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Author of Rough Guide Snapshot Myanmar (Burma), co-author of Rough Guides to the Philippines and Malaysia.

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@robinmckelvie @kerrychristiani @john_oates @helenochyra @roaming_scribe @TheChaoticScot Thanks Robin! #FF right back at you
Retweeted by John OatesBig #FF to ace travel wordsmiths @kerrychristiani @lortusfleur @john_oates @helenochyra @roaming_scribe @TheChaoticScot, slainte!
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1/30
2015
Turns out it was a colossally bad idea for Statistics Canada to gather less data about Cdns. Who knew? http://t.co/qqXIjaXc8f #cdnpoli
Retweeted by John Oates#bgtwagm15 Milan airport- cappuccino 1.60 euro & effective free WiFi. Gatwick cappuccino £2.80 & infuriating ineffective WiFi. Get with it
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1/29
2015
At the Horse Hospital for a talk about Soviet era recordings of Western music, pressed on old x-ray plates(!) http://t.co/BpLbIbdzHO
1/28
2015
Sounds like a great idea @WonderfulExpoEn. I really enjoyed my first taste of Milan and there's clearly more to see & do beyond #bgtwagm15.Thanks for the Milan food/drink tips @DonEduardo. Didn't get chance this time, but maybe on a return journey! #bgtwagm15Back in UK after great first visit to Milan. Thanks to @WonderfulExpoEn and @TravWriters (especially the tireless secretariat). #bgtwagm15I liked Camparino in Galleria so much I popped back before airport. Espresso before, Campari spritz now. #bgtwagm15 http://t.co/WSOFm8fjHIEnjoying a day exploring Milan solo after the whirl of #bgtwagm15. Turns out the Duomo in Milan is pretty impressive. Off to the roof I go.Great to see Milan w/ @lortusfleur & @Greg_Dickinson y'day (flamingos! inappropriate statues! negronis!) Hope return to work OK. #bgtwagm15
1/27
2015
@elliealdridge @john_oates @Greg_Dickinson And now we raise you a G&T! http://t.co/4QgYLhlpQ4
Retweeted by John Oates@Greg_Dickinson at Bar Basso, home of the negroni sbagliato (which has prosecco instead of gin). #bgtwagm15 http://t.co/fyepSdhswUEnding our last day in #Milan with a huge Negroni Sbagliato at Bar Basso with @john_oates & @Greg_Dickinson http://t.co/kePZ6PBCsV
Retweeted by John OatesGreat video for Piano City Milan, part of @ExpoinCitta. Performance on a tram looks ace. http://t.co/asgMLeKTyy #bgtwagm15Thanks @robinmckelvie @john_oates @lortusfleur @Greg_Dickinson aka back of the bus crew for another great AGM. Until next year!
Retweeted by John OatesMilan travel tip: if you fancy a beer/negroni at 2.30am on a Sunday night, head to #ChiChi's @john_oates @lortusfleur @Expo2015Milano
Retweeted by John OatesWith the AGM itself now over, I'm looking forward to seeing a bit of Milan. #bgtwagm15Team Cin Cin with wine & huge negronis. #bgtwagm15 http://t.co/wIuxRggqFU
1/26
2015
OK, so dessert looks quite special. #bgtwagm15 http://t.co/WOMS8TnwESSo, they put me on the social media table. #bgtwagm15 @TravWriters http://t.co/F2Ob71f4uzPre-dinner drinks and nibbles at Museo dei Navigli. #bgtwagm15 http://t.co/tT6lqEdLVSOne of the reasons to come to #bgtwagm15, annual meeting with @john_oates, slainte! http://t.co/NDJa6Bg9hI
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1/25
2015
The hotel bar at the Ritz, Milan, serves enormous beers. #bgtwagm15 http://t.co/9xpMDzmzoP@elliealdridge Oh no! Sorry to hear that. You'll be missed at #bgtwagm15.
1/24
2015
I finally have a chance to think about the @TravWriters AGM. Flying to Milan tomorrow, look forward to seeing everyone. #bgtwagm15
1/23
2015
I'm about to run a workshop in an indoor greenhouse! #cdcalpha http://t.co/WbyCaffbO4
Retweeted by John OatesI'm at a meeting in an indoor greenhouse. #cdcalpha http://t.co/Es2hfpmV5OLooking forward to (and mildly nervous about) running a workshop on complex content at the Government Digital Service #cdcalpha event today.
1/22
2015
Passive-aggressive neighbor battle, WiFi edition: http://t.co/JO66k2MKrE
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1/21
2015
@richardloat If you follow me I can DM you my email address.
1/20
2015
@KalachuchiBR I'm glad you liked my #Siquijor piece. It's a great island to visit, and I hope to return one day!#Burma monk U Wirathu throws some misogyny into the mix, calls UN envoy a "whore" and "bitch" in public speech http://t.co/RYdDmRraBX
Retweeted by John Oates@FringeMNL Obviously I wouldn't make any details public till then (which is after the event anyway).@FringeMNL I'd like to mention Fringe in an article I'm delivering tomorrow (published March). Do you have any details you could send now?
1/19
2015
@FringeMNL Do you have any details of this year's events? I couldn't find them on your website.This is pretty much the Wall chart of Why Novels are Rejected - by @tomgauld and via @RichardNSkinner http://t.co/5O75YAvmZx
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1/17
2015
Looking forward to seeing whirling dervishes tonight at @cadoganhall courtesy of @GoToTurkeyUK @turkconslondon & @Redmintcomms.@thatgeordiegirl That sounds ominous.#Myanmar army launches new offensive in Kachin state's jade mining region. Around 800 flee http://t.co/VYtzIoQQWF
Retweeted by John OatesWriting about the Philippines again today, about events and festivals for @sellingtravmag. Always a pleasure. #itsmorefuninthephilippines
1/16
2015
Did I ever say it's great working on @GOVUK? It is. Agile type and want to do the same? Here's your opportunity: https://t.co/IY3FUappnI
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1/15
2015
We're proud to support Disabled Access Day here at Celtic Haven on the #Wales coast! http://t.co/6GsAOpa4py #DisabledAccessDay @visitwales
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1/12
2015
Terrorism 'expert' Steven Emerson says Birmingham is 'entirely Muslim' and that non Muslims 'simply don't go in' https://t.co/YyvhV4tlsK
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1/11
2015
@HackneyAttic Thanks. I'm thinking of coming but might be cutting it fine for 7pm start.@HackneyAttic What time will Haxan start tonight?
1/10
2015
I can't believe I forgot to credit @kerrychristiani for the turbo face photo. @BritInSlovakia @A_Laughinghouse@BritInSlovakia as you well know, strong alcohol makes me do this. @A_Laughinghouse http://t.co/vlf9ccRFvuHappy 2015 travels to you too @kerrychristiani @BritInSlovakia @robinmckelvie @helenochyra @abigailking @sarahleetravels @roaming_scribe #FF@A_Laughinghouse Let's not make any hasty decisions."The curse of knowledge is a self-indulgent belief that everybody knows — and should know — what you know." http://t.co/8w3mO7nifPAw thanks, @BritInSlovakia @A_Laughinghouse. I reckon if I'm known for liking rum and Twin Peaks then I'm doing something right.
1/9
2015
@BritInSlovakia No I haven't seen that DFW video. I'll take a look when I have a bit of time. Cheers!
1/8
2015
@MatadorNetwork I haven't had chance to read all of it, but you should update ATM info in Burma guide. It's completely changed since 2012.
1/7
2015
@mubi I can't sign up for Picturehouse offer (90 days free). Get 'redirect loop' at https://t.co/CTldmxthMk. Help!Sunday Times piece: Epic Australia http://t.co/gL3TXali18
Retweeted by John OatesOn @bbc5live last night talking travel for 2015 with the lovely @NomiaIqbal. Playback starts 1.07 hours in http://t.co/VtBSOfecRm.
Retweeted by John Oates@mrdavidwhitley Too far for me then, you're on your own.@mrdavidwhitley Is that in zone 6?@mrdavidwhitley You aren't around tonight for a pint, are you?
1/5
2015
Myanmar's resurgence as a major player in global heroin trade. Strong story & pics by @thomasfullerNYT & @adamjdean http://t.co/vLhwt0ABUM
Retweeted by John OatesFinding my Shan State flag, from Shan New Year celebrations at end of 2012, has brightened up a rainy afternoon. http://t.co/tiXLE3mE7g@thatgeordiegirl The Yangon Heritage Trust seems interesting too. http://t.co/fazvGcxioF@thatgeordiegirl Or explore with a copy of '30 Heritage Buildings of Yangon'. http://t.co/xHFRTfSfaX. Available in bookshops there.@thatgeordiegirl I'm keen on Yangon too. If you have cash, maybe stay at Alamanda Inn. Seemed really restful. http://t.co/zsSoRiTpFW@thatgeordiegirl That's a shame. I liked Inle despite the crowds and commercialism. Next time I'd like to take a boat further south though.@thatgeordiegirl Have you had mohinga for breakfast yet? A lot of guesthouses will get it if you ask in advance. Way better than toast.@thatgeordiegirl Let me know if you need their details. Or did you mean you'll stick to Hpa-an? Anyway let me know if you need any advice.@thatgeordiegirl Coconut guesthouse at Maungmakan beach (near Dawei) may be able to help too. Run by French man and Burmese woman.@thatgeordiegirl Did you see URL for the south: http://t.co/J2tzg3sbSC? My tweet seems to have disappeared from my timeline.
1/4
2015
I just ordered a copy of 'A Season in Heaven' & got 'Harvest Season' on Kindle thanks to essay by @chrisvtaylor. http://t.co/GJWgFuGuVjRT @travelfish: “Has travel become so commercialized that it’s simply DIY tourism?" http://t.co/GJWgFuGuVj < great essay by @chrisvtaylor@thatgeordiegirl If you've time to kill it's at least worth going to Hpa-an, but if you find border is open it's worth considering.@thatgeordiegirl You could try these guys for info on the south: http://t.co/UV98chmk2V I met one of the people involved last year.'Literally,' Emojis, and Other Trends That Aren't Destroying English http://t.co/WwFMdEXtD1
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1/3
2015
@thatgeordiegirl Last time I was there I went south via Myeik and crossed into Ranong province. Long trip though.@thatgeordiegirl From Dawei you can cross to Bangkok (but check that!) Main beach near Dawei littered but you could explore.@thatgeordiegirl If you go south from Yangon you could stop at Hpa-an, maybe Golden Rock and Mawlamyine. Go to beach at Dawei.@thatgeordiegirl Are you heading back from Yangon to home or going to Thailand?
1/2
2015
@thatgeordiegirl Where have you been in Myanmar already and what's the plan for rest of trip?@thatgeordiegirl Probably not worth it. Ngapali way overpriced, Chaung Tha & Ngwe Saung nice but a long way from you for just nice.
1/1
2014
@ashotinthearm I'm on waiting list for tomorrow night, Fri lunch & Fri night. They're closed NY day. Only decided on Whitstable today.@ProTraveller Didn't try the @megabusuk wifi for long enough to judge it. Was watching movies on tablet mostly.@Malathronas Yep. Oysters! Sorry didn't reply yesterday... Didn't mind bus delay too much, told myself it wouldn't phase me in SE Asia.Wasn't lucky enough to get table at short notice at @sportsmankent, but I'm on waiting list and have fingers crossed. Heard it's amazing.Decided to get away for NYE, got what I think was a last-minute cancellation at the Marine hotel (@shepherdneame) in Whitstable. Ace.
12/30
2014
@Malathronas Preston - was visiting family for Christmas. Should be 5.5hr, will be 8+. Hit fog and traffic earlier so already behind.Now they've squeezed a few more (including me) on. Others have to wait for another @megabusuk.To be fair though the @megabusuk staff have been good, getting people heading onto Europe onto another bus.My @megabusuk stuck at Watford Gap having damaged tyre fixed. Should be in London now. Won't do this again. http://t.co/cJCyi1zvde
12/29
2014
Columbia Road is a great place for last-minute Christmas shopping on a Saturday. Most shops open, few people. Lunch at @Brawn49 first.
12/20
2014
A lovely seasonal cartoon from Doug Savage's @savagechickens http://t.co/xf52ufwnTc
Retweeted by John Oates@kerrychristiani There wasn't much chance of that with @BritInSlovakia. He was only passing through...
12/18
2014
Heading to #Peru? Check out my @GuardianTravel top 10 hotels in Cusco & the Sacred Valley #travel @isabelchoat http://t.co/fEpwBYkms7
Retweeted by John OatesThat escalated quickly http://t.co/BhYx9hTFGl
Retweeted by John OatesLooking forward to seeing @BritInSlovakia again later - third time, in third country, in space of a week.
12/17
2014
@BritInSlovakia The church was closed although we could go into entry area and look through glass doors.@BritInSlovakia Opening times for the Blue Church over Christmas, I think. http://t.co/b9Z7GpY4k7At the @Gorila_sk bookshop and cafe in Bratislava. There's jazz, aeropress, chemex and a daybed. http://t.co/j3mK7BpPJ5
12/15
2014
@mrdavidwhitley @kerrychristiani Our starters were three pancakes: goose liver, duck crackling and garlic & fat. Beat that.
12/14
2014
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