olympic Winter Games – Sochi

From 6 to 23 February, the Black Sea city of Sochi will be the focus of world attention as it stages the first Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Russia.

Fifteen winter sports will be represented with ninety eight individual events to choose from. 6,000 athletes are expected to attend, representing eighty five countries.

Sochi Olympic Park will host most of the indoor events with the mountain resort of Krasnaya Polyana hosting outdoor events.  Around 75,000 people a day are expected to visit the Olympic Park with the Sochi Light Metro providing a 30 minute connection between both venues.

CoSport is the licensed provider of tickets, hotels, and hospitality packages ranging from 3 night stays to longer depending on your choice, but flights are not included.  A typical package for 2 people starts from around £5,800.  Tickets range from around £30 to £160 depending on the category.

Return flights to Sochi are available from Belfast and Edinburgh (BA), Manchester and Birmingham (KLM) and London City Airport (Air France) from around £550 return. In response to a shortage of hotel accommodation in Sochi, cruise ships have been chartered with cabins available from around £50 a night

Get a flavour of what’s to come at Sochi before you go.  You can also follow the build up to the games on Facebook and Twitter


2014 FIFA World Cup – Brazil

Undoubtedly the hottest tickets on the planet next year will be for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, with kick off in Sao Paulo on Thursday 12th June 2014.  Twelve cities will host 64 matches over 32 days giving the event a gross stadia capacity of 3,720,225.

With 1.1 million tickets already allocated, remaining tickets for all 64 matches can be applied for between 8 December 2013 and 30 January 2014. Two more first-come-first-served ticketing periods take place from 26 February, right up until the World Cup Final on 13 July.

Tickets are only available through FIFA and range from around £55 to £620. An official Ticket and Resale platform opens in 2014.

There are no official tour companies attached to FIFA however, Infinity Tours (0800 612 9414) is an authorized sales agent for FIFA World Cup 2014 travel.  Match tickets are not included but the 6 to 32 night packages include all travel and accommodation between the twelve World Cup participating cities, from £3,099 to £9.999

Thomas Cook Sports (0844 800 9900) offers British Airways flights from Heathrow to Rio de Janiero, from £999 to £3759, excluding match tickets.

In the meantime get those Samba steps ready with the 2014 World Cup official theme song ‘Bellini – Samba de Janeiro’ 

Just a few random shots taken on a stroll along London’s South Bank