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Great Escapes: Drug Busts in Asia.

Great Escapes: Drug Busts in Asia.

2 weeks ago
Above Photo: Poppy-growing in Laos (Chiangrai Times). Given my novel BACK deals with Adventure Backpackers trekking into the Vietnam War-battered Laotian jungle before becoming embroiled in the lawless border drugs trade, I’m always interested when I see drug-related stories about the border regions of Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia (of which there are many). This included the news that more than 2.5 tons of marijuana ... Read More
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Russian Tanks and the Looting of Laos’ Wartime Heritage

Russian Tanks and the Looting of Laos’ Wartime Heritage

2 weeks ago
A T-76 Russian tank still points skywards The Plain of Jars in north-eastern Laos was a vital piece of real estate during the Vietnam War. A 500 square-mile area of flat land, containing many vital roads and airfields, and so well defended by commanding heights, the Plain of Jars also controlled supply routes from North Vietnam into Laos, which were ... Read More
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Jungles to Plantations: Corrupt Asian Governments, Bent Companies and Dodgy Land Deals.

Jungles to Plantations: Corrupt Asian Governments, Bent Companies and Dodgy Land Deals.

2 days ago
Above Photo: Laos’ Disappearing Jungle – Disappearing to Vietnam, that is… I swear, the next novel I write is going to be about my winning the Lottery and coming into a vast inheritance, because news stories touching on themes in BACK, this time about slippery land deals and illegal logging in Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia, just keep on coming. The ... Read More
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John Atkinson Grimshaw’s Paintings of Liverpool’s Dock Road.

John Atkinson Grimshaw’s Paintings of Liverpool’s Dock Road.

1 year ago
Liverpool from Wapping (1875)  I’m a massive fan of John Atkinson Grimshaw’s art. For many years I have seen his paintings of Liverpool’s Dock Road (shown above and below) in books, articles and even pubs all over the UK. I’ve always thought they were magnificent examples of Victorian urban art, and they came across my path again recently when I ... Read More
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Links Between BACK, New York University and Washington Square.

Links Between BACK, New York University and Washington Square.

3 days ago
Above Photo: NYU students pose for graduation photos in Washington Square. For my novel, BACK, I had to choose a location where my modern-day backpacking students were studying, and I quickly settled on New York University, and, more specifically, NYU Law School. Washington Square. I did this partly because I really like the area around Washington Square (which is where many ... Read More
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