The Atlas

 

‘There is a Nation, wherever we go,
with places to talk about, and people to know.’
– Jack Hues (Wang Chung)

WHERE I’VE BEEN

*The Atlas is a work in progress, please bear with me while I gradually renew some of the older content.

ANDORRA
Place: Andorra

AUSTRIA
Place: Vienna (pre-blog).
See Nomad book.

AUSTRALIA
Place: Brisbane, Bundaberg, Gold Coast (Coolangatta/Tweed Heads and Surfers Paradise at the time), Melbourne, Sydney (all pre-blog).

Culture: Sgt. Iva’s Magical Mystery Tour (Spinning the Big Wheel), Over the Line (ICEHOUSE Bsides), RE:COVERED – Australian Music Design – IN PROGRESS

Music: Boom Crash Opera, ICEHOUSE, INXS, Pseudo Echo

BELGIUM
Place: Bruges, Brussels

BULGARIA
Place: Sofia

CAMBODIA
Place: Phnom Penh

CHINA
Place: Beijing, Changsha, Chenzhou, Dongguan, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Huizhou, Kunming, Nanning, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Xiamen (external link)(For those not highlighted, see the HOUSE OF MANY FACES book).

Culture: China – Frustrations and Fascinations, Five Years in a Kingdom of Red, Guangzhou Opera House – After ZahaIn Search of Old Baiyun, Metro Museum, Playing Boule with the Chinese (on old site), The Through Train, Transport to the Max! Xiaozhou Art Village

CROATIA
Place: Zagreb

CZECH REPUBLIC (now CZECHIA)
Place: Prague (pre-blog but covered in the Nomad book).

DENMARK
Place: Copenhagen (pre-blog)

EGYPT
Place: Cairo

ENGLAND
Place: Bath, Birmingham – IN PROGRESS, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Canterbury, Cheltenham, Chester, Exeter, Gloucester, Hereford, LiverpoolLondon, Manchester, Nottingham, Oxford, Portsmouth, Reading, Sheffield, Southampton, Swindon (most pre-blog but some covered in the Nomad book and Oxford in the Year Amid Winter book, you can buy both here).

Culture: Bomberg at the National, Brian Eno’s Diary (book review), Culture Under Attack! In Search of Croydon, Duran Duran (Which Way is Duranistan), Mark Hollis (eulogy), No-Man (album review), No-Man Urban Disco (the London songs), QUEEN (Hot Space), Dylan Jones’ Sweet Dreams (book review), Yuka Fujii Like Planets (exhibition)

Music: Brian Eno, David Sylvian, John Foxx, Steve HogarthSteve Jansen, SUEDETears for Fears, Tim Bowness, Wang Chung

ESTONIA
Place: Tallinn

FINLAND
Place: Helsinki

Culture: The Nordic Theory of Everything

FRANCE
Place: Biarritz, Cherbourg, Lyon, Menton, Nice, Paris, Villefranche-sur-Mer (see Nomad book for Nice, Paris and V-s-M).

Culture/Music: 50 Years of Planet Jarre – IN PROGRESS

GERMANY
Place: Berlin, Frankfurt

Music: Alphaville, Claudia Brücken – IN PROGRESS

GIBRALTAR
Place: Gibraltar

GREECE
Place: Athens, Thessaloniki

Culture: In Search of Hellinikon

HONG KONG (now part of CHINA)
Place: Hong Kong

Culture: Hodgkin in Hong Kong (exhibition), In Search of Kai Tak, Railway Museum

HUNGARY
Place: Budapest

IRELAND
Place: Cork, Dublin, Galway, Sligo (all pre-blog but featured in Voyage of Nomad)

Culture: Songs of Faith and Devotion (Perry album review)

Music: Perry Blake

ISLE OF MAN: Douglas (postponed)

ITALY
Place: Florence, Pompeii, Rome, Sorrento, Venice (see Nomad book)

Culture: Nomad Italia

LATVIA
Place: Riga

LITHUANIA
Place: Vilnius

LUXEMBOURG
Place: Luxembourg

MACAO (now part of CHINA)
Place: Macao City (no blog)

MACEDONIA (now NORTH MACEDONIA)
Place: Skopje

MALAYSIA
Place: Kuala Lumpur (pre-blog)

MALTA
Place: Valletta – IN PROGRESS

MOLDOVA
Place: Chisinau

MONACO
Place: Monaco (pre-blog but covered in Nomad)

NETHERLANDS
Place: Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague (all pre-blog but Amsterdam covered in Nomad)

NEW ZEALAND
Place: Auckland, Gisborne, Napier, Nelson, Palmeston North, Queenstown, Rotorua, Wanganui, Wellington (most of these were in my youth so obviously pre-blog). See also Year Amid Winter for extensive writing on Auckland.

Culture: RE:COVERED – New Zealand Music Design

Music: Strawpeople

NORWAY
Place: –

Music: A-ha, Subshine

PHILIPPINES
Place: Manilla

Culture: Transport – More Fun in the Philippines?

POLAND
Place: Warsaw

Culture: In Search of Mokotowski, Neon Lights, Travellers Cafe.

PORTUGAL
Place: Faro, Lisbon, Sintra

ROMANIA
Place: Cluj-Napoca

SCOTLAND
Place: Edinburgh, Fort William, Glasgow, Inverness (all pre-blog)

Culture: The poem Lyrical Scotland appears in Notate, buy it here.

Music: Hats off to the Scots (Simple Minds, The Blue Nile, Love and Money, The Big Dish, Aztec Camera, Del Amitri, Chvrches and many more)

SERBIA
Place: Belgrade

SINGAPORE
Place: Singapore

SLOVENIA
Place: Ljubliana

SLOVAKIA
Place: Bratislava

SPAIN
Place: Albacete, Alicante, Barcelona, Bilbao, Cadiz, Castellon, Elche, Madrid, Malaga, Murcia, Orihuela, Pamplona, Tarragona, Seville, Valencia (see also upcoming Iberia Unknown book)

Culture: Transport Nostalgia (part of revised Barcelona blog), The Murals of San Isidro

SWEDEN
Place: Malmo (pre-blog)

Music: Stina Nordenstam – IN PROGRESS

SWITZERLAND
Place: Geneva, Montreux (pre-blog)

Culture: Remembering Switzerland

TAIWAN
Place: Hsinchu, Kaohsiung, Taichung, Taipei

Culture: Flying the Golden Route with Hello Kitty

THAILAND
Place: Bangkok

TURKEY
Place: Istanbul
*See also Year Amid Winter book, buy it here.

UKRAINE
Place: Kiev

UNITED KINGDOM
See England, Scotland and Wales

UNITED STATES
Place: Los Angeles (pre-blog see poem LAX in Terminal Wanderlust)

Culture: Cock Robin (Analysis of a Reformation), Hall and Oates and the new wave of American Culture, Harold Budd (eulogy), Populating Polytown: Mapping the Spiritual Nineties and the Geography of SoundPrince (eulogy), Richard J Williams Why Cities Look the Way they Do (book review)

Music: Cock Robin

VATICAN
Place: Vatican City (pre-blog)

VIETNAM
Place: Hanoi, HCMC

Culture: Maison D’OrientRiding the Rails of Reunification

WALES
Place: Abergavenny, Barry, Caerleon, Caerphilly, Cardigan, Cardiff, Cowbridge, Cwmbran, Monmouth, Newport, Penarth, Pontypool, Swansea, Usk

Culture: Kizuna Wales-Japan Design Exhibition, Cardiff Parks, Cardiff Story Museum, The Hopper Season, Is the BBC Too Arrogant?, Transport Futurology.

Music: Scritti Politti

TRAVEL GENERIC AND MISC:

Balance – Arts and Travel in a Post Covid World, Europe by Coach, Farewell Queen of the Skies (747), The Music of Airlines, The Music of Tourism, Remember That Flight, Remember That Night, Starbucks Travel Mugs, Travel – American Tourister BagsTravel – Sleeping in Airports, Travel – Station to Station (Ridin’ the Rails), Travel – Where I’ve Stayed, Travel – What I Pack