BBC History Magazine – Zama

Posted Posted in Carthage, Press

Our final instalment for the BBC History Magazine is here: http://www.bbchistorymagazine.com/blog/battle-zama-%E2%80%93-hannibal-meets-his-nemesis Sunset over the modern village of Jama believed to be near where the battle of Zama took place (thanks Andrea Illescas for the photo)

The Bodyguard

Posted Posted in Carthage, Cycling, Filming, Hannibal, Rome

On a long trip like this interpersonal relationships become very important and are often the cause of the most interesting bits of the journey. I imagine it might make a pretty good documentary following a crew making a documentary? A bit like the new show we are thinking of pitching to the BBC: “Entertainment Tonight […]

The Way it is Baby

Posted Posted in Cycling, Filming, Hannibal

When you cycle day after day the rhythm naturally brings music to your mind.  At the beginning of the trip I tended to hum fairly epic stuff as the wheels turned – tunes from the film The Dark Knight  for example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfO3szikvnI&feature=related or some of those ponderous but very catchy Michael Nyman movie sound tracks, […]

Cuirassnapper Heads

Posted Posted in Cycling, Filming, History, Rome

Our journey with the film crew continued to Lake Trasimene, where as described in a previous blog, Hannibal won a major battle against the Romans….. For us it was much less dramatic – a dodgy highway hotel in Touro where we hung out our wet shoes and clothes soaked from our journey into the swamps […]

The Guest Blog…

Posted Posted in Uncategorised

When Will and I arrived in Florence a shattered, slim and sunburnt Sam and a 5k ride greeted us to our Hotel. This was fun at the time because by this time we had packed our trip full of beers already. Will was particularly excited because on the corner of every street stood prostitutes in […]

Gnochetti of the Superhero

Posted Posted in Cycling, Filming

We were reunited once again with the film crew in Milan. Andrea is directing the final two episodes of the documentary – amongst her many attractive attributes she laughs at all our jokes – which is very rare as they aren’t ever funny. Francesco the fixer is full of concerned advice for us. His best […]

In the Navy

Posted Posted in Cycling, Hannibal, History

We’re back with the crew again at a campsite near Naples.  I’ve had one beer and a swig on a bottle of wine and dinner should be soon but there could be time to write about Tarento, a strange place but well worth a visit.  Tarento was one of many southern Italian cities where the […]