8 November 2014 | Living
▲ At Hong Kong Airport these warning signs appear on all the escalators. You’ll also hear regular warnings on the MTR – the Hong Kong subway system – to pay attention to the outside world, not to focus all your attention on your phone. These mobile/cell phone warnings...
Free Phones – so why not free Myki Cards?
26 October 2014 | Living
My room at the Hotel Icon in Hong Kong a few days ago featured an in-room printer, ideal for when you need to print off boarding passes or other paperwork. And a free minibar, now that’s a nice touch.
◄ And, best of all, a free mobile phone. When you check in you g...
Is this the World’s Most Visitor Unfriendly Travel Card?
3 January 2013 | Transport
On 29 December 2012 Melbourne switched completely to its Myki travel card system. If you want to travel on Melbourne public transport you need a Myki card. I’ve had mine for three years and I compared it with my London Oyster card back in early 2010. I mentioned h...
Ghetto at the Center of the World
3 October 2011 | Media
In Ghetto at the Center of the World Hong Kong-based academic Gordon Mathews analyses a single building ghetto. It’s probably the world’s best example of ‘low-end globalization’ and all crammed into a 17-storey building on Nathan Rd in the Tsim Sha Tsui district of Ko...
Moby Duck & Ducie Island
25 April 2011 | Media
Sub-titled ‘The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them,’ this is a great book. The foolish author foolishly get interested in the story of the c...