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2013 in review

2 Jan

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,400 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Upcoming feature in the New African

9 Dec


Just heard that my feature, ‘The Fairground of Abidjan’, about the Hotel Ivoire, the Ivoirian civil war and the power of symbolism, will be appearing in the next issue of New African Magazine. It is available only in print format so do try and grab yourself (or better still, buy) a copy when it appears in newsagents on Wednesday 18th December.

Upcoming feature in The African Courier

2 Dec



Pleased to announce that my feature about the University of Development Studies, ‘Proudly Pro-Poor’ will be appearing in the December-January edition of the African Courier.

Watch this space, or spaces like it:

Missive #22: Bristol Festival of Literature Appearance

28 Aug

Truly thrilled and tickled to announce that the slow-moving ‘On the Road, Off the Page’ roadshow will, after an interval of seven months, be resuming at the Bristol Festival of Literature on October 24th. Listen to me talking about developing world megacities and the history of hitchhiking, and to Tom Phillips and Mike Manson about their wondrous work. Full details this a-way:

Missive #21 – New archive of my Element articles

21 Feb

Interested in trekking magazines? Hiking in France? Walking around megacities?

Then you might be interested in this. It’s an archive of my writings for Element, and I’ll be reblogging some of the articles shortly.

Missive #20 – Spiffing New Element Site

10 Feb

Element, the copywriting company that runs Adventure Sports Holidays has a brand new and highly professional-looking site. As a staff writer for ASH, it’s reassuring to be working with people who palpably know what they’re doing.

Missive #19 – ‘Travels in Old Asia’ review in the London Magazine

10 Feb

TLM Feb_Mar 2013_Cover

Greetings all, my latest piece for the London Magazine, a review of three classic travel books on Southern Asia, is out now. 2012 in Review

15 Jan

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,100 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 5 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Missive #18 – Waxing with the Writers’ Squad

8 Dec

Just finished doing a brilliant workshop with Portsmouth Writer Squad at the New Theatre Royal. What a keen and talented group of young scribes. They asked very good questions (and made very good challenges) and responded to the exercises with brio and intelligence. Let no grumpy member of an older generation ever again say that kids today are apathetic!

Fascinating discussions grew out of such topics as the writing profession and how we might approach Portsmouth as a subject for a travelogue.

Thanks to all at New Writing South – and of course to the students themselves – for having me.

Missive #17 – Hitchers of Oz ebook

29 Oct

Our Australian publisher, Glass House, has made The Hitchers of Oz, a fine anthology of down under-set hitchhiking stories available as an ebook right about here.

Read the scribblings by JP Donleavy, Sam Neill, Chuck D, Craig Revel Horwood and many others from various walks of life.