Articles By: JM Merchant

STAFF WRITER JM Merchant (or Jo Abram to most) lives in the North End of London, although she aspires to the West End. An occasionally employed sound engineer and stage manager, most of her time is currently spent reading pirate tales as she works on her first novel, and dreams of returning to New Zealand. A time traveller as well as a jet-setter, Jo is smug at having written the first stories in both the New Zealand and the UK sections of this website. :-) She tweets as @JMMerchant86.

The Road To Rotorua

The Road To Rotorua
Story by staff writer JM Merchant. Photos Copyright © Joanna Abram. After the thrills and spills of Kayaking in Mercury Bay, New Zealand, we were grateful for a soft bed at the hostel in Whitianga. The next morning it was clear that autumn was trying to assert itself. Rain in the early hours had drenched...
March 20th, 2014 | STAFF, NEW ZEALAND | Read More

Medieval Banquet, St Katharine Docks, London

Medieval Banquet, St Katharine Docks, London
Story by staff writer JM Merchant. Photos Copyright © Joanna Abram. ONE OF THE greatest things about London is its history. Everywhere you go there’s something from the past to fascinate and astound. Walking from Tower Hill station you pass not only some of the largest remnants of the Roman wall...
June 1st, 2012 | STAFF, DINING, QUIRKY PLACES, SHOWS/FESTIVALS/HOLIDAYS, THE UK | Read More

Banksy Strikes Again!

Banksy Strikes Again!
Story by staff writer JM Merchant. Photo Copyright © Joanna Abram. The first weekend of June sees the celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, 60 years of Elizabeth II on the throne. Preparations for all sorts of events are taking place across London, the UK and no doubt other parts of the world...
May 25th, 2012 | STAFF, FUNKY SIGNS, THE UK | Read More

Kayaking in Mercury Bay, New Zealand

Kayaking in Mercury Bay, New Zealand
Story by staff writer JM Merchant. Photos Copyright © Joanna Abram. Auckland. Also known as Dorkland, its inhabitants humorously refer to themselves as Jafas (Just Another F****** Aucklander). This city is one of the biggest tourist draws in New Zealand. It’s also where I spent the greatest percentage...
April 10th, 2012 | STAFF, Beaches, Boating, NEW ZEALAND, Scenic Wonders | Read More

Te Kaha and East Cape Lighthouse, New Zealand

Te Kaha and East Cape Lighthouse, New Zealand
Story by staff writer JM Merchant. Photos Copyright © Joanna Abram. Leaving Rangitukia, the little green Kiwi Experience bus returned to State Highway 35 for the last leg of our East As adventure around New Zealand’s East Cape. After a short time, we veered off the main road and continued towards...
March 6th, 2012 | STAFF, SERIES, ROAD TRIPS, NEW ZEALAND | Read More

Sunrise at Rangitukia, New Zealand

Sunrise at Rangitukia, New Zealand
Story by staff writer JM Merchant. Photos Copyright © Joanna Abram. GETTING BACK ONTO the little green bus after our stay at Tatapouri was difficult. We were all reluctant to leave our newfound patch of paradise, but we knew there were more wonders to come. We were traveling with Kiwi Experience, an...
January 10th, 2012 | STAFF, SERIES, ROAD TRIPS, COTTAGES & CABINS, NEW ZEALAND, Scenic Wonders | Read More

October Plenty, Southwark, London

October Plenty, Southwark, London
Story by staff writer JM Merchant. Feature photo courtesy John Abram. ONE SUNDAY AT the end of October, tourists milling around Bankside (a district of London on the banks of the River Thames) and Shakespeare’s Globe (“dedicated to the exploration of Shakespeare’s work and the playhouse...
November 16th, 2011 | STAFF, HARVESTING NATURE'S BOUNTY, CHARACTERS, SHOWS/FESTIVALS/HOLIDAYS, STREET LIFE, THE UK, ★ Rewind 3 | Read More