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Naples ’44 – the classic Norman Lewis title

4 June 2013 | Media

Having visited Capri and Naples reading one of the classic books on the city seemed like an excellent idea. Norman Lewis turned up in Naples in late 1943, immediately after the Armistice between Italy and the Allies was signed. He spent the next year in the city and h...

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Nemesis – the end of the Pacific War

2 December 2012 | Media

Earlier this year I travelled up through the north Solomon Islands and joined a village boat across from Shortland Island to Bougainville in Papua New Guinea. I wrote it up as taking the Back Door to Bougainville, since it’s not an official entry point into the countr...

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Your Bridge is Under Water

23 October 2011 | Living

The Bangkok floods have been getting the media attention but the message from Burma (Myanmar) was straightforward: ‘Guys your bridge is under the water. Inle Lake and surrounding are flooded.’ Back in 2001 Lonely Planet financed a 330metre long bridge to connect th...

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Dictator Style – Gaddafi & Others

26 August 2011 | Culture

◄ When I rewrote the intro to Bad Lands for a recent reprint I noted that nothing much had changed, Fidel in Cuba, Kim Jong-il in North Korea, a mess in Iraq, no driving licences for women in Saudi Arabia, the generals in Burma, everywhere you looked it was no change....

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Travel Highlights

30 December 2010 | Places

It's my annual look back at the year's travels. This year I started with Museums & Galleries, moved on to Cars & Bikes, then Animals & Wildlife, followed by Big Buddhas, 10 Books, Beaches, Aerial Views, Music and Weird Sightings, Great Signs. I’ll concl...

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