Monthly Archives: May 2011



Continuing my attempts to hike as often as possible in preparation of walking the Camino de Santiago later this year, I joined a group of friends to walk the Harkerville route. This circular two-day trail is situated between Knysna and Plett, and travels through the […]



Civilization is the latest offering from historian Niall Ferguson (of The Ascent of Money fame), and it tackles the ambitious task of finding out why it is that Western society is pre-eminent in the world today, and has been for the last 500 years or […]


Two Oceans

I had the pleasure of running two events at this year’s Two Oceans: Both the 10km trail run (on the Friday morning), and the 21km half marathon (the following day). The trail run is a considerably smaller event, with entries limited to 400 each in […]



Colour by Victoria Finlay bears the apt subtitle Travels Through the Paintbox. Alternating between a personal journey and a historical account, Finlay tells the stories of different colours of paints, pigments and inks. Starting with simple ochre and its uses across the world, from Australia […]