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Little Europe – The proto-colonies of West Bengal in The Nikkei Asian Review

Last story of 2017, first story of 2018, with Laure Siegel. The show stays on the road and the road takes me wherever. Home is anywhere I lay my head. In this instance, north of Kolkata, the world’s most beautiful city, along the banks for the river Hooghly.  Really enjoyed researching this one and am […]

Burma’s election fever grips Yangon and its foreign observers

I feel incredibly humbled to have witnessed the first semi fair and almost free election in Burma in decades. I was at the NLD’s headquarters tonight where an exuberant and chaotic party atmosphere prevailed throughout. But as one Burmese told me, ‘the military are like chess players and they are planning their next move.’ That […]

The World’s Most Expensive Tea Reloaded!!!

The Orissa Post, the largest English language newspaper in Orissa, India, has republished On the Tea Trail, the story of Makaibari Tea Estates near Darjeeling and the world’s most expensive cuppa.

The Price of Life by Nigel Brennan

It’s been a real pleasure, a profoundly moving experience, and great fun meeting and hanging out with Nigel Brennan at the UBUD Writers and Readers Festival in Bali and, more recently, in Bangkok. Nigel is The Dirty Hostage, an Australian photojournalist who traveled to Somalia in 2008 and was kidnapped. The blurb to his incredible […]

Who owns the 21st Century?

Every day, we appear to be moving a little closer to a state of affairs where governments could become obsolete. Large parts of the world have always been ruled by people who don’t really qualify as governments, but in recent years, perfectly respectable rulers have also shown signs (not for the first time) that they […]

Tom Vater interviewed by Rolf Potts

Every month, Rolf Potts, author of Vagabonding, interviews a fellow travel writer about the nuts and bolts of our trade. The extensive Q&As are published on his website. This month, it’s my turn. Read the full interview here!