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Fruit Barron, Bangkok

Is it a girl? Is it a boy? Too young to be the sole proprietor of a Bangkok mobile fruit stall, that's for sure. But give the young guy credit. It isn't easy running a business. "Especially with the way things are nowadays," he said.

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An Afternoon in Lumpini Park, Bangkok

In a town hardly renowned for its sedate pace of life, Lumpini Park is to Bangkok what Central Park is to New York. Located in the heart of the city's main business district, surrounded by skyscrapers and the humming of traffic, it is the haven of tranquillity in the centre of the urban storm; a green oasis in the midst of the chaos.

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Girl & Petals, Wat Umong, Chiang Mai

I'm not sure what to think about this picture. On the one hand I like it - the colours, the petals, the temple, even the pose. But you couldn't call it cute. The girl was with her mother and a photographer, striking practiced poses until they got the shots they needed. It made for a nice picture.

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The David Beckham Temple @ Wat Pariwat, Bangkok

I'd heard about Bangkok's David Beckham temple a while back. I'd read stories about a forgotten corner of a forgotten temple outside of town where a golden statue of his likeness had been built into the altar. It was a likeness that, by all accounts, bore only a passing resemblance to the man himself.

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Hong Kong

Food

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Hong Kong Outdoors

Ten of the Best: Hong Kong Mountaintop City Views

It always surprises people when I mention the fact that the thing I love most about Hong Kong are the mountains and the hiking. "Hong Kong has mountains?" they say. To which I usually reply with something geeky like quoting the number of country parks and ...

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One day it’ll just be the buildings and plants

It may come as a surprise to those unfamiliar with Hong Kong's less glamorous side, but the city isn't all shiny new skyscrapers and bustling humanity. In this city of constant renewal, where land is money and money is everything, not everything conforms to the development free-for-all that seems to be the status quo.

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More Japanese Tunnels on Jardine’s Lookout

In my previous Japanese Tunnels post, we looked at the two tunnels on the north-eastern slope of Jardine's Lookout as you head down from the peak towards the quarry. The second of these is perhaps the largest and certainly most intriguing of those discovered to date - with its cavernous interior and resident brood of bats - but ...

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Books

The Party by Richard McGregor

When Rupert Murdoch attended a dinner in Beijing in the late 1990s, he remarked that in all his visits to China, he had yet to meet a Communist. A strange remark indeed considering he was dining in by far the largest Communist state in the world ...

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Behind The Wall by Colin Thubron

1986. Mao Zedong was ten years dead, the Tiananmen Square 'incident' was still three years away, and China was optimistic about the future. Only a few years before, the country had been all but inaccessible to foreigners. Still struggling with the trauma of the Cultural Revolution ...

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Tiananmen Moon by Philip J Cunningham

With the 25th anniversary of the events of May and June 1989 just past, , and all the talk that went with it, it seems an appropriate time to take a look at an account of those momentous few weeks from the vantage point of someone who was actually there.

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