Monday, February 6, 2023

Serbia: Saints and Sljivovica

The Serbs seem to have an awful lot of Saints. The nation doesn't seem overtly religious as a whole (though it does have a...

The Rise and Fail of Dubai?

There's a Chinese restaurant in the Marco Polo Hotel in Dubai. The name of the restaurant is Chopstix, and it proudly holds the Guinness...

A holiday in Iran

The world is a scary place. That's what I keep hearing. I do however belong to the most dangerous, destructive species on...

One Surreal Day in North Korea (part 1)

We reach the border at daybreak. Our guide stresses, again, that we are to adhere absolutely to all rules and procedures. We deposit our...

Is the Middle East Dangerous?

Short answer... yes. I mean... considering sharks, football hooligans, Japanese Encephalitis, hippopotami, divorce lawyers, falling anvils, people who hang around outside airports... pretty much...

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The world is a scary place. That's what I keep hearing. I do however belong to the most dangerous, destructive species on...

‘This Isn’t Happening’. Prostitution in Korea. Does it actually exist?

A young Korean friend asked for a little help with a short essay he had written for his university English class. We chatted over...

The World’s Worst Mass Murderers

By this title I don't mean of course to speak of people who decided for whatever reason to go on a killing spree but...

Christmas in Oman

It may not shock to hear that life in the Middle east is a touch different to that in the west. We all know...

I had a White People Problem in Africa

I finally stepped out of the airport, breathed the fresh air and looked up at big, blue African skies. Three seconds later I lowered my gaze and...

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