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Travel writing sample: Travelling with foot-in-mouth disease
04th September 2015 - 4 comments
I was in Cambodia touring the temples of Angkor. My guide Ree, was staring at me with a look of utter horror on his face. I was smiling broadly before the penny dropped, and realised I had made one of life’s awful tourist gaffes.
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Burma Days: In the footsteps of George Orwell
21st August 2014 - 0 comments
As I stood at the rail of the RV Pandaw IV looking towards Katha in Burma, I wondered how George Orwell must have felt as he arrived at this remote Upper Irrawaddy river port, which has changed very little. We had been on the Pandaw IV for several days, and I was looking forward to seeing the home in which George Orwell had lived in 1926-27.
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Abandoning ship on the first night in Burma
18th July 2014 - 0 comments
Not even being forced to temporarily abandon ship the first night of a cruise up Burma’s normally placid Irrawaddy River was sufficient to thwart photo-journalist John Mitchell’s vacation. Here he tells the story of how the Pandaw IV’s courageous crew overcame a freak occurrence when 150kph wind hit the vessel – the first time it had happened in the company’s 15-year history of cruising in Burma.
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Bansbari - Halfway between Heaven and Earth
18th August 2013 - 0 comments
Dusk in Assam at the border of India and Bhutan is like being halfway to heaven. On one side of the majestic Manas River is the lush national park which takes its name from the river, and on the other are the misty Himalayan foothills, which turn golden at sunset.
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Cruising the Mighty Brahmaputra River
18th June 2013 - 0 comments
Cruising the mighty Brahmaputra River in the remote north eastern Indian state of Assam is like taking a step back in time. Sitting on the cruise vessel’s panoramic sundeck at dawn, as the sun shows as an almost scarlet orb and the mist lifts to expose the remote landscape, one could be forgiven for imagining one’s travelling companions are Mahatma Gandhi or Rudyard Kipling.
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Travel writing sample: Airport arrivals are hell
08th September 2011 - 20 comments
Nothing is worse than arriving at a strange airport in a foreign country after a lengthy flight. I seem to always make a complete hash of it, and subsequently get off to a holiday start that is very much less than memorable.

My latest fiasco was in Kolkata, India, earlier this year.

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Personal coaching
28th March 2011 - 0 comments
Personal coaching service to assist people in today's increasingly complex world.
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09th August 2007 - 0 comments
JMPR is based in Kyneton, Victoria, and services local and national accounts. The consultancy was established in late 1986, and is a full service public relations consultancy.
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