@Leisure: Keeping the age of steam alive

The smell of coal, oil and steam and the chuff-chuff of a 220 t steam locomotive as it gathers momentum to 60 km/h along the railway excites many people, young and old. One man keeps a beady eye on a wall of gauges and periodically shovels coal into a square hole, while a second man […]

@Leisure: Middle East Meanders, Part 4

  A two-day visit to Cairo and its surrounds had been tagged on to the end of our Middle East meanders and formed an interesting contrast to what we had become accustomed to. Cairo from the air is not an inviting prospect, with many blocks of seemingly unfinished apartments surrounded by a brown haze of […]