15 March 2019 | Transport
Of course the skies are currently empty of Boeing 737 Max aircraft, but as a result of the recent India-Pakistan dispute, from Wednesday 27 February Pakistan closed its airspace to commercial flights. All those flights between Europe and South-East Asia – Bangkok, Kua...
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...
Filthy Rich, Country Girls
26 December 2015 | Media
Mohsin Hamid’s How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia is a clever project. From the cover it’s yet another self-help manual, although with a racy title. Inside the chapters are arranged just like a self-help book should be, running through from ‘Move to the City,’ via ...
Four Books, one Movie – drugs, drones, Hitler, India & Pakistan, Snowden
24 February 2015 | Culture
Four books which have caught my attention, although I’ve only read reviews. Plus one movie, which I have seen.
• Chasing the Scream, the First & Last Days of the War on Drugs by Johann Hari, a summation of why this is another war – like the War on Terror – whic...
Dark Lands, the Taleban, Stupidity
24 June 2013 | Culture
Albert Einstein is reputed to have stated that ‘Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.’
I’m regularly reminded of that statement – John Kerry, US Secretary of State, reminded me of that today with his comment...