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[Olive, Sandy and Mum unveiling their new B&B] Living in Singapore we forget people in other countries enjoy a sense of humour. Knowing that there are twelve people staying at Baxter Farm for Christmas, with fifty expected for drinks on Christmas Eve night, some witty fellow in the village has erected a fake sign announcing [...]

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[The tree is up and the mince pies are in the oven ...] Sandy, Olive and I survived fourteen hours with British Airways and we’re back home in England to spend Christmas at Baxter Farm in Willoughby on the Wolds. Olive was a star on the flight over and she didn’t cry at all. Had [...]

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down and out in Manila

I’m blogging from the poolside of the Philippines’ dodgiest hotel, located in Pasay City on Manila Bay. At the table on my left is a party of loud Russians, sporting tattoos and thick gold bracelets on their massive, hairy arms. And those are just the girls. To my right sits a couple of chain-smoking Arab [...]

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mobile blogging

P: I love my iPhone! I’m blogging from my iPhone in the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre in Bangkok. It’s a Sunday morning and there are tens of thousands of Thais at the book fair (1.5 million visit the book fair in Bangkok each year); they’re just not in the hall I’m exhibiting in! It’s empty [...]

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lobster blood

P: Blogging from Thailand, where I’m attending the Bangkok International Book Fair by day and drinking lobster blood by night. Last night I was invited to eat at Somboon Seafood restaurant in Bangkok’s Chinatown by the Publishers and Booksellers Association of Thailand. The restaurant is apparently a favourite of former Japanese PM Koizumi, when he’s [...]

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thailand 08

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