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About Nancy Bright-Thompson

A widely-respected travel editor, Nancy is a past president of the Guild of Travel Writers (GTW). She and her husband Phil now run a horse sanctuary in East Sussex. More Posts

Michael Portillo’s Cornwall and Devon walk

Michael Portillo has emerged from his political career as an informative and engaging travel and railway enthusiast and presenter. As he retired from politics at the end of the last Century many will only now know him for his television programmes. On “catch-up” I chanced upon with his [...]

February 14, 2024 // 0 Comments

West Wittering outing

On Wednesday I organised a day trip of Rusters to Bob Tickler’s beach hut on West Wittering beach. The trip was organised some time ago and of course –  when the day arrived – Storm Gerrit was on its way. A cricketer turned successful artist friend of Alice’s is painting a [...]

December 29, 2023 // 0 Comments

A horrendous journey

Yesterday, because of the rail strike, I was forced to take the National Express coach from my native Brighton to London. Being a seasoned traveller and stickler for punctuality – on this occasion a lunch at 1-00pm – I did some preliminary planning. The 9-05am bus service was – on [...]

December 7, 2023 // 0 Comments


On Friday I made my first visit to Chartwell. I was influenced by the September post of my colleague William Byford who was ‘underwhelmed ‘ after his visit in the summer.  I share that view. William’s car  journey was marred by traffic on the M25, mine by a driver who incessantly moaned [...]

December 3, 2023 // 0 Comments

Bernard Levin, Michael Portillo, Simon Sebag Montefiore

What do the three above have in common? You may be surprised by my answer: a Panama Hat. Sir Ttevor MacDonald recently paid an affectionate tribute to Bernard Levin. . This tribute also included his travel programmes, made late in his life following Hannibal’s march and the length of the Rhein, [...]

November 16, 2023 // 0 Comments

The joys of Sussex

The other day a colleague on the Rust wanted a head’s up on the Wiston Wine Estate. I had never visited it though Wiston is a highly-rated vineyard but the enquiry set me thinking how much Sussex has to offer. There are vineyards at Ridgeview, Rathfinny and Nye Timber and, although each [...]

September 26, 2023 // 0 Comments

Farleys House & Lee Miller

Sussex is well blessed with places of the arts to visit. I have visited and reviewed Charleston, the Bloomsbury outpost where Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant painted and had a brief affaire, and Batemans – the home of Rudyard  Kipling at Alfreston. By bad luck my planned trip to Farley Farm [...]

August 11, 2023 // 0 Comments

A visit to the Historic Naval Dockyard Portsmouth

Yesterday I made a long-planned trip to the historic naval dockyards in Portsmouth organised by two friends in West Sussex – one a historian the other an ex-soldier. As with many things planned well in advance, when the day came round it was not the most convenient as the weather was [...]

July 8, 2023 // 0 Comments

The end of the journey

Yesterday I travelled back from Nice on Easyjet. It made me think how much air travel has changed in my lifetime. When I first took a plane in the 1960s there were no budget airlines and the choice was Air France or British European Airways. There was a first class and standard. Nice only had one [...]

April 29, 2023 // 0 Comments

Nice stay assessed

We are leaving on Friday and generally speaking it’s gone well. Inevitably there are hiccoughs. The boiler in the flat packed up this week, depriving of us of hot water for 24 hours until the grumpy concierge repaired it; the weather improved this week but the crowds mounting the staircase to the [...]

April 27, 2023 // 0 Comments

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