Smoke on the water… and jazz in Montreux

I’ve always been a bit rock ‘n’ roll at heart. The golden era of Disco in the 1970s saw me spinning records for my first entrepreneurial venture, a bona fide mobile disco replete with strobe, coloured floods and liquid oil wheel lighting. Each week I bought four or five new singles (or 45s as we called them … More Smoke on the water… and jazz in Montreux

Robots at dawn… will journos and agents survive?

So I just read yesterday that Google is funding a new software project that will automate the writing of local news. Hmm. As a newly signed up blogger and, ahem, travel writer, I thought to myself: ‘John, you’ve got really poor instincts when it comes to timing; just as you launch ‘Travelling Man’, along comes a … More Robots at dawn… will journos and agents survive?

Travelling well… coping with long haul flights

Oh for the days when ‘jet travel’ meant ‘exotic’, ‘style’ and ‘fast’. In terms of air-speed, since the demise of Concorde we’ve not moved forward one iota, your average plane still trundles along at around 400-500 knots (about 550mph), as it did in 1960. The truth today is that a flight feels less of a pleasure … More Travelling well… coping with long haul flights

The origins of my blog title

  I have to thank Ann Ruppenstein and the Canadian Travel Press for my blog title. We chatted only informally some while ago, so I was subsequently surprised and honoured when they published a three page article titled ‘Travelling Man’ in June this year – see link below.  The headline pretty much summed up my career … More The origins of my blog title