Category Archives: Opinion

The dilemma of Bangkok’s beggars

Beggar in Bangkok - photo by Sam Sherratt

My resolve to not give to beggars is severely tested by one particular elderly woman, sat each day outside the On Nut branch of Tesco Lotus. Her slight and fragile frame reminds me of my own grandmother. Continue reading

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Dual pricing and social media – a dangerous mix for Asiatique The Riverfront

This wheel, half the size of the London Eye, is the cause of such furore. Photo by Heiko S.

Bangkok’s Asiatique The Riverfront has spectacularly created itself a public relations nightmare on a monumental scale, by indulging in the distasteful practice of dual pricing. Continue reading

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The best of UK train ticket web sites

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Not all UK train ticket booking sites are created equal – find out how to pick the best one to suit your needs. Continue reading

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How to cheat at Christmas

    This isn’t some Delia-style preach to use ready-made mashed potato. There are only one and a half shopping days left, but it is still not too late to get a good deal on gifts – they key is … Continue reading

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Stick to the rules or just don’t bother

    This is a post that I meant to write just after I last flew with Ryanair from Nantes to East Midlands. It is, perhaps surprisingly, not a rant about Ryanair. It is instead a rant about the inconsistency … Continue reading

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Spot the difference – what a hotel says and what it means

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    Compare these two pictures. One is from the D’Ma Hotel’s web site, showing a plush, pleasantly decorated room. The other is the reality, the hotel in the flesh; nowhere near the most grotesque I’ve had the misfortune of … Continue reading

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Are the French stupid?

Tramway at Commerce, Nantes

    From time to time I come to think that the French aren’t a very intelligent people. I am not one to stereotype, but here it is just too easy. Take today – after spending the afternoon battling for … Continue reading

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The language of Eurostar

    I am beginning to feel like St Pancras is my second home, such is the frequency with which I am seem to be travelling by train from Nantes to London of late. But there is one part of … Continue reading

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Absence makes the heart grow fonder

    ‘Absence makes the heart grow fonder.’ So I was reminded by a friend last night as we caught up on six and a half months of gossip, not having seen each other since June last year, over a … Continue reading

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The terrorists have won

    Dear oh interested one, I write from the battlefield of several personal and professional crises. Hapless ex-employees, broken cash cards, impossible-to-access bank accounts; I have been afflicted by all of these and more over the past few weeks. … Continue reading

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The Girl Outdoors

    Another quick plug for someone else’s blog – I’ve just discovered The Girl Outdoors, run by the lovely Sian, who I worked with on the Student Impact newspaper at Bath University. Now I’m neither a girl (well not … Continue reading

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Public urination and handshakes

    About time for some more thoughts on the French, now I’ve been here five weeks. First up, pee. Yes, pee. What is it about the French that makes them think it is okay to pee up walls, into … Continue reading

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My son is gay

    I’ve just come across this heartening blog post and wanted to share it with you. And doesn’t the kid look awesome in his costume?! http://nerdyapplebottom.com/2010/11/02/my-son-is-gay/ Tweet

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Culture rage

    The French must have some of the silliest opening hours in the world. I’ve just got back from an attempted trip to do some washing, having watched the clothes pile up for weeks – I must have more … Continue reading

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The highs and lows of Kanchanaburi

    For me, the best part of Kanchanaburi town is getting out of it. I admit it, I am a relatively difficult person to please and I am yet to be thoroughly convinced by this place. There are parts … Continue reading

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Kanchanaburi – a town with many faces

    I am finding Kanchanaburi difficult. I have been here before, but only for a few hours at most – a quick glimpse of the Death Railway, en route to Erawan waterfalls or transiting to Sangkhlaburi, further west. In … Continue reading

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Catching Up

    My summer of updates on this blog didn’t go quite as planned; in fact, it didn’t get further than Bangkok’s Lumpini Park at the start of July. I did write a collection of posts while on the road … Continue reading

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World wide wonders

    A bit of a techie post from me for a change. You see, I’ve got a bit of a split personality. I am not only a person with a love of travel but also a languages student back … Continue reading

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Bangkok’s troubles and an overreaction from the Foreign Office

    I’m glad I’m not the only one criticising the UK Foreign Office’s current travel advice for Thailand. This short and sweet blog post from Adrian Michaels at the Telegraph pretty much sums up what I’ve been saying for … Continue reading

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How cameras have changed travel

    As I walked home on Friday evening, a strange thing happened. I stopped, as I often do, to take a photo or two as I walked down the steep hill from the University’s campus – struck by an … Continue reading

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Shock Revelations

Two things strike me as I begin to get more and more excited about heading off to Berlin next week. I’ve not been to Europe since 2002 and, more shockingly, I’ve never been to another European capital city. Continue reading

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