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2014 World Cup Blog
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A personal flying history
The Dubai Page
The Bangkok Page
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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 (November 2014) click here for all


How Hong Kong’s democracy protesters overplayed their hand


Bangkok Post Reporter Retracts Interview With Yingluck


Police purge in Thailand


Amnesty: UAE in unprecedented clampdown on dissent


A Kingdom in Crisis - reviewed


More self-serving insights on Dubai from Oxford Economics


Cabin crew life


Hong Kong’s umbrella protests are here to stay


Trams arrive in Dubai


Emirates posts continued growth


Emirates Issues U.S. Challenge as Superjumbos Pour Over Atlantic


The wall came tumbling down


The Blair money machine in Thailand


Staying is settling - why you need to move at least 5 times in your life


Britain soft on China over Hong Kong crisis, says Chris Patten


Land - how to get rich quickly in Thailand


Hong Kong's umbrella movement and hope for the future


The lie of the populism scare


The city on the hill - democracy, human rights and all that take a back seat in America’s Asia policy


Virgin Galactic has serious long-term setback

November 2014 - Worthwhile reading from other sites:

Phillip Hughes' death means process of feeling ‘normal’ about cricket again may take years to reach its end
Phillip Hughes: The instant a Test recall became irrelevant
Dubai World Central: The new pearl of Dubai
Full transcript: Emirates chief Sir Tim Clark on MH17 and MH370

Taking selfies to new heights! Photographer snaps nauseating photo from 2,722ft on top of the world's tallest building in Dubai
Photographer's Incredible Selfie From Burj Khalifa Shows World At His Feet
The making of your meal on an Emirates Airline flight
36 Hours in Seattle
QE2 fans voice outrage as new images show iconic ship left “to rot in obscurity” in Dubai port
The MH370 search
My (Fake) Interview With Tiger
Reflections on the Arab uprisings
Novelist David Nicholls on Kate Bush’s ‘Cloudbusting’

Aung San Suu Kyi's aura is fading
SA government threatens to clip Emirates Airline's wings in flight row
33 Reasons Why Athens Is The Next Big Thing
The Umbrella Movement marks a coming of age for Hong Kong’s “princess” generation
Alan Cumming: ‘I never felt I’d achieved enough because I was always told I was nothing’
Vanessa Mae given four-year ban from skiing after it emerges races were FIXED to help her qualify for Winter Olympics
Underground London: adventures in the secret city beneath our feet
Violinist Vanessa-Mae in four-year skiing ban over fiddled races
Beijing 'Yellow Umbrella' fashion designer arrested, disappears
First World War Centenary: Could this be the most moving ceremony of all?
'Sex will be just for fun by 2050 as we all switch to IVF,' Pill inventor claims
The Tyranny of SE Asia's Establishment
In the UAE, the United States has a quiet, potent ally nicknamed ‘Little Sparta’
A Changed China Awaits Mr. Obama
Britain First hijacking the poppy is a vile insult to veterans like myself
I Ate Steak at an Underground Fight Club with Hong Kong’s Elite
Qatar’s ambitious future driven on by North Korean ‘forced labour’
Myanmar Policy’s Message to Muslims: Get Out
Umbrella Dreams (video)
Chris Patten is a real friend, but what if he’s the only one?

‘Indefinite Resurrection’ Who are the Umbrella Movement protesters remaining on the streets of Hong Kong?

At fast-growing Brookings, donors may have an impact on research agenda

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Other recent content on this web site:

News Archive - October 2014

Returning to Japan

AOB - September and October 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+)

Athens - November 2014
Geneva - November 2014
Hong Kong's Umbrella Revolution
Hong Kong - Nobember 2014
Dubai - Fall 2014
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