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Brighton Pavilion

The strange sight of Brighton Pavilion ice rink

Brighton Pavilion doesn’t fit in easily with its surroundings even at the best of times. How do you make a building that would look more at home in India than on the English south coast appear even more incongruous? Stick an ice-rink in front of it of course.

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Fun Store Majuro

Welcome to the house of fun

Sometimes it’s tempting to wonder if people exist purely to act as a prop for the perfect photo. The appearance of the Fun Store in Majuro, the capital of the Marshall Islands, is probably enough to qualify it for the award of The World’s Most Inappropriately Named Shop. In case there was any lingering doubt, […]

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

Sometimes it’s important to know the full story behind a photo; at other times, as in this case, it really doesn’t matter. I can’t remember what this lady and her children were looking at, but judging by their expressions it was certainly of more interest than the stranger who was pointing a camera in their […]

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The changing views from Westminster Bridge

Whenever I see the view of the London Eye from Westminster Bridge I’m reminded of the conmen who often sit along its busy eastern pavement. A line of men and women perform the ages-old scam of inviting punters to guess under which of the three cups they have hidden a ball. The crowd around each […]

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2013 – a year of travel, near and far

19 countries, 22 flights and around 100 nights away from home – whichever way I look at it 2013 has been my busiest ever year of travel. Most of my travels were made on the back of pre-commissioned work, but a few were done just for fun (because everyone needs a holiday). My wife Sam […]

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Notes from the road 3: Micronesia

After 18 days we’ll be leaving Micronesia tomorrow. It’s been a fascinating time and an exposure to a part of the world I previously knew nothing about. We have encountered perfect beaches and dirty squalor, broad smiles and resigned hopelessness, inspiring collaboration and systemic indifference. I’ll be writing much about the many contrasting faces of […]

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Postcards from the Alentejo

For long unknown to all but an intrepid few travellers, the Alentejo region of Portugal is getting a lot of media attention in the last couple of years. So it might surprise you that you’re likely to find very few other tourists on a visit to the region, even in the main towns. Whether you’re […]

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Rainbow

Postcards from Iceland

I travelled to Iceland in March on a trip to research a couple of stories. While the stories tell of two different but (I think) fascinating sides of Icelandic life, these images perhaps give a better taste of the natural beauty from the sparsely populated north of the country, where neighbours may live a hour […]

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Postcards from San Marino

It is the world’s oldest republic and arguably has the continent’s worst national football team. San Marino is well worth a visit if you are making a visit to Italy’s Adriatic coast. My article about San Marino on the BBC Travel site was published in August (here for UK folks), but I thought I’d share […]

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Postcards from Aleppo in happier times

Many blog entries, particularly photo posts, are designed to inspire others to visit a particular place. This one is a definite exception. No tourist is likely to being visiting Aleppo anytime soon. As I heard the depressing news from Syria I looked back at my photos of our trip there in 2009. Our happy memories […]

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