Donald Trump Promotes Global Trade in T-Shirts
31 January 2018 | Living
Donald Trump may be fiercely against global trade (unless it’s all-American global trade), but he certainly does wonders for world trade in the T-shirt business.
Now I don’t believe in buying T-shirts, they’re something you get free with the donor’s trademark, name...
Rohingya, Myanmar, Bangladesh, New York City & Akayed Ullah
26 December 2017 | Living
My visit to Mandalay in Myanmar for the Irrawaddy Literary Festival was all about the disastrous campaign against the Muslim Rohingya people of the country’s Rakhine State. Myanmar’s genocidal campaign against the villagers in the district led to thousands of deaths a...
Pakistan-Bangladesh, Russia-Australia – observing, watching
8 September 2017 | Living
Yogi Berra, that famous source of folk wisdom (I think he played baseball as well), noted that ‘You can observe a lot by just watching.’ You certainly can, I felt that over and over again on my Silk Road trip from Bangkok to London earlier this year. None of the Centr...
Enclaves & Exclaves – Belgium/Netherlands
8 December 2012 | Places
Last year I blogged about visiting the National Library in Canberra, Australia and finding out about enclaves and exclaves along the borders between India and Bangladesh and between Belgium and the Netherlands. While I was in Belgium continuing my pursuit of King Le...
5 May 2011 | Living
Recently Maureen and I visited the National Library of Australia in Canberra, a visit which included a spell in their map department looking at some very interesting maps.
▲ Looking at maps in the National Library’s map room
We looked at an Indian Ocean naviga...