Des Hannigan lives on the Atlantic coast of the Land’s End Peninsula, Cornwall; a home from home for a northerly Scot. He has been a journalist, travel writer and photographer for over thirty years, first as a news reporter for Cornish newspapers and the Press Association and latterly as a writer for publishers such as Lonely Planet and AA Publishing. He is author or joint author of over fifty books about travel in a number of countries including Britain, Ireland, Northern Europe, Spain, Greece, Canada, and Pakistan and has written widely about Cornwall’s coast and countryside. He is now retreaded rather than retired and is incapable of not scribbling. This website/blog is an old hack’s ongoing ramble through words and places at easygoing levels of reflection, opinion, sentiment and bananas. The main aim is entertainment plus non-prescriptive/restrictive information. Just pick up your hand luggage and go…


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  1. Great stuff Des! Keep it up – so to speak!!


    • Just reading the almost island with great pleasure
      A gift sent to me in the Ozarks of Arkansas
      From Linda amd Anthony


      • Hello Adrian! Great to hear from you and how are you? Well, I hope. It’s a long time since we last met. I have fond memories. I’m delighted you have Tha Almost Island and are enjoying the book. It seems very popular. I’ve just published a sequel called The Long Deep. Same format and style but touching on locations all round the Cornish coast. More fishing tales as well. Gurnard’s Head and Zennor still stand! Not quite the same great cast of characters but they’re still about. I’m sure you’re still creating well these days, Adrian.
        KIndest regards, Des


  2. Angela Redman Jan 7, 2021 — 12:52 pm

    Hello. I was delighted to come across your piece about Aleister McAlpine, a former neighbour of mine in Madron. I was telling my partner about this eccentric man, who lived upstairs from me, and I was starting to think it was all a bit of a far-fetched memory, so I ‘Googled’ him. There it was, just as I remembered, including the newspaper cutting. The flats were actually in the old TB isolation hospital, the workhouse being in the other side of the road. The council used the flats as temporary accommodation. I lived there with my husband and three little kids…I was only 24. Unlike my flat, Aleister’s was astonishing, full of antique furniture and fittings, including a massive ‘boardroom’ table. We were moved to Newlyn a few weeks before Aleister was finally evicted. I don’t know what happened to his wife (Barbara?) and children.
    Being so young, I didn’t really take in Aleister the man, we just saw him as an eccentric, a bit of a figure of fun, so thank you so much for writing about him and confirming that my memory is fairly intact!
    Angela Redman

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    • Hello Angela; Thank you for your kind message. I was a bit reluctant to write the piece about Aleister because I did not want it to seem just another observation about a ‘character’ You would have known that he was essentially a decent soul. While the piece was a story about friendship with a tongue-in-cheek retelling of entertaining incidents it was really about my liking for Aleister and my understanding of his problems. I’m sure you recognised that. He was someone worth remembering with affection. I remember Barbara but I don’t know her later history, I’m afraid. My best regards to you: Des


  3. Hi Des, my name is James Barber you wrote a fantastic piece on the Crosscut art installation at Geevor Tin Mine. This has become a series of works. If you are interested I’d love to meet up at Geevor for a pasty and drink to show you.
    Best wishes


  4. Des, you gave a talk to Cury W I on the 4th December and my wife bought three books from you.
    We need to pay you. Can you contact me please on ronacoustics@outlook.com
    Ron Smith


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