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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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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
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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.Hey @kerrychristiani say hi to @mrdavidwhitley from me, @BritInSlovakia & @sjstweety. We just ate all the dumplings. All of them.Wandered into a church in Bratislava and it turns out there's a concert about to start. http://t.co/5uI9WTZo8GAt @Urban_Market in Bratislava. Arts, crafts and live music in a renovated market building. http://t.co/cE5aJKNfxoPasaj - a vertigo-inducing installation by Matej Kren at the Bratislava City Gallery, with @BritInSlovakia. http://t.co/amRRBVYw9Y
12/14
2014
Love the new profile pic, @kerrychristiani.@BritInSlovakia Hence the smile. @kerrychristiani sorry to hear we won't see you tomorrow.@thetraveltrunk I forgot to thank you for the recommendation! Thanks!Eating Käsekrainer in Vienna, from Bitzinger near the tourist office. Cheers, @BritInSlovakia & @kerrychristiani. http://t.co/CuJV3WTa85@kerrychristiani There's another reunion with me & @BritInSlovakia in store tomorrow, surely?Travel writers reunite. With @john_oates & @BritInSlovakia at retro Espresso, Vienna. @TravWriters http://t.co/bsUEnEjb38
Retweeted by John Oates@BritInSlovakia & @kerrychristiani: I think they've been drinking turbopunsch. http://t.co/hYUFAGalT4cartoon of the year, to my mind.(from Private Eye). http://t.co/1Xs7oSXiai
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12/13
2014
@andyjarosz I'd be a bit worried about the scare quotes around "ice cream" though. What is it really?Christmas market hopping in Vienna with @BritInSlovakia & @john_oates. http://t.co/AwxJN4kN7n
Retweeted by John OatesTurns out that imperial torte from @ImperialVienna is very yummy but very filling. Maybe not best choice of starter before I head for lunch.Just discovered the balcony of my room at @ImperialVienna. This is the view. http://t.co/4kVYQDHFHeJust arrived at @ImperialVienna where I've been upgraded to a suite. Thanks to @ViennaInfoB2B for arranging. http://t.co/d80jSaH9EyThanks for the eating tip @thetraveltrunk. I'll make sure that @kerrychristiani introduces me & @BritInSlovakia to Käsekrainer.@mrdavidwhitley No beer after 7pm? I'm out. @BritInSlovakia @kerrychristianiHey @mrdavidwhitley, shame you aren't a bit closer. Would have been good to extend the meetup!Looking forward to seeing @kerrychristiani @BritInSlovakia later. First I need to check into @ImperialVienna.Thanks @lortusfleur! #FF to you and to @mary_novakovich @helenochyra @ShafikMeghji @robinmckelvieThe happiest of festive #FF to some of my favourite writers: @mary_novakovich @helenochyra @ShafikMeghji @john_oates @robinmckelvie #travel
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12/12
2014
@MrStuartLodge @ViennaDad Aha, I was thinking the other way around.@MrStuartLodge @ViennaDad Didn't they run their own buses to Vienna? Not any more. To be fair, it is pretty close.Taking the @SlovakLines bus from Bratislava airport to Vienna. Only a glimpse of Slovakia, back properly on Saturday.
12/11
2014
Particularly pleased that I'll be staying at @imperialvienna and Tulip House (Bratislva, http://t.co/UvIcWfUjK5). Both look fantastic.Looking forward to Vienna, Bratislava, @BritInSlovakia and @kerrychristiani this weekend. Christmas markets and overindulgence beckon.
12/10
2014
Looking forward to the @TravWriters Christmas dinner tonight.
12/9
2014
Gaww. Homesick lorry. http://t.co/6JsZh4s2w4
Retweeted by John Oates>>>The Sun admits '600,000 benefit tourists' story was 'not accurate' & 'has no evidence', prints correction (on p.2) http://t.co/JAWdkLjsuh
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12/7
2014
Saw @ManForeverUSA at @drillfestival today. Fantastic, left with all 3 CDs.
12/6
2014
Great to see @hackneyheart, @no_fixed_plans, @benlerwill and @flightsofashion at Shoreditch House last night. Good chat and free sweets.
12/4
2014
RT @andyjarosz: Please tell me this is a hipster parody - https://t.co/r6w38yfCfK via @driftingkiwi <I guess it got people RTing it. Awful.
12/3
2014
I’m no UI guru or anything, but this drop-down is definitely the wrong way to have a user enter their street number. http://t.co/kFbKR5KNtw
Retweeted by John OatesRead these tweets from @CorinneRedfern and you’ll never fly @Ryanair again. (Start reading at bottom left) http://t.co/KH8ML629HK
Retweeted by John OatesThe @Guardian rails against unpaid interns, zero hour contracts, wage exploitation etc, then asks for zero-££ pics on @GuardianWitness? Hmm.
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12/2
2014
Big news day at the mail http://t.co/NZRcxi4B1g
Retweeted by John OatesThe Irrawaddy Magazine - December issue OUT NOW in Myanmar and Thailand! Read about 12 outstanding women... http://t.co/Tlv8KGzpQq
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12/1
2014
Finished #NaNoWriMo today. Glad I did it but those are 50,000 words I never want to see again...Very kind of you to say so @BritInSlovakia. Looking forward to seeing Bratislava & Vienna again and hanging out with you & @kerrychristiani.Thailand's monarchy is imploding. Crown prince has divorced his wife. Political risk is very high. No media want to report what is happening
Retweeted by John OatesBangkok Post reports on the purge of Srirasmi's family, without explaining what is actually happening http://t.co/4WJ6ZQFlzb
Retweeted by John OatesThe first known usage of OMG occurred in 1917, in a letter to Winston Churchill: http://t.co/KVcXZxktCl
Retweeted by John Oates@FloraBaker Ditto (except for the @brandnewrock and the bag of crisps). 4,028 words left to go before #nanowrimo is over.UK MPs Group Urges Return of Burma Sanctions if Abuses Don’t Stop http://t.co/nBfktyTw99 #Burma #Myanmar
Retweeted by John OatesData visualisation http://t.co/p255HuwThK
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11/30
2014
The brilliant @IsabelHardman did some digging and found the REAL source for these pictures: http://t.co/EAAS5iNSRF http://t.co/kvRKPKz7b6
Retweeted by John OatesRT @matthewteller: Qatari zombie flick? MT @dohanews: Qatar’s Ajyal Film Fest http://t.co/vRXdENVdkP <what the world is waiting for!A rare chance to hear six pre-war 78rpm recordings by Arabic singers - includes growling! @matthewteller @RolfKillius http://t.co/UpWOcqjwLl
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11/29
2014
Looking forward to dinner at @Ink_restaurant. Went when it first opened, it'll be interesting to see how it's developed.Good old Conde Nast. Looking after travellers with every conceivable budget http://t.co/tVMSjLqsEK
Retweeted by John Oates@Cafeoto Any more details of membership? eg can member buy more than one discounted ticket for a gig?#ff to fellow #travel writers @southernconetrv @john_oates @townsendoutdoor @kerrychristiani @matthewteller @NickRedmayne @Mike_Gerrard
Retweeted by John OatesMT @robinmckelvie: #FF travel gurus @kerrychristiani @helenochyra @abigailking @john_oates @robble1 @sarahleetravels @KirstenAlana. <& you!
11/28
2014
The haunting plains of #Bagan at dusk. #Myanmar #POTD by PHYILLIDA PANAI http://t.co/vs5IZcbjC9
Retweeted by John OatesIt's not just Rohingya who are fleeing Myanmar. My report from Maungdaw on the great Rakhine exodus. http://t.co/hklUQbpNAx @journotopia
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11/27
2014
Bloging and vlogging is great but there are so many who don't disclose freebies / sponsored content. http://t.co/kpNhSV3gEJ
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11/26
2014
RT @Mediabistro: 5 Email Myths, Debunked http://t.co/oKb9FU10RX (via @PRNewser) < @wordsallowed did you see this?Lovers of Myanmar's Architecture, Feast Your Eyes on These Photos From Yangon: Feast your eyes on these photos... http://t.co/GPsLoOkf5k
Retweeted by John Oates@sillypunk Isn't that cheating? And will it still make any sense?@sillypunk Just looking at The List. I think Magician: Apprentice is a lot more than 168 pages. Read it when a teenager, it's a hefty tome.RT @naypyidawpost: Burma's army uses rape to demoralise ethnic minorities, report says - Guardian http://t.co/X8iYU5K6zV <ongoing impunity@TravWriters Just booked my flights to Milan for the #BGTW AGM in January, plus press trip to Cremona and Mantua. Brilliant sounding trip.
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11/25
2014
MT @ChoosePhils: This place will make your Batanes stay very memorable! http://t.co/9HRbRK4seU @TourismPHL @BatanesPH <maybe next time...Making empanadas in #Pisac #Peru http://t.co/InQXBxO5wW
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11/24
2014
Perhaps It's Time to Call It ‘Burma,’ Again http://t.co/ZQfvbEtomi #TTOT http://t.co/DBNn1duPK8
Retweeted by John OatesDid you make it to Hi Snack and Drink in Kalaw @driftingkiwi?
11/23
2014
RT @thepubgeek: “@MelissaFoodie: Love this London Chicken Shops T Shirt http://t.co/yjO3dS3G3t” > for @natalie_shaw@Kalnciemaiela Thanks for reply. Do you know if there are any public toilets with access in the area?@driftingkiwi @travelfish Like the article I'm writing now… One warning: worst toilets ever.@driftingkiwi @travelfish There's a long and wooly story about the charity box on the bar too. The owner tried to explain it last time.@driftingkiwi @travelfish Lonely Planet mentioned locals getting guitar out, I thought 'yeah right'. Turns out it's true. Very welcoming.@travelfish @driftingkiwi Was that the cheap whisky sours?@driftingkiwi @travelfish The bar is Hi Snack and Drink. My favourite bar in Myanmar.@Kalnciemaiela Do you have disabled accessible toilets in the Quarter?I'm looking forward to @bbcfooc tomorrow to hear @AmyGuttman1 tell her tale about buying a swimsuit in Yazd, Iran...
Retweeted by John OatesMT @OdysseyGuides: Website updated with "buy now" links for Amazon for each title: http://t.co/EZtpZcj2Nb <Their guides always worth a look
11/21
2014
I can't say that #NaNoWriMo is going particularly well.Sunday Times piece: Epic Australia http://t.co/gL3TXali18
Retweeted by John Oates@ruth_stokes @oliviagreenway We're going to have group drinks if I get myself organised... Not sure whether you'll be around though.
11/20
2014
https://t.co/LfcA4apkHD <This, via @matthewteller, is bang on re UK airports>
Retweeted by John OatesI'd love to be on Saud Beach, @TourismPinas. This is what sunset looked like when I visited. http://t.co/wYtOefK9OT
11/19
2014
£36 pound for Hotel room. £100 fine for leaving a bad Trip Advisor review. Feel ripped off Priceless: http://t.co/lBq7XaoW7H
Retweeted by John Oates@StuartForster @WorldPressPhoto is easily one of my favourite annual events. Consistently brilliant.@StuartForster If it's you then I'd recommend @WorldPressPhoto at South Bank. @TownFish_London @helenochyra @HuffPostPoorna @EmmaLev_trav"The new Myanmar is increasingly starting to look like the old." Min Zin on the return of an unrepentant military: http://t.co/hjYDDi56V1
Retweeted by John Oates@Malathronas I've seen him live and he's amazing. As I understand it, no tape loop - it's done live with contact mics & circular breathing.@nikkibayley I'm ashamed to say I've never been to the lawn mower museum in Southport, even though I grew up nearby. http://t.co/4whs1M3FteRedact: In Latin this word means bring back. Do not use it, as is now fashionable, to mean the opposite, ie, obscure, blot out, obliterate.
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11/18
2014
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