‘This Wide Extent of Hopeless Sterility’: Samuel Johnson, Frank Fraser Darling, and a Grim Weekend in the Scottish Highlands

In 1773, one of England’s most celebrated literary figures, a then 64-year-old Samuel Johnson, walked from London to Glasgow. It’s testament to just how much Johnson accomplished in his career – completing what is widely considered the first modern dictionary, the first edition of Shakespeare’s collected works, as well as his biographies of England’s greatest … Continue reading ‘This Wide Extent of Hopeless Sterility’: Samuel Johnson, Frank Fraser Darling, and a Grim Weekend in the Scottish Highlands

Slot Canyoneering, and What I Learned From It

I glanced down at the cavernous mouth of the chamber that now yawned open below us, and stumbled backwards. I couldn't see the canyon floor. Although our route description promised us this would be the last, and longest rappel of the day, I wasn't exactly relaxed. My climbing partner, Todd, was untangling the ropes beside … Continue reading Slot Canyoneering, and What I Learned From It

Sleeping On The Street, and Why Everyone Should Do It Once

I've been fundraising for the Big Issue Foundation for the last month now, (there's still time to donate here if you want to) and it culminated last night in 'The Big Sleep Out', where over 150 people fundraising for various homeless charities spent the night sleeping rough outside Pip n' Jay Church in Bristol. I … Continue reading Sleeping On The Street, and Why Everyone Should Do It Once