Permanent Tourist is the personal website
of Mark Howells-Mead, a British photographer
and web developer living in Switzerland.

Latest blog posts

  • Blair Castle

    After a twelve year wait, I finally get a decent photograph of Blair Castle, near Pitlochry in Scotland.
  • Wall of sound

    Wall of sound

    I remember seeing Oasis early in their career when they played a Sunday afternoon slot on the subsidiary NME stage at Glastonbury Festival in 1994. The indelible memory is the sheer wall of sound coming from the stage, even then, before they released Definitely Maybe. Two years later, they played two legendary sets at Knebworth. […]
  • Cannibals in autumn

    In which I tell a short tale about cannibals.
  • Bern band Choo Choo in 2010

    New Choo Choo portfolio page

    Long-time visitors to the site may vaguely remember that I used to collaborate photographically with Bern pop band Choo Choo.
  • I was sent to erase a man from existence and became haunted by him

    A text posted as a Twitter thread yesterday by user Tin Doom. I felt that it deserved a blog post, as this kind of thing is what blogs are for.
  • Axalp in the snow

    Axalp in the snow

    Walking in the snowy landscape of Axalp, high above Lake Brienz in the Swiss Bernese Oberland.
  • Drone photograph of Loch Glascarnoch in summer

    The Lost World of Glascarnoch

    Aerial views of a flooded glen in the wilds of northern Scotland, with low water levels exposing the old road.
  • WordPress expert Mark Howells-Mead

    Gutenberg keyboard shortcut for headings

    Improving the addition of specific WordPress core heading blocks using just the keyboard.

Latest Instagram photos

With my wife Jo in Zermatt, 2015

About me and the site

I’m Mark; a photographer, web developer and blogger living in Switzerland. Permanent Tourist is my personal website. I came up with the name because I try to live like an interested visitor, whether at home or elsewhere.


Back in 2001 and 2002, I collaborated on a piece of blogging software called b2/cafélog. After the original developer stopped working on the project, it was taken over by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little and re-released as WordPress in May 2003.

Since then, I’ve been using WordPress for personal and business projects, both as part of my day job and also as a freelancer. In the late 2000s, I began contributing to the community as a plugin developer, and the first WordCamp conference in Zürich in 2014 led me to begin contributing to the Swiss WordPress community. WordPress is currently the most popular content management system in the world, by quite a long way.

Sharing my experience at WordCamp Zurich in 2019

Some statistics about the website

9,867 blog posts published since 2004

18 years online