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I've always had an appreciation for photography and those shots you see in glossy mags and for me in particular EVO car magazine. Sadly up until now that is where it stopped for me, I appreciate the end result but never delved into the world of Photography.  Things have just changed however as I collected my first DSLR yesterday! Well, not exactly a Digital Single Lens Reflex camera, but a new Digital Single Lens Translucent (SLT) in the shape of the much raved about Sony Alpha A35. I won't go into detail as would not be qualified to do so, but the very helpful chap at my local independent ca...
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It's that time of year again when those who are wired in a certain way are thinking about ski holidays!  I for one would much sooner spend a week wrapped up in ski clobber splashing around in the powder snow and breathing the fresh mountain air than sat around a pool somewhere melting in the heat (my wife on the other hand has a slightly different outlook on these things...).  The truth of the matter is however that I have not made it to the slopes for the last 4 years as time has always been the enemy.  Summer holidays have ruled the roost under our roof, however not your average summer ho...
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I’m in Cyprus at the moment enjoying a bit of down time and needed to bring some good reading material to help me get away from it all.  I’m not a huge reader myself, unlike my wife who being an English teacher always has her head in a book.  I am quite envious and when I do pick up a good book it’s far more rewarding than watching the TV.  I often find that I don’t have the time when at home and so my reading days are numbered usually to those when I am away. I picked up a copy of Jenson Buttons autobiography – A Championship Year, being a keen motorsport fan and enjoying the ...
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Step one – Throw away any Pizza Hut, Domino’s or similar takeaway menu’s you have.  If you want a real Pizza and are not either in Italy or your local Italian restaurant then making your own pizza is simple and I can guarantee you’ll never go back!  You’ll walk past the frozen pizza aisle in the supermarket with a smug grin on your face. Pizza really is one of the simplest recipes that deliver the best results and anyone can do this from home.  It’s dead easy to make your pizza dough or you can simply buy a pack of ‘pizza dough’ and simply add water.  I’ll show you...
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It’s an interesting argument and very subjective topic, a bit of a taboo subject really.  I’m new to personal blogging and want to generate a community of readers that might be interested in what I have to say.  I won’t write pointless blogs and have no commercial agenda to adhere to, so my blogs will be just that, my blogs.  If it interests me and I think it could interest my readers, I’ll write about it.  I’m sure many of my blogs will not interest everyone, but you might find that the odd one is right up your street. I want my readers / followers to feel valued and to be ho...
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It’s that time of year again when those who are wired in a certain way are thinking about ski holidays!  I for one would much sooner spend a week wrapped up in ski clobber splashing around in the powder snow and breathing the fresh mountain air than sat around a pool somewhere melting in the heat (my wife on the other hand has a slightly different outlook on these things…).  The truth of the matter is however that I have not made it to the slopes for the last 4 years as time has always been the enemy.  Summer holidays have ruled the roost under our roof, however not your average summer holiday!

Mountain

This summer (2011) we finally got around to the European road trip that I have been planning for some time. The irony being that we drove our convertible through the heart of the Alps with any number of Europe’s famous ski resorts within a few miles.  Stopping off in France, Italy and Switzerland we toured the mountain roads that 6 months later would lead you to the ski resorts, this time around however, we basked in the mid day sun, roof down and enjoyed winding (and thankfully dry) ribbons of tarmac, in my opinion some of the best roads in the world, certainly the best I have ever driven!

Take the Petit St. Bernard for example, running from Bourg St. Maurice to La Thuile, a better driving road you will struggle to find.  Until that is, you cross a few borders and stumble on the Stelvo Pass in Italy! There is plenty of information out there about the Stelvio Pass and any words I can say here simply won’t do it justice, the best thing I can say about it is, just go and drive it.  You don’t have to trek down from the UK (1500 mile round trip from Calais), you can just get a cheap flight to Milan or Verona, hire a car for a few days and drive the few hundred miles there and back.

So, whilst I may not have seen the mountains covered in snow for a while, I have seen the mountains, albeit in the slightly different light.

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