Chennai – aka Madras
31 December 2015 | Places
The name may have changed , but otherwise India’s southern centre, the capital of Tamil Nadu, seemed scarcely changed even though I haven’t been there for a long spell.
◄ Top of my plans for my return visit was to check out Anstruther’s Cage at Fort St George. In 1...
Soviet Bus Stops
30 December 2015 | Living
In a country where central planning tried to run everything and Socialist Realism aimed for the grand, the majestic, the over-decorated, somehow bus stops escaped the net. Christopher Herwig spent more than a decade and travelled over 30,000 km around the countries of...
Tehran Taxi, Darwin Taxi
29 December 2015 | Media
◄ What is it about taxis and movies? Film directors just love to squeeze inside those four wheeled confines. Jim Jarmusch's Night on Earth – which visits Los Angeles, New York City, Paris, Rome and Helsinki all in one night is a favourite, but yesterday I saw two taxi...
Mumbai (or Bombay?)
28 December 2015 | Places
Mumbai or Bombay it’s always good to revisit the business (and Bollywood) capital of India. A wander around central Mumbai took me past plenty of interesting architecture, like the art-deco Eros Cinema. ►
St Thomas Cathedral has an extensive collection of British m...
Hotels in 2015
27 December 2015 | Living
Fifty of them through the year – well some of them rented houses, a villa in Bali, an old mansion house in Transylvania. Lots of them just for a night, but a number for a week. Plus two boats (Sea Cloud II in the Mediterranean, Katharina around the Komodo Islands). No...