Author Archives: alisonwinward

An unexpected treat: St Pancras Old Church, London

“Hmm, I wonder what’s up there?” I thought to myself as I walked from King’s Cross to the Carreras Cigar Factory in Camden. “There” was a flight of steps, stone, characterful and obviously old, probably something like a couple of … Continue reading

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Well, that’s Trump told…

Long story, but the other day I discovered the delight that is http://www.uriminzokkiri.com , the website of the official news agency of North Korea (or the DPRK). There’s a lot of glorious stuff on there but I just couldn’t resist … Continue reading

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Myanmar Mystery

This post is a bit of a departure from my usual rather fluffy travel ones, but having spent some time in Burma/Myanmar – and just published a book about it, for goodness sake – I feel I can’t not address … Continue reading

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From W1A to NW1

As if there weren’t already enough reasons to love the new series of the BBC’s W1A, I’m pretty sure that Perfect Curve and Fun Media are based in the Art Deco delight that is the Carrerras Cigar Factory, just across … Continue reading

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The Thames Path – or The Scenic Route

THERE’s probably a certain irony to how this post came about, seeing as it involves me visiting a dead explorer then doing some exploring of my own. I’d decided it would make sense to combine checking out the tomb of … Continue reading

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The End of the Road

THIS post is a bit of a departure (excuse the pun) from previous ones, as it’s about a traveller other than me. And it’s about where he ended up after his travels were done. I’m talking about Richard Burton (the … Continue reading

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Burmese Daze – the book!

For some strange reason it seemed to make sense to turn my diaries and dlogs from Burma/Myanmar into a book. More depth, more stories, more opinion, more, well, Myanmar! It’s available now, as a print book from Lulu.com, and as … Continue reading

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Going via Gothiek to Hsipaw

I decided to move on east to the small town of Hsipaw, and to go by train. The eye-catching Celica dropped me outside the station about half an hour before the train was due to leave. The ‘Foreigner price’ fare … Continue reading

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Coffeemix and a Celica, or the Road to Pyin U Lwin

K, N and I took the bus from Nyaungshwe to Mandalay and travelled from there to the hill station of Pyin-Oo-Lwin. They were going because they had heard it was really nice. I was going because it was one of … Continue reading

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Undercurrents on Inle Lake

The main attraction of Nyaungshwe was as a starting point for boat trips on the lake. I booked with a company my friend L had used a year earlier, as she had asked me to take presents to some people … Continue reading

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