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Birmingham: Out of the Blue

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INTRO Quick note here, this is one of the hardest blogs I’ve done but as one of the biggest cities in the UK you can’t leave Birmingham out of the equation. It’s a pity that during my time there, like Manchester, several key places to visit were closed. PEN MUSEUM – CLOSED CHINA EXPRESSION GALLERY – CLOSED ART GALLERY AND MUSEUM – CLOSED until 2022! Not only that but I spend several visits trying to locate the city’s iconic Selfridges building only to find the mottled pink, and black blob…read more

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David Sylvian: The Sound Atlas

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Writing anything at all about David Sylvian is extremely difficult. So much has already been written and a new level of vocabulary is required, perhaps words that don’t even exist. A body of work that is manicured, stark, at times terrifying (think Tallow Moon or The Rabbit Skinner) and strangely engrossing. It’s often said Sylvian has provided the soundtrack to one’s life so herein lies my personal history (though I hope it is identifiable to you the reader). I should add this is a long read some 9,000 words or…read more

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London: Nostalgia in the Now

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THE NOSTALGIC FACE OF A NATION AND THE CITY *this blog contains affiliate links Nostalgia hangs thick in the air of the UK and especially with London. When I return to my spiritual home (Heathrow) literally a city within a city, a Vatican for avgeeks, I find British Airways are not only still flying the jumbo but some are in retro colour schemes recalling 1983 (Negus & Negus designed red union flag fin) and ’85 (Landor’s dark blue fin replacing the red and coupled with the BA ‘to fly, to…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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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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Hong Kong: In Search of Kai Tak

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WISH YOU WERE HERE What is it about absence, the cult of something long since passed or a site that is no longer there that so enraptures the more inquisitive souls of our species. Is it nostalgia? A longing for a forgotten time and place. Or does this line of enquiry encroach on the more arcane worlds of ‘dark tourism’ and ‘psycho-geography?’ Whatever the reason, this exploration of a legend among airfields begins at the end. In 1998 the lights along the harbour runway at Hong Kong’s former airport Kai…read more

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Alphaville: From Germany with Love

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BROTHERS IN ARMS *This blog contains affiliate links. So you’re young though not necessarily forever young. You’ve got a great singer who can sing and write songs in English. You’re signed to WEA. Your first single is massive, you have the world at your feet, everything seems to have fallen into place with considerable ease and then… this happens…  …and as the ultimate nose rub they’re on the same label and would in time prove bigger in your own country. But band comparisons are nothing new; U2/Simple Minds for example….read more

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Flying the Golden Route with Hello Kitty

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THE GOLDEN WAY There are several airlines plying the Taipei Hong Kong route, an air-lane so profitable, it’s colloquially known as the Golden Route. Operating it are among others: China Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Hong Kong Airlines with multiple timings per day and a multitude of code share options to boot. This is a similar distance to say London to Scotland yet it’s being flown not by 737’s or A319’s but by 777’s, 747’s and A330’s. In other words BIG planes! The kind that could easily be utilised on much…read more

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Travel: What I Pack

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*this blog contains an affiliate link MOBILE HOMES This piece was originally published in September 2017 but I soon found it needed an update and links. Depending on whether it’s a short break or a full on global relocation I will pack accordingly. In the latter instance however my three bags are my home; a house on wheels (minus the proverbial kitchen sink).  Changes to full service airline baggage rules means that I now need to reconfigure some of the contents for flight and some are now charging for more…read more

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Taipei: Between Stormy Seas

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DATES Between 2012 and 2014 (don’t worry about the dates) I visited Taipei as well as surrounding towns and cities on a few occasions. I wrote four blogs, all on cafes and food but never a generic one. The problem with eateries is they have a habit of going bust so I’ve decided to just give a generic overview of the city as I saw it.  This includes imagery not seen previously and an excerpt from HOUSE OF MANY FACES. I can’t say my time in Taipei was a particularly…read more

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