Harsh temperatures inbound

village church in snow

I really thought we’d get away with a mild winter this year and thus didn’t bother switching off my water. After seeing this week’s forecast, with temperatures dropping below minus 20, we headed out to the house to switch everything off and drain the pipes. It never saves everything – there’s always the odd tap […]

Ghost face photo


Last week a friend of mine was telling me about some ghost footage he’d seen online and asked if, when I was doing my ghost hunting several years back, I had ever seen one. I showed him a copy of Carpathian Ghost Hunter but the photo I’d wanted to use as an example looked terrible […]

My first painting of 2018


I really didn’t think I would paint this year but after seeing a stunning abstract in a restaurant the other day I was inspired to do one. It’s acrylic, rather than my usual oil, and the canvas is 100 by 70cm. It’s entitled “Only Natural”. I hadn’t planned on doing so but maybe I’ll think […]

RIP Dolores


Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries died today aged 46. She had one of the most unique and recognizable voices in music. For me, it was her rendition of Schubert’s Ave Maria, the Latin version, which showed her true talent and passion. I’ve listened to thousands of versions of this piece and she affected me more […]

Mr Benn tattoo


Today I fulfilled an ambition I’ve had for several years – to get a tattoo of Mr Benn. He has been a great inspiration to how I live my life. Sadly, he is a neglected aspect of my childhood as, compared to modern cartoons, the artists who drew him were graphically challenged (and animatorily challenged). […]

Tracking wolves over New Year


We spent the Christmas/New Year holidays at the house. When we arrived the inside temperature was 3 degrees Centigrade but slowly, and with a great deal of wood burning, we managed to get it up to a livable temperature. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the extreme winter like we did last year- we only had snow […]

Winter Tatra Mountains Trip

tatra stary smokovec winter

This weekend we decided to have a break, leave the kids at home to fend for themselves, and go visit our our old friend Jana at her pension, Tatranska Krcma (formerly Polsky Krcma) in Horny Smokovec in the High Tatra Mountains, Slovakia. We were only there a few months back by motorbike but we just […]

Bushcraft Magazine Autumn 2017 – Biker Bushcraft!

edward o'toole bushcraft magazine cover

This issue of The Bushcraft Magazine is a particularly special one for me. Not only does it feature my latest true horror story from the woods (The Beast Beyond The Door), but it also has my latest article – Biker Bushcraft (a crossover between two activities I’m very passionate about, both of which go very […]

STV2 Ahoj Slovensko television appearance


On Monday 27th November I appeared on Slovak Television’s STV2 Ahoj Slovensko programme. The reportage concerned my Skin on Skin exhibition in Bardejov. The programme may be watched HERE. Just make sure to choose the correct date from the calendar on the left hand side. My bit starts at 16:40 minutes. Many thanks to Peter […]

Meeting with the British Ambassador

british ambassador to slovakia

Last night, my wife and I went to Presov to an informal drinks-and-chat with His Excellency the British Ambassador to Slovakia, Andrew Garth, arranged by the Honorary Consul, Simon Lambourne. The do was held at Double Tiffany’s restaurant (which I would heartily not recommend), and a handful of other ex-pats and their wives attended. The […]

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