This is my much-loved pal Big John, whom you may remember from my blogs of last year. We tramped through the Pacific islands together, tasted some pretty good food together, he took me to Maastricht and we tramped across the border to Belgium and some extra-special beer ... and he is a champion hugger.
John is a specialist in adventurous journeys -- he's doing another big ship trip this year .. I am envious -- and this week he sets out by bike from Maastricht to Rome... which is why he sent me this. I am worried. He has lost 18 kilos. I hope that doesn't affect the quality of the hug!