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York Minster (Yorkshire), glimpsed from the city wall (the very best way to see York). And if you don't know where Yorkshire is - here are a bunch of completely reliable facts about it: mikesowden.org/...

I used to think that one gin & tonic was much like another. More fool me. This is from an epic gin-tasting (and tonic-sampling) session in the Edinburgh Sheraton hotel. Learned a lot; felt like reheated death the next day. Good times.

You know you want to. (Originally at: mikesowden.org/...)

If it feels good, you'll regret it later. (Originally at: mikesowden.org/...)

There is no blue like the blue of Greece... The view from Palamidhi, a Venetian fortress overlooking Nafplio. (From mikesowden.org/...)

Inspired by England? Love visiting it? Confused by how the English behave? Here's a handy guide.

Nothing quite like a train rattling into the distance to make you want to be on it... Taken in Italy, 2007.

Nothing quite like a train rattling into the distance to make you want to be on it... Taken in Italy, 2007.

Morning light on a bitterly cold day in East Yorkshire (UK) - the kind of day you can see your breath glitter in the air.

York Minster (Yorkshire), glimpsed from the city wall (*the best* way to see York).

Ahead, a mile to the seaside at Hornsea (England); behind, the other 214 miles of the Trans Pennine Trail.

Hull. Yes, I know. *Hull*. But sometimes, Hull can look gorgeous. Not often, mind. But *sometimes*.

A wintry sunset at the bottom of my road - either that or Hull is on fire. - Hornsea, East Yorkshire

Whitby, Yorkshire - where Dracula came ashore as a big black dog. When I took this photo, it was exactly as cold as it looks.

Always look for the small things - like the morning dew clinging to a spider's web. (Taken in Northumberland, England, 2008.)

A single defiant poppy in a field of grain, just outside Cambridge, England. (Feel free to change the title to "Be The Poppy". That works for me too.)

Alaska, with a backdrop like *that*. Yes please.

A wintry sunset at the bottom of my road - either that or Hull is on fire. - Hornsea, East Yorkshire

Hornsea, East Yorkshire, England.

Hull. Yes, I know. *Hull*. But sometimes, Hull can look gorgeous. Not often, mind. But *sometimes*.

Stormy weather hits Jakarta, Indonesia. Via misslailai.com/

The traffic on the streets of Jakarta (Indonesia), almost invisible through the rain. Via misslailai.com/