Night and day in Luang Prabang

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Wandering around the streets of Luang Prabang in northern Laos, trying out some new settings on my newish Nikon, I came across this.  Two European backpackers escape the heat of their hotel rooms and...

CARGO CULT: Cruising Pacific islands by working freighter

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Nothing adds to the pleasure of a holiday quite like watching other people working, discovers  Jimmy Thomson, especially when it's in the most remote islands in the Pacific There’s a first time for everything, especially on...

Stop the bus: Confessions of a tour guide

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"Stop the bus!" The only time you usually get to say that on an organised tour is at a time of disaster: Someone's been left behind, last night's dinner...

Travel Notes from Laos

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Visiting Laos is a bit like going to Vietnam 20 years ago before that country's "Open Door" policy showed that Communist countries can extract Capitalist dollars just by offering a few decadent luxuries to...

Scenes of the crimes

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By Jimmy Thomson The elegant woman along the counter had seen better days and worse nights, judging by her sad eyes and “step away”...

Venice Virgin: A film festival first-timer

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Back in September 1999 (was it really that long ago?) My partner Sue and I covered the Venice Film Festival. It was her second time there, and my first. As a Venice Virgin I found...

Cuba gets ready to rock as Obama and the Stones roll in

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"Compromiso," says Johan Machin Morales, owner of one of Cuba's most popular casa particulares, "that is all we really need." Johan is referring to Cubans' hopes for the outcomes from the visit of American President...
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