He didn't get where he is today by stealing somebody else's catchphrase.


Over the last three years, it's been about this time when I go to Japan for a few weeks and get some language practice in. However this year I'm trying to save some money - so I'm going to take just a short break somewhere else.

I've got a shortlist of places to go, including the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia, the Odessa and Kiev areas of the Ukraine and St Petersburg (Russia), which the last time I visited was a complete washout. I feel a need to go back and redress the balance.

Whilst I haven't made a decision yet, the Ukraine is currently in the lead. I'm contemplating taking a visiting to Pripyat and the Chernobyl reactor whilst in the country, but it's a big decision to take. Such a visit is bound to be a humbling experience.

You're probably asking, "Why would you go there, idiot?". It's a tough question to answer.

I have a somewhat strange affinity with empty towns/cities/areas, of which this is a perfect example. Evacuated in days, the city had nearly 50,000 inhabitants. Having seen many images already, this offers the opportunity to take some stark photography with a high degree of visual impact. Nature is starting to claim back the land, another aspect which interests me.

What I shall say is that I am not the sort who slows down at car-accidents or who gets off on ghoulish events, but this has now become part of our history. Back in 1986, the incident was a significant event for myself, Europe and mankind. I was 14 at the time and had little understanding of how the events would effect us. That's something I'd like to change.

That said, I'm intending to take my holiday in September. For all I know, I might fall out of bed tomorrow morning and change my mind... I might end up booking a week in Ibiza.
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