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…Adventures of a Brighton Soul

KL: The Second Coming

It's been 6 years since I was last in KL, but that was a honeymoon and sightseeing weren't exactly a priority, so we're back for another look... One thing we missed on our last visit (much to the disappointment of... Continue Reading →

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A Town Called George

After 2 and half weeks on Borneo, where it’s all wildlife and trees. It was time to get back to a proper city; 5 days in George Town, Penang was just the ticket. One of the first things I noticed... Continue Reading →

Ancestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

For some reason, I've always had an interest in human evolution and how we got here. So when the guidebook told me that the oldest human remains in SE Asia were found in a nearby cave, I could feel a... Continue Reading →

Borneo Done

The Friendly Dictator

Our journey along the north coast of Borneo takes us to an old stomping ground - Brunei was a British protectorate until 1984. These days it's a "dry" country (you can't buy booze anywhere)... Did we not teach them anything?... Continue Reading →

Parklife

I'm no David Attenborough, but if they've made somewhere a world heritage site it must be worth a butchers... So off we set for a couple of days in Kinabalu Park. Our accommodation was just outside the park at Borneo's... Continue Reading →

Hanging with the Orangs

It's not everyday you get to see an endangered species in its natural habitat. So the opportunity to visit an orangutan sanctuary was too good to miss. The Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre aims to return orphaned or injured orangutans back... Continue Reading →

“Meat Bone Tea” to You & Me

One of the drawbacks of being married to a Chinese Doris is that from time to time you can end up in some decidedly suspect eating establishments. One such establishment was Yu Kee Bah Kut Teh in Kota Kinabalu. From... Continue Reading →

Photo Essay: Macau – Part 1

These Buddhists might be onto something…

My trips to Big Buddha and the A-Ma Temple got me thinking about this Buddhist teaching I came across a few years ago. It's the only one I know, but to me it makes perfect sense. Don't believe anything simply... Continue Reading →

You know bro, YOLO…

If we're talking about living for the moment and making life count. This kid puts it better than I could... Breathing is a luxury and I could die today I would like some change, like a shopkeeper - George The... Continue Reading →

Wide Awake in Macau

The locals tell me Macau used to have a sleepy village feel. Not so now. It's not only woken up, it's practically an insomniac. The little former Portuguese colony, is the only place in China you can gamble legally. Since... Continue Reading →

The Wisdom of the “Fool”

  Visiting Big Buddha* reminded me of that old Beatles tune - The Fool on the Hill**. Not because he's a fool, but because people don't seem to be taking much notice of him. In a place where Buddhism is... Continue Reading →

Reckon I might take this advice…

Poem: “No Leaders, Please” by Charles Bukowski invent yourself and then reinvent yourself, don't swim in the same slough. invent yourself and then reinvent yourself and stay out of the clutches of mediocrity. invent yourself and then reinvent yourself, change... Continue Reading →

Rooftop Drinking in the Concrete Jungle

During our trip to Hong Kong we met a friend for a couple of beers. He took us to the Wooloomooloo - a rooftop bar that looks out over Victoria Harbour and the Happy Valley racecourse. Perfect for escaping the... Continue Reading →

The Day We Caught The Plane

Wednesday 24th July 2013: It’s a lovely English summer’s day and I’m in the car on the way to the airport. John Denver's words play out of the radio: “I’m leaving on a jet plane. Don’t know when I’ll be back... Continue Reading →

There’s nothing like a good clear out…

Since deciding to depart these shores, I've been getting rid of stuff like it's going out of fashion... To be honest, most of it had. But it did get me thinking... Why did I own a load of stuff I... Continue Reading →

Our “Revolutionary” Road…

If there's one film that's left a mark on me and the missus it's Revolutionary Road. Winslet and Di Caprio play this couple in 1950s America, who dream of moving to Paris to be artistic interesting people but settle for... Continue Reading →

The only one smiling is the sun tanned boss…

Listening to this tune on the way to work made me realise it was time for a change... The Jam: Smithers-Jones (1979) Here we go again, it's Monday at last, He's heading for the Waterloo line, To catch the 8... Continue Reading →

Tube Train by Cyril Power (1934)

Probably my favourite piece of commuting related artwork... Not much has changed in the last 80 years! Power used linocuts with separate blocks for each colour. For more detail click here.

Book: The Art of Travel

Saw this book and thought it'd be worth a read before the trip... The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton My rating: 2 of 5 stars Don't really know what I was expecting, maybe it was some insightful ways... Continue Reading →

Step 1: Give work the *Spanish Archer

  After 5 years at this place it's time to call it a day. It's the first time I've jacked in a job without another one line up, but sometimes in life you gotta let the chips fall where they... Continue Reading →

An ode to my fellow commuters…

"Wanna be wild 'cos my life's so tame, Here am I, going nowhere on a train, Here am I, growing older in the rain." - Noel Gallagher

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