Snowmen of Hackney February 2012

Snowman-building hysteria, Clissold Park, Stoke Newington

Snow falls and England goes mad, in a good way. Here’s a selection of Hackney’s finest snowmen, crafted from the 10cm that fell overnight. My, we’re an excitable bunch!

London Underground offers more than transport…

Angel Station message board by Emma Field

Nothing like something out of the ordinary to cheer up your commute. Thanks Angel Tube station!

The craziest things happen when you least expect them…

Humback whale breaching off California by NOAA Photolibrary

Check out this footage of a surfer nearly being swallowed by a pod of humpback whales feeding off the coast of Santa Cruz, California.

Parakeets in London

Parakeet in London

I took a trip to Kew Gardens last spring. Strolling down the daffodil avenue I heard a familiar sound that I first heard in South America – a parakeet. There it was, peering down at me through the blossom.

North Devon madness: wacky Minis

Monkey Mini at the bottom of the very steep road into Heddon Valley

Sitting outside The Hunters Inn at the bottom of Exmoor’s Heddon Valley yesterday a long line of crazily dressed Minis wound their way past. Of course, I set aside my second pint of Addlestones and started snapping away, half cut (that cider is strong stuff). It turned out it was the Legendary Grand Tour in aid … Continue reading

Holdstone Down: where Jesus landed in a spaceship

North Devon coast © Craig Fast

Holdstone Down: great views, UFOs, Jesus and a cairn. What more could you want from a day trip in Devon?…

Lynmouth Raft Race

The rafts are pelted with flour as they wait for the starting whistle © Craig Fast

Britain plays proud host to some of the oddest events in the world. Yesterday I trotted off to nearby Lynmouth to watch one of them, the annual Lynmouth Raft Race…