Travelling the Karakoram Highway – Part 1
2 October 2012 | Places
Islamabad to Gilgit
Way back in 1992 I made up a 15 line ‘must do’ list, I don’t think the word ‘bucket list’ had been invented yet. I visited Angkor Wat in Cambodia later that year and put the first tick beside the list. In 1992 Cambodia was still not a totally safe...
Books on Pakistan & Israel
8 April 2012 | Media
Late last year I travelled around Israel and Palestine, later this year Pakistan is on my wish list. So these two books were interesting primers on those countries. Of course both books proved, yet again, that the more you learn about a subject the less you realise yo...
Yamamoto’s Aircraft Wreck
25 February 2012 | Places
The Japanese advance across the Pacific had been turned round at Guadalcanal in the Solomons and the Americans were now advancing north. On 13 April 1943 from his base at Rabaul on the Papua New Guinea island of New Britain, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto set out on a moral...
MONA makes Hobart?
11 May 2011 | Culture
▲ Erwin Wurm's Fat Car
Maureen and I were in Tasmania with some friend just before Hobart’s amazing new MONA – Museum of Old & New Art – opened in January. It’s the creation of David Walsh who made his considerable fortune from gambling. Not that chasing-the-...
Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad
1 May 2011 | Places
◄ The Faisaliah Tower in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The tower was designed by UK architect Sir Norman Foster and built by the bin Laden family’s construction company.
After all the talk about Osama bin Laden hiding out in a cave in the unpoliced badlands along the Pakis...