Friday, June 22, 2018

A Week in a Tokyo Capsule Hotel

Japan (as far as I know) invented the capsule hotel. Nobody else would, or could. These are places where a wandering non-gazillionaire or random...

Venice: It has Canals

1,600 years ago a bunch of people fled their homes in what is now northern Italy. They were escaping social and political turmoil surrounding...

The Counter-Enclave of Nahwa, UAE

A rare geopolitical oddity, the counter-enclave is basically a country within a country within a country, or part thereof... more or less. There is...

Airbus A380… Everyone’s a Comedian

Recently I caught an Airbus A-380. It's a rather large airplane, which carts about the population of an Australian inland city. Funnily enough, it's...

I Think I Joined a Korean Cult Last Summer

In 2011 my family and I took a short stroll to a one-day festival being held at the Korean National War Memorial in Seoul....

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A holiday in Iran

The world is a scary place. That's what I keep hearing anyway, and right now, the omnipresent threat to my personal safety, freedom, employment,...

‘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...

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...

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...

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