Food, Travel, People

  • Running for the border

    March 20, 2020 by

    Ten days ago we had a fabulous leaving party; joyfully drunk in our favorite pub with 40 of our dearest friends. We knew we had to wash our hands pretty regularly and try not to cough in public, but apart from that the world seemed to be very much as it always had been. Last… Read more

  • London

    March 17, 2020 by

    After fourteen years I no longer live in London. To begin with I lived in a flat in Battersea with a couple of Afrikaans bears and an Irish gamer. The bathroom was at the back of the flat. Whilst I was watching TV the bears would walk through hand in hand in towels to shower… Read more

  • Oman

    January 24, 2020 by

    We’ve done and seen so little here. We’ve not left the three interconnected hotels that form the resort; we’ve not been out in the kayaks, joined a yoga class on the beach or learned to wake board. It has been a wonderful, floppy, wasted time. My sole achievement has been to read three books in… Read more

  • Tianjin

    January 9, 2020 by

    I’ve been chased down a rural Kenyan road by children shouting Mzungu at the first white person they’d ever met; I’ve had selfies with half the young people at an Indian historical site; and I’ve needed a personal security guard in suburban Nigeria. China’s indifference isn’t that bad. And China isn’t unwelcoming to travellers, it… Read more

  • UK General Election

    January 7, 2020 by

    I’m currently awake with jet lag in China. The local time is 5.47 and I have a long day of briefing and groups ahead of me. So, this seems a good time to give my Qual researcher “take” on the recent election. More precisely, this is why I think Labour lost (so badly), and I… Read more

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