Gaugin in Polynesia

Published in The Financial Times in June 2006 In July 1891 on a sultry afternoon a tall man stepped down onto the dock at the small port of Papeete. Wearing a brown felt cowboy hat with shoulder length salt-and-pepper hair, he drew catcalls from Tahitians more used to the buttoned-up Europeans of this isolated outpost…

The Marquesas

Published in the FT’s How to Spend It magazine November 2005 Cold driving rain and dripping pine woods were definitely not what I’d expected just south of the Equator. But Magali, a red hibiscus behind her ear, and her bare feet pumping the pedals of the four wheel drive laughed as we skidded over the…

Fly fishing in Tasmania

Published in the Financial Times – October 2005 Standing on the bank by the smooth dark water Jo Holmes took a long look and said: “A woolly bugger I think”. Clad in five layers of clothing, from cotton long johns to an oversize fleece, I wondered briefly if I should take this comment personally. But…

Antwerp

The Smooth Guide published in The Financial Times ‘How To Spend It’ magazine – February 2005 Compact, cool and cultured, Antwerp has as many claims to metropolitan status as its close neighbour and rival Brussels. At the hub of the world’s lucrative diamond market and with a flourishing fashion business the Flemish capital lies coiled…

Pushing out the boat in Ghana

Financial Times Saturday 26/08/1989 Ghana’s coast is studded with vivid reminders of West Africa’s first contact with Europeans over 500 years ago. Bleached, lime-washed trading ports built by the British, Dutch and Portuguese still dominate small coves and inlets along the rocky coast. In the villages around the forts live communities of the Fanti tribe.…