Just one of the lads in the army, …

As TV show Our Girl hits our screens, ‘Our Girl’ Private Rebecca Harper is living army life for real. At the tender age of just-turned…

Latvia diaries, part three

Day three: More than 2,500 soldiers from five nations came together on Latvian soil for one of the largest ever peacetime exercises. I travelled to…

An army life in Latvia, a diary part …

  In October 2014 I travelled to Latvia with the Duke of Lancaster’s Second Regiment as part of the United Nations’ ‘Exercise Silver Arrow’ – a…

Latvia diaries, part one

In 2014 I travelled to Latvia with the Duke of Lancaster’s Second Regiment as part of the United Nations’ ‘Exercise Silver Arrow’ – a massive…

Linthwaite in the Lakes

Linthwaite Hotel I love the Lake District. Even though it always rains harder than anywhere else on earth, the hills and dales of the Lakes…

Caribbean notes in balmy St Lucia

  Sit down. Close your eyes. And picture the scene. The air is warm, a light breeze is blowing and a brief, barely there, shower is…

Tales from Tallinn, Estonia

The glorious sun is shining down on my shoulders, already relaxed from the heavenly massage in the hotel Elemis spa. In my hand a glass…