Showing posts from December, 2011

A 700-word cure for the Post-Christmas Blues

That's it. Christmas is over for another year, your bank account is empty, your stomach is full, and your Uncle Albert will never talk to your mother again. Plus the fact that no one found the penny hidden in the Christmas pudding* means that at least half of your relatives are convinced that they've swallowed it. Happy days. The bad news is that you have 364 days to get through before watching another Doctor Who Christmas Special. The good news? At least you didn't have to spend the festive season in sweltering 100-degree-plus temperatures. You may not think that sounds too bad, but trust me - there's nothing worse than sweating into your cranberry sauce. So, without further ado, I present my antidote to the Post-Christmas Blues. Almost as effective as a pint of Pepto Bismol, but nowhere near as pink... 'The Climatology of Christmas' on The Nervous Breakdown *For those not raised in the UK, Christmas pudding is a dense, black traditional dessert, best

'Ka Mate' meets 'A Kindle in Hong Kong'

Shannon Young, who writes a fantastic blog called ' a Kindle in Hong Kong ', has just given Ka Mate another lovely review on her site. I'll let Shannon take over for a moment here: "Travel memoirs these days seem to fall into two categories: personal discovery and place discovery. Most of the travel books I've read lately fall into the personal discovery category, but this one is all about the place... if you enjoy travelogues that are focussed on comprehensive observations about the place then this book is for you." It's great to see that readers out there are getting behind the book, and have such a clear grasp of what I was trying to achieve with it. You can read Shannon's review and my interview with her here . Also a quick reminder: Ka Mate: Travels in New Zealand is now available both as a Kindle ebook and as a physical paperback, in both the US and the UK. For full details of where to buy it visit the Ka Mate page .