Speaking this month we have:
Nathan Millward – From Sydney to London and beyond. Dorothy Revisited
English traveller and author from Mansfield in the Midlands having ridden across the world by 105cc motorcycle named Dorothy and now back home in England, living in suburbia.
Married last September in Las Vegas during another impromptu motorcycle adventure, proving that it’s not about the number of countries you visit or amount of miles that you cover. It’s instead about moving forward in life, however that happens to be represented.Talking about the trials and tribulations of the road and what travelling and adventure means to me now that I have two women in my life.
Adam Lang – Sea and Sardinia – D.H. Lawrence’s Hidden Sardinia
Five years ago I discovered ” Sea and Sardinia ” by DH Lawrence on an untidy shelf at Scriveners bookshop in Buxton, Derbyshire. Although I was not aware of the book it proved a very sound investment for just a pound. It coupled well my interests in Lawrence and Sardinia .
In January 1921 DH Lawrence decided to take a break from living in Sicily and visited Sardinia with Frieda,his wife, whom he called the QB ( Queen Bee).He found a ” strange stony Cagliari ” with a street ” like a corkscrew stairway”. It was only a 6 day trip starting in the capital Cagliari and travelling third class on a narrow gauge steam train through the rugged interior.
Lawrence and Frieda saw and spoke to a diverse range of people enabling him to write this little known Travel book which gives an illuminating and fascinating account of Sardinia and its people post World War One.
130 years on from Lawrence’s birth in 1885, I attempted to retrace his and Frieda’s journey in the much more agreeable month of June with my partner Elizabeth,a ceramicist. Our trip showed how in many ways the island,its scenery, its life are little changed in a century.
I am a published freelance writer,a former London Secondary Headteacher on ” a mature gap year ” with a passion for travel, education, the arts, music, sport and history.
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