6 October 2012 | Transport
You can always discover another way things can go wrong with the logistics of flying. We’re in Kashgar in the far west of China and checking in to fly Kashgar-Urumqi (everything to the far western side of China goes through Urumqi) and on to Guangzhou. From there we’l...
Dolman Award Books – Take 3
14 July 2012 | Media
This is my third batch of Dolman Award books, we’re working our way through the ‘long list’ now. Click here for my first batch and here for my second. Both these books look at walking
I really liked Olivia Laing’s To the River, a walk down the River Ouse, the one V...
Bad Coffee in Paris?
3 February 2012 | Living
‘Why do the French make such horrible coffee?’ I used to think when I lived in Paris in 1996. If I’d bothered researching the question I’d quickly have found the answer – bad coffee was French government policy. The French government pushed the cheaper, lower quality ...
Kaiser Bill’s Batman’s Cufflinks
1 December 2011 | Living
◄ The other night I went to an opera first night in Melbourne with Maureen, I wore a dinner jacket and my Kaiser Bill cufflinks.
There’s a story behind those cufflinks with the German Imperial Eagle and a ruby in the centre and how I came to own them. My great gran...
The other Congo – Brazzaville
3 July 2011 | Places
I’m travelling around the Congo – or rather around both Congos, the big ex-Belgian one (Democratic Republic of Congo) and the smaller ex-French one (Congo Republic, aka Congo Brazzaville). I started in Lubumbashi and continued to the capital Kinshasa. Next stop took m...