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Where's Jonny? Care to dine with me? You would think that 11 years of daily food tasting for a living might put me off?......au contraire! Chomp away with me across 6 continents. Seduced like a bloodhound to the scent of good food, I anticipate the misty waft of steaming broths, the satisfying crunch of mudbugs and the vibrant aroma of freshly pulverised lemongrass. Buon appetito

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Train journey to the sky - Machu Pichu

PERU | Monday, 8 Oct 2007 | Views [2417]

I've never shyed away from exercise.  I have even been known to drink Lucozade sport - but when offered the choice of a gruelling 4 day hike over mountains that make Lamas groan OR a spectacular train journey through the Andes, I opted for the latter.... Read more >

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Full-on football - Rio´s fanatical fans

BRAZIL | Monday, 1 Oct 2007 | Views [2421]

I´ve never been a voyeur - well, not when it comes to sport,  so football matches are not really my thing.  However, I was interested to test just how fanatical the Brazilians were about the game by attending a derby match at their famous Maracana stadium.... Read more >

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Maoris, Moustaches and Manuka

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 17 Aug 2007 | Views [1037]

We looked 50 feet into the volcanic crater, its grassy sides rippled like an ancient sunken souffle.  With 360 degree panoramas over Auckland, Mount Eden is the highest of 48 volcanoes in the city. I was just positioning Maria for the, ¨crawling from a ... Read more >

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The man, the mystery, the Empire

SINGAPORE | Wednesday, 23 May 2007 | Views [878]

For just one day I yearn to be where I am now but 100 years ago.  Sauntering Singapores streets in the well preserved Colonnial district I ponder the glitz and glamour, the Victorian garb, the pomp and ceremony, the port and cigars, the gentlemanly manners, the ... Read more >

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smiley happy people on lethal missions

VIETNAM | Sunday, 6 May 2007 | Views [785]

There was blood all over, liver, tongue and intestinal tract.......and that was just my first Vietnamese breakfast.  Complimented with beansprouts and chopped spring onion in a rice soup this dish of liberally applied black pepper, was quite delicious.... Read more >

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strapped for cash?

CAMBODIA | Sunday, 22 Apr 2007 | Views [948] | Comments [1]

Back in London I am an advocate of regular deep tissue massage. Indeed, they iron out the creases (but usually for a hefty price.) So, when I was invited for a massage in Cambodia, "cheap, cheap" I thought I was getting a bargain. I innocently ... Read more >

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Night at the museum?

THAILAND | Thursday, 22 Mar 2007 | Views [971]

I don't claim to be Brian Sewell, nor would I want to be, although many people have been referring to my likeness to Ben Stiller. However, I'd like to offer my laymans observations on the Thai National Gallery. I arrived at 11.30am to find no vistitors.... Read more >

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More romantic than Paris

THAILAND | Tuesday, 20 Mar 2007 | Views [747] | Comments [1]

March is windy in Thailand and therefore designated to that most romantic of sports, kite flying. Its very much my cup of tea.  I stay on the ground whilst the kite endures, "any sudden turbulence." (pilot quote)  In fact you could liken kite ... Read more >

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5 days in Bankok

THAILAND | Monday, 19 Mar 2007 | Views [872]

As Confuscious famously decreed, "Man who walks naked in revolving airport doors is going to Bankok." and so I arrived for some relaxation after a few too many cities. Of course Bankok is a city too but I wanted to see the sites and do some ... Read more >

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Eats shoots and leaves

CHINA | Saturday, 17 Mar 2007 | Views [859]

There are only 1000 Giant Pandas left in the wild. My quest to photograph this tearful soul in its natural surroundings would take me across China, but on the way, I was to meet with an army of immortals..... I inspected the three sandy pits of soldiers ... Read more >

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Thoughts on Beijing

CHINA | Saturday, 10 Mar 2007 | Views [1103]

This is an incomprehendibly large country with an equally astonishing amount of inhabitants.  A third of the world eat with chopsticks and one in four of the worlds population are Chinese so I realise that I cannot write holistically about a nations ... Read more >

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Crouching trouser, hidden turd

CHINA | Saturday, 10 Mar 2007 | Views [1002]

Toilets are always worth a mention in any travellers blog.  They provide hours of entertainment and clean humour, or not as the case may be. I was eating in a smart, centrally based restaurant in Beijing.  Each table had two different coloured cloths ... Read more >

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Notes on HK

HONG KONG | Saturday, 24 Feb 2007 | Views [689]

London is sterile compared to Hong Kong, Los Angeles, like an operating theatre.  The senses are driven wherever you are especially smell the intensity of which increases as evening draws on. Its like filling Glade plug-ins with clove, cinnamon, fennel ... Read more >

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You want noodle?

HONG KONG | Friday, 23 Feb 2007 | Views [643]

Timing into Hong Kong was impeccable.  I misseed the extravagant New Year firework display by 2 days nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo  It was the year of the pig alright.  When I touched down an unrelenting ulta fine mist soaked me forming globules ... Read more >

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Call me Keith Moon

SOUTH AFRICA | Tuesday, 20 Feb 2007 | Views [713] | Comments [1]

"A great stress reliever" announced the flier.  "Mmmm Afrikan Djembe drumming session it is," I thought already feeling the rhythm deep in my soul. That evening I sat with others in an arc round two Congolese(?) gents who were as ... Read more >

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