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January, 2010


Gentlemen of Leisure: How many countries have you visited?

The worst thing about travelling? Having to deal with the colossal morons that are other travellers. Rafiq Copeland plays the one-up travel game.

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When in …

Earlier this week in Panaji, Spykey and I hit a restaurant that had been written up in Lonely Planet as “a compulsory pit stop”. Now, granted, it’s been nearly three years since our edition of the book was published, and a lot can change in that time, but the restaurant was anything but “a compulsory [...]

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King of Change

A couple of weeks back I wrote: Across the road from the museum was an ATM so we withdraw some money, receiving Rs. 9,000 of our Rs. 10,000 in Rs. 1,000 notes. As other travellers to India would no doubt know, one of the eternal battles here is managing the notes in your wallet. Some [...]

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Christopher Pyne’s Unicorn Hunt

Ladies and gentlemen, in collaboration with Crikey‘s First Dog on the Moon, and especially his excellent Christopher Pyne: Because somewhere a unicorn is dying t-shit, I am proud to present Christopher Pyne’s Unicorn Hunt, in which Christopher and I travel the world looking for unicorns in danger for Christopher to save. Our first stop is [...]

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In d(i)a news

On the news menu today we have a selection of highlights from the Goa Herald, 25 January, 2010, chosen because they are interesting for various reasons. These three letters appeared in the paper’s weekly “Civic Forum” column which asks readers, “Do you have a complaint against some authority or service? Are there any violations of [...]

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Responsible tourism: plastic waste

Last week I wrote a piece on rubbish disposal but deliberately kept plastic waste to deal with separately. Lisa and I have calculated that during our three to four months in India we will purchase and empty 200 to 300 plastic water bottles. In a country where official, systematic recycling is almost unheard of, where [...]

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How to drive through an Indian intersection

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Spotted in Panaji

A man in his early- to mid-twenties, walking through the street wearing a t-shirt bearing the following design: I am a master of H. T. M. L. (How To Meet Ladies) In his defence, he was walking side-by-side with a similarly-aged woman of stunning attractiveness, so at least he’s not telling porkies.

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Embracing imperfection

A few days ago while checking out the dense shopping strips of Arambol village, store after store selling exactly the same stuff from exactly the same suppliers, Spykey and I came across a vendor with pieces of art very similar to that we excitedly purchased a week or so back. On display were many book [...]

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My new board shorts are awesome

So far this trip I’d only become aware of a couple of things I forgot to pack. One of them was quite important: a surge protector for charging the netbook, mobile phone etc. that is currently waiting at the Panaji poste restante office along with a certain t-shirt of which you will soon become very [...]

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Womens Agenda

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Smart Company

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StartupSmart

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Property Observer

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