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a setback for Australia's attempts to bully East Timor over oil - Monthly
photos of cycling, worldwide - SteveMCurry
a Zambezi puzzle: do Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia meet in two tripoints or one quadripoint? - FutilityCloset [via @divbyzero]
a nice graphical presentation of worldwide shipping routes - ShipMap
a lovely walk in the Chilterns: Pulpit Hill and Ninn Wood - OxfordBlog
Norway is thinking of giving Finland a mountain - Guardian
photographs of East Oxford fish-and-chip shop customers - Guardian
the UK can always find money for road-building... - Twitter
the challenges of fire management in US forests - Economist
is Paris ready for a really big flood? - Guardian
cleaning up the Ganges will be a massive undertaking - BBC
an infographic of the world's languages, showing numbers of speakers - SCMP
migrant labour: a Bangladeshi poet in Singapore - Economist
some background on Oxford's airport - OxfordToday
working in Switzerland compared to working in the United States - Vox
high resolution modelling of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation - RealClimate
how to identify common languages that use Latin alphabets - TheWeek [via @divbyzero]
Hamburg got a container port, but is it sustainable? - Guardian
a nice overview of the challenges posed by global warming - Climate Shock [chapter 1 PDF]
how Jane Jacobs saved New York from Robert Moses - Guardian
car, bus and truck drivers kill a person a week in London - VisonZeroLondon
Lyme disease sounds like one of the nastier common diseases going around - Conversation
how Copenhagen reshaped itself for cycling - IrishTimes
"For each project a simple litmus test was applied: would you be happy letting your child cycle there?"
the UK has a church problem - Apollo
"16,000 committees, 16,000 separate systems of fundraising and finance, 16,000 different approaches to maintenance and repair"
a comparison of tax-paying in Sweden and the United States - Vox
(I think property taxes are a good idea, though)
why is the Netherlands bucking the trend on obesity? - DW
better modelling of Antarctic ice-sheet contributions to sea-level rise - Nature
explaining how "global mean sea level has been 6–9 metres higher as recently as the Last Interglacial (130-115 thousand years ago)"
Danny Dorling on Restoring Oxford as the UK's Cycling Capital - YouTube
Sustainable Solutions for UK Cities - Urban Transport Without the Hot Air [my review]
selfish people insist on being able to rat-run through London parks - Guardian
the United States have been reorganised - xkcd
mass cycling doesn't mean everyone cycles, it means everyone has the option to - AsEasyAsRiding
the politics of language diversity in Bangladesh - OUP
reformist successes in Iranian elections - Guardian
Contested Histories and Contemporary Realities - Confucianism as a World Religion [my review]
sea-level change in millennia past and future - RealClimate
penal transport to Siberia is not what it used to be - SiberianTimes
Thai police raid bridge club - SMH
"The gathering violated a 1935 Playing Cards Act that prohibits the possession of more than 120 playing cards at any one time"
human-hyena friendships in Harar - Azimuth
"small change" - a stone currency up to 3.6 metres across and 4 tons in weight - Wikipedia
did monkeys raft across the Atlantic from Africa to South America? - BBC
it's a lot cheaper for Britons to become Australian than vice-versa - Economist
container ships are getting even bigger: US ports are scrambling to get ready for them - IBTimes
exploring South Korean culture and society - Korea: The Impossible Country [my review]
the Moscow-Archangel train as a gauge for Russian history - Economist
George Monbiot answers questions about rewilding Britain - HillWalking
are Britain's National Parks 'ecological disaster zones'?
between East Africa and South Asia - Medium
the Japanese are only just discovering real bread - JapanTimes
some lovely landscape photography from Iceland - BoredPanda
meta-review of literature on bicycling safety - ScienceDirect [via @AsEasyAsRiding]
"Wearing visible clothing or a helmet, or having more cycling experience did not reduce the risk of being involved in an accident."
a setback for active travel in Basel - BikeBiz
South Africans can't escape history - Guardian
"In the mid-1990s, the government's curriculum-redesign committees eliminated history as a standalone subject"
mapping Africa's ethnic and linguistic diversity - Harvard
against shared use walking-cycling routes - AsEasyAsRiding
Christopher Wren in Oxford: "a bit of a donkey aesthetically" - AlbionBeatnik
some unpleasant surprises from Greenland glacier ice dynamics - WP
improving palliative care in Mongolia - NPR
in the UK, cyclists are expected to cycle on 70mph dual carriageways, crossing two-lane entries with no protection - AsEasyAsRiding
mapping the most popular languages after English and Spanish, for each US state - Slate
German, French, Italian, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Navajo, Korean, but also Russian, Dakota, Hmong, Arabic, Portuguese and Polish
a history of Oxford college gardens - OxfordToday
a survey of the best UK (and UK-expat) cycling blogs - CyclingEmbassyUK
central banks should try to prick housing bubbles - AFR
the UK is replacing roundabouts with traffic lights; the US the opposite - Guardian
four different size rankings of Britain's cities - CityMetric
London Gateway: a six-berth container dockyard on the Thames estuary - Guardian
a family holiday in the Netherlands: cycling observations - Girodilento
fantastic creativity in Soviet era bus stops - Guardian
how Thor Heyerdahl's Kon Tiki expedition misled the world - Smithsonian
first map of global anti-neutrino activity shows reactors - CityLab
"antineutrinos from these human-made sources accounted for less than 1 percent of the total detected"
the Crown Princess of the Netherlands on her first school run - Twitter
how cycling infrastructure enables the elderly and disabled - Streets
Dublin's cycling infrastructure is a step in the right direction - CycleSprog
true safety for people on bicycles lies with design - @AsEasyAsRiding
Kazakhstan's Astana is one of the strangest capital cities - Guardian
nice map illustrates how unevenly the world's population is distributed - ScienceAlert
a Dutch perspective on just how crap London's cycling infrastructure is - muxblog
cycling and the law (in the UK) - BikeHub
ambitious plans to fix Seattle's transport problems - Grist
visualisation of numbers of language speakers, worldwide - SCMP
India's heatwave as a warning for the future - Guardian
a nice overview of how Dutch cycling infrastructure works - Pushbikes [via @DavidHembrow]
giraffes are not a cycling hazard in the UK, thankfully - Road
Dutch drivers are just as bad as British ones - AsEasyAsRiding
linguistic and genetic evidence for Australian baobab history - Conversation - PLOSONE
the UK Foreign Office has deficient Russian and Arabic skills - Independent
California faces the reality of water constraints - NYT
how Amsterdam was saved for cycling (and walking) - CyclingAcademics [via @ParadiseOxford]
fossil fuel firms still funding climate change denial - Guardian
nice introduction to the economic risks of climate change - PUP - first chapter [PDF]
the genetic diversity of the British peoples - Nature - Guardian
revealing font choices on Berlin's U-Bahn - Guardian
round-the-world cyclist reckons Sydney drivers are the most hostile - Guardian
glutinous rice mochi are not always harmless - Guardian
not the first mass killing in Pakistan, and it won't be the last - Dawn
racial tensions mount in a Rwandan girls' school - Our Lady of the Nile [my review]
comparing UK and Netherlands cycling - JournalTransportHealth
maps of the world's second languages - BusinessInsider
the choice for at least Indonesia seems wrong to me
China reducing coal consumption affects Mongolia as well as Australia - GlobalResearch
some myths about Ebola - Guardian
Afghanistan in the 1960s and 1970s - MessNessyChic
40,000 year old rock art found in Indonesia - Conversation
the UK doesn't do mixer taps - 9gag
European student exchange scheme may have produced a million babies - TheJournal
Danny Dorling on the London Problem - NewStatesman
is Arabic a single language? - OUP
"the longer people spend commuting in cars, the worse their psychological wellbeing" - BBC
charting some interesting Oxford statistics - gov.uk
the old women of Chernobyl's exclusion zone - Telegraph
some interesting thoughts on Switzerland - CT
vertigo-inducing views of Hong Kong - OnTheRoofs
some examples of British facadism - Guardian
photographs of Hong Kong in the 1950s and 1960s - Guardian
the Japanese city of Yubari accepts old age gracefully - Guardian
a superb anthology of short stories - Modern Korean Fiction [my review]
what annoys climate scientists the most - Guardian
compared to Europe, renters in Australia (or the UK) have no rights - Choice [via Robert]
the Dutch can count to three, why can't Australians (or Brits)? - BicyclePerth [via @DavidHembrow]
a personal response to the double-crested cormorant - YUP
an overview of transport issues in the United Kingdom - The Transport Debate [my review]
anti-human street and building design - @AsEasyAsRiding
Icelandic "land of giants" pylons unfortunately never built - ChoiShine
the Tehran international book fair sounds like fun! - Guardian
more Australian government stupid on climate change - Guardian
xkcd: "defending a claim by citing free speech is the ultimate concession: you're saying that the most compelling argument for it is that it's not illegal to express"
the Social Progress Index - SPImperative
defintely a better indicator of countries I'd like to live in than per capita GDP
Paris' abandoned railway - BBC
Iranian dowries are out of control - Guardian
British cities are terrible places to walk - Guardian
scaling up family planning in Ethiopia - Lancet [via @HansRosling]
Singapore is holding a dry water festival - StraitsTimes
in 1949, more distance in the UK was travelled by bike than by private car - CyclePath
Seoul is demolishing its expressways: 15 since 2002 - Guardian
the inventor of "Pakistan" - StrangeMaps
nice overview: Climate Change: Evidence and Causes - RoyalSociety [PDF]
a dark comedy of reputation in small-town Nigeria - Diaries of a Dead African [my review]
the tensions of San Francisco's gentrification - Guardian
Discovery Channel fabrications encourage wildlife massacres - Monbiot
African Union steps in to help flooded Thames Valley - DailyHawk
major eruption of Mr Kelud, 200,000 in East Java evacuated - AlJazeera
Risk, Uncertainty, and Economics for a Warming World - The Climate Casino [my review]
an overview of Antarctic ice changes - NASA
"Antarctica has been losing more than 100 cubic kilometers of ice per year since 2002"
reading the Herculaneum scrolls - BBC
why the Germans can't get enough of English markets - Poke [video]
a first-hand encounter with the Ugandan nostril tick - Guardian
tool use by crocodiles - SciAm
goats on a dam - ViralNova [via Jenny]
methane updates in context - RealClimate
carbon dioxide remains the real problem
Antarctic workers leave "skua piles" - Far
some of the walls that divide the world - Guardian
flooding in Riyadh! - RT
stop catastrophizing relief efforts in the Philippines - Time
Venice now covered by Google Street View - Guardian
East Germany reappears in a map of the 2013 German election results - StrangeMaps
correcting myths about strange Japanese sex - Independent
"a voyeuristic fascination with Japan's strangeness, spurred on by irresponsible journalism and sensationalised headlines"
commuting makes people, and cities, unhappy - Guardian
the true size of Africa - SupplySideLiberal [via Marginal]
the United States is divided between Emmaland and Sophialand - StrangeMaps
"two thirds of foreign visitors to Cornwall are from Germany, Austria or Switzerland" - Guardian
preemptive denial of forthcoming IPCC reports - Guardian - Monbiot
a guide to Dutch roundabouts - BicycleDutch
a week on Britain's canal network - NewStatesman
shared space intersection regenerates Poynton - YouTube [via CyclOx]
why is Venice such an attractive city? - Oxford Blog
UK forecasts for plane passenger numbers have been wildly wrong - Monbiot
nine English cathedrals and two parish churches charge entry fees - ThinkingAnglicans
some amazing external staircases - WorldGeography
breastfeeding in Mongolia - DrMomma
save the world, switch to eating insects - AFP [via @MarkLauer]
full-colour video of London in 1927 - LostAtEMinor
an illustration of the energy density of wet rice agriculture - PopeHat
a cross-cultural perspective on raising children - Guardian
the east-west divide in Berlin is still visible from space - Guardian
worldwide parenting approaches vary hugely - Slate
how to be German in 20 easy steps - VV
some different London Underground maps - BuzzFeed [via @AmandaWrigley]
the moped menace in the Netherlands - BicycleDutch [via @lizbatty]
Fieldnotes of a Tropical Biologist - Notebooks from New Guinea [my review]
tensions as Kenyan elections approach - Guardian
things have improved in Africa in the last decade - Economist
only Tokyo and Osaka now top Sydney and Melbourne for cost of living - Economist [via MB]
writeup of a trip from 2011 - a weekend in Bayeux
uncovering how a family of German tourists perished in Death Valley - OtherHand [via MeFi]
cycling stories from English cities - ThinkingCycling
another sport I'd never heard of: Kabaddi - BBC [via Jonathan]
we have an allotment! - Oxford Blog
pictures of Venice in flood - Guardian
one place that is not going to fare well with sea level rise
the power of bicycles in disaster - AtlanticCities
Better Block: urban renewal in Dallas - TED/Youtube [via ibikelondon]
Bloomberg Businessweek puts it bluntly: "IT'S GLOBAL WARMING, STUPID" - ThinkProgress
cycling in Münster - SUNYSB [via DavidMorrison]
massive hurricane striking the US north-east - WunderBlog
Masters: "a 50% chance that Sandy's storm surge will end up flooding a portion of the New York City subway system"
a family history: hunger in an Indian village - Bloomberg
Mongolian bone factories - AnthNews [via claird]
how airline baggage tags work - Slate [via claird]
there is no data for Oxford in the Great British Public Toilet Map - GBPTM
I wish I were a confident enough cyclist to attempt these trips - CycleRoutesOxford
a tale of two cites: East and West Berlin - ABC [via DL]
Berlin imagined - George Szirtes
helping run a Chicken Beauty Contest at the Binsey Fete - Wandering Danny
a week in Thailand - Wandering Danny
in Bavaria, a nine-year-old can do a 600 km cycle trip - AboutCycling
moving to Alice Springs - Inside
problems for shipping as the Mississippi runs low - NBC
our Olympic experience - Oxford Blog
there are 4 million speakers of Venetian in Brazil?! - Ethnologue
"although referred to as an Italian dialect, Venetian is in fact a separate language" - Wiki
shifting Tien Shan water run-off from summer to winter would not be good news for Central Asia - Nature
civil war tours of Barcelona - Guardian
a tour of Didcot A power station - Oxford Blog
the Karakoram Highway remains blocked - Guardian - my trip there in 1999
25 Celsius (77 F) is hot for Greenland - TP/Wunder
the writings of women and men who travelled together - Travels in Tandem [my review]
advice on cycling in the snow - NuttyCyclist
twenty beautiful bookshops, worldwide - Flavorwire [via @VivianYang]
twitter now censored in Thailand - Guardian
some people don't like summer - PsyBlog [via @KateCarruthers]
documenting Numbani, a language of Papua New Guinea - Far
Bangkok takes stock as the floodwaters recede - Guardian
an account of a brief visit to Seoul - WanderingDanny
twin-engined passenger jets will be allowed to fly across the North Pole - Independent
where children sleep, worldwide - MyModernMet
Iceland in recession - Guardian
"sales of condoms have fallen 25%, most probably because a packet of Durex costs twice as much as it used to"
Bangkok gets the attention, but Cambodia is flooding too - ABC [via CLP]
Mongolia wonders how to deal with its resource boom - Atlantic
Dubai doesn't have a proper sewage system - NPR [via BB]
"in a place like Dubai, you have a 24-hour-long line of trucks waiting to dispose of the waste from those buildings"
the Normans win the Battle of Hastings every year - EnglishHeritage
promotional video for Dutch cycling - Vimeo [via CyclOx]
going around the Netherlands on a bike sounds like it'd be good fun - Hembrow
the cycling infrastructure looks really nice
an article on Blue Mountains canyoning - NationalGeographic
a long weekend car touring Wales - Oxford Blog
visiting Charles Darwin's home - a Down House visit
Sydney now 7th most expensive city - SMH
outdone only by Tokyo and a few Swiss and Scandinavian cities
tips on picking a northern Thailand trek - TravelFish
a day trip from Oxford - Dorchester Abbey + the Wittenham Clumps
travelling with children - Guardian
the RSPB and its nature reserves - Independent
an update on my life in Oxford - Town, gown, or tourist?
amazing close-ups of sand grains - DailyMail [via Su]
campaign for 30km/hr residential speed limits Europe-wide - Road [via CyclOx]
my Oxford blog - between the bicycle and the electric car
a obituary for travel writer Patrick Leigh Fermor - Guardian [via @phaseit]
a tale of two cooks in Cameroon - Far
some great Iceland photos - CreativeOverflow
brings back memories of my 2003 Iceland trip
crossing the Himalaya - sea level to Everest in 8 hours - PlanetEarth [via @MargieKinney]
photos of new species from Madagascar - Guardian
single-home levee - PopSci [via MR]
German and British differences in smalltalk and politness - BBC
review of Changing Planet, Changing Health - RealClimate
Attenborough warns about CGI - Independent
studying African elephants - Amboseli Trust for Elephants
the Irish are emigrating again - Blast
Istanbul has growing pains - Guardian
damming the Mekong - Guardian
the giant catfish may not be so important in itself, but the fisheries are vital in Cambodia and Vietnam
drought is destroying pastoralism in northern Kenya - Guardian
birdwatching tips - Princeton
earthquake updates - BBC
geothermal colours around Dallol volcano, Ethiopia - SwissEduc
cultural perceptions within Europe - StrangeMaps
a visit to Bath - my Oxford blog
there are a million Chinese working in Africa - Guardian
malaria parasites suffer jet lag - Scientist
the Swedish energy story - ClimateProgress
$150/tonne carbon taxes, 1/4 of energy from biomass, etc.
Egypt tries to disconnect from the Internet - HP
an East Africa safari - IntoAfrica
I've finished writing up my last big trip - Switzerland trip
history, food, archaeology, art theft, genocide, films - Cambodia [my review]
there's a single property in South Australia 20% bigger than Wales - Anna Creek Station
3D reconstruction of Pergmon - SecondPage [via MEllison]
conflicts over Mekong dams continue - ABC
some amazing geological photography - SmashingApps [via @MargieKinney]
the greening of Ascension Island - Economist
my Oxford blog - so far, I'm enjoying the cold winter
has Ta Prohm really been renamed "Angelina Jolie Temple"? - Guardian - Ta Prohm
photos from a trip last month - an Edinburgh visit
Beijing air pollution has become "crazy bad" - Guardian
insects are food - Guardian
Leon is visiting Yokohama, Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo - Rakugoleon
the UK has had fantastic autumn colours this year - Independent
a Gloucestershire trip - Uley Bury + the Jenner Museum
Javanese volcano Merapi erupts - SMH
a weekend trip to the Welsh border - Hay-on-Wye and Blaenavon
a daytrip from Oxford - Brill + Otmoor
there's wildlife in Singapore - Independent
Oxford and Sydney - comparative utility costs
I've finally finished my Mekong Delta + Angkor Wat travelogue - Vietnam/Cambodia 2009
GPS typo-squatting - Age
UK hotels sue TripAdvisor over bad reviews - Independent
it's getting harder for Australians to work in the UK - 1stContact
a trip last weekend - Uffington White Horse, Stonehenge, Avebury
do cars have hair? - a classic car show at Blenheim Palace
we christen our new car with a trip to the Cotswolds - Guiting Power walk
Iceland plans "human" pylons - Telegraph
a visit to a Chinese ghost town - WorldBank
I enjoyed the "Klee meets Picasso" exhibition in Bern - Zentrum Paul Klee
a brief blog writeup - picking berries in Oxford
a guide to London yum cha (dim sum) - WFG
Mongolia between the "white death" and the mining companies - Guardian
London adopts Paris' public bike hire scheme - Guardian
UK travel company goes bust, leaving thousands stuck - Guardian
a writeup, with photos, of my recent trip - Turkey travelogue
this may be a bit rough in places, corrections or feedback would be welcome
something to look out for in Berlin - Stolpersteine [via Marginal]
Oxford Blog update - exchange rates and relative prices
conflicts over the Nile's water - Guardian
I've written up the Phnom Penh part of my trip last year to - Vietnam and Cambodia
Turkish Reflections: The Biography of a Place [my review]
photos of the Hunza valley landslide/lake - Boston [via Chapati]
trains, ferries and cabs are doing a roaring trade - Times
I've walked past the Eyjafjallajokull icecap/volcano - my Iceland travelogue
Oxford as a cultural centre - Oxford Blog
Icelanders are starting to emigrate - Yahoo
"Last year saw the largest exodus from the country since 1887."
the Ordnance Survey opens up some of its mapping data - Independent
British Summer Time happened and no one warned us!
we found out because our computers stopped agreeing with our clocks
favourite spring days out in the UK - Times
the Mekong Delta leg of my trip last year - Vietnam/Cambodia
registering to vote in the UK helped me open a bank account - Oxford blog
Lake Chad declared wetland of significance under Ramsar Convention - WWF [via @MargaretKinney]
phylogenetics, bubbling mud, Mt Doom - a New Zealand North Island travelogue
I'm stuck in limbo waiting for my visa
the High Commission won't provide any information about the status of appeals/applications, so I've heard nothing since I got notification of its receipt on December 17th
the tree-climbing goats of Morocco - WebEcoist
Angel Falls: the world's tallest waterfall - TwistedSifter
pollution is destroying the Taj Mahal - Frontline
photos from the Scottish Highlands - SteveCarter [via @MargaretKinney]
I've started a blog about our relocation to Oxford - Oxford Blog
photos of six beautiful Chinese glaciers - TravelChina [via @MargaretKinney]
some "useful" foreign phrases - Omniglot [via @belledejour_uk]
the Bristol Uni trans-continental expedition 1960-1961 - Nonesuch
my step-father was one of the participants in this
Angkor: Cambodia's Wondrous Khmer Temples [my review]
the Lonely Tree of Tenere - DamnInteresting
there's a few bits of wilderness in the Scottish Highlands - Guardian [via @MargaretKinney]
good mapping involves abstraction, not detail overload - Economist
the "Arctic Dipole" drives a new atmospheric circulation pattern for the Northern Hemisphere - Wunder
Croatia's Plitvice Lakes - TwistedSifter [via Janine]
trying to plan Paris' growth - Economist
the effects of climate change in the Himalayas - Guardian
notable Icelandic architecture in concrete - Works Along the Way [my review]
the search for Genghis Khan's grave - EurasiaNet [via Chapati]
the ten best hiking spots in the US - HowStuffWorks [via @MargaretKinney]
I've walked into the Grand Canyon and around Yosemite, back in 1994
the Tour du Mont Blanc - Wikipedia
anyone want to join me for this sometime in mid-2010?
how to make Vietnamese coffee - INeedCoffee
I never thought I'd like something that involved condensed milk so much!
I am on holiday in Vietnam and Cambodia - updates will resume in a few days
London joins Iceland as a Lonely Planet "best-value" destination - SMH
"Long ludicrously expensive, London has become much more affordable for visitors from abroad, if not for its residents"
backpacker travel writing in Vietnam - OurManHanoi
hard to avoid McDonalds in the US; easy in Iceland - Strange Maps - Yahoo
starlings on Otmoor - YouTube [via @epacris71]
turning empty airplane seats into economy class "beds" - SMH
I'd pay $150 extra for this on a long-haul flight, for sure
a floating house for New Orleans - SFgate
typhoon Ketsana hammers Philippines, Vietnam - MSNBC
20% tips are now normal in US restaurants?! - Atlantic
Manhattan's High Line park - NYROB - High Line
"the incongruous delight of strolling through a leafy glade three stories above the roaring traffic's boom is made more piquant by the omnipresence of buildings crowded close to both sides of the walkway"
artemisinin-resistant malaria spreading in Cambodia - Independent
Texas is facing its worst drought in fifty years - Economist
hydrogen sulphide emitting seaweed on Brittany's beaches - Times
why the highest mountains are in the tropics - Guardian
Calcutta is forcibly purging older, polluting vehicles - BBC
Mongolian monastic treasures buried in 1938 are recovered - BBC
photos of Greenland - Boston [via @stilgherrian]
Mongolian pasture productivity is in decline - WorldBank
driven by increasing livestock numbers and proportionately more goats
500 underpowered vehicles set off for Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia - Independent
photos from Afghanistan - Boston [via @stilgherrian]
finding an appropriate fire regime for Mongolia's forests - WorldBank
a new road across the Amazon/Andes - SouthAmPics
Uighur-Han tensions in Xinjiang - Guardian [via Crikey]
self-governance for Greenland - Economist
feel-good story about befriending elephants in Africa - SMH
no Lonely Planet guidebooks will be sold at Heathrow - Economist
BAA gives a bookshop monopoly to WH Smith, who give Penguin a travelguide monopoly
Tim Flannery's adventures in the New Guinea highlands - Throwim Way Leg [review]
traditional machiya accommoation in Kyoto - SMH
Kashgar's Old City is being bulldozed - National
"a Chinese government plan calls for the relocation of 65,000 Uighur households, about 220,000 people, whose families have lived in the Old City for centuries"
Dubai doesn't sound like somewhere I'd be comfortable - Independent
recession photographs from the US, China and Eastern Europe - Boston
how Iceland became a hedge fund - VanityFair
Australia offers students visa to work in Indonesia - SMH
but maintains "reconsider your need to travel" advisory
an eight-part report on rubbish - Economist
a nice Icelandic house design - Inhabitat
Lords and Lemurs:
Mad Scientists, Kings with Spears, and the Survival of Diversity in Madagascar
some common tourist scams - RickSteves [via Schneier]
an upbeat view of Icelanders' ability to recover - Times
it's one of the few countries in the world that's cheaper for Australian tourists...
an airport in the Thames estuary to replace Heathrow? - Times
a photo-essay on inflation in Zimbabwe - Wordmess
Iceland is in big trouble - Bloomberg
with no foreign exchange to pay for imports, there's a run on the supermarkets
how to check your hotel room for bed bugs - BugGirl
amazing photos of hurricane Ike's aftermath - Boston [via Barista]
Burma struck by twice-a-century rat plague - Guardian
"Once every 50 years or so the region's bamboo flowers, producing a fruit. The fruit attracts hordes of rats, which feed on its seeds."
France is reviving old railway lines - Guardian
London's Oyster travel card has been cracked - Schneier - Guardian
"it's kindergarten cryptography. Anyone with any security experience would be embarrassed to put his name to the design"
post-war Hungary tops hyperinflation table with 19 digit note - Economist
why would anyone eat at McDonalds in Scandinavia? - Economist
actually, I don't know why anyone would eat at McDonalds anywhere
photos from Beerenberg, the world's northernmost volcano - PBase [via DPR]
tourists are part of the travel photography experience - PhilG
the Ganges is a sewer - Economist
India only treats 13% of its urban sewage
fractal-looking boundaries in Baarle-Hertog - BLDG [via Majik]
is China effectively an island? - StrangeMaps
Chinese tourists are about to start visiting Taiwan - Reuters - ET
Arctic sea ice news and analysis - NSIDC [via Deltoid]
ten of the world's most polluted cities - PopSci [via /.]
the severity of vivax malaria is highly context dependent - PLOS
I caught vivax malaria on a trip to PNG when I was eight
demolishing a Beijing hutong: a photo-essay - Guardian
my own photos of Beijing old and new
"please don't go" - LAT
is the only real ecotourism staying at home?
Amsterdam is being sanitised - RadioNetherlands [via ProRev]
not only are they shutting down the red light district, but they're getting rid of the cafes and pubs as well
climbing Mount Roraima - Dinets
a science fiction novelist visits Japan - Stross
"I have to admit that I'm not used to being mugged on the subway by feral English professors and forced to proof-read dictionary entries"
walking Japan, staying in minshuku - WalkJapan - Guardian
these traditional home lodgings seem like a good way to see Japan
a map of the US, showing roads and only roads - BenFry [via Cosma]
community-based tourism in northern Thailand - Guardian
on the list of places I want to visit - Torres del Paine
a visit to Mali - Economist
annoyingly, in reverse chronological order
"when the old Lenin becomes unwanted he just swims away" - EngRuss [photos, via Cosma]
African literature: stuck debating Chinua Achebe - NationMedia [via CR]
a freely downloadable Iceland guidebook - Heimur [via IceRev]
I've finished a travelogue - four days in Beijing
new designs for UK coins - Mint [via CT]
Paul Theroux explains how he became a travel writer - Guardian [via CR]
Eastern European cuisine is moving up-market - Guardian
Eyak is dead - Economist
not the Orient Express - Far
the traumas of the overnight train to Romania
a tour of New York's graveyards - Economist
a naturalist's view of Florida - Dinets
the BBC buys Lonely Planet - SMH
the first travelogue from my last trip - four days in Hong Kong
Albania tops income per tourist table?! - Economist
one traditional Incan bridge is still rebuilt every year - CSM
writeups of other Intrepid Mongolia tours - Duleepa - MatNewton
my writeup is here if you missed it
people, wildlife and buildings in India - Dinets
some photos from Germany - Flickr
Onion Johnnies - IHT - Documentography [via Wiki]
some travel reading about France - TextsPretexts
some preparatory reading for a forthcoming trip - books on Brittany
photographs from Antarctica - LL
no more "fried crap" in Bejing - Guardian
amusing driving instructions - scroll down to step 33 - GoogleMaps
reviews of books about Yemen - British-Yemeni Society [via CR]
slow progress improving Beijing's air quality - Economist
when I was there in mid-2005, the smog was ubiquitous
nice one bedroom apartments in Ulaanbaatar cost 33,000 pounds - PropFrontiers [via IHT]
the less glamorous side of Oxford - Economist
Icelandic glaciers - oi [via referers]
unlikely exotic photos from Britain - Guardian
visiting Moroccan mosques - Non-Arab
"Morocco is one of the few majority-Muslim countries in the world where non-Muslims are consistently not allowed into mosques."
small-scale Chinese retailers don't understand "goodwill" - Single
Malaysia's turtles are no more - SMH
"since 2000, not a single baby leatherback has scampered to the sea"
photos of Swiss bunkers - PolarInertia [via MoA]
photos from Niger - jfboyd [needs Flash]
fun looking volunteer expeditions - GVI
a naturalist looks at China's sacred mountains - Dinets
a guide to Russia's airports - Economist
a short, vertical stroll in a Chinese national park - fark [via Barista]
a tornado strikes London - Guardian
a tourist guide to Afghanistan - Zharov
a New Zealand tramp I did in February - Mt Fyffe circuit walk
a trend towards minimalist travel guides? - Macam
California contemplates knocking down dams to recover wilderness - Guardian
a valley nicer than Yosemite was flooded in the 20s
Bangalore is now Bengalooru - Economist
which some people are surely going to confuse with Bengal
an obituary for travel writer Eric Newby - Economist
the weirdness that is England's New Forest - Barista
some great wildlife photos from Kenya - BirdsArt
Clay Shirky tries eating lutefisk - Usenet [via Barista]
a traffic jam on the Moscow-Yakutsk highway - EnglishRussia [via JWalk, many images]
"600 cars got stuck there. Hunger and lack of the fuel followed, according to the witnesses. One woman gave a born to a child right in the public bus she was riding."
ecotourism resources in China - SinglePlanet
why western Himalayan glaciers are growing - Guardian
I've seen the Gilgit/Indus junction in the photo
an Australian visits New Orleans - Elsewhere [5 entries so far]
nine months lost at sea, eating raw fish and the occasional seagull - Guardian
beautiful Mongolian women [photos]
polo in northern Pakistan - CSM
in 1999 I saw a polo game in Chitral, and the Shandur Pass polo ground
the train to Lhasa - Frontline
lost in the dark in Borneo highlands - Bootsnall
pictures of Mongolia's Genghis Khan fever - BBC [via RW]
see my more mundane Mongolia travelogue
Iceland and Australia the happiest places to live? - Guardian
but did they poll the Icelanders in August or in January?
searching for Zerzura: the exploration of the Libyan desert - SaudiAramco
by train from Cairo to Luxor - Billmon
a "top 30 travel books" selection - WorldHum [via CR]
the only one I've read is The Road to Oxiana
pre-quake photos of Bantul - TrekEarth
adventures changing money in Cairo - Billmon
stories of terrible plane flights - SMH
questing for leeches (and crocs) in Madagascar - BloodLust - and in Australia [via Loom]
"It had fed right through Mark's sock. Twenty minutes later he felt another on the same ankle. Fantastic! It's always best to have 2. One for dissections and one for DNA work."
a great site for Mongolian news - Mongolia-Web [via referers]
Alain de Botton - The Art of Travel [review]
a first look at Naypyidaw, Burma's new capital - Guardian
the NZ dollar and Icelandic krona plunge - News
I highly recommend both New Zealand and Iceland as travel destinations...
some Mongolian blogs - Mongolia [via MongolBio] - Optimists - Shards
dehydrated dinners for gourmet hiking - MarcCam
new site feature - random travelogue page
fighting altitude sickness on Kilimanjaro - Kallayil
one out of a dozen in his group makes it to the top
photos illustrate retreat of Kilimanjaro snow - Sprol [via RW]
if I go to East Africa, I'll probably climb Mt Kenya
guidebook founders now discourage excessive flying - Guardian
"the founders of Rough Guides and Lonely Planet are troubled that they have helped spread a casual attitude towards air travel that could trigger devastating climate change"
Xinjiang and the seeds of Uighur unrest - Japan - 2 [via Far]
"Whether it is at the oil complexes or in the shopping malls, locals remain on the outside looking in."
a Russian naturalist with great travelogues - Vladimir Dinets - Mongolia - East Africa - Madagascar
Alice Springs: photos and tales of a mad anthropologist - Elsewhere
a camping manual from 1877 - Gutenberg [via Barista]
"There should be in every party a clothes brush, mosquito-netting, strings, compass, song-book, guide-book, and maps, which should be company property."
more travel companies quit Burma - CHRD Burma
photos from Borneo - MFT
Southeast Asian food blogs - GV [via Macam]
a brief report on a landscape photography trip to China - LL
rains cut Flores' main east-west road - Lucretius [via Macam]
I visited Flores in 1995, but in the dry season
a tourist in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo - LJ
wildlife photos from Kenya - Birds
The Meaning of Tingo - Independent [via Lang] - Amazon UK - Amazon
lexical explorations: extraordinary words from around the world
repackaging India's villages as tourist attractions - Guardian
on visting Vietnam - ManInHanoi [via Macam]
"Dear Traveller, the first thing you have to realise is – nothing is what it seems."
some outstanding African wildlife photographs - DPR - more
I'm thinking of visiting East Africa next year
another traveller dies from rabies - SciDaily - BMJ
Orca-watching on Puget Sound - Orcinus
useful (and tempting) one page country travel guides - BugBog
Finns don't believe in small talk - Crikey
Richard Stallman goes on a food tour of Taiwan - FSF [via LWN]
I've made a start on my Mongolia travelogue - eight pages [out of a likely 40]
drinking and alcohol in Finland - Crikey
"Nothing during the week. Nothing with meals. And then comes Friday night. ... Alko is the state alcohol monopoly administered by the Ministry for Social Affairs and Health."
the Bradt and Lonely Planet Mongolia guides - my review
New Zealand's Tongariro Crossing - my report, with photos
definitely one of the world's great day walks
Mt McKinley is covered in faeces - NewScientist
warming up: scientific travel in the Arctic - NYer
how to judge travel guidebooks - Twriters [via Macam]
I'm off to Beijing/Mongolia/Irkutsk in June/July - do I have any readers in that part of the world?
I've started writing up my last New Zealand trip - travel
five pages on Auckland and the Coromandel so far
photos of an Iraqi sandstorm - Snopes [via JWZ]
photos from an Alaskan glacier hike - MFT
Michael Hoefner's photos from Egypt - MFT
leeches, ick! - SFGate [via JWZ]
"Doctors have removed a leech from the nose of a Hong Kong woman"
the snow has almost gone from Kilimanjaro - Guardian - Billmon
fifteen years before it was predicted
A Muslim Traveler of the 14th Century - The Adventures of Ibn Battuta [review]
experiences with Finnish - Crikey
postcards from Russia - BBC [via Bifurcated]
I wish the BBC would put up larger images
a guide to sleeping in airports - SIA [via JWalk]
culture shock in Finland for the "trailing spouse" - Crikey
surviving a tsunami: lessons from Chile, Hawaii, and Japan in 1960 - USGS [via Far]
Christmas in Finland - Crikey
tsunami appeal: Oxfam - Australia - International
I've given $400
edible hiking equipment - EAT
some tourists continue holidaying regardless - Guardian
but the tsunami may have severe long-term effects on tourism
winter partying in Reykjavik, Iceland - IHT
"where weekend throngs of natives and foreigners drink and dance the long winter nights away"
North Korean tourism has some way to go - CSM
food in Finland - Crikey
hiking skirts and mountain kilts - BGT - BP
Pol Pot's cremation site is a tourist attraction - AsiaPages [via Far]
short international guide to tipping - BBC [via JWalk]
I'm an Australian who kept forgetting tips when I visited the US
tourism to Bali has largely recovered - Asia
fewer Europeans & Americans, but Asians and Australians stream in
one-minute vacations: sounds from around the world - QuietAm [MP3s, via JH]
Norway introduces a new sport for tourists: killing baby seals - Guardian
riding the Moscow Metro - WP [via AntiWar]
ramblers gain access to more British countryside - Independent [via CT]
in Australia, unfortunately, walkers have pretty much no right of access to private land
some great nature photography - pbase
a light-hearted look at the "uses and applications of 35mm lenses" - LL
the risks of ecotourism - New Scientist
nice photos of Africa - Dogon Lobi [via goodshit]
Machu Picchu is in danger from tourism and natural disasters - Guardian
which side of the road do they drive on? - Brian Lucas [via JWalk]
and everything else you wanted to know about transportation-handedness, worldwide
a huge collection of Iceland links - Geocities [via referers]
the Internet Guide to Freighter Travel - Geocities [via JWalk]
"Traveling on a containership is not better than sex, though it does last longer. It is an experience you will never forget."
a West African in Greenland - NewCriterion [via CR] - Amazon
"the strangest travel book ever written"
photos from the Galapagos - Phil Greenspun
reading and speaking single words of Finnish is an achievement - Lang
an Icelander visits Mozambique - Sveinbjorn Thordarson
sago and sago grubs - Docent [via Far]
"Sago Palm is far more productive than rice, producing 100-200 kg per palm, enough to feed a family of 4-5 for a month"
I've finally finished writing up last year's trip - Scotland + Northern England
it needs some editing, so let me know if you spot any errors, unnecessary verbiage, etc.
riding through the Chernobyl dead zone - extreme4 [via Link]
"no stoplights, no police, no danger to hit some cage or some dog... a last day of Pompei sort of place"
a visit to NE China in winter - RToddKing [via JWalk]
Beijing, the Great Wall, Harbin, with superb photographs
Murray Bail's novel about travelling Australians - Homesickness [review]
in which surreal museums reflect the tourists' obsessions
some photos of desert mountain sheep - Jerry Tompkins
Jerry, a reader of my book reviews, passed away recently
climbing the mountains inside Seoul - IHT
some nice photographs of Joshua Tree national park - JWalk
coming soon: tourist visas for Saudi Arabia - Guardian
more Scotland travelogue - Durham - Border abbeys
a Central Asia blog, with lots of pictures - LiveJournal [via Cosma]
highlights of my Scotland trip - the Cairngorms - an Orkney tour
with ptarmigan, standing stones, and a Neolithic village
photos from a year in Guatemala - Eve Andersson
the shortest day of the year in Reykjavik - Reyk
"I did not notice a day today, it was dark, and then it was a different shade of dark."
a useful collection of travelogues - Travel Library
(they've just listed several of mine)
nine-part wanderings in Central Asia - Asia
I want to go! Istanbul to Beijing...
I've finished it: 14,000 words and 180 photographs - Iceland travelogue
let me know if you spot any typos or errors, or have any suggestions for improvement
more of my Iceland travelogue, including - Skógar to Þorsmörk
possibly the most scenic walk I've ever done
photos from a tour to the Galapagos + Machu Picchu - DavidBray
the World Electric Guide - Kropla
electrical plugs and adaptors, worldwide
the first part of my travelogue - Heimaey, South Iceland
some great photography - Macro & Micro [via JWalk]
a site about Chitral and the Shandur Pass - shandur.com [via referers]
information and photos - the natural history of Iceland
some notes on my camera - Canon Powershot S330
looking at how it performs for hiking and travelling
car problems on the Milford Sound road - ReallyBigAdventure
places to visit in southern Iceland - south.is
the Agonist is in Tashkent, heading for Samarkand - SilkRoad
photos of praying mantises - Kleptography [via JWalk]
and lots of other photos from Hong Kong
nice photos of Bodiam castle, Kent - SueB
Iceland's history and culture - Ring of Seasons [review]
I will be visiting Iceland in August/September - travel plans
(Are there any Icelanders among my readers?)
Benin and Ouidah: the pop idol and the voodoo forest - OpenDemocracy [via referers]
an Uzbekstan and Kyrgyzstan travelogue - Sven Gheeraert
Khiva, Samarkand, and Bukhara - and the Karakol
still more New Zealand - Milford Sound - Lake Marian - Gertrude Saddle
more NZ trip writeup - Queenstown - Glenorchy
includes daytrips to Lake Dispute and the Invincible Mine
Iceland photo-report - Eve Ander
I'm thinking of going to Iceland this northern summer
more NZ travelogue - Otago Peninsula - Catlins - Ulva Island - Rakiura Track [Stewart Island]
and a breakdown of my travel costs
NZ trip writeup - Kepler Track - Oamaru + Moeraki
I took 960 photographs and am trying to pick the best 100
fascinating Alaska, Canada, Mexico, US travelogue - Phil Greenspun [huge - Megabyte+]
with witty and intelligent commentary on Iraq, the US economy, information technology
Joe's writeup of his near-death trip in New Zealand - the Copland Pass
some photos from a short trip - bird-watching in Batemans Bay
flying around Baja California HOWTO, with photos - Phil Greenspun [via RW]
Thom Stewart goes on a feeding frenzy - a day in Solo, Indonesia
he's supposed to be there learning gamelan, of course!

Links come from my blog, Pathologically Polymathic.

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