The Roquefort Files

Travels to the pub and back

September 18th, 2010

In Bruges

Ash and I are in Belgium, en route to a villa in the Dordogne where we will recline in the soleil and make idle chat for a week. It took us two days to get here. Two days of pain. We caught an overnight ferry from Newcastle to Ijmuiden in the Netherlands. The journey to […]

July 12th, 2010

Bohemian Like You (pt. 4)

Our last day in Prague did not begin well. Check-out time was nominally 11am, but with no other guests arriving that day Jaroslav had told us we could leave whenever we were ready. This was fortunate, because at 11am I was still sound asleep and didn’t stir from my pit until noon when I was […]

July 4th, 2010

Bohemian Like You (pt. 3)

Considering the sheer quantity of beer we’d drunk the day before, not to mention the triple-porker-whammy of pig for lunch, dinner and second dinner, we were all remarkably sprightly the next morning, untouched by hangover or gastric distress. To kick off a day of sightseeing, we took the metro over to Malostranská near the castle […]

July 3rd, 2010

Bohemian Like You (pt. 2)

We left our gear in the flat and wandered up Wenceslas Square towards the old town, waving away the flyers for ‘Great Irish Pub!’ and ‘Topless Girls!’ offered to us along the way. The Old Square — the heart of the old town — was just a few streets away to the north, but rather […]

June 26th, 2010

Bohemian Like You

Josh, Jeff and I convened last weekend in Prague for a heady mix of booze, football and neo-classical architecture. The original plan had been for Paul, Jez and Ben to round out the group, but familial obligations — and new family members — contrived to keep them elsewhere, so it was down to the old […]

February 5th, 2010


I am, quite literally, back in the house. Our September road trip is finally documented — exhaustively so, and now with extra free photographs in most entries — and normality has ruled during the four months since then. Many birthdays, for instance, have come and gone. A chronological subset follows: Me Chris Neil Devon Jesus […]

January 23rd, 2010

Last exit

We had the best part of a day to kill in Phoenix before Ash’s flight home, and having stayed in a reasonably priced hotel in the posh suburb of Scottsdale, we decided on a low-pressure day of pottering around our immediate environs rather than chasing any particular tourist attractions. Admittedly, this decision was motivated as […]

January 17th, 2010

Just deserts

We headed south on the I15 out of Vegas, aiming for Williams, Arizona (yup, another Williams), where we planned to stay the night before heading up to the Grand Canyon. It was going to be a long day: we had at least four hours of driving ahead of us, not counting any time we might […]

January 3rd, 2010

Two tickets to the gun show

Vegas telegraphs its proximity, long before there’s any sign of the city itself, by the gigantic billboards which line the I15. Ads for casinos, concerts, erotic shows and shooting ranges — money, sex and guns, more or less — lead the way towards the mother of all billboards, the famous “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” […]

December 29th, 2009

On the road

We left the Getty about lunchtime and drove through the endless sprawl of suburban Los Angeles, letting the cruise control keep us at the double nickel and trying to get the measure of our new car. The city eventually petered out into the desert, and we stopped at Barstow for a late lunch of burger-n-fries […]