All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.

It doesn’t matter whether the recent allegations about the British Prime Minister are true or false, the damage has been done. And though what he is accused of doing is technically not illegal, (owning pictures of it might be), he will be remembered for this accusation for evermore, which is a bit of a shame... Continue Reading →

Escape to Loikaw, Myanmar

Loikaw the capital of Kayah state is a dusty little low-rise town that at first glance has the appearance of somewhere that hasn’t changed in many years, if you scratch under the surface however you’ll discover a recent history that belies it’s sleepiness. Kayah has always been difficult to visit, but recently some of those... Continue Reading →

In Search of Yoma in Yangon (beer tasting in Myanmar)

There is a new beer  in Myanmar called Yoma, it is made by Carlsberg at their recently opened brewery in Bago, and back in June I made it my mission to taste this brand new brew. It was harder to find than I imagined, however with great dedication above and beyond the call of duty, and undeterred by... Continue Reading →

Putting your foot in it, the do’s and don’ts of Myanmar

If you’re visiting (or staying in) Myanmar there are a few do’s and don’ts that you need to make yourself aware of before you get here. And it really is your responsibility to be fully informed of them, because although for minor infringements you’ll often be excused (and someone might helpfully point out your mistake... Continue Reading →

Escape to Hsipaw, Myanmar

The success of Hsipaw as a back-packer tourist destination has been surprisingly rapid, especially as it has always been talked of as a well-kept secret. Vang Veing it is not however, and is still managing to retain it’s charm as a riverside market town despite the throngs of independent travellers. There was a period of... Continue Reading →

Eating Bugs in Myanmar

Would it be too clichéd to start an article about eating insects with a ‘Waiter, waiter’ joke? Probably, so we’ll take that bit as read. But eating insects isn’t a funny business, and according to a 2013 report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) it is something we should be paying serious attention... Continue Reading →

Market Shopping in Yangon

Have you ever cooked Pennywort, Roselle, or Myu leaves? Do you know what a Chinese Potato tastes like, or know what to do with a swastika printed tofu block? Have you been instructed how to properly dissect a squid, or been surprised by a catfish leaping at your ankles from a tin bowl on the... Continue Reading →

Russell Brand’s Monster? or NONE OF THE ABOVE

Back in October 2013 I chucked my two penneth down into the interweb along with a thousand others who had something to say about Russell Brand - (Russell Brand’s Revolution or “Wankers one and all”?). He’d just leapt into the political spotlight having guest edited the Spectator magazine and appeared on Newsnight to tell Jeremy Paxman that he... Continue Reading →

Haggling in Myanmar

You might find the whole process excruciatingly painful, an unpleasant trial to endure, or something you just want to avoid at all costs. It might be an integral part of your overseas experience, a normal aspect of your everyday life, or even a challenge you relish. But regardless of whether you love or loathe the... Continue Reading →

Happy Birthday Shakespeare

It is twenty-nine years ago to the day that I had to recite the poem ‘St George and the Dragon’ by Alfred Moyes at a school assembly. The terror of those excruciating 30 seconds burned onto my mind to such a degree that I can still repeat it ad-verbatim, and it still makes my knees... Continue Reading →

In ‘defence’ of Katie Hopkins

A lady called Katie Hopkins had an article published in the Sun Newspaper on Friday 17th April 2015, titled: "Rescue Boats? I'd use gunships to stop migrants". And it is upsetting a lot of people. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/04/18/katie-hopkins-russell-bra_n_7091674.html?utm_hp_ref=tw  http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/katie-hopkins-when-is-enough-enough-10186490.html But in defence of this Katie, (and this is probably not a view you’ll read anywhere else) I think... Continue Reading →

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