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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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@EOTR I heard there's a beer tasting at midday in the Bear bar. Is that right? Can't find it in the programme.
8/29
2014
This lifehack could ROCK YOUR WORLD: http://t.co/flbsbSrSdt
Retweeted by John OatesPersonally I think the best way for Thailand to boost tourism numbers would be to announce a new visa regulation daily rather than weekly.
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8/28
2014
@myshkinwannabe "The sequel you did Nazi coming."@myshkinwannabe I agree there are far too many zombie movies but you need Dead Snow 2 in your life. Better than the original in every way.“@rachelannmorris: Best. Apology. Ever. Hit the nail on the head @arabiaenquirer http://t.co/qRq04c1xVm” <Ouch!!>
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8/27
2014
What a horribly unequal country we've made. http://t.co/dvjFk6X06E RT @SRNewitt: Incredible. http://t.co/gNsHbNTLmH
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8/25
2014
Alternative Ayia Napa: my piece for the Guardian http://t.co/R6NnvK6HDm
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8/24
2014
One disappointment at @Film4FrightFest was fewer director intros, Q&As etc. I guess people stretched thinly with more screens. #F4FF14Best film at Friday @Film4FrightFest was Dead Snow 2 (with Housebound a close second). #F4FF14Last film at @Film4FrightFest yesterday was Wolf Cop. Less fun than title suggests, trying too hard to be a cult hit. #F4FF14Housebound at @Film4FrightFest yesterday was great - haunted house slasher with strong heroine and some well timed laughs.
8/23
2014
@Mattmeatball I remembered watching it with you but forgot where. Mmm... Mohinga.@myshkinwannabe You're gonna love Dead Snow 2...@Mattmeatball Did you see Tucker and Dale vs Evil? Love that film.@Malathronas I'm at @Film4FrightFest today. http://t.co/gQpNf8c9Kw. Didn't know about Imelda musical. Been on @carlosceldran tour about her.Dead Snow 2 is perfect film for @Film4FrightFest. It knows when to be funny, when to be gory and when to be both. Audience loved it. #F4FF14Surprised to find I didn't hate The Green Inferno. Thoroughly unsubtle, dumb throwback to horror at its most disreputable. #F4FF14RT @domdunc: R100 was brilliant. In the vein of Love Exposure. #frightfest #f4ff14 <now I wish I'd gone to see R100I don't much like werewolf films but Late Phases was v good. Cantankerous performance by Nick Damici and some ace practical effects. #F4FF14My day at @Film4FrightFest got off to a ropey start with Shockwave Darkside. Consoling myself with eggs benedict.
8/22
2014
@Cafeoto Do you have tickets on the door for Chris Corsano et al tonight? Don't know whether they've sold out or it's just too late to buy.@BritInSlovakia Great to see you (briefly) yesterday. Hope the trip goes well.
8/21
2014
Another advertisement unwittingly falls prey to the unintentional venn diagram. http://t.co/N5MIDJPglD
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8/20
2014
Looking for some good articles/things to do in South Tyrol. Any of you talented folk have some? #travjournoreq #Italy
Retweeted by John Oates@selectiveasia Northern Chin State tours certainly sound interesting. I write about Myanmar and would be keen to know more.In buildings, authors find clues to Yangon’s past http://t.co/4GKmcXUtrD
Retweeted by John OatesMy article on Istria for the Express http://t.co/RRzbBeZ5AC
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8/18
2014
@NGTUK_Editor I really liked the food and atmosphere at Kaz an Nou, a French Caribbean place in Brooklyn. https://t.co/N87vTCbZrh@SkanuMezs Great thanks. I've never been but always wanted to. This could be the year!@hobo_corp Not yet, but soon... The problem is I usually pass in the morning on way to tube (where it's too packed to drink a coffee).
8/16
2014
@malaysiauk Who does your PR now? I'm writing a trade piece on Malaysia and need some info.@SkanuMezs When will this year's festival line up be announced?The man who runs Harpers (who hates online free journalism) still uses 3.5in floppy disks. Hero. http://t.co/qfKVA7XYJ1
Retweeted by John OatesHope to make it to @hobo_corp coffee shop (Bethnal Green) later. Been meaning to for a while but haven't worked from home much recently.
8/15
2014
“#AungSanSuuKyi has failed” Photographer Nic Dunlop on #Burma, #Cambodia & #KhmerRouge http://t.co/LpMztUiugR #photo http://t.co/EkrzAyaPJB
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8/14
2014
Great night with some great existing Guildies @kerrychristiani @john_oates @lortusfleur @sarahleetravels and several potential new ones.
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8/13
2014
Mary Moore Mason announces that this year's #BGTW Gala Dinner at the @TheSavoyLondon will be sponsored by #Louisiana.
Retweeted by John OatesGuild members @Bakerjudith @john_oates & @Malathronas & new member @andyjarosz in the sun at #bgtwparty14 http://t.co/D3bUfYUYo9
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8/12
2014
David Foster Wallace on Writing and Self-Improvement http://t.co/o5EftGwPq7 (via @brainpicker)
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8/11
2014
@selectiveasia The best SE Asian sunset I ever saw was on Siquijor, Philippines. I believe that they're regularly great there.@MrStuartLodge I think the collective noun is 'a slalom'.
8/8
2014
Brilliant post by @amosie Why governments need hackdays https://t.co/CMDH1btenW
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8/7
2014
That time of the month! Off to catch up w @john_oates @roaming_scribe @AmyGuttman1 @cathywinston @shaneyhudson @andyjarosz @no_fixed_plans
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8/6
2014
Another week, another win for the #GDSGriffins! Amazing. That's seven in a row! #GDSteam
Retweeted by John OatesFor @snowing_circle: @HappyDaysEnnisk: Need your Beckett fix for tonight? Try "Waiting for Elmo" https://t.co/mFx7G2CXkL
8/5
2014
@TeamManila Thanks for the reply. Where do I find details of delivery costs to the UK?@TeamManila Do you ship clothing internationally? I couldn't spot delivery costs on your site.
8/3
2014
Missing Fanø and @fanoefree. Last weekend this was the view from our balcony at Kromann's Inn. #ffff5 http://t.co/ytI4sXQSIgThanks @fanoefree. I'll post a couple more photos when I get a chance. We're already talking about coming next year. Loved #ffff5.@Cafeoto Thanks for the tip about @Audio_Gold and thanks for putting the band on for a second night.Mdou Moctar was amazing at @Cafeoto tonight. So good that we bought the LP despite not having a record player.
8/2
2014
Particularly that Beckett's job in the resistance was, essentially, editing - making reports as succinct as possible. (2/2)
Retweeted by John OatesFascinating to learn about Samuel Beckett's transformative war years from @JoBakerWriter (focus of her next novel). #Beckettfest2014 (1/2)
Retweeted by John OatesNot sure I’m completely in love with this blanket worship for Uber. The idea of yet another industry run by a US tax dodging corp? hmm
Retweeted by John OatesMT @RoughGuides: If this feature on #diving doesn't make you swoon, the photos will: http://t.co/3QkDQlHD9E <I'm v jealous, @andy_turner01Shan Village Abandoned for Fear of Burma Army Reprisals A Shan village in Namkham Township, northern Shan... http://t.co/Wew8doGEjX
Retweeted by John OatesSpent the morning applying for @DACSforArtists following a nudge from Alamy. Check it out if your photos appear in books/mags.Keep on travelling #FF @helenochyra @NiekMilder @robinmckelvie @sarahleetravels @BritInSlovakia @robble1 @john_oates @roaming_scribe
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8/1
2014
United Airlines pens least sincere apology letter of all time http://t.co/iVIeoxumlb
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7/31
2014
Doge dogs so in vogue in NY. First the meme then the pet. Like spam has come to life as drooling status symbol
Retweeted by John OatesStruggling to get down to work after the fantastic @fanoefree. Just realised I used 'Futility' as a placeholder subheading. Quite.
7/28
2014
I worry that the internet is built around the preferences of those who click YES when asked to "take a short survey about this website"
Retweeted by John OatesDaniel Merrill (@dan_merrill) playing folk music on beach bedside WWII bunker at Fanø Free Folk Festival @fanoefree. http://t.co/oFaxCktb6wHungerhoff and the Wild Roots perform in the dunes at the Fanø Free Folk Festival. http://t.co/dHFwcnL44d
7/27
2014
I think that the Danish island Fanø is the only place I've been where buses run right along the beach. On the sand.
7/26
2014
Taking the ferry from Esbjerg to Fanø for @fanoefree. http://t.co/y7yEzNjd8V
7/25
2014
@plusnet I'll check later on, thanks for asking.
7/14
2014
Painfully slow internet from @plusnet today.
7/13
2014
[via Google] US wanted Burma to model democratic change, but it's not turning out that way - Washington Post: ... http://t.co/VRKPZK2vHG
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7/7
2014
travel to live chicos @kerrychristiani @robinmckelvie @helenochyra @roaming_scribe @thetraveltrunk @robble1 @sarahleetravels @john_oates
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7/5
2014
@ThreeUK Doesn't bode well for my new account but thanks for letting me know.@threeUK Is My3 down? I'm trying to set up a new SIM card and can't reach the page on any browser.@StevenJVickers Thanks for the tip.@Travelbag1979 Independence Day isn't observed on 4 July in the Philippines. It's on 12 June. http://t.co/sGVSo3v4NfShop assistance & staff wanted !! Send your CV Hello@hackneyheart.com
Retweeted by John OatesAny Stockholm suggestions gratefully received, particularly food/drink and places to hear interesting music.@LondonCityAir Thanks. Discounting traffic, though, what time do you recommend arriving at the airport?@redstarbelsize Were you?@LondonCityAir BA says bag drop closes 20 mins before departure. Do you have recommendation for latest arrival time at airport?@LondonCityAir Thanks. Only my 2nd time using City, last time was a breeze. Shame I'm flying back into a different airport at the end.MT @textorian: I wish all my flights left and arrived from/at @LondonCityAir. < me too!Heading to Stockholm later today - will be my first time in Sweden. Looking forward to it and to flying from @londoncityair. So convenient.
7/4
2014
Weird press release title of the day: "Arab people are warmly welcome to Florence, Italy".The Swedish word for ’Goat’ is ’Get’ and the word for ’Kid’ is ’Killing’ hence this spread from a children’s book: http://t.co/5wkjLDUPvn
Retweeted by John OatesWhy thank you @helenochyra! I thought last night's meet up was a particularly good one -- a coincidence that it was your first in ages?
7/3
2014
My piece In Flanders Fields, a new page on Beyond London Travel http://t.co/99qITDQgnL #Flanders #Belgium #WW1
Retweeted by John Oates@radionoush Turned out it meant until everyone except me had left.A gap in my Flanders schedule, so I'm using the new @BradtGuides WWI Battlefields book to fill it. #visitflanders http://t.co/P0VvdFbw0z
6/14
2014
Bar round the corner from my Ypres hotel, Brasserie Kazematten, serves St Bernardus Abt 12 on tap and is open indefinitely. Result.A sunny start to my WWI trip - Ypres town square is grander than I expected. http://t.co/cq1OCjeIj4Know any authors who are not signed up for PLR? They need to register by 30 June to qualify for Feb 2015 payments: http://t.co/OyYnhfPub2
Retweeted by John OatesOn my way to Ypres for WWI tour, with @visitflanders. Lots to do between now and the Last Post at Menin Gate (8pm).On the Eurostar about to set off for Lille and then Ypres. My first time from St Pancras. Feels like a treat compared to an airport.
6/13
2014
Thanks for great company & exchange of ideas this eve @Bakerjudith @Cathywinston @john_oates @JaneEgginton @AmyGuttman1
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6/12
2014
Thanks for RT @MrStuartLodge @travelhappy. I now have a taker for the Swans ticket.@emmaruthbrook If you follow me I'll send you a DM.I find myself with a spare ticket for Swans tonight in Brixton. Anyone?I didn't know that @cultural_co Music Village was on this year. Always one of my favourite events, and it's free! http://t.co/XB1p9tuM43
5/27
2014
OK. I give up. Just put the apostrophes where you like Dorothy Perkins. http://t.co/E1qGUeNoGz
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5/10
2014
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