Three Years and Counting

June 30, 2010

Like old-aged pensioners huddled around a domino table, we travellers are not adverse to measuring our lives in days. Indeed, today marks the 1098th day — or three year anniversary — since I strapped on my seatbelt and took off from London Heathrow.

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007 LISTENup: Bee is for Banna

May 13, 2010

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] The LISTENup Podcast series is back for a limited time only (that’s my way of saying I’ll produce one when I can!) Strap on your walking boots, and come explore the Xishuangbanna region of China’s, Yunnan Province. One of the most incredible regions in the world, for myriad […]

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Trails of the Unexpected

September 4, 2009

I stare at the newspaper. It wasn’t me. I gawp at the television. It wasn’t me. I trawl through the internet. It wasn’t me! I listen to the radio, podcasts, and conversations on the bus. It WASN’T me! At least — I hope it wasn’t me?

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The Reprint: ‘Bon Appetit’

March 19, 2009

It’s a rite of passage that a traveller devour something they couldn’t find in their local café. Your friends expect it. Your family retches at it. People you meet on the road compete against it, and the bottom line is someone’s always gone one better.

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The Reprint: ‘Ginger Blue’

March 5, 2009

I only ever had one pet. It was a tabby cat. I called it Thomas. My sister called it Fluffy. My dad called it Cat. It would forever be known as Thomas Fluffy Cat. Then TFC ran off, probably to a derelict pig farm at the end of our road that was the headquarters to […]

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The Reprint: ‘A Finer China?’

February 6, 2009

It’s no secret that China is building bridges in both the literal and physical senses and it’s a consequential fact that their economy is blowing smoke in the face of their environment, and their population. This weeks Reprint image is a soft example of pre-Olympic Beijing.

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The Reprint: ‘Me Ol’ China Plate’

November 13, 2008

Have you ever hitchhiked via tractor to a faraway mountain village in rural China, to dine on warm bee larvae and pollute the local culture with their first experience of iPods, Dire Straits and Jack Daniels?

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