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North Koreans in London

14 August 2012 | Places

At the Olympic Games opening in London (I was there) I commented that some of the crowd participation was remarkably like a mass games in Pyongyang, North Korea, except there were no killer dictators involved and we hadn’t rehearsed. I’ve been to mass games in Pyon...

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At the Olympic Opening

29 July 2012 | Places

◄ Maureen and I were at the Olympic opening in London on Friday night. Here we are with Simon Calder, travel editor at the Independent newspaper. The opening – fantastic – a wonderful, exciting, dramatic evening full of high spots. We all loved the Queen ‘parachuti...

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The Roundabout Route to Rachel’s Tomb

1 January 2012 | Places

And Rachel died, and was buried on the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem. And Jacob set a pillar upon her grave: that is the pillar of Rachel's grave unto this day. — Genesis 35:19-20 ▲ Rachel’s Tomb – perhaps 100 years ago? It had to be one of the weirdest f...

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Gaddafi Lives – in North Korea at least

16 November 2011 | Living

Speculating on what’s happening north of the border is a favourite South Korean occupation and the best story from my recent visit was that Gaddafi still lives. At least in North Korea. Earlier this year Air Koryo, the North Korean flag carrier, started a weekly Py...

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Illegal Photographs

22 June 2010 | Transport

Over the years I’ve taken plenty of photographs in subway systems around the world. Here’s the state-of-the-art Hong Kong MTR system just last week. Here’s an example of the artwork at the aviation-focussed Metro Mayakovskaya station in Moscow. Click here for m...

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