I have just returned from sailing my newish Sadler 34 yacht with my partner Liz in the Ionian. We dodged a ‘Medicane’, a hurricane in the Mediterranean, which is a new phenomenon and a sign of climate change. The winds, up to 12 Beaufort, were particularly bad in the islands of Ithaca and Cephalonia, where many yachts sank or were damaged. However between thunderstorms in October, we sell from Preveza, where we keep the boat when we are not using it, to Corfu (Kerkerya for Greeks) where we anchored to the Fort in Corfu town. There we enjoyed a ginger beer by the cricket pitch and visited an Oriental Museum in the neoclassical Parliament we’ve never used – a colonial legacy of the British. The Venetians encouraged the islanders to plant olive trees in the middle ages while the French built and the 19th century a replica of the Rue de Rivoli.