Pakistan-Bangladesh, Russia-Australia – observing, watching
8 September 2017 | Living
Yogi Berra, that famous source of folk wisdom (I think he played baseball as well), noted that ‘You can observe a lot by just watching.’ You certainly can, I felt that over and over again on my Silk Road trip from Bangkok to London earlier this year. None of the Centr...
The USA & Guns & Fairy Tales
16 December 2012 | Living
A weird relationship isn’t it? Underlined yet again by the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Connecticut. The USA gun illustration is on the wall at the front of the ex-US Embassy in Tehran, Iran.
I live part of the year in Australia (annual deaths by guns...
Nemesis – the end of the Pacific War
2 December 2012 | Media
Earlier this year I travelled up through the north Solomon Islands and joined a village boat across from Shortland Island to Bougainville in Papua New Guinea. I wrote it up as taking the Back Door to Bougainville, since it’s not an official entry point into the countr...
Jamaica & Russia – Dolman Winners
12 October 2012 | Media
Having chaired the panel of judges for this year’s Dolman Travel Book of the Year Award – Wild Coast the well-deserved winner – I thought I should read the last couple of winners.
The Dead Yard, Ian Thomson’s book about Jamaica, picked up the award two years ago. I...
Dolman Award Books – Take 6
2 August 2012 | Media
It’s my final batch of books from the long list for the Dolman Travel Book of the Year Award. I’m chairing the panel of judges and we’ll pick the winner at Hatchards Bookshop on Piccadilly in London on 5 September. Click here for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th batches...