New York City – tall, skinny skyscrapers
25 February 2019 | Places
A brief visit to New York and early one morning, walking from West to East Manhattan, to East 56th St, I spot this very tall, very skinny skyscraper. It’s 111 West 57th St, one of the current craze for very tall, very skinny skyscrapers sprouting up around the city. T...
Death on the Highway
12 December 2017 | Living
My April to July trip from Bangkok to London along the Silk Road this year gave me plenty of opportunity to muse about safety on the roads. There was no question that we went through some countries where the roads were horribly unsafe. There was general agreement that...
Borders, Visas, China, Iran & ESTA Disqualification
22 September 2017 | Living
Skift, the online travel newsletter, reported recently on one area where the USA enjoys a considerable trade advantage with China: far more Chinese travellers visit the USA than vice versa and that disparity is growing. Over the past decade US tourism to China has onl...
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...
Argo & the missing Paykans
12 December 2012 | Media
▲ Paykans and the Ayatollah in Isfahan
OK it’s a movie, not a book or an article – I went to see Argo the Ben Affleck film about getting six American diplomats out of Tehran during the 1980 Iran ‘hostage crisis’. Great movie although it’s been criticised for glor...