Tom Kane's Blog

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When you’re having a bad day, odd day, crap day, stressed day or a day you simply want to forget, where do you go to put it all behind you? For me, it’s the garden. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a gardener, but I do like to grow things and see the flowers, birds, […]

For holidays in Cyprus I admit it, I’m biased, because I live in Cyprus. But that also means I know some of the best places to stay. Taking a holiday in Cyprus has to be one of the best experiences anyone will ever have. The Cypriots are friendly, the food is great, there’s an abundance […]

In December 1917 the Great War had been raging since 1914 and many lives had been lost in combat on both sides. In the period coming up to Christmas that year, French soldiers were travelling back from fighting in Italy and attempting to go home. Travel was difficult in the Alps at the best of […]

Okay, it’s actually cold and wet and damp here in Cyprus as I write this on the last day of November 2018. But it’s about this time of year many people, in Britain at least, look to booking their summer holidays. According to official figures from the Cyprus government, the number of tourists arriving here […]

It was getting toward the end of the year, my tomatoes were done and the grapes on the vine are finished. What’s left of the grapes are being allowed to shrivel up in the sun to form currants and raisins which I’ll use in the fruit loaf I bake that my wife loves to eat. […]

It was in June, 1841, that a cabinet-maker, Thomas Cook, was walking from his home in the small English village of Market Harborough¬† Leicestershire, to attend a temperance meeting,¬†the popular Victorian social movement against the consumption of alcoholic beverages, in Leicester, some 15 miles away. It was during this walk that Cook had the idea […]

Our recent trip abroad entailed two distinctly different styles to achieve the same result, sightseeing. London was the first destination which we organised ourselves and the second destination was Lake Como, in Italy, which was organised through Riviera Travel in the UK. In London we did a sightseeing river cruise down the Thames, visited the […]