The Return of The Ging!

PIER HEAD, LIVERPOOL: 2.45PM SAT 22 DEC. BE THERE! If you didn’t already get the memo, I will be returning home to Liverpool in time for Christmas, arriving on the famous Ferry ’Cross the Mersey at 2.45pm on Saturday 22nd December. After hugs and kisses and handshakes and how-the-hell-are-you-still-alives, we will be heading off to a secret location for an evening of booze and depravity (I hope!). Everybody reading this is welcome to attend, bring your friends and family, the more the merrier. Say you’ll be there via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/376044069148554/

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The Voyage Home: Schedule

Update! All dates and times are approximate and subject to Africa. Now that The Odyssey Expedition has been successfully completed, in the spirit of the adventure I will be overlanding it back my home town of Liverpool from Juba, South Sudan. The Voyage Home (South Sudan To Liverpool) Juba, South Sudan Tue 27 Nov Kampala, Uganda:  Thu 29 Nov Nairobi, Kenya:  Fri 30 Nov Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: Tue 04 Dec Khartoum, Sudan:   Mon 10 Dec Wadi Halfa, Sudan: Wed 12 Dec Aswan, Egypt: Thu 13 Dec Cairo, Egypt: Fri 14 Dec Port Said, Egypt: Sun 16 Dec dep 1900 Iskenderun, Turkey: Mon 17 Dec arr ~1900 Istanbul, Turkey: Tue 18 Dec - Wed 19 Dec Igoumensia, Greece: Wed 19 Dec dep 2359 Bari, Italy Thu 20 Dec arr 0830 dep 1538 Paris, France: Fri 21 Dec arr 0930 Liverpool, England: Sat 22 Dec arr @…

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The Ten Saddest Songs in the World

As every Morrissey fan knows, there’s nothing more fun than a good old bit of navel gazing to make the universe seem even more cruel and indifferent than it actually is. So kick back, relax and wallow in the happy misery of feeling blue as I take you through ten of the the best songs about love, loneliness and lunacy you’ll ever stuff into your brain. 1. Untitled (Hidden Track) – The Aliens Hidden away at the end of ‘Astronomy For Dogs’ and running for just over a minute, played with nothing more than the upper scales of a piano accompanied by a violin, this ghostly melody is a riff from ‘Honest Again’, just the words ‘how long will it be till I see you again?’ repeated over and over… it KILLS ME. After travelling around the world for three and a half years alone and…

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I WANT YOU… To Help COMPLETE THE ODYSSEY EXPEDITION!!!

As Thom Yorke once mumbled, I can’t do this alone. The three final frontiers are all either in the HIGH RISK piracy zone or at war with its neighbours. They are: • THE MALDIVES • THE SEYCHELLES • SOUTH SUDAN Do YOU have any friends/relatives/contacts that might be able to help me get to any of these three countries without flying? Or might know someone who knows someone? If so, GET IN TOUCH! Either leave a comment below or contact me direct (I don't bite!). SRI LANKA to THE MALDIVES (AND BACK) – LATE MAY 2012 I am looking for a CARGO SHIP, CRUISE SHIP, YACHT, SPEEDBOAT or VEDI that could get me from COLOMBO in SRI LANKA to MALE’ in THE MALDIVES… AND BACK. This is not a big commercial area and I seriously doubt any major cargo companies would be willing to take me…

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VIDEO: Last Exit To Serbia! (2007)

In the summer of 2007, myself and Stanley "Stan" Stanrydt, two grown men with the mentality of 13 year olds, set out on an epic journey across the heart of Europe in search of music, beer, broads and a decent sausage. In a Mazda sportscar we christened 'Traci Lords' (she was underage but could still squeeze us both in), we shot through France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Slovenia and Croatia in order to arrive in Novi Sad, Serbia, for the rather epic Exit Music Festival, held in an ancient fort on the Danube river. There we watched the likes of the Beastie Boys and many other bands that I vaguely don't remember. After four days of drunken debauchery, we sobered up and decided to take the long way round back to the UK. So we went to Sarajevo and Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dubrovnik…

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VIDEO: Graham and Mandy’s Greek Odyssey (2004)

In the spring of 2004, when The Odyssey Expedition was still a pipe-dream, my girlfriend Mandy and I took a trip to the mainland of Greece. We visited the Oracle at Delphi, the monasteries of Meteora, the walled city of Ioannina, the slate villages of Zagoria, the Perama Caves, the forts of Corfu and the Acropolis and old Olympic stadium in Athens. These two videos are not really 'travel' vids as I usually make them, they're more like personal photo albums (ones that move!), but I hope in these two short videos we managed to capture a taste of mainland Greece that is all too often ignored for the beaches of the islands.

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VIDEO: Graham and Mandy Down Under (2002)

Back in the heady halcyon days of 2002, I travelled to Australia to meet up with Mandy, an Aussie girl I had met 3 years earlier while backpacking around Egypt. We teamed up and took a beaten-up 1982 Holden panel van called MONTY on an epic drive across the red heart of AUSTRALIA. From MELBOURNE we drove along the GREAT OCEAN ROAD, popped into ADELAIDE to feed the koalas, visited LAKE EYRE and COOBER PEDY on the way up to ULURU (AYRE'S ROCK), THE OLGAS and KING'S CANYON. After a little, erm, car trouble we found ourselves in ALICE SPRINGS, went UFO hunting at the DEVIL'S MARBLES and swimming in the crystal clear waters of KATHERINE. Up to DARWIN to search for the mangroves and then across to KAKADU NATIONAL PARK in search of crocodiles and cave paintings. After a near-fatal collision on the way to…

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VIDEO: The Gringo (2002)

In this eight part series, I take THE GRINGO TRAIL through South America. Starting in BUENOS AIRES, I have a quick look around URUGUAY and CHILE before heading up to BRAZIL just in time to miss the 2002 World Cup Final. But I didn't miss the party afterwards!! Then I head over to Bolivia, the most BRILLIANT country in the WORLD (and I should know, I've been to a few!). From the salt plains of UYUNI to the rivers of the AMAZON RAINFOREST via the Health and Safety-baiting Silver Mines of POTOSI and the CAMINO DE LA MUERTE (the Road of Death), Bolivia is just a powerhouse of nutty hilarity from beginning to end. After hitting the INCA TRAIL to MACHU PICCHU, I head up through PERU and ECUADOR and end my journey in Bogota, COLUMBIA, one of the most dangerous capital cities in the world.…

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