Dolman Award Books – Take 4

15 July 2012 | Media

And now my 4th batch of Dolman Award books, we’re working our way towards the ‘short list’ from which we’ll pick the winner at Hatchards Bookshop on Piccadilly in London on 5 September. Click here for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd batches of books. Harlem is Nowhere by Shar...

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King Leopold’s Ghost

7 July 2011 | Media

‘A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa’ is the subtitle of this page-turner of a history. The Greed is down to King Leopold, the Belgian horror story, who grabbed a large tranche of central Africa and ran it ruthlessly as his personal colony. The Ter...

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Airport Transport – London, Melbourne, New York

21 October 2009 | Transport

London taxis  Recently I spent ‘60’ for taxis between airport and city in these three cities, US$60 in New York, A$60 (about US$55) in Melbourne and £60 (about US$97) in London. What did I get for my money? In Melbourne US$55 took me 23km from my home on the f...

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New York – the Meat Packing District

15 October 2009 | Culture

It hardly seems the name for a glamorous destination, but in New York in 2009 you can hardly get more hip than the Meat Packing District. Sandwiched between Chelsea and Greenwich Village on Manhattan’s Lower West Side as the old meat slaughterhouses shifted out they w...

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