À la recherche de la bière perdu

A cruel quirk of human nature dictates that we are unable to consciously appreciate one of our Top 5 Beers of all Time at the time of drinking. Like happiness and true contentment, it is usually only appreciated in retrospect. There are exceptions however. Spitzkoppe is a group of granite peaks that were kindly spewed from the earth’s mantle around 700 million years ago and … Continue reading À la recherche de la bière perdu

Moose McGregor’s Desert Bakery

Travelling often reminds me of a quote from some old stiff* – “Pleasure is very seldom found where it is sought. Our brightest blazes are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.” This was amply demonstrated by a homely truck stop we visited in the Namib Desert the other morning while I was still wiping the sleep and sand from my eyes.           … Continue reading Moose McGregor’s Desert Bakery

Dune 45: a case study of effect of desert temperatures on Scotsmen

Introduction The psychological and physiological limitations of humans in extreme heat have been extensively documented. These effects are known to be drastically exacerbated with even light or moderate exercise. One potentially unexplored aspect of these relationships is the effect of Namib Desert temperatures on Scotsmen – a race of people not traditionally adapted to high temperatures. The present exploratory study sought to remedy this knowledge … Continue reading Dune 45: a case study of effect of desert temperatures on Scotsmen

Down and out in South Africa

Intrepid travellers we are not. At least not yet. After a straightforward flight to Cape Town, I spent the day lounging about our hostel in the shadow of Table Mountain, reading vampire fiction and listening to Chet Baker. With the amount we plan to see and do over the coming months, we could forgo a day of sightseeing. The next morning we met the fellow … Continue reading Down and out in South Africa

Double Dutch

Amsterdam is a small sheep farming town in Mpumalanga, South Africa, lying next to the border with Swaziland. Evidently this is not the Amsterdam we are currently in. Amsterdam, Netherlands also serves as a convenient stop over on the way to its former colonial outpost. At the Gollem bar, just off Spuistraat, we enjoyed some La Chouffe beer and what amounted to a wheel and … Continue reading Double Dutch