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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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Luxury Irish hotels now live on Travel de la Creme. Take a peek: http://t.co/5vDwZwzcBN http://t.co/bC0k0sl0x4
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4/27
2015
@sillypunk What's left on your itinerary? Rundale? Jurmala?@Sillypunk I think you can visit the Bauskas brewery. I didn't go as, at the time anyway, it was by appointment only.Didn't make #SundayTimesRichList? Me neither. Find how YOU rank on the global #richlist It's an eye-opener http://t.co/G6KOSz5Vha
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4/26
2015
Without doubt, the greatest chew toy ever invented http://t.co/LwvaxVGeki
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4/24
2015
@sillypunk KGB building was meant to be open just 2014 with temp exhibition, but I know they hoped to reopen. @andyjarosz @NatGeoTraveller@sillypunk Think the KGB building in Riga would interest you too, if it's back open again. I went last year. @andyjarosz @NatGeoTraveller@sillypunk If you're in Riga on Sat, try @Kalnciemaiela market. In suburb with old wooden buildings. @andyjarosz @NatGeoTravellerHey @sillypunk are you going to Plokstine missile base? @andyjarosz just wrote about it for @NatGeoTraveller http://t.co/y9vet2RfQa
4/23
2015
Starting today, Google begins prioritizing websites optimized for mobile: http://t.co/SABcjkp86I http://t.co/YsUy3WuAvD
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4/21
2015
60 years ago today, in a letter, legendary ad man David Ogilvy listed his "appalling" habits as a copywriter: http://t.co/YNQlYzPTVC
Retweeted by John OatesSlack's CEO (@stewart) gives charmingly bullshit-free justification for $2.8B valuation http://t.co/AntfDqGS9M http://t.co/vXZgUJ4Z0j
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4/19
2015
I spent a #photography evening with the lovely @Diana_Jarvis – here's what she taught me: #London #BlueHour http://t.co/tDbTbRlcFd
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4/18
2015
Working on our perspectival map on how to find 'The Common E2' #map #bethnalgreen #eastlondon #cafe http://t.co/f4dNW3mJHh
Retweeted by John OatesSad to see @johnploughman from DSA leaving us. It's been fun having him to stay this week.
Retweeted by John OatesCongratulations to @TravWriters on launching the new British Guild of Travel Writers website. Reflects a lot of hard work from many people.
4/17
2015
RH advocate Carlos Celdran: From 'Damaso' to 'Basura Bunny' http://t.co/D1U7Obzh7H via Rappler
Retweeted by John Oates@lortusfleur @Greg_Dickinson Negroni sbagliato on menu at @swanwharfplough. Bit early but did have b'fast burrito. http://t.co/3eCaeuGNLY
4/11
2015
Suu Kyi says boycott of Myanmar election an option in interview with @Journotopia & @reutersSimonW: http://t.co/zjqVOyNNP3 via @Reuters
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4/5
2015
Our writer @john_oates reviews the elegant 5-star @ImperialVienna @spg #BGTW: http://t.co/5t0bNaJt4a http://t.co/hIuniEHsB2
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3/30
2015
Every single backpacker in this joint has a device. Mostly Apple. 10 days in Sg and yet to see someone with a guidebook. Sea change.
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3/24
2015
I blame @john_oates for pushing me one step closer to the brink of coffee madness http://t.co/8vuKzGeLem
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3/19
2015
@MaxineSheppard No, I did the Snapshot (short guide) and the Myanmar chapter of the SE Asia guide. Not the new full guide.@MaxineSheppard This is an obvious one, but make sure you have mohinga while you're in Myanmar. Daily if possible.
3/13
2015
@TheCommonE2 I've already visited - loved the tomato and basil soup! I'll be back... http://t.co/oiZ4cbjFAQ
3/12
2015
AFP Car-choked Yangon aims to ride the rails to transport revolution http://t.co/EJHWWiObh1
3/3
2015
A quick wrap on Loikaw, Burma. http://t.co/VbTiuiSXWn
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3/2
2015
“There­fore, straight quotes should never, ever ap­pear in your documents.” http://t.co/Pmty9UPFB3 #typography
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3/1
2015
"Well, my work is done here." "What do you mean? Your work is done? You didn't do anything." "...Didn't I?" http://t.co/paek1t437M
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2/27
2015
Some stunning 19th-century images of the lost kingdoms of #Burma and south #India #Travel http://t.co/eniwhcqpbI
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2/23
2015
Lots of v #lastminutecancellations cancellations tonight and we've got tonnes of the best korma in town. Call to book 02089852858 #korma
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2/21
2015
@RoyalChinaGroup That's good to hear. We'll just turn up for opening time as usual then!
2/18
2015
“Telegraph’s recent coverage of HSBC amounts to a form of fraud on readers.” -@OborneTweets https://t.co/gYa91qWPk4 http://t.co/5wK96lGsbq
Retweeted by John OatesBrilliant newspaper correction... http://t.co/q3OHRHVf77
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2/17
2015
@snowing_circle I realise that sharing Telegraph articles with you is bad form. But I feel it's an experiment worth trying.@straitstimesuk Do you sell any Malaysian kopitiam stuff, like teh tarik or kaya toast?Burmese Army gets £130,000 of taxpayer-funded training despite allegedly using child soldiers | via @Telegraph http://t.co/FHaz9fhdDP
Retweeted by John OatesWhat do you think, @snowing_circle? 'Turn your favourite beer into sweets'. http://t.co/fYJGKBGG9OGiant WWI "war tubas" were pretty much exactly what they sound like: http://t.co/bJB8vVWvs4 ht @theretronaut
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2/16
2015
@RoyalChinaGroup Is it still no reservations for dim sum next weekend at Canary Wharf, or are there reservations because of new year?
2/15
2015
#FF to ace travel writers @kerrychristiani @helenochyra @john_oates @lortusfleur @adrianphillips1 @abigailking and, er, me @TheHotelsGuy.
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2/13
2015
Times article on Aragon http://t.co/NdKCVpsLnd
Retweeted by John OatesNext #AdviceForYoungJournalists: don't work for free. They say 'work for exposure', but as every mountaineer knows, you can die of exposure.
Retweeted by John OatesThe struggle to save Yangon's architectural heritage #Burma #Myanmar http://t.co/VWx9qVDShr
Retweeted by John OatesGuidebook writers: we've all been here (from LP Egypt/Sudan 1987) HT @rachelkennedy84 http://t.co/uNVeC6JJpn
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2/10
2015
A guide to the temples of Bagan - the best secret spots http://t.co/UqLHPi9gZt http://t.co/nwfhJDbh1l
Retweeted by John Oates2 DAYS LEFT BEFORE FRINGE, the World's Largest Arts Festival, opens in Manila! Catch the amazing shows and... http://t.co/pe5WSA9R0K
Retweeted by John Oates@darraghdoyle I haven't found a good IMAP mail app yet (for my personal mail). I use provider's webmail but not great.@darraghdoyle No problem. Bear in mind though, it only uses Chrome extensions so you can't run normal apps. Android apps coming I believe.@darraghdoyle Get a bit of slowdown if I use Spotify/Youtube with a lot of tabs open. Otherwise fine.@darraghdoyle Job involves Gmail plus lots of web-based apps (Pivotal Tracker, Zendesk, Slack, a CMS, etc) and they all work fine.@darraghdoyle I use a Macbook at home but it's old & only works when plugged in. Doing some work in an office and sick of carting it around.@darraghdoyle My Acer C720 Chromebook is brilliant for browsing/email. One of my best tech purchases in ages (£140 refurb).@GenesisCinema I'm not sure I'd call Stephen Hawking 'infamous'.Students continue #Rangoon march despite increase police presence #Myanmar #ျမန္မာ http://t.co/mk3dcMA9ST http://t.co/dSN6cSnmkQ
Retweeted by John Oates50% room rate deals @TheSarojin for stays Apr-Oct 15 - one of my favourite hotels, seriously tempting... https://t.co/kkja9PZ4M4
Retweeted by John OatesMT @travelfish: A sample 2 week itinerary for first time visitors to Burma Myanmar. http://t.co/gtt4EpfjUw <handy, solid basis for planning
2/9
2015
@ProudArchivist Thanks. The @YolkLondon eggs benedict was great (the paprika was an interesting touch).@ProudArchivist Great thanks! On our way now. Did look at site albeit in a slapdash way.@ProudArchivist Thinking of brunch there but no interest in the football. Is it escapable?
2/7
2015
Great dinner at @Railroadhackney. Probably my favourite place to eat around Hackney Central.Digital tea and biscuits for everyone! My new @GOVUK blog https://t.co/Ve3EzAFbDU @snowing_circle @gdsteam @padmasaysblah
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2/6
2015
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Retweeted by John OatesLooking forward to catching up with the lovely @sarahleetravels and @john_oates tonight. Busy day, so ready for a whisky... ;)
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2/4
2015
Vogue asks Rachel Johnson to live without cash for a week. The results are heartbreaking... http://t.co/xAXvip39zY
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2/3
2015
#Food doesn't need to be complex to be delicious as I experienced in #Milan this week #wonderfulexpo2015 @travwriters http://t.co/hB2WUztAnC
Retweeted by John OatesWe're holding 1hr website feedback sessions in central #London. As thx you'll get a £40 Amazon voucher, sign up here: http://t.co/8fwV3vJlz1
Retweeted by John OatesIt's a rainy, windy, monochrome day in Margate - view from the @TCMargate cafe. http://t.co/Nk4Qn8iJPySunday Times Travel magazine: Australia articles http://t.co/zExh92wFmd
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2/1
2015
Very pleased to find @aleandcider (Lifeboat pub, Margate). Cosy place with great staff and a small but well selected list of beers.
1/31
2015
@robinmckelvie @kerrychristiani @john_oates @helenochyra @roaming_scribe @TheChaoticScot Thanks Robin! #FF right back at you
Retweeted by John OatesBig #FF to ace travel wordsmiths @kerrychristiani @lortusfleur @john_oates @helenochyra @roaming_scribe @TheChaoticScot, slainte!
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1/30
2015
Turns out it was a colossally bad idea for Statistics Canada to gather less data about Cdns. Who knew? http://t.co/qqXIjaXc8f #cdnpoli
Retweeted by John Oates#bgtwagm15 Milan airport- cappuccino 1.60 euro & effective free WiFi. Gatwick cappuccino £2.80 & infuriating ineffective WiFi. Get with it
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1/29
2015
At the Horse Hospital for a talk about Soviet era recordings of Western music, pressed on old x-ray plates(!) http://t.co/BpLbIbdzHO
1/28
2015
Sounds like a great idea @WonderfulExpoEn. I really enjoyed my first taste of Milan and there's clearly more to see & do beyond #bgtwagm15.Thanks for the Milan food/drink tips @DonEduardo. Didn't get chance this time, but maybe on a return journey! #bgtwagm15Back in UK after great first visit to Milan. Thanks to @WonderfulExpoEn and @TravWriters (especially the tireless secretariat). #bgtwagm15I liked Camparino in Galleria so much I popped back before airport. Espresso before, Campari spritz now. #bgtwagm15 http://t.co/WSOFm8fjHIEnjoying a day exploring Milan solo after the whirl of #bgtwagm15. Turns out the Duomo in Milan is pretty impressive. Off to the roof I go.Great to see Milan w/ @lortusfleur & @Greg_Dickinson y'day (flamingos! inappropriate statues! negronis!) Hope return to work OK. #bgtwagm15@elliealdridge @john_oates @Greg_Dickinson And now we raise you a G&T! http://t.co/4QgYLhlpQ4
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1/27
2015
@Greg_Dickinson at Bar Basso, home of the negroni sbagliato (which has prosecco instead of gin). #bgtwagm15 http://t.co/fyepSdhswUEnding our last day in #Milan with a huge Negroni Sbagliato at Bar Basso with @john_oates & @Greg_Dickinson http://t.co/kePZ6PBCsV
Retweeted by John OatesGreat video for Piano City Milan, part of @ExpoinCitta. Performance on a tram looks ace. http://t.co/asgMLeKTyy #bgtwagm15Thanks @robinmckelvie @john_oates @lortusfleur @Greg_Dickinson aka back of the bus crew for another great AGM. Until next year!
Retweeted by John OatesMilan travel tip: if you fancy a beer/negroni at 2.30am on a Sunday night, head to #ChiChi's @john_oates @lortusfleur @Expo2015Milano
Retweeted by John OatesWith the AGM itself now over, I'm looking forward to seeing a bit of Milan. #bgtwagm15Team Cin Cin with wine & huge negronis. #bgtwagm15 http://t.co/wIuxRggqFU
1/26
2015
OK, so dessert looks quite special. #bgtwagm15 http://t.co/WOMS8TnwESSo, they put me on the social media table. #bgtwagm15 @TravWriters http://t.co/F2Ob71f4uzPre-dinner drinks and nibbles at Museo dei Navigli. #bgtwagm15 http://t.co/tT6lqEdLVSOne of the reasons to come to #bgtwagm15, annual meeting with @john_oates, slainte! http://t.co/NDJa6Bg9hI
Retweeted by John OatesThe hotel bar at the Ritz, Milan, serves enormous beers. #bgtwagm15 http://t.co/9xpMDzmzoP
1/25
2015
@elliealdridge Oh no! Sorry to hear that. You'll be missed at #bgtwagm15.
1/24
2015
I finally have a chance to think about the @TravWriters AGM. Flying to Milan tomorrow, look forward to seeing everyone. #bgtwagm15
1/23
2015
I'm about to run a workshop in an indoor greenhouse! #cdcalpha http://t.co/WbyCaffbO4
Retweeted by John OatesI'm at a meeting in an indoor greenhouse. #cdcalpha http://t.co/Es2hfpmV5OLooking forward to (and mildly nervous about) running a workshop on complex content at the Government Digital Service #cdcalpha event today.
1/22
2015
Passive-aggressive neighbor battle, WiFi edition: http://t.co/JO66k2MKrE
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1/21
2015
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