Ah Georgie – so evocative of those magical days….

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Tsavo, Kenya Tsavo, Kenya

We turn our wheels west, from Kilifi towards Tsavo.

It’s hot, and there are five of us in the 4×4 … and about 250km to go.

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June day at Stonehenge, England This might give an idea of how hot it is – Stonehenge, England

Today one man and his wife start their walk to raise money for strangers many miles away.

It’s hot and it’s humid in England – the Istanbul side of warm – but that won’t stop them. As the rest of us flop in the shade they are off on their 142 mile walk. The route is from one side of the country to the other, and the aim is to raise money for those upturned by Zimbabwe’s waves of chaos.

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Source: Tom Benyon OBE walks for Zimbabwe … it’s hot

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The Museo Civico Gaetano Filangieri in Naples, Italy The Museo Civico Gaetano Filangieri in Naples, Italy

The best treasure comes in chests, compact and crowded, brimming with what’s been most precious … and there should always be scars.

The Museo Filangieri is a chest like this.

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What excitement to see a wolf…

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Options for the non-skiers at Lago Laceno near Avellino in Italy For the non-skiers at Lago Laceno near Avellino in Italy

I belong to a family of enthusiastic, occasional skiers who like nothing better than to plunge down cold, white mountains at speed.  The problem is that I don’t share this joy.

In the Apennine Mountains in the south of Italy I discovered nobody seemed to mind.  There were deckchairs, sunshine, and families who just wanted to be out and about – not up-there.

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Listen to this for a treat!

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Pino Danielle - singer, adored by Naples, died suddenly January 2015 Pino Danielle – singer, adored by Naples, died suddenly January 2015. Saw this on a tambourine in Via San Gregorio Armeno just after Christmas.

Waves of emotion can hit you from any distance – one washed right over me this time last year. Bizarrely I wasn’t even near the event nor did I properly understand it.

It was the sudden death of the singer Pino Daniele on January 4th 2015.  The city whose heart split open was Naples.

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A collage of a crowded city at Christmas – individual, colourful, intense and holding on to how it’s always been.

Source: Christmas in Naples, Italy: from the outside