Ben Whitmarsh
Ben is Director of Content at Beyond Content, a London based organisation who tell stories through video.

With a background in news and sport broadcast journalism, he also on occasion leaves his young family behind in the Berkshire suburbs to take on the tough, gritty unglamorous world of travel filming. All whilst sipping Pina Coladas in 5 star luxury.

Entries by Ben Whitmarsh

Hong Kong - 40 Things You Need to Know If You're Off to the Sevens

(0) Comments | Posted 12 March 2015 | (11:00)

For 3 days in late March, Hong Kong becomes the place to be if you want to watch world-class rugby. That's because it's playing host to the Hong Kong Sevens. Having been there a few times myself, I can also confirm that it's the place to be if you want...

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Five Destinations Where It's Christmas All Year Round

(1) Comments | Posted 4 December 2014 | (13:13)

Travellers often strive for the unorthodox. They hunt the globe for untouched jewels looking for what has rarely been seen before. They are like some kind of latter day Don Quixote, trying to find a windmill to tilt at, but a windmill that has not been visited by a coach...

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Five of Football's Most Brutal Slapdowns

(0) Comments | Posted 19 November 2014 | (16:02)

Celtic Park, Glasgow, Tuesday 18 November 2014: With just seven minutes to go, the atmosphere inside the stadium has been given a massive shot of adrenalin. The Scottish fans, which for most of the second half have been wallowing in the prospect of a 2-nil home defeat against England, have...

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London 1000 Years Ago - Five 'Attractions' That Are Still There Now

(2) Comments | Posted 4 November 2014 | (16:13)

London's place as a tourist centre is undeniable, and it's rich history has much to do with that. I am lucky enough to walk or cycle through the big smoke on an almost daily basis, and I nearly always notice something different that will prick my curiosity. This sensation would...

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Five Holidays Where You Can Avoid the World Cup

(0) Comments | Posted 19 May 2014 | (10:55)

Every so often we see new aerial pictures of uncontacted tribes living in some remote part of the Amazonian rainforest. The images are usually quite similar in nature - a slightly grainy shot of confused people gazing upwards, trying to get on with their lives as an intrusive pilot buzzes...

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Rain? Boredom? Or the Half-Term Holiday? The Big Barrier to Keeping Fit (And How to Beat It)

(0) Comments | Posted 4 February 2014 | (14:29)

It is about this time of year that the streets of the United Kingdom start to undergo a subtle change. Only a couple of weeks ago, if you had poked your head out of the front door on a weekend morning then there would be every chance that your retinas...

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Dakar Challenge Awaits for the World's Only Disabled Rally Team

(0) Comments | Posted 17 December 2013 | (13:02)

It's a pretty solid bet that there will be occasions over the Christmas and New Year period when the roads of the UK get overly congested. For many, the time to avoid will be the final day before the seasonal break comes to an end. In other words, when the...

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The UK's Top Explorers and a Futile Battle to Not be Inspired

(0) Comments | Posted 21 November 2013 | (16:21)

Before you start reading this I had better issue a bit of a warning. By the time you get to the end of this blog post, there is a real danger that you could feel a severe case of wanderlust. Those of you who already suffer from pedes pruritus (Latin:...

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Western Australia - Five of the Best Experiences

(0) Comments | Posted 18 November 2013 | (09:18)

I fell in love with Western Australia not once, but twice. The first time I was in a little coastal town called Kalbarri. I had landed a job as a guitar player at a local seafood café, getting a free meal plus enough dollars to pay for my lodgings. As...

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Skiing in Canada - Five of the Best Resorts

(0) Comments | Posted 10 October 2013 | (11:01)

I recently had a dream that involved skiing. Maybe it was some kind of warning that my life is sliding downhill at an uncontrollable rate. More likely it was prompted by the signed copy of Eddie Edwards' sadly forgotten Finnish language pop single that I recently found in my loft....

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Brit Polar Explorers Take on Captain Scott's Terra Nova Expedition

(0) Comments | Posted 3 October 2013 | (09:15)

At this time of year, commuting to work gets that little bit harder. Decisions about clothing suddenly become more complex. The carefree abandon of those summer mornings spent gallivanting to the car in shirtsleeves suddenly seems a little reckless. It is even worse for those who have to walk to...

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Car Travel With Children - Five Ways to Keep the Kids Amused

(0) Comments | Posted 16 July 2013 | (20:06)

In my mind, the glorious undulating scenery of South Wales will always be synonymous with one thing - the plastic upholstery of a 1978 Austin Maxi.

Before anyone from the Welsh Tourist Board (otherwise known as VisitWales, I believe, who do a tip-top job) bother my fax machine...

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Melbourne - 5 Things to Do for Sports Lovers

(0) Comments | Posted 28 June 2013 | (03:57)

This weekend, the British & Irish Lions will play Australia in the second test of their tour down under. They are 1-0 up in the series following Saturday's nerve shredding 23-21 win in Brisbane, and victory in this next match would seal a series win - a rare thing for...

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How to Perfect the Campfire Sing Song - And Cheer Up a Grumpy Nation

(0) Comments | Posted 29 May 2013 | (13:51)

Britain is fed up. We are a country of grumps. You may already have thought this to be the case, but now there are hard statistics to back up your suspicions. A new survey for the Camping and Caravanning Club shows that 63% of us feel Britain as a nation...

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Rugby's Ben and Tom Youngs and Other Great Siblings in Sport

(0) Comments | Posted 1 May 2013 | (13:56)

"My Granny rang me - she couldn't really say too much, she was so emotional"

More about the provenance of this particular quote in a moment, but we've probably all had moments like this. You achieve something - say getting picked for the school rugby team- and Nan comes...

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Five of the Best New England Experiences - On Water

(0) Comments | Posted 8 April 2013 | (13:22)

It should come as no surprise that New England has a long and fascinating relationship with water. After all, five of the six states that make up the region have some kind of Atlantic coastline. It makes sense then that if you do head over there you take your sea...

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Underwear Agonies & Other Travel Dilemmas

(0) Comments | Posted 25 March 2013 | (07:38)

It's the final day of the holiday.
You look in your suitcase. Nothing.
You look in the hotel room safe. Nothing.
In desperation you ask the exotic dancer who is doing the lambada in your en-suite bathroom. She knows nothing.
You then wake up, in...

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The Man Who Could Woo a Moose - A Tale of Lust From Quebec

(0) Comments | Posted 15 March 2013 | (20:34)

- "Bonjour, Je m'appelle Benjamin. Avez vous un pair of skis which je can attachez to mon chaussures?"

- "Excuse me sir, you do realise you are in Bracknell?"

An easy mistake to make, non?

Particularly if you are promenading down the breezy boulevards that lead to the 'tres...

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Canyoning, The Azores, and a Glorious Descent Into Ignorance

(0) Comments | Posted 22 February 2013 | (10:27)

One of the great things about travelling is how it can also be a learning experience. Or to put it another way, it can shine a 500 mega-watt torchlight on your ignorance. Which is exactly what happened when I was planning my trip to The Azores. AKA the Archipelago of...

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The UK's First 'Robot' Hair Transplant and Hair Loss Myths

(0) Comments | Posted 7 February 2013 | (11:18)

In the last week, the UK has just witnessed a significant breakthrough. One that could soon prompt an intriguing rash of conversations in various male bolt-holes across Britain. For example:

-Have you seen Dave recently?
- No
-Well, he seems to be sporting a remarkably luxuriant bouffant.

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