In a probably vain attempt to resuscitate my on-off journalistic career, last Saturday I attended a travel writing workshop run by Peter Carty, formerly travel editor of Time Out. He was authoritative, clear, funny, and has been about the place. I recommend this course www.travelwritingworkshop.co.uk to anyone considering taking up travel writing. For me there was a certain amount of egg-sucking, but for intelligent beginners I'd say it was just the job. Women outnumbered the men.