Laurence Andrews

Istanbul, Turkey

This was a rather epic trip. It started off fairly normal, I headed over to Heathrow T5 to catch a flight to Istanbul. The flight took off as usual all seemed fine, I set my tablet up to watch The Grand Budapest Hotel and got ready for a spot of breakfast. It got a bit different near the English Channel when the pilot decided to rock the aircraf... Read more

Dry Suit Diver

I’ve got a lot of overtime coming up over the next few weeks and months, so I thought I would get some more diving booked in to have something to look forward to. Turns out I couldn’t do the weekend I was hoping for, but could do this weekend instead. Well, why not. Down to the lake for a second weekend. As you’ll know I did my Open Water in a w... Read more

Open Water Diver

I’m a certified diver! This weekend I  went along to Southern Scuba’s Buckland Lake in Cliffe and completed all of my Open Water dives. It was a fairly nice day but the water was rather cold! Over my four dives I completed all of my skills, many of which I had already practiced in the pool. These included removing and replacing my SCUBA unit at... Read more

St Austell to Penzance

This week we went to St Austell in Cornwall. We drove - Because well frankly it’s cheaper (just), easier, allows us to drive around, allows us to leave when we want and it’s quicker (marginally). Which is all well and good… But I don’t get to go on a train! The time before last that we visited St Austell we did get the train all the way from Str... Read more

Port Issac Lifeboat Station

I’m not going to beat around the bush here… I’ve seen better kept stations. It appears to have been attacked by seagulls! Port Issac Is a tiny town on the north coast of Cornwall between Tintagnel and Padstow, it’s become famous for being the set for the ITV series Doc Martin. It’s an operational fishing port with some lovely pubs and spectacula... Read more