Fake News & Little Fictions

2016 was a momentous year.  A watershed. History may look back on it as the point where we all woke up to the power of social media as propaganda, or the point where the role of good journalism in digging out important stories, establishing the truth and educating the world to that truth became irrelevant.…

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What the Blaises?

How is your throat today?  A little sore?  Or maybe you've some wool that needs unravelling?  More seriously perhaps you're at risk of imminent invasion? Who you gonna call? Perhaps a man who was martyred early in the 4th Century? St Blaise, St Blazey, San Biagio, St Blasius, San Blas; his reputation spread throughout the…

Game, Set & Watch

The 'Old Town' of Dubrovnik is the original walled city, the heart of the maritime Republic of Ragusa, and though the city has long outgrown those walls and established a new port on the other side isthmus that joins the Lapad peninsula to the mainland.  Nevertheless the original buildings and layout have been largely preserved,…

Not So Super Yachtsmen

I'm pretty sure that the money I spent on my family and myself during my trip went into the Croatian economy.  I've never been drawn to the "all inclusive"resort holidays where visitors never feel the need to leave their compound, partly because I'd question how you could ever experience the culture of a destination in…