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Road trip, day three: Julian, the Laguna Mountains and Ocean Beach

Wanting to see what lies inland and down the back roads, I headed south down the “Palms to Pines Highway” – Highway 74. This turned out to be a lucky choice. After leaving Palm Springs (and passing the BigHorn gated community, as seen on TV, en-route) the road becomes a crazy, winding pass up into […]

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Road trip, day two: Laguna Beach to Palm Springs

The drive east into the desert and the Coachella valley should take around two hours, and I got off on a flying start by crashing the car. Whee. Ironically I’d negotiated the freeways of LA safely, and was doing two miles an hour in a petrol station outside Corona (where Fender guitars are made, fact […]

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Road trip, day one: Del Mar to Laguna Beach

You cannot, of course, see all of California in three days. In fact, with San Francisco a good nine hours away from San Diego, you could lose the best part of a day just driving up the state and back again. With that in mind, and while sitting in a shopping mall in Del Mar, […]

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Hitting the road

Travel certainly rates as one of the most pleasant surprises of my job: before joining Dennis as a Staff Writer I had no idea that magazine work would ever require a passport. As it is, I’ve done plenty of mundane travel around the UK – exploring the glamour of Sutton Coldfield, for example – but […]

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Addendum

Further to my earlier moan about the fuckwits that previously owned my flat and their inability to do anything right, the cooker hood just fell off the wall. Fuck, shit, bollocks. It appears that they attempted to mount it by drilling a hole into some sort of filler rather than brick. Argh. Still, given that […]

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