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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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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
Special Offer! For a limited time, subscribe & get 5 issues for just £5! >> http://t.co/DkH13OcUu7 http://t.co/0CwJ534V2D
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
1/27
2015
@elliealdridge @john_oates @Greg_Dickinson And now we raise you a G&T! http://t.co/4QgYLhlpQ4
Retweeted by John Oates@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
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1/25
2015
The hotel bar at the Ritz, Milan, serves enormous beers. #bgtwagm15 http://t.co/9xpMDzmzoP@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
@richardloat If you follow me I can DM you my email address.
1/20
2015
@KalachuchiBR I'm glad you liked my #Siquijor piece. It's a great island to visit, and I hope to return one day!#Burma monk U Wirathu throws some misogyny into the mix, calls UN envoy a "whore" and "bitch" in public speech http://t.co/RYdDmRraBX
Retweeted by John Oates@FringeMNL Obviously I wouldn't make any details public till then (which is after the event anyway).@FringeMNL I'd like to mention Fringe in an article I'm delivering tomorrow (published March). Do you have any details you could send now?
1/19
2015
@FringeMNL Do you have any details of this year's events? I couldn't find them on your website.This is pretty much the Wall chart of Why Novels are Rejected - by @tomgauld and via @RichardNSkinner http://t.co/5O75YAvmZx
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1/17
2015
Looking forward to seeing whirling dervishes tonight at @cadoganhall courtesy of @GoToTurkeyUK @turkconslondon & @Redmintcomms.@thatgeordiegirl That sounds ominous.#Myanmar army launches new offensive in Kachin state's jade mining region. Around 800 flee http://t.co/VYtzIoQQWF
Retweeted by John OatesWriting about the Philippines again today, about events and festivals for @sellingtravmag. Always a pleasure. #itsmorefuninthephilippines
1/16
2015
Did I ever say it's great working on @GOVUK? It is. Agile type and want to do the same? Here's your opportunity: https://t.co/IY3FUappnI
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1/15
2015
We're proud to support Disabled Access Day here at Celtic Haven on the #Wales coast! http://t.co/6GsAOpa4py #DisabledAccessDay @visitwales
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1/12
2015
Terrorism 'expert' Steven Emerson says Birmingham is 'entirely Muslim' and that non Muslims 'simply don't go in' https://t.co/YyvhV4tlsK
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1/11
2015
@HackneyAttic Thanks. I'm thinking of coming but might be cutting it fine for 7pm start.@HackneyAttic What time will Haxan start tonight?
1/10
2015
I can't believe I forgot to credit @kerrychristiani for the turbo face photo. @BritInSlovakia @A_Laughinghouse@BritInSlovakia as you well know, strong alcohol makes me do this. @A_Laughinghouse http://t.co/vlf9ccRFvuHappy 2015 travels to you too @kerrychristiani @BritInSlovakia @robinmckelvie @helenochyra @abigailking @sarahleetravels @roaming_scribe #FF@A_Laughinghouse Let's not make any hasty decisions.
1/9
2015
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