Cardiff: Transport Futurology

*This piece was originally written in July 2014 whilst still in China. I have since returned to Cardiff and was able to re-shoot some of the lost imagery as well as the revamped stations at Queen Street and Central. The words remain relevant as the South Wales metro region is set to be revitalised by […]

Now That’s What I Call Orientalism!

This originally started life as a lecture but as my students weren’t interested in anything older than they are or more specifically Adele, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga and ‘the soft music’ (e.g Westlife and The Carpenters) I’ll blog it instead. So, just what was it with the eighties and Orientalism? For some reason the eighties were […]

Cardiff: Kizuna Japan Design Exhibition

Having always had a thing for JAPAN (the country as well as the band) my timing back home could not have been better for the KIZUNA design exhibition at the National Museum. Kizuna meaning a bond or link between people relates to the relationship between Wales and Japan whose connections date back at least 400 […]

Brussels: Days of Future Past

In 2000 I dismissed Belgium and its capital as nothing less than nowhere ville and spent most of my four hours waiting for a bus to Paris at the down and dirty north station. 18 years’ later and it’s still grim. Full of drunks, the homeless (other than nomadic me) and armed police. If not […]

Madrid: Vista of Art and Food

So what happened in Madrid? Well, not a lot actually. The most unusual thing is the sudden lack of warmth doesn’t bother me as much as I thought it would. It’s cold, but a cold that I recognise. Coming from a much more agreeable Hanoi winter hasn’t had too much of an effect so that’s […]

50×50 Project

This summer I’ve managed to finally have a semblance of a holiday. This however doesn’t mean idly sitting on a beach, oh no, I have managed to whizz through five nine countries! All this means that give or take an official stance on say Wales or Taiwan, I’ve amassed 40 which begs the question: Can I […]