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This is a personal site that reflects my interests in news,
current affairs, aviation and travel.

2014 Thai Coup
2014 World Cup Blog
London 2012
Returning to Japan
Tales from the road
The archive
Tai's travels year 8
A personal flying history
The Dubai Page
The Bangkok Page
Our Wedding
Books and More
Past Features
Moments in time
Blue Rodeo
Top Ten Lists
Your Comments

Note that each Jan/Feb link leads to the remaining AOB pages for that year. 10 years of diary keeping!

Photo Albums

My photographs have been moved off this site and are now stored on Picasa. They were simply taking up too much space on my web host.
Please use
this link to see my list of photo albums.

Some Useful links:
World Time Clock
Exchange Rates


Project Syndicate
Amnesty International
Reporters w/o borders

The Guardian
BBC World News
CNN Asia
Bangkok Post

Daylife.com - news

Gulf News
Arabian Business
World News
WSJ - Asia
Good causes:

Sister Joan - Bangkok

Regional Info:

BKK Magazine
HK Magazine
In Singapore Magazine
TimeOut Dubai
Back in the UK:
Newton Ferrers

And for fun:

BBC Archive

National Media Museum
The British Library
Imperial War Museum

There are many other links on my AOB blog page.

Today (October 2014) click here for all


#Journey to Mars


Have yourself a very blue Christmas


Hong Kong protests reach polite impasse


Expert challenges MH370 story


Conspiracy Oracle Backs Beijing from Bangkok


A Banner on a Hong Kong Landmark Speaks of Democracy and Identity


Leung lays bare the truth of Hong Kong elites' anti-democratic stance


Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms


Stability will only return when Hong Kong ends its property tyranny


Tim Clark is totally dissatisfied with the MH370 investigation


Emirates Head Critical of MH 370 Investigation


Shambles at the Vic


October 6 remembered


On the Oregon Trail with Blue Rodeo


The Party v the people


Hong Kong Is Ready For Democracy, But China Isn’t Ready for a Free Hong Kong


ANA - another night awake

October 2014 - Worthwhile reading from other sites:

UAE and Qatar: public relations warfare
My Captivity:Theo Padnos, American Journalist, on Being Kidnapped, Tortured and Released in Syria
Emirates Airline to make the United States its third largest source of revenue
Switzerland's shame: The children used as cheap farm labour
Rights activists slam Malaysian opposition leader's sodomy trial
Hong Kong Democracy Standoff, Circa 1960

flydubai: ‘Our niche is Dubai.’ But could Emirates have incorporated the short-haul strategy?
Camps Bring Further Danger to Rohingya Muslims Fleeing Potential Genocide in Burma
Heartbreaking Final Letter Of Hanged Young Iranian Woman Reyhaneh Jabbari
Ebola: hysteria, nursing, reporting and courage
Occupy Hong Kong (in pictures)
How Hong Kong's business elite have thwarted democracy for 150 years
Britain, don’t put your faith in Russell Brand’s revolution
Hong Kong protesters reach new heights with democracy banner on Lion Rock

Hong Kong Leader Reaffirms Tough Stance on Elections and Economic Discontent
In Bahrain, human rights defenders are under attack – but we won’t be deterred
Myanmar’s Planned Apartheid Against Rohingya and the Silence of the World
The Sicilians who can't escape the Mafia
Emirates Is the World's Most Glamorous Airline The American-bound carrier has rivals feeling turbulence
The Investigation Into Thailand’s Backpacker Slayings Is Officially a Farce
Australian Company’s Payments to Hong Kong Leader Raise New Questions
Extra long-haul: The 10 furthest airline routes
An end to Hong Kong’s unrest is now more distant than ever
Dubai old and new: incredible pictures of the changing skyline
Koh Tao murders: key witness drives a hole through Thai police case
Kevin Pietersen autobiography: Why was the whole affair not managed better to avoid this fallout?
Kevin Pietersen's book should force ECB to restore civility to England set-up and act against bullying culture
Editorial: Independent Test of Koh Tao Suspects' DNA Needed
Protest Organizers Claim Progress for Hong Kong
The Forgotten Story Of Classic Hollywood’s First Asian-American Star
Kevin Pietersen’s book is a damning indictment of England’s petty politics
Is Emirates the World's Best Airline?
Escape from North Korea: 'How I escaped horrors of life under Kim Jong-il'
Qatar’s friends-with-everyone approach rankles some of its Persian Gulf neighbors
Homeland gets a reboot for season four – and that's a good thing
North Korea capital 'under lockdown' amid rumours of threat to Kim Jong-un
Who Loves China?
Joshua Wong Emerges as Unlikely Teenage Leader in Hong Kong Protests
Hong Kongese professor pens heartfelt open letter expressing immense pride in her protesting students
Hong Kong: 'I have not seen anything like this in decades'
One Chart Shows Just How Terrified of Hong Kong China's Government Is Right Now
Hong Kong Is Ready For Democracy, But China Isn’t Ready for a Free Hong Kong
Chater Road: a history of Hong Kong's prosperity and tumult
The Human Factor (Vanity Fair feature on AF447)
Hong Kong’s umbrella revolution - the Guardian briefing

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Other recent content on this web site:

News Archive - September 2014

Returning to Japan

AOB - July and August 2014
London 2012 (notes and links)

Tales from the Road - from Houston to Los Angeles

A personal flying history

Tai's travels - now with improved picture galleries

Your feedback - here

2014 Photo Albums (all albums are hosted on Picasa/Google+)
Dubai - Fall 2001
Sicily - Palermo

Sicily - Caltagirone and Cefalu
Sicily - Noto and Ragusa
Sicily - Savoca and Ortigia
Sicily - Taormina

Sicily - Mount Etna
Seattle and Portland
Norway - September 2014
Norway - (with Tai's Canon G16)
Newton Ferrers - August 2014

Newcastle - August 2014

Stockholm 2014
Royal International Air Tattoo 2014

Devon - July 2014

Switzerland - July 2014
Ireland - June and July 2014
Bangkok - returning happiness to the people
Ventiane - June 2014
Bangkok - another coup

Bangkok - May 2014
Phuket - May 2014
Tokyo - May 2014

Rome - April 2014

Samut Songkhram
PDAC's Lumpini holiday camp
Hua Hin - March 2014

Chiang Mai - March 2014

Dubai - March 2014

Vienna - February 2014

London - February 2014

Tai and friends photoshoot
Dubai - New Year fireworks
Hong Kong - December 2013
Macau - December 2013
Festive Bangkok
Dubai - December and Christmas 2013

Dubai 2013 Airshow  Day 4
Dubai 2013 Airshow  Opening Day

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Dubai Watch The financial meltdown of 2007-2009 appears forgotten as everyone appears to be heading back to Dubai. False bravado or a new dawn. The lull before the next storm? You decide. You can read news, commentary and find Dubai web links at Dubai Watch. There are also some Dubai pictures and this is Dubai on a misty February morning

Emirates Watch - As EK continues its plan for world domination you can follow  the airline's news here. Emirates Airline Watch

Tai's pictures from her travels with Emirates are here:

Asia and Australia