Author Archives: Colin Hockley

Lewes Bonfire Night Parade

21/11/2016 by .

Donald Trump is being pulled along by three Mexicans. A throng of burning crosses carve a path through the night. Flaming torch bearers chanting strange incantations pass by too close for comfort. Is this a scene from The Wicker Man? Have I stumbled onto a movie set or perhaps I’m simply hallucinating.  Such thoughts are not out of place, because this is the annual Lewes Bonfire Night Parade, it is very real and I am right in the middle of it.

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Slide Camera Sling Strap

01/11/2016 by .

For many years I’ve been searching for the perfect slide camera sling strap as carrying a sizeable DSLR camera while out hiking can be quite challenging. A neck strap means that the camera is bouncing around on your stomach and in the city where you may want to be a little more discreet the camera is there, prominent for all to see. More so if your stomach is of a certain size and stature!

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Steel Series Stratus wireless game controller

13/10/2014 by .

Economy travel has just become a lot more fun with the new Steel Series Stratus wireless game controller. While you wouldn’t necessarily use the Stratus game controller at home in preference to your Xbox or PlayStation, this light, compact (smaller than an iPhone 5) Bluetooth game controller is the perfect travelling companion.

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Hutong at The Shard

13/08/2014 by .

I am in an express elevator and in less than 30 seconds whisked 121 meters (400 feet) above the streets of London to the 33rd level where Hutong at The Shard awaits. Stepping out to the mezzanine overlooking the busy bar and through the full height windows, across the Thames to St Pauls and along to the London Eye I remind myself there is still some 187m (508ft) to the top of this stunning skyscraper.

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Croce’s Park West. San Diego

07/08/2014 by .

Croce’s Park West. For those of a certain age Jim Croce will be remembered as an American folk singer & songwriter of such classics songs as Time in a Bottle and Bad Bad Leroy Brown. Croce sadly died in a plane crash in 1973 at the age of just 30 shortly after moving to San Diego with his wife and singing partner Ingrid.  Some 40 years later his legacy lives on in the restaurant and live music venue Ingrid Croce first opened in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter in 1985.

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Bertrand at Mr A’s. San Diego

01/07/2014 by .

I knew when the Maître D offered the choice of black or white napkins we were in for a special night. Situated in the heart of San Diego’s financial district, Bertrand at Mr A’s affords probably the most spectacular views of any restaurant in the city. During daylight hours, the office block where the restaurant is situated is a bustling centre, but entering the deserted building at night you feel as if you have been given access to a secret location.

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