African dreams

As a South African by birth I have a great attachment to my home country. I don’t think I am being biased to say it has stunning scenery, wonderful weather, interesting cities and great food and wine. South Africa, and in fact, Africa in general, is, in my opinion, only just really beginning to fulfil its potential in tourism. So I am always really interested to read about people’s experiences there. This week I have been doing a little wish list compilation on places to go and things to see and do on the continent on some of my favourite travel blogs. If you need inspiration to visit, then one of my top five posts will definitely get you booking your ticket to explore.

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(Short) break the mould…

Summer might have bowed out now for another year – in the UK, where I live at least – but there’s definitely time for an autumn/fall break before the ski season starts (no rest, it’s a big world to explore….!) Reading some of my favourite travel blogs recently I’ve been getting some great ideas for a short trip for Lorna and I before winter sets in – my only stipulation is that there has to be the outside chance of blue skies and a great mix of interest and relaxation on offer. I’ve narrowed it down to a shortlist of five destinations that inspire me. Hopefully they will inspire you too….and if you have any great suggestions of your own I’d love to hear them. Tweet me your tips on @normanpeiresContinue reading


Hot topics

Lorna and I are still in the south of France, having a great time and enjoying the gentle rhythms of beautiful Beaulieu. The weather is wonderful here; in fact it was so hot today that my phone actually stopped working – something that has never happened to me before! I believe it’s just a result of a particularly warm summer in France – the south in particular can get scorching in high season – but I know that there are others who would take this as an example of how the world as a whole is heating up.  Continue reading


All together now

On the 24th July my children started arriving from around the globe for the wedding of my son Grant and his partner Enrica. My eldest, Maxine, was the first to arrive from California, followed by my son Guy, his wife Milou and their daughter, Ona, from New York. And then, the next day, my daughter Jenna, her husband Bear and their children – four-and-a-half-year-old Jack and two-and-a-half-year-old Stella – arrived from Australia. Their destination was our house in Buckinghamshire, which our kids have nicknamed Southfork, as it’s set on three acres and big enough to house them all.  Justin, my stepson, is living with us at the moment so he was also in residence with his three boys Sebastian, Fabien and Raphael.

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Step off the beaten track

I’m an avid traveller, and one of the things I love about globetrotting is the chance it gives you to surprise yourself with new things – whether places, experiences, food or people. Which is why I like to explore destinations I might not have even thought of going to. I’m a big reader of travel blogs – both as an interested travel blogger myself and as a travel enthusiast – and I take inspiration from them as to where to go next. Planning our next break, I’ve been inspired by some unusual ideas away from the typical seaside and sun lounger mix. Here are my five top suggestions for summer breaks with a difference, from some of the internet’s top travel blogs…where would you recommend? Tweet me your tips on @normanpeires…

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The doctor will see you now

Healthcare-sizedI’ve been having some interesting conversations recently with a company called Red & Yellow Care, which is a new disruptive force in UK health provision. I love disruptive innovation because some markets really need to be shaken up with fresh ways of thinking – and healthcare in the UK is one. There are a lot of gaps in our healthcare system, and not just in the NHS but in the provision of healthcare overall, throughout the UK.

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Educate to prosper…

As the Greek crisis continues, so does discussion over the dangers of ‘easy money’ and what happens when you put its power in the wrong hands. Greece may be the most high-profile case of this at the moment, but it’s worth nothing that it is far from the only example.

Foreign development aid is another case to consider, especially in terms of Africa. The continent is more dependent on foreign aid than any other and in most instances has had little choice about whether to accept it or not. A lot of ‘first world’ countries feel that they are helping by throwing money at it, but while it may salve colonial consciences, in truth it works against Africa’s best interests.

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The Golden Age…

norman peires golden age One of the ways that getting older impacts, and I have noticed this a lot, is wondering whether you are at the ‘right’ point in your life for your age. People seem to gauge how far they have progressed, whether in their career or in their personal life, through age markers. I see it in my own children as they compare where they’re at with everyone else. Continue reading


Ethical business, successful relationships…

Africa is the new frontier in the world, the “untapped market”, with tremendous wealth in the ground. Small wonder that foreigners are exploiting this up and down the continent. West Africa in particular is very exciting in terms of mineral wealth. And it’s also an interesting study in the power of ethical business practices. Continue reading