Day one in Japan. Affirmative: they do get cows drunk

February 10, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Today I achieved two long-held ambitions – to go to the Sapporo Snow Festival, and to eat Kobe beef. More on both later, but suffice to say both were a spectacle. Kobe beef cows, incidentally, really are massaged with beer, but not, as I had alway…


Day zero in Japan: absolutely not faffing in Tokyo

February 9, 2010 at 5:00 pm

Getting to Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island, is always going to be a faff. Of course, if you have time, a faff is exactly what you want. It’s while faffing that you meet people and see all the weird signs, bits of tat, delicious and suspiciou…


Resort reviews on Laax in Switzerland, and Kitzbühel in Austria, for’s new website

January 22, 2010 at 1:04 pm


Valentine’s ski suggestions in Along the Thames magazine

January 20, 2010 at 12:03 pm

I wrote some suggestions for things the non-skier can do while their skiing partner is on the slopes on a Valentine’s weekend away, for Along the Thames magazine ( I have a confession to make though – while researching it…


Winter special resort round-up for Sport Magazine

January 20, 2010 at 11:35 am

I wrote a nine-page feature for Sport, the free paper distributed around London. It was the 13th of November issue, and gets read by 305,000 people, so that’s nice! I did a page on the upcoming Winter Olympics in Whistler as part of it too. Scans …


Resort round-up in Junior magazine

January 20, 2010 at 10:38 am

This went in their November issue, but it’s not on their website yet. Researching the ‘Best for babies’ category was interesting – half of parents are really worried about taking tiny baby heads to altitude, and the other half think you should tak…


Skiing for Foodies, for the Law and More website

January 20, 2010 at 10:28 am


Resort round-up in ASDA magazine online

January 20, 2010 at 10:08 am

The top five ski resorts for families on a budget, selected specially for ASDA. Perhaps not the most glamorous, but probably the widest-read thing I’ve ever written! See the article here:…