Our five favourite Moon products for Moon Day

“One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

On this day in 1969, Neil Armstrong uttered those words as he and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on the moon following the landing of Apollo 11.  Here are our top 5 moon products: Read More Our five favourite Moon products for Moon Day

5 Book Recommendations for Mothers’ Day

It’s probably down to wonderful parenting that you’ve become the well read, adventurous soul you are today. We know you’ve been brought up well enough to not need reminding that this Sunday is Mothers’ Day, but we thought we’d give you some suggestions anyway. Our Marketing Manager, Jude Brosnan has selected five books from our Be More Adventuress promotion that your mum might like. Read More 5 Book Recommendations for Mothers’ Day

5 running books guaranteed to get you moving

Whether you’re a newbie to jogging or a dab hand at ultra-marathons, here are some inspiring running books to cheer you on your way. Read More 5 running books guaranteed to get you moving

Allez! Allez! Allez! Our Top 5 Tour de France books

The pièce de résistance of the cycling calendar begins this Saturday with the Grand Départ of the 103rd Tour de France. The first stage begins at Mont-Saint-Michel. Over the three weeks, the cyclists will cover 3,519 kilometres before crossing the Champs-Elysées finish line. Throughout the 21 stages they will only have two rest days.

If you are already panicking about how you will fill those two TDF free days, here are our five favourite Tour de France books. Read More Allez! Allez! Allez! Our Top 5 Tour de France books

Civil War Reading

Today let me recommend two good books about a pivotal event in US history, the American Civil War. Both of these books are rather hefty volumes (totalling over 1600 pages between them) which makes the ongoing winter evenings a perfect time to tackle them. Read More Civil War Reading

A short visit to Mississippi

By Gregor Swiderek

Mississippi has a problem with its reputation. Most visitors to the US either completely forget about its existence, or worse, have such a bad and prejudicial view of the Magnolia State that they give it a wide berth. So let me write a few words about it.

We got to Mississippi driving south from Memphis on the Interstate 55 and our entry was, lets say, less than grand. The state boundary cuts across the far outskirts of Memphis so the only way of knowing that you have crossed it is to look for a small sign on the side of the suburban looking freeway indicating the beginning of the DeSoto County.

After this less than spectacular welcome we booked ourselves into a motel in the small town of Senatobia, 26 miles from the border. We stayed on its outskirts in yet another cluster of chain motels and fast food establishments next to the freeway exit. For example our motel (Days Inn) had a franchise of the Waffle House on site and was next to three big gas stations as well as branches of Pizza Hut, KFC, Wendy’s, Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen and Subway. So far, so boring.

But the following day things got much better. For a start the I-55 happened to be way more scenic than I thought it would be. Looking at the road map I was expecting a flat and straight freeway running along the fields and farms, instead we got gently undulating and quite heavily forested landscapes all the way to Jackson. Read More A short visit to Mississippi