A Classic Map of Australia

5 February 2014 | Culture

The National Library of Australia’s Mapping Our World exhibit in Canberra is a big hit and runs until 10 March. I spoke about my own mapping interest at the library in late November and admitted that despite my long involvement in map I’m not a collector and certainly...

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The Irish Sea?

11 May 2013 | Living

Geography can present publishers with lots of problems. I’ve written in the Lonely Planet Story how it regularly tripped us up. That big inlet in the Middle East? It’s the Arabian Gulf according to the Arab countries on its western side. The Persian Gulf to anybody fr...

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Long Running in London

17 September 2011 | Culture

I’m always delighted at how many things carry on and on in London. Here are three I’ve been to recently. ▲ I finally got to St Martin’s Theatre to see Agatha Christie’s Mousetrap. At 59 years and still packing them in it’s London’s longest running play. There was...

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10 Books

23 December 2010 | Media

There were lots of interesting books in 2010 – fiction and non-fiction, travel and standing still. Here are 10 I found particularly interesting, starting with 5 travel books: Country Driving – Peter Hessler’s look at contemporary China from behind the steering wheel ...

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On in London

3 October 2010 | Culture

 ▲ Gauguins in Moscow's Pushkin Museum My lengthy stay in London concluded with a visit to the Gauguin exhibition at the Tate Modern. I’ve made lots of visits to French Polynesia, including working on a couple of editions of our Tahiti & French Polynesia guid...

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