About Bernard Smith

Teacher for most of my life until taking early retirement last December 2010 as I HAD TO finish the book of a motorcycle journey around the world. Plus after that journey I found, somewhere along the ways, I had lost the stillness of normality, along with the previous reference points shared with work colleagues. I originally knew (in 2006) that I would write a book about Catherine Birchall but had thought it would be (academically) based on aspects of her blindness. I never dreamed a motorcycle journey would be the vehicle to tell of her life and disability........... Just goes to show how life has some mysterious and wonderful turns around each corner.
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Land’s end to John O’Groats (week 3)

John O’Groats to Land’s End (week 3) Select here for week one report, here for week two, here for week three and here for week four (The Long Way Round or should that be The Long Way Down?) We are writing this entry in Thurso after covering the 206 miles from Pitlochy, where we left at 1pm. We cannot […]

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Land’s end to John O’Groats (week 2)

John O’Groats to Land’s End (week 2) (Select here for week one report, here for week two, here for week three and here for week four) (The Long Way Round or should that be The Long Way Down?) After checking the weather forecast – surprise, surprise, we altered the route and headed north! The south was still flooded and, […]

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Land’s end to John O’Groats (week 1)

John O’Groats to Land’s End (Select here for week one report, here for week two, here for week three and here for week four) Week one (July) (The Long Way Round or should that be The Long Way Down?) It’s really hard to know where to start with this first entry. If you have followed […]

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August 2007

Latest News August 2007 John O’Groats to Land’s End (The Long Way Round or should that be The Long Way Down?) Currently on the road for a test run – Select here for week one report, here for week two, here for week three and here for week four. Catherine has written a section for a book being produced by […]

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July 2007

Latest News July 2007 John O’Groats to Land’s End (The Long Way Round or should that be The Long Way Down?) Currently on the road – select here for week one report on test run. If you understand Hungarian (!) then you can select here to review an appearance in Hungarian literature. I’ve only reproduced […]

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June 2007

Latest News June 2007 Manchester Evening News – the Manchester Evening News re-ran the story on Tuesday 29 May. First TV appearance – Cathy and Bernard will be appearing on Channel M on a show called The Biker Show which is broadcast on Sky and Virgin TV. It is due to go out for the first time […]

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May 2007

Latest News May 2007 It has been really busy for the last week or so since the press release was issued. Cathy has, so far, completed interviews with several radio stations. These have included: BBC Radio Merseyside (went out live at 7.25am in the morning) Buzz FM (Merseyside – pre-recorded) Key 103 (Manchester – pre-recorded) […]

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