Author archives: diarmid

  • Argyll - September - Part 2

  • I was in quite a lot of pain after my exploits on Monday, so spent most of the day on some academic work before venturing out the following evening to catch the sunset on the west coast near Dunstaffnage Castle. This point lies a few miles north of Oban and access is made easier by the presence [...]
  • Argyll - September - Part 1

  • I am spending a week in Argyll, on the west coast of Scotland. It was in another part of Argyll, Morvern on the mainland opposite the Isle of Mull, where my love for the Highlands was born and developed. My parents, for several years, brought us all to the same house there for 2 or 3 weeks in th[...]
  • Turin - May

  • I took my first trip to Italy in May this year. It's somewhere I've wanted to visit for many years and a language I would love to learn. I guess most of this stems from my love of opera, particularly those of Verdi and Puccini, and more recently for me the bel canto (beautiful singing) style of Ross[...]
  • Frankfurt - February

  • The city of Frankfurt-am-Main (Frankfurt on the Main - to helpfully distinguish the city from Frankfurt-an-der-Oder in the east of the country) in the Hesse region of Germany is today the financial centre of the Eurozone, and rivalled in this regard only by London in Europe as a whole. The headquart[...]