News from Jupiter

Recording An Interrupted Life

March 27, 2020

For some time now I’ve been working on an autobiography. I’m doing it mainly for the sake of my descendants who, like most young people, don’t think of asking questions until it’s too late, partly because they’re too busy, partly for fear of being bored, but also I think for fear of finding it rather embarrassing. However, being a writer by profession, I can’t do […]

Après Overland Expo East

October 20, 2019

  What I like most about the Overland Expo meetings is hanging out with the crew, and here I’ve managed to take a really bad pic of three of my friends. That’s Alison Delapp at the back, spitting out an olive stone, and Duncan the Scot who runs the incredible LandRover training course, giving me the thumbs up, and Graham in front who manages just […]

The Joint Is Jumping

October 1, 2019

  It’s almost four years since I conceived this Aspiran project, and at last it seems to be taking off. For those who still don’t know I’ll explain.   At the same time as I wanted to move back to France from California, I thought the best use I could make of my remaining years on this earth would be to help other travellers who […]

Hotting Up In Aspiran

September 21, 2019

  Things are hotting up in Aspiran just as the weather is cooling down. All of a sudden, it seems, people are finding me.   On Thursday I was waiting for Christopher Lee to arrive and work on a book. Then that same day, out of nowhere, came two Aussies on a BMW 800 just to say hello. Hein and Corene Schwartz were on their […]

Here’s a new twist?

September 18, 2019

Just keeping up to date on the various ways in which the French Bureaucracy challenges our ingenuity. I have received a registered letter from Nantes. The government office at Nantes is well known to everyone, including the police, as a black hole. It is where you send applications for a change of driving license. The letter, paraphrased, says, “Sir, on the 9th of July, 2018, […]

Behaving Strangely

September 2, 2019

  I’m off to Ukraine for a flying visit at the end of September to celebrate the tenth anniversary of my worst motorcycle accident. I’m celebrating the fact that it had no visible lasting consequences. In 2009 I was riding my 650 BMW to the Polish border, at a steady pace on a good road in fine weather. As always I was riding close to […]

It’s happening

August 12, 2019

It’s not like me to have nothing to say. I sit here at my computer and all sorts of disconnected ideas are flitting around like fish beneath the surface but they can’t break through, as though they were trapped under a sheet of ice. Nothing seems worth saying when the two countries I am connected with by language and history are both now governed by […]

Who’s afraid of the big bad bike?

April 23, 2019

For ten years now I’ve been going to Arizona in May to face sand-storms, mud, wind, rain, snow and even occasional good weather (I’m kidding: there was lots of good weather, but it’s the other stuff you remember). And the reason for taking such risks with my health and good humour is to be among several thousand other fools like me worshiping at the feet […]

Ted’s assassination – and his joyful resurrection.

February 24, 2019

  Nathan Millward, who is unquestionably one of my favourite characters, has been doing a gig at the motorcycle show in London for a number of years. It consists of putting people on a small stage at one end of this vast arena to tell stories about their travels. He’s run through most of the top attractions in the motorcycle world and this year was […]

Off to the Show

February 13, 2019

I’m off to London tomorrow, to spend three days at the motorcycle show at ExCel. I’ve never been to one before, surprisingly, so I can’t tell you much about it, but I’m the guest of Nathan Millward who rode a postman’s bike from Australia to England a while back and is one of my favourite people in spite of himself. I’m pretty much guaranteed to […]