Street scene Portugal. © John MacPherson


I’ve often wondered what words passed between these men……..

“Is it that way, to where I need to be?”

“Am I going in the right direction to get to the place I want to see?”

“Is this the quickest way to get to somewhere?”

“Will going this way avoid somewhere else?”

“Have you ever been down there?”

But it didn’t really matter to me. I knew where I was.  In the right place, at the right time.

And just had to press the button.

John MacPherson was born in the Scottish Highlands. He trained as a welder in the Glasgow shipyards, before completing an apprenticeship as a carpenter, and then qualified as a Social Worker in Disability Services. Along the way he has cooked on canal barges, trained as an Alpine Ski Leader & worked as Disabled Ski Instructor, canoe instructor and stained glass design tutor. He has travelled extensively, undertaking solo trips by bicycle, or motorcycle. He has had narrow escapes from an ambush by terrorists, been hit by lightning, caught in an erupting volcano, kidnapped by a dog's hairdresser, rammed by a basking shark and was once bitten by a wild otter. He has combined all this with professional photography, which he has practised for over 35 years.

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  • http://retorta.net Mário Pires

    More likely they where saying: Have you been to the pubtoday ? The cook has made some fantastic “pastelinhos de bacalhau” (fried codfish pies).
    But you’re right, it’s not important and you where in the right place :)

    • http://www.john.macpherson.btinternet.co.uk/about.html John Macpherson

      Thanks Mario. Lovely country, and very friendly and welcoming people.