Welcome . . .

. . . to my personal blog, A Balanced Diet.

I call it that because I write about anything that takes my fancy. There’s no single theme. Many of my stories are about plant sciences and international agricultural research, travel, even politics, and have regularly featured since I started the blog in January 2012. Just search the Recent Posts, or the various Tags and Categories, on the right-hand column. There’s the Search function as well.

My blog also allows me to combine two important hobbies: writing and photography.

Click on many of the images in the various blog posts to open a larger version. And even if images are included in a gallery, a slideshow will open if you click on any of these images. Most images in this blog are mine. Where I have used other images, the source and citation will appear if you place the cursor over the image; a box will appear with the details.

If you find that any broken links, please drop me a line in the comments box. Sometimes videos are removed on YouTube, or web sites moved or taken down. I find it almost impossible to keep track on so many links.

If you’d like to know a little more about me, just go to the next page (or listen to many stories in my own words).

I hope you enjoy your visit — keep coming back!

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The UK is scheduled to leave the European Union at 23:00 on Friday 29 March 2019. I am fundamentally opposed to this state of affairs. The UK’s place is in Europe, taking an active and leading role, bringing the best of British pragmatism to bear on the issues of the day. We will rue the close referendum outcome to leave.