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July, 2010


Digging the joys of Kakadu

Mining work is an interesting yet inconvenient way to see the country. I once received a phone call from a certain engineering firm, asking if I wanted to fly up to Darwin for a one-month shutdown in Kakadu. The pay was a bit less than what I’d become used to, but having never been to the Northern Territory I decided that it was a good opportunity to see the countryside.

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The ethics of watching sport on holiday

I once went to Sydney for a weekend with four male friends. We arrived around midday with tickets to a football double header that evening and an eye to heading out afterwards. Casually flicking through the TV channels, waiting for everyone to be ready, something unforseen happened. Somehow we landed on The World’s Strongest Man [...]

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Concrete jungle now with even more expensive dreams

I’ve been lucky enough to visit New York twice now, both times renting apartments on Craigslist from private owners, who have moved out of their homes for the few weeks that I’ve been there. Meaning, I can stay in roomy and nicely decorated apartments, have a kitchen and pretend I’m a real New Yorker, all [...]

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Vino and Vinyasa: an orgasm of life in San Francisco

Binoy Kampmark writes from San Francisco: Yoga stretched bodies, taunt and in various shades of exercise, in a mocking show of entertainment, seeing how far their litheness would take them.  Then, bottles of tart California Sauvignon Blanc gazing at their projected derrieres, ready to be opened to the thirsty clientele after their ritual bodily purge.  [...]

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IRAN|

A day in the desert

On my third day in Esfahan I was sitting in the hotel courtyard with the Lonely Planet trying to map out the rest of my trip. My rough plan after Esfahan was Shiraz, Kerman, Yazd, Mashhad, Kashan, and then back to Tehran for my flight out of Iran. However, this left me with a few [...]

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IRAN|

Zam Zam Slam

So, I got the hell out of Tehran. There’s still loads more there I’d like to see but I needed to get out of the big city and get somewhere calmer, and I’ve scheduled two days to finish off the capital at the end of the trip. One overnight bus later I was in the [...]

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ASIA|

Living in the whaling nations: White lies, whale-meat and weirdness

The best advice I got so far is that everyone tells white lies. Especially when it comes to lodging forms with the government, writes Paul Johannessen.

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IRAN|

Just an ordinary Tehran day

Seriously, in just three days the people of Iran have won the friendliest, most generous nationality on earth competition. Hands down.

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ASIA|

A Grand Unifying Theory Of Asia

I have decided to develop a grand unifying theory of Asia. It’ll be easy, right?

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IRAN|

First Iran-pressions

Scott Bridges has finally arrived in Tehran!

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