The Anthropocene Hymnal: Choose a Charity

This is an important update on my Anthropocene Hymnal project. In my original submission call, I stated that the royalties from book sales will go to coolearth.org, a charity working with rainforest communities to help them protect their local rainforest. I have taken a closer look at this charity and I am not convinced they... Continue Reading →

Prešeren Day, 8 February 2021

Today is a public holiday in Slovenia, in celebration of the National Poet, France Prešeren. A public holiday in honour of a poet: how wonderful! I wanted to be the first to wish you 'Happy Prešeren Day!' and tell you a bit more about the poet's life and works. France Prešeren Prešeren was born in... Continue Reading →

Slovene Cuisine #12: Burek

'Wait! I hear you cry: 'Burek is not a Slovene dish! It most definitely came to the Balkans via Turkey.' Well, this is certainly true, but burek is to Slovenia what the pasty is to the UK: a hot and tasty fast food item to eat on the go, a cheap lunch option and most... Continue Reading →

The Last Golden Eagle #Haibun

I've felt a special affinity with birds of prey since I was a teenager. I identified with them as solitary hill-loving creatures like me, who haunted the heights of my beloved Lake District. I saw many buzzards and kestrels, a mating pair of ospreys and even a peregrine falcon once, but never the Golden Eagle.... Continue Reading →

Postcards from Slovenia #40: Izola

Izola is a small fishing town on the Slovenian coast, which retains much of its Venetian character. It boasts a picturesque marina affording stunning views across the Adriatic Sea towards Venice, and some great restaurants serving up local delicacies and of course the freshest of seafood! History of Izola Izola seen from the nearby hill... Continue Reading →

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