Lonely Planet’s Cities of the World
24 October 2017 | Places
Lonely Planet’s second Cities Book is about to hit the shelves. In the first edition, I came up with Ten Cities that Didn’t Make the Cut. Cities that for an assortment of reasons I found really important, interesting or inspiring, but didn’t feature in the book. Some ...
Cars in India, Cars in Hong Kong – Nanos & Tesla
15 October 2016 | Transport
▲ Tata Nano in Ratnagiri
The Tata Nano launched in India in 2008 with the aim of being the world’s most affordable car. The tiny two cylinder 624 cc vehicle was going to get people off their family motorcycles (typically carrying husband, wife and several children)...
Cursing Grannies: A Chinese Fix for Trump
26 September 2016 | Culture
Last week I discovered the best HK$50 (A$8, US$6.50, £5, €6) buy in Hong Kong. The cursing grannies.
They hang out under the Canal Rd Underpass in Wan Chai:
For your HK$50 they will curse and hit any villain you care to suggest. Your horrible boss, your cheating...
4 January 2016 | Living
In yesterday’s blog I raised the ‘what does it take to say you’ve visited a country’ question. And like Ask the Pilot Patrick Smith I agree that you can’t say you’ve been there if you’ve only been to the airport.
But could you ‘visit a country’ between flights? I r...
Climbing Mah On Shan in Hong Kong
10 November 2014 | Places
Between my recent visit to Shanghai and to Guizhou Province in China I stopped in Hong Kong to meet some friends and climb a little mountain. Hong Kong has a surprising amount of countryside and walking trails and lots of peaks you can climb, to peer through the China...