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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

Karen’s flight was just a few days away, so she and Ne Lin headed back to Mandalay, while I decided to take a train east to the small town of Hsipaw. The eye-catching Celica dropped me outside the station about … Continue reading

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

Karen, Ne Lin and I took the bus from Nyaungshwe to Mandalay and travelled from there to the hill station of Pyin U Lwin. They were going because they had heard it was really nice. I was going because it … Continue reading

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Undercurrents on Inle Lake

The main reason most people go to Nyaungshwe is to take a boat trip on the famously beautiful Inle Lake. I used a travel company my friend Lotte had used a year earlier, as she had asked me to take … Continue reading

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To Inle Lake

CATCHING the bus from Bagan at 4am was brutal enough, so I could have done without the presence of another tourist, an Israeli called U. Considering U had been travelling for seven months or so, he got stressed very easily. … Continue reading

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