Laurence Andrews

The Land of Vikings - Iceland

It’s become somewhat of a tradition to take a holiday in December. So far it’s always somewhere noticeably warmer and where beer is considerably cheaper. This year we thought we would shake things up a little and do the polar opposite - go somewhere colder, where the beer is much more expensive.  Iceland is an eminently fascinating place, full ... Read more

The Atlantic Coast Line

How best to spend a windy and rainy day in Cornwall? Well, a trip to Newquay on the train of course! This is the penultimate journey of all the Cornish branch lines and one I’d been looking forward to for a while. It’s the longest of all the branch lines in Cornwall and during summer special direct services are scheduled using HST sets to/from L... Read more

My Updated Rail Travel Map

I’m sure regular followers of my blog are aware of my Rail Map (well, it’s National Rail’s map really), it shows all of the railway lines in the UK which I have travelled on at some point. Both a record for where I have been in the UK and a challenge to travel the entire network!  The last update I made to the map was in 2013, which is a shocki... Read more

The Open Group Architecture Forum (TOGAF) 9.1

This certification is something I’ve wanted for a while. In December I decided to quit putting it off and just do it. I booked on to the first QA course available in January.  The course itself was very full on, over four days we went over material from 9am right through until 5pm. The first two days were very hard and I struggled to absorb the... Read more

Gibraltar

Gibraltar has been a place of fascination to me for a long time now; a strange strategically important peninsular, occupied by a geographically odd lump of rock with sovereignty to the crown. I’m rather late with this post, some 6 months after visiting ‘The Rock’ but the fascination continues to consume me, despite doing our best to explore and ... Read more

Whitstable Regatta

This weekend Victoria and I ventured to Whitstable for the regatta and a day out. The regatta was rather odd, there were very few boats, it was no equivalent to Cowes! Perhaps we missed the events somehow. Nonetheless we still had a fantastic time, Whitstable is one of the best parts of Kent, it is on the sea, has a fantastic brewery and isn’t t... Read more

Number 18 - Ride in a Helicopter

This one has been on the list since the beginning, its one that I had no clue when I would be able to achieve it, it’s just not something you wake up and do. Still, the story behind this is that I was awarded a Red Letter Day from work to the value of £250 - result! There were all kinds of things available to do; some time back in 2014 I decided... Read more

Tamar Valley Branch Line

Cornwall has some of the most fantastic branch lines in the UK, at least that’s my view. The lines are quirky, strange, follow some amazing routes and of course have next to no passenger numbers. On a recent trip to Cornwall I seized the opportunity to take a ride on it’s most easterly of branch lines, the Tamar Valley Line.  The Tamar line act... Read more