Travel

VIVA Travel Guides Guatemala book released

 

Viva Travel Guides have just released their latest guidebook, following on from their success with guides to Colombia, Argentina, Bolivia and Ecuador and more. This time we’re treated to an insightful and original guide to Guatemala. And I wrote a lot of it so I know it’s going to be good!

Environmental threat to Mekhong River

 

Since 2007, Ch. Karnchang, one of Thailand’s largest construction companies, has been preparing plans to build a massive 1,260 MW dam on the Mekong River’s mainstream at the Kaeng Luang rapids, 30 kilometers from Xayabouri town. This dam would affect thousands of local people directly, and millions more indirectly due to its impact on the Mekong River and its interconnected ecosystems.

Fancy yourself as a travel writer or photographer

 

Well, why not explore your creative potential at the Travellers Tales inspiring weekend workshops with leading sector professionals in London next month. I attended the fantastic workshop weekend last February and found the advice and experiences shared invaluable. All levels of experience welcome.

* COMPASS POINTS TRAVEL WRITING WORKSHOP
With the travel editor of the Financial Times. May 7 & 8.

* VIEWFINDER TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
With the editor of Outdoor Photography magazine. May 21 & 22.

Turkey: more than just a good kebab

 

[…] When a friend of mine, realizing that her last summer of unrestrained pleasure before entering into careerdom was upon her, asked me to take her on an adventure I thought what better place to go for a little culture and excitement than the crossroads between Europe and Asia … Turkey.

Turkey – more than just a good kebab (September 2003)

Living the dream!

 

I have dreamt of moving to Spain – permanently – for a long time. I’ve travelled extensively across the Iberian Peninsula but it’s not as ideal as living there, or at least owning your own property …  for long summer holidays or short winter getaways whenever you want. There’s a lot of expat advice about but a good place to start is with something concrete. A browse around the property sites will give you a feel for what’s out there. I’ve used Ideal Property before as it brings together homes and villas available through hundreds of different real estate agents and the map helpfully displays how many homes are listed in each province. The only problem is now, how will I ever decide where to live with so many beatutiful properties to chose from???

Natsukashii Nagasaki

 

Omoshiroi ne! A little you tube intro to Nagaskai, my home for two glorious years.

Cuban revolution; freedom of expression; four amazing actors

 

I first read ‘Before Night Falls’ (Antes Que Anochezca, 1992) while studying for my under-grad degree. Then I discovered the movie, and if Javier Bardem, Johnny Depp, Sean Penn and Olivier Martinez (plus a small part by the then unknown Diego Luna) aren’t four reasons-enough to watch the film then there’s also the amazing black and white actual footage of Castro triumphantly entering Havana in 1969.  An autobiography of the Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas, both paper and celluloid describe vividly his life under the repressive socialist régime, his sexual experimentation, stints in and out of prison, the danger and importance in defending freedom of expression and the life-threatening lengths people will go to in order to find liberty.

Double Standards of a Superpower – China Vs the US

 

Double Standards of a Superpower (April 2003) 

China’s president Hu Jintao was on a four-day tour of America last week, which was hailed as the most important state visit from China in over 30 years. The Obama adminsitration planned to use this time to heal the rift which has developed between the two world powers, along side raising concerns about nuclear energy and currency protection and broaching the terrible human rights record of the Chinese government, highlighted by the protests outside the White House by supporters of the persecuted Falun Gong and a ‘Free Tibet’ for example.

Human Rights Perspectives: Roma in an Expanding Europe Union – UK Perspectives

 

Roma in an Expanding Europe Union – J Sykes MA thesis 2006

ABSTRACT

‘Roma are the largest pan-European minority, with a significant presence in every major European state’ (Oakley 2005, pp.2) existing at ‘a level of destitution almost indescribable’ (Refugee Council 1999, pp.37) and yet until recently they have been largely ignored by European institutions and the international community.

Murakami classic finally makes it onto the big screen

 

Anybody interested in Japanese culture has read at least one Haruki Murakami novel, and it is likely that one novel would be the emotional and nostalgic Norwegian Wood (1987) – the tale of sex, loss and mental illness that brought Murakami world-wide success.