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Are you connected to the tourism/travel/hospitality industries or travel media in any way? If so, please specify how (kindly include any relevant company names/Web sites!).
I am a freelance journalist and media adviser as well as chair of the UK branch of the Commonwealth Journalists Association. Since I travel widely in the course of my work mainly for conferences or on vacation I like to share information which might be of interest to tourists or others interested in travel and tourism.
On which destinations & travel topics can you advise members especially well?
General travel and politicial information with the focus on Asia.
What destinations are you most interested in learning about?
Other travel / language expertise?
Have travelled extensively in the course of my work

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A London Storm Diary

I set off with trepidation on Monday morning after dire warnings about the worst storms to hit Britain this decade. Stepped out of the front door to find our window boxes had been blown off and lay scattered on the ground - my husband's lovingly nurtured geraniums cruelly tipped out and the…


Posted on October 29, 2013 at 8:47am

UK Woos Music Tourists

Britain is acknowledged as the musical capital of Europe.  It is famed for being home to the The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Elton John, Rod Stewart, the Sex Pistols, The Clash, Elvis Costello, Coldplay, Adele, Florence+The Machine, One Direction – legendary figures …


Posted on October 15, 2013 at 6:29am — 1 Comment

Taste of London 2013: a Celebration of Fine Food and Wine



Thousands of people converged on Regent’s Park in London for an annual summer event which showcases the vibrant food and culture of Britain and other parts of the world. Taste of London offers visitors the unique opportunity to dine from 40 of the capital’s top restaurants,…


Posted on June 28, 2013 at 8:47am

Sierra Leone: Poor But Brimming With Potential

First impressions of what to expect in Sierra Leone were not encouraging. The Sierra Leone High Commission in the UK, where tourists are required to apply for visas, is on a narrow street in central London. The reception area was dark and shabby. Visa applicants were directed…


Posted on December 25, 2012 at 12:36pm

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