A grandfather goes for a walk. A mere 1900 kms. Backwards through his life, from his home in the French Pyrenees to his beginnings in Northern England. His aims: to walk for 70 days – to arrive... More > on his 70th birthday – to raise funds for pancreatic cancer research.
2 years of training; 17.5 Million steps walked – to raise funds and awareness of this dreadful illness. Vic Heaney’s first wife Gaile was a victim of pancreatic cancer. There are many physical challenges, not least an eye condition which means he can not read maps and has difficulty walking on uneven ground. Some weeks his total climbs would have seen him conquer Everest.
Many characters are met on the way. Even those who say, “Where are the Pyrenees?” are sent on their way with an appreciation of the awfulness of pancreatic cancer. Then the same grandfather writes a book about his epic walk. Join Vic in his great adventure. And feel good about it – every purchase will help to raise more funds to help conquer pancreatic cancer.< Less
Cyprus ticks all the boxes. Sun. Sea. Cheap food and drink. Friendly, smiling people. How would you like to live there? Is this island heaven too good to be true? Surely there can be no darker side?... More > Is there no lingering resentment from the colonial period and the bitter and vicious guerrilla war which ended it? What happens when Vic and his wife Gay come into contact with the real Cyprus, away from the garish, overdeveloped tourist resorts? They quickly find people even more friendly and generous than in the towns, although less likely to speak English. But they also discover terrible cruelty to animals; winter weather worse than tourists are led to believe; snakes, dangerous driving and earthquakes; hunters, armed to the teeth, excited and trigger happy; institutionalised hatred between Greek and Turkish Cypriots; racism and sexual exploitation of women tricked into coming to Cyprus from abroad. Is paradise lost?< Less