Brave new world

July 16, 2006

Scotland on Sunday
Sun 16 Jul 2006

Piata Revolutiei, BucharestSOMETIMES I feel like a motherless child a long way from home.” Billie Holiday’s sultry voice drifts out from a Bucharest bar that’s built around a twisted tree trunk, in a courtyard surrounded by former communist government buildings. Read the rest of this entry »


Keep the wagons rolling

January 29, 2006

Scotland on Sunday
Sun 29 Jan 2006


Denver station exteriorEVERY American I speak to about travelling by train warns against it or looks at me as if I’m crazy. There are only a few railway lines left in the US, including the Southwestern Chief, which runs, weaves and curves its way south-west from the urban throng of Chicago to the Rockies of the Midwest, through Arizona to the glitzy sunshine of Los Angeles. Read the rest of this entry »