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Manila: Transport – More Fun in the Philippines?

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This piece was originally written in 2013 at a time when the Philippines was being battered by a storm from the Pacific. Fortunately this did not affect the capital where I was, but Manila also needed a lot of work. Let’s start at the beginning and a big thanks to my friend and journalist in the Philippines George Buid for the updates. ARRIVAL The Philippines are in the midst of a tourist drive. With their colourful and quirky ‘more fun in the Philippines’ campaign and slogan attracting a lot of media…read more

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London: In Search of Croydon

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FOXBASE ALPHA My new home base lies somewhere between Heathrow and Gatwick; the two busiest hubs for aviation in the UK. However before those two got off the ground so to speak, the main London airport lay not far up the road just outside of Croydon perched by Purley Way. It is kind of what Templehoff is to Berlin. It’s a further walk from Croydon’s economic centre than I thought. Nonetheless as it was a glorious and strangely mild winter day, why not? The first sign is one of those brown…read more

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Athens: In Search of Hellinikon

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ELLO ELLINIKO In my first Athens blog I mention travelling via the then new airport in 2001 narrowly missing out on landing at its predecessor Hellinikon. In the third instalment of the ‘In Search of…’ blogs I went to visit the old and now ghostly aerodrome and was surprised at what I found (other than tumbleweed). Navigational errors mark the beginning of this adventure – I know I’m close but it just looks like an urban street; houses and a kids park with swings so I turn off and find…read more

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Guangzhou: In Search of Old Baiyun

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URBAN ARCHAEOLOGY It may not be as famous as Kai Tak but Guangzhou or Canton has its own ‘old’ airport and although aware of it, I didn’t know it was so close to town! Not too far from the central train station and even closer to the station that will be built to replace it. Guangzhou like Hong Kong is a city in constant development. Unlike Kai Tak however the site of the old Baiyun airport (the present airport retains the name even if it is in Huadu district) has…read more

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Barcelona: Garden Recalled

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BACK TO THE GARDEN The clock ticks forward; complex and constant, friend and foe. Andorra is caught between two countries and two towns. France and Spain, Toulouse and Barcelona. As the latter is my first international city I swing round for my third visit and after my night of purgatory at El Prat’s T2, knew just where to go. The metro journey was inexorably arduous yet simultaneously exciting. My last visit in 2010 would birth the poem, BCN from Terminal Wanderlust… I don’t remember our first date Age became me…read more

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Travel: Station to Station

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NEWPORT – LONDON PADDINGTON, c1977 or 78 Before we commence on this spectacular trip down memory land, I should mention this post contains an affiliate link and with that let’s go! Do you remember your first train trip? Me neither but this one will do to start. The (then) brand new Inter City 125 had started operations from South Wales and my father treated us to a trip to London. Super smooth or as smooth as UK train travel got or gets.  Photo Credit/s: Phil Sangwell/Adam Bryant. Timetable shot KH….read more

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Farewell Queen of the Skies

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*CAUTION: Contains weepy video links and Playlist! SO THIS IS GOODBYE In 2014 I wrote on my old blog about the retirement of the final long-haul flights of both Cathay Pacific (CX) and Air New Zealand’s beautiful 747’s, nicknamed the Jumbo Jet or the Queen of the Skies. Now in July 2020 they are to be joined by the British Airways (BA) fleet – another victim of the Covid-19 pandemic. This aircraft is special to me for its design (something so huge that can look so endearingly friendly) and in…read more

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Travel: Europe by Coach

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BUS ABOUT EUROPE In recent years I’ve had the good fortune to travel extensively through eastern and now western Europe by train, ferry and bus. Today it’s the latter I’m going to focus on. The main players currently are: Eurolines, Flixbus and a couple of local biggies like ALSA in Spain, Polskibus in Poland, Ouibus in France and LUX Express in the Baltic States. As with the airlines it’s hit and miss on who will carry all my/your bags or only one and charge for the other. For this reason I tended…read more

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Cardiff: Transport Futurology

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*This piece was originally written in July 2014 whilst still in China. In 2018 I returned to Cardiff and was able to shoot new imagery of the revamped stations at Queen Street and Central. The words remain relevant as the South Wales metro region is set to be revitalised by the newly formed Transport for Wales who replace Arriva Trains Wales. CARDIFF FUTUROLOGY In the wake of the Manic Street Preachers release Futurology I decided to add my comments on the upcoming plans for ‘our’ Cardiff (if you don’t know…read more

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Hong Kong: Railway Museum

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For some time I’ve been meaning to see something more of Hong Kong than just the glitzy lights of the island financial district, finally this has been granted in the shape of Tai Po Market. I was actually looking for a library closer to the border than Kowloon but it just so happens the neatly preserved railway museum is also in the vacinity so I swiftly sped through the rain to have a look. What I found was a beautiful little museum housed in and around the original Tai Po…read more

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