Timor-Leste – Time Out Article

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This travel piece, adapted from my original full-length journals, was featured in Hong Kong Time Out Magazine on 10.10.12. Videos here, more photos here and the original article below…

Time Out - Timor-Leste article, 10.10.12

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Isolated and near inaccessible, Asia’s newest nation is home to the largest UN peacekeeping mission on Earth, located in the poorest and most overlooked corner of the region. Emerging from decades of bloodshed and occupation with scarcely any infrastructure intact, war-ravaged Timor-Leste attracts just a few thousand tourists per year. Roads are amongst the world’s worst (where they exist), the airmail service is rumoured to take one-and-a-half years, the humidity is oppressive, healthcare minimal, poverty rampant and the dinky shot-up capital, Dili, makes Beirut look refined. So why would anyone care to visit?

Because travellers will discover in Timor-Leste what everyone else in Southeast Asia is hopelessly searching for. All your dreamy paradise island clichés can be found within – pristine white beaches, crystal clear azure seas, some of the richest and most diverse sea life on the planet and a queue of welcoming, unjaded locals to show you the way. Adventurous tourists will come across incredible hiking routes, thick rainforest, untouched lagoons and delicious seafood – and more often than not, you’ll be the only traveller in town. Continue reading

Activism – £2420 ‘Arrest Blair’ Bounty Awarded

George Monbiot’s arrestblair.org campaign awarded me with a bounty of £2,420.89 this week for my attempted arrest of Tony Blair. This comes on the day Desmond Tutu refused to share a platform with Blair.

The sum will be converted to Hong Kong dollars and donated to: The Palestinian Centre for Human RightsDemocracy Now!West Sahara Resource WatchStudents for Justice in Palestine National Conference and others. Receipts will be collected here over the following week.

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South China Morning Post, 2.9.12

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