Barra, Scotland

Barra is a full stop at the end of the Outer Hebrides. Its hilly core slopes down to sea kayaks, surf and Vatersay’s cliffs. Carved into dinky bays by the Atlantic – as it dashes from America to Scotland – its white, sandy beaches are the perfect retreat from technology, speed and bustle. It’s a … More Barra, Scotland

Baby Stuff

Strictly speaking, it’s not really necessary for new parents to spend time learning about babies. Helpful as it is to go to ante-natal classes and read books about infants, what you really need to know is that babies – Dubai babies, Scottish babies, American babies, Yemeni babies, Russian babies, the whole lot – are chancers. … More Baby Stuff


If you’re thinking of retiling your bathroom or kitchen, Uzbekistan is the place to go for inspiration. It’s a desert glazed with blue and gold medressas and minarets. Forget flicking through a shop catalogue, you can lie about on a tea bed sipping patterns, warmth and kindness, while the kids cartwheel in courtyards and gaze … More Uzbekistan