You know those moments when every stereotype you have about a nationality is realised? I had one of them the other evening in a hostel in Austria. It might not surprise you to hear that the nationality in question was American. (Cue slightly off-key rendition of Star Spangled Banner.) I was trying to get some ...
Mafalda cartoons Sometimes it takes the innocence of a child for people to realise their own foolishness. The apparent naivety of youth is easy to dismiss… but often it reveals a view of the world that is unburdened by the twisted and ambiguous ideologies of adulthood. In Mafalda, a young girl who hates soup, Argentines ...
It’s been less than 24 hours since I arrived in New York and already I’ve been astounded by something that so fits the American cliche that I wondered if it was a joke. I just can’t quite comprehend why this sign on the subway is necessary. Does it say something about New York society? Or ...
The Great Wall of China For centuries The Great Wall of China has remained silent and never done interviews. It has stonewalled all previous attempts by journalists, so to speak, but has now finally decided to talk. In a world exclusive, The Great Wall of China has told its story to Michael Turtle. I remember ...
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As I sat at breakfast this morning, I pondered one of the timeless questions I quite often like to consider over coffee and toast – “What ever happened to predictability?” I mean, we kind of know what happened to the milkman… and the paperboy (I’m blaming Uncle Danny for that one!)… and considering my most ...
Not much really needs to be said about this – it kind of speaks for itself. On the road south from Denpasar to Ulawatu in Bali, this shop stands on an intersection. Either it is very clever marketing (it got me talking about it!) or it’s a very unfortunate translation. It doesn’t really matter I ...