2016 Archive

Money – cash, digital, demonetized, photographed

21 December 2016 | Living

I blogged recently about the 10,000 worthless Indian rupees I’d found myself stuck with after a recent visit to India. After the Indian government demonetized their 1000 and 500 rupee notes – their two biggest banknotes, worth US$14.60 and US$7.30, respectively...

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Unpresidented, Unprecedented, Stolen Underwater Gliders

19 December 2016 | Living

The press has been full of stories about the US Navy research ‘underwater glider’ (although it was often referred to as an ‘underwater drone’) which the Chinese snatched out of the water and refused – for awhile at least – to hand back. Donald Trump announced it was a...

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Sudan – pryamids, desert & not many visitors

5 December 2016 | Places

I’ve been rather slow in posting on my travels this year, I’ll try and catch up before the end of 2016, starting with a recent week in Sudan. I started and finished in Khartoum, the capital city, and travelled around North Sudan in between. ▲ Getting a visa can be ...

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Useless Indian Money – Voodoo Economics

4 December 2016 | Living

There’s 10,000 useless Indian rupees, about US$150 in real money. ▼ I wouldn’t normally have any Indian currency around. Euros or US dollars fine, I’m back in both regions regularly and anyway they can be used in lots of places other than the euro zone or the U...

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The US Election … too soon to tell?

18 November 2016 | Living

I flew from London to San Francisco on Tuesday 8 November, so I’d be there for the US election. I’ll always be disappointed that I wasn’t in Berlin when the wall came down (9 November 1989) and perhaps this would be another of those world changing events and it would ...

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