About Me

Writer, photographer, thalassophile, vegetarian, pacifist, blogger, dreamer, traveller, walker, muso, scientist, environmentalist, Scarborian, Tolkienite, INFJ.

Michael B Shannon, Spain

I have always had a love of the outdoors and have spent many happy holidays climbing hills and mountains in the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Wales and Scotland. I live close to the Yorkshire Coast and spend a lot of time walking with my dog on one of my favourite coastal walks.


Travel is something I love, I’ve been fortunate to have visited many parts of the Philippines. I have also travelled to the Middle East, Hong Kong and a number of European countries, Spain, France and Italy in particular. A keen photographer, I photograph everywhere I go and many of my photos can be found in the site’s articles.

I’ve visited 17 out of 217 countries. That is 7.83%.


Music fills much of my spare time. I don’t have any particular musical talent, although I can read music and play the odd tune on a piano. I used to have a large vinyl collection which was replaced by an even larger CD collection, which I am still adding to. My taste is very eclectic, spanning classical, pop, electronica, prog rock and heavy metal. I have a particular love of piano concertos, Gustav Mahler symphonies, Pink Floyd, U2, Enigma, Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, Led Zeppelin, Runrig and Sandy Denny.


I went to Poppleton Road Junior School and Nunthorpe Grammar School in York. I decided to return to education later in life as a mature student to study Applied Environmental Science and Geography at St John’s College in York.

“Don’t grow up too quickly, lest you forget how much you love the beach.”
Michelle Held

“Not all those who wander are lost.”
J. R. R. Tolkien