Andalusia

You've got to love a culture built around a lunch of drinking and nibbling salty things; followed by a nap; followed by an evening of drinking and nibbling salty things. Madrid is my favourite city in the world for a messy weekend with Helen. I took her for her 30th and it nearly killed us …

Venice Beach

The food in Venice Beach is complex and conflicted. On the one hand Venice Beach is the heart of California's body beautiful cult. In a place where even the homeless have abs everyone's body is their temple. But on the other it's also where America comes to drop out (because Americans even need designated places …

Trump’s America

Venice Beach smells of piss and pot. It's full of tarot readers, henna tattoo stalls and shops selling sloganned t-shirts. My friend (who lives here) calls it Camden on Sea; that's not a compliment. Yet my friend chooses to live here and I have gone out of my way to stay here on my last …