Missing those window views

It’s been just over six months since I last stepped inside an aircraft. I tried looking back over the years to try and identify the last time in my life when I had gone for more than six months without flying. I had to go back all the way to 2004. Of course, with everything…

Another throwback- Murmuration

Murmuration is the phenomenon when hundreds and sometimes thousands of birds (especially starlings) fly in coordinated patterns across the sky.

Throwback, this time last year

(Yes folks, tomorrow I will for sure write about the council of Elrond) I was looking through my archives when I found some images of Ely Cathedral I had never published. And then I realised it was exactly one year since I visited Ely. It was a short trip by train from Cambridge (UK railway…

Throwback to rams in thickets and a winged demon

Exactly a year ago, although it feels like a lifetime away, I travelled to the UK to attend two weeks of summer school at the University of Cambridge. In those heady days of travel, I hopped on a flight from Dubai to Zurich and then onwards to London Heathrow. Before I headed over to Cambridge…

A summer with Tolkien: Chapter 2- The Shadow of the Past

The mother of all backstories This is Part -2 of my read one chapter from The Lord of the Rings this summer. Click here to read the intro. There have been a lot of times when I have wondered to myself why Tolkien’s tale appeals quite so much to me. What is it about the…

Gornergrat

Gornergrat, Switzerland is a popular place to get views of the Matterhorn and some of the other surrounding mountains. It’s a mountain ridge that is located at above 3,000 metres height and has an observation platform for tourists. Gornergrat is reachable by a rail line from Zermatt. The train journey is truly a marvel as…

Some thoughts on reading

So I have a confession to make. My reading has slowed down drastically. After scorching up 50 books in the first six months of the year, I have only added a grand total of four more books to that number in the last two months. There’s been a number of reasons for this. First, I…