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Sleeping in Poetry – A Night in an Ice Hotel

Why would you sleep in an ice hotel? Why would you sleep in an ice […]

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Tea in China

Facing the Dragon: China Now And Then

Climbing the Dragon’s Spine, China It curved and clawed away from me as I stared […]

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The Soweto Mandela Leaves Behind

A boy kicks a football in the red, barren dust. A cloud of burned, breathless […]

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Blue and yellow boat in Brunei

Introducing Brunei…

Reflections from one small country to another… So here we are again, floating in that […]

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The Caped Crusader, South Africa

Tomorrow, I’m heading to Africa. (Although it will probably be today by the time you […]

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hashima James Bond Island007

Visiting Gunkanjima: a Bond Villain’s Lair in Japan

The Japanese call it Gunkanjima. But Bond knew it as the base camp for Silva, […]

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Children in Burma or Myanmar

In Burma, Everything’s Golden

Is it Burma or Myanmar? I arrived under cover of darkness. Deep, night, darkness. I […]

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Doorways into Egypt

Egypt: One of History’s Greatest Jigsaw Puzzles

Aswan For over two thousand years people have stood where I’m standing now. And yet […]

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Buffalo and Yacht Hong Kong

The Beach with the Buffalo, Hong Kong

Lantau, Hong Kong On Lantau Island at the mouth of the Pearl River, the buffalo […]

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A motorbike zooms past in Hanoi

The Legend of the Lake, Hanoi

Around the corner is the Old Quarter. Around the corner is the vision of Hanoi […]

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How Lyon’s Secrets Defeated the Nazis

The Cour des Loges Hotel Review As hotels go, the Cour des Loges didn’t need […]

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First Impressions of Burma / Myanmar

It was just before midnight. Our slow procession blinked past the checkpoint, wisps of hair […]

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Cathay Pacific Plane

That Feeling You Get The Night Before Tomorrow


Tomorrow it will be too late to plan and too late to pack.

Tomorrow, the dragon route begins…

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Dawn over Kakadu

Kakadu Park: Smoke, Art & Crocodiles

Kakadu. The sound is soft yet distinctive, like a bird call that rolls and unfolds across the willows and the reeds, the waters, the low and smoky air, to reach me on the scrunched and scorched soil. On the earth that is itself Kakadu.

The word…

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Travel Europe. The Highs and Lows

In a few days’ time I board a train on a journey that’ll take me right up to Christmas and from there it’s only a hop, skip and a paper party hat and some leftover turkey until that New Year’s Eve arrives.

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Breathing In the Atlas Mountains

Sometimes I dream that I am falling. Apparently, everyone does. But more often than that…

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Driving in Morocco

Driving in Morocco

It’s an inauspicious start. No map. No SatNav. No cash – my very last dihram cleared out by the unexpected fuel charge.

No internet access to check the route. No signal on my iPhone. Just a pen, a scrap of paper and a hastily scribbled map, uneven streaks of biro connecting Moroccan towns that appeared on a picture in the hotel lobby.

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Cuddly currywurst in Berlin

The Berlin Wall – The Unheard Story

The final instalment of the Iron Route Journey. East, West, Good, Bad, Win, Lose, Draw.

Another look at 1989.

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Break it down and take it with you

The Day I Held the Iron Curtain In My Hand

Sometimes things go wrong in life. The printer at the car hire company breaks, the sat nav doesn’t work, the

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Nine Unusual Things To Do in London

What should you do once you’ve seen the classics? With Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and

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