Category Archives: Wales

Happy New Year

2017 was not  as eventful for me as 2016, my Annus Horribilis, which included a dislocated shoulder, diagnosis of a heart condition, Easter in a Greek hospital, skin cancer …..  and culminated in an 02.30 evacuation from a hotel fire … Continue reading

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The sunshine has gone

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Seven years. Missed no less

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Symi:  Rambling around the past

WARNING:  make yourself comfortable and a cup of coffee before starting to read this. If there is anyone out there hooked on Barry’s Ramblings and having withdrawal symptoms, apologies!  I have had people staying with me most of the time … Continue reading

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Nisyros: Heritage Island

When I was young, summer holidays were a week at my grandparents’ in a small mining village in rural Carmarthenshire.   I took every opportunity to escape the boredom of sitting around the house and walk the mile or so up … Continue reading

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Symi and the Glamorgan coast: compare and contrast

We were taught in school to prepare for exam questions of the type ‘Compare and contrast’ …. ‘The Hundred Years War and the Blitzkrieg’, ‘The East Coast of England and a South Sea Atoll’, ‘the character of Jane Austen’s Emma … Continue reading

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From Wales to Greece: preparations eclipsed

Wednesday and I was feeling pleased with myself.  I finally got round to booking a flight to Greece.  A bit of lateral thinking and I fly to Kos rather than Rhodes.  The flight arrives on Rhodes after the Dodecanese Express … Continue reading

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