Exploiting Climate Change is a Double-Edged Sword

It has been said that Russia's 'Special Military Operation' in Ukraine was the precursor to the UK's energy market heading into a tailspin, exposing a short-sighted eggs-in-one-basket approach that failed to learn from the Kremlin's 'previous' of invading Georgia and in 2014 the Crimea and Donbas. If the West doesn't like Russia's behaviour in Ukraine,…

North Wales – a coastline of heritage, stunning natural assets, and a microcosm of social upheaval

It is a toss-up between North Wales and Shropshire as to which is my favourite area of the UK. Whilst both share some topographical characteristics and are the seats of wonderful historical buildings (and ruins), the coastline of the former and its varied and eventually steepling hinterland just about gives it the edge over landlocked…

Slovenia and Ryanair: Does the airline simply wish to complete the EU set, or has the previously missing middle ground finally been found?

It has been assumed by many aviation analysts and even those without a professional interest in the industry that Ljubljana's Fraport-owned and operated Brnik Airport held all the cards as to why Slovenia is the only nation within the European Union(EU) where Irish Low Cost Carrier(LCC) Ryanair does not operate. Who though is the puppet…

Further pictorial musings from Kitzbuehel

This is a rather attractive although some might say cliched Tirolean property. Whilst most things in life are subjective and beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I just say kudos to the owner who has created a floral balcony for their own pleasure as much as for anyone else's: On the outskirts of…

UK planning policy is only fit for an entirely wrong purpose

In 2019 Wyre Borough Council formally adopted its Local Plan(LP), in effect shaping and guiding significant development within the borough retrospectively from 2011, until 2031. Within the LP are the sites allocated for development, primarily for housing, but also for commercial uses. Where sites have been allocated the principal for development is therefore established and…

Kitzbuehel: The Legend Lives On

A balmy evening on the Vorderstadt, with the yellow and salmon-pink fronted Hotel Tiefenbrunner dominating the background. A boiling hot Sunday, where only escape to the Schwarzsee or the highest reaches of the Kitzbueheler Horn afforded welcome respite. The aforementioned Schwarzsee. A view from the Kitzbueheler Horn towards the settlement of St. Johann, and its…

Abandoned hotels in the Alps: Why, despite their location, they are just as vulnerable to universal human frailties

I am struggling to decide whether it is either extremely difficult to define why empty buildings are so fascinating to those with no prior knowledge of their interiors, or incredibly straightforward. Therein lies the issue: are we drawn to abandoned edifices through what might lie beneath, or because of what we expect to find? Is…

Should they stay, or should they go? Several big questions to be answered this summer at Blackpool FC

It should not be forgotten that Blackpool's meteoric rise since being brought back from the brink by owner/custodian Simon Sadler has been achieved using a considerable number of players whose respective journeys through the divisions have been equally expeditious, if perhaps more hasty than originally planned. After the dust has settled on what was a…

This season the Championship is a paper tiger; will Blackpool F.C. feel they should have done even better?

When Kenny Dougall's two goals at Wembley nine months ago sent Blackpool back to the Championship a lot sooner than Head Coach Neil Critchley and owner Simon Sadler could have anticipated, the reality of (re)joining what has become a Premier League 2.0/Premier League-lite immediately dawned on all with tangerine in their hearts. Dialling back nearly…

Wildschoenau: what I miss, and why I may never return

Wildschoenau: Wild and Beautiful. This Tirolean high valley has much to live up to, and delivers in digger-sized buckets. It is though the use of the aforementioned construction apparatus that is slowly dragging the valley back into the pack, from its once nonpareil position of being perfectly formed and relatively untouched by human intervention. It…