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January 3rd, 2020

So Delhi gets its very own smog tower


This is – I hope – encouraging news for the New Year.

When we left Delhi on 30 December, the pollution was really bad, the air was filthy & toxic, & we left in a flurry of coughing & stinging eyes.

Cue to this morning’s news that I read online from sunny, clear-skied Thailand.

Delhi now has a smog tower.

As in one smog tower.

Poor thing will have its work cut out, to try and deal with the city’s filthy air, but let’s see if it is simply the first in a massive battalion of future smog […]

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January 1st, 2020

Happy 2020 everyone!

Wherever you are in the world, dear reader, here’s wishing you and yours a wonderful 2020.

Good health, peace and happiness are on my wish list for you all.

We saw in 2020 in Bangkok, watching a super fireworks display as the old year made way for the new.

Crossing Saphan Taksin (bridge) at about 4.30/5pm we could hardly move for dozens of professional-grade tripods already set up, clearly staking a claim to the view of Icon Siam’s fireworks.

For a shopping centre that only opened a year ago, it truly has already become an Icon.

Later that evening, […]

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December 28th, 2019

Delhi is colder than London!

What fresh hell is this?

As a cold-weather-hater of note, our current Delhi weather is hard to take.

When London at 2am is warmer than Delhi at 8am, it proves that the world has officially gone mad.

Completely bonkers weather.

Woke up to 4C, leaden grey skies just about visible through the fog, and severe pollution. It’s like the worst possible combo all rolled into one.

So today will almost certainly see me in 4 layers of thermals, as opposed to the standard 3. Well, to be fair, not all layers are thermals, but I guess double Uniqlo pufferjackets […]

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December 26th, 2019

How does India celebrate Christmas?

The last few weeks have seen India riven by protests against the government’s apparent desire to link citizenship to religion. To most people, there is seemingly a clear-cut agenda, namely to prioritise Hinduism over other religions, especially Islam.

It is a deeply disturbing prospect for a country that is constitutionally secular, and I have been so impressed at the pan-India turn out to protest.

With this in mind, I thought I’d share with you how a “typical” Indian Christmas evolves.

Paralleling the news of the divisive government moves, my social media timeline has been flooded these last couple of […]

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