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In 2018, myself and around 20 other intrepid travellers, visited Western Mongolia, as part of a Scientific Exploration Society sponsored trip, led by John Blashford-Snell OBE.  We undertook various archaeology, zoology and botany studies, as well as giving medical and dental aid to local communities.  Here is my personal day by day diary of a remarkable journey in a fascinating country.

THE ALLURE OF JAPANESE VINYL Japan’s an extraordinary place to visit. I’ve been a few times now, to Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. As well as the food, the architecture, the occasional weirdness of it all, Japan is also a great place to hunt for vinyl. Record shops in the cities seem to be thriving, certainly the ones I visited were doing a lively trade. For Western collectors, Japanese vinyl imports have long been sought after. Often sporting a customised Obi strip, the paper slipover…

through the lense of His Majesty King Bhumibol King Bhumibol, of Thailand, who sadly passed away last year, was a man of many talents. As well as being a musician, an inventor, and inspiration to the people of Thailand for 70 years, he was also a very talented photographer. For most of his adult life, whether visiting up country rural Thailand, or attending the most regal of royal events, he was rarely seen without carrying a camera. As part of the country’s many…

Temples of Kyoto and Osaka Kyoto is of course famous for it’s many temples, and the quieter ones with their beautiful gardens can provide moments of deep tranquility. In this film I’ve captured some of the experiences of visiting the temples, mainly in Kyoto, but also one or two from Osaka HERE ARE SOME OF THE TEMPLES FEATURED IN THE FILM Ryōan-ji (Shinjitai: 竜安寺, Kyūjitai: 龍安寺, The Temple of the Dragon at Peace) is a Zen temple located in northwest Kyoto, Japan. The…

Japan – a country of different faces. On the one hand, it’s a land of beautiful country side, scenic mountains, temples, and tranquil Zen gardens. On the other, it’s a country of the manic mega city, neon, densely populated with all the excitement and frustrations that urban cities bring. Here are two videos from our trip to Kyoto and Osaka, that capture both sides of this constantly evolving and fascinating country Manic Japan Tranquil Japan

Singapore, hot, noisy and crowded. Great place to live, but everyone needs to escape the metropolis every now and again, or risk going stir crazy. Luckily there are hundreds of beautiful places, many straight out of a picture postcard, within a couple of hours’ flight. LANGKAWI – PARADISE FOUND The archipelago of Langkawi lies in the Andaman sea, on the North-West coast of Malaysia, adjacent to Thailand. The main island is a popular destination, and with direct flights into the Island from Singapore…

We recently spent 3 days in Taiwan, mainly Taipei. It’s another place that’s been on the must visit list for ages, but there is so much to see in Asia that we’ve only just got round to doing it. From Singapore it’s a pretty easy direct flight, and from HK it’s a mere 2 hours. Watch our video (below) for highlights and recommendations Taipei is a medium sized 2m population city, and it feels delightfully small, especially after the mega cities of HK,…

This venerable member of vinyl aristocracy, Sgt Pepper, turned 50 last week. I was a late discoverer of The Beatles master piece, but like many, had a fairly thin sounding CD stereo version from the 1990’s. I actually never listened to it much, the sound quality was so mediocre. Then in 2014 I bought a new record deck, and shortly after, the Beatles Mono box Set. As all Beatles devotees know, the mono mixes were the ones that the Beatles and George…