10 things I now know about Bangkok

"Carnaby Street" at Terminal 21, Bangkok

Carnaby Street, Bangkok-style

1. Bangkok is MENTAL. Everyone told us this, but everyone tells us this about a lot of places. Our attitude is always “C’mon, we’re not from Norwich – we’re used to New York and London. How crazy can it really be?” This time, they’re telling the truth. At any given moment it’s quite typical to be dodging a motorbike ridden by a mother with her three kids on the back, waving away someone trying to sell you a sex toy, tripping over a shrine, and smelling a combination of sewage,…

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10 things I now know about Liverpool

1. Liverpool is dead easy to get to. The airport (named after John Lennon, obviously) is served by EasyJet and Ryanair from many parts of Europe, and a bus into town only costs £1.90. By train, it’s only two hours from London, and Lime Street Station is right in the middle of town. 2. If a Liverpudlian sounds like they’re about to say “That’s a cracking coconut Krispy Kreme,” take a large step back or open an umbrella to avoid the inevitable fountain of phlegm. 3. If you like The…

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10 things I now know about Boulder, Colorado

Dachshunds – the people here are crazy about them. Which is weird because the people here are also crazy about trekking up mountains with their dogs. And I’m pretty sure there are many other dogs better suited to the job than dachshunds. Everyone says hi and everyone smiles. It took us a while to remember that we aren’t in New York and therefore these people aren’t clinically insane – they’re just friendly. It’s the wonderfullest thing to look up from the Covent Garden-like shops and street performers to see a honking big mountain…

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Why Brooklyn Botanic Garden is frankly rather awesome

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This picture is the lamest of introductions to the kind of stuff you'll see there

Me and plants don’t have a happy relationship because I accidentally kill them all. It’s usually through neglect (accidental), but sometimes through force-feeding (accidental) and occasionally through chucking them in the bin (part accidental, part because their neediness overwhelms me. Correct: children are a long way off). When it comes to simply looking at/admiring plants and flowers and things, I’m no better. I’m just not very impressed by them. Roses are quite nice, I guess. And daffodils – they’re quite pretty. Beyond that, I’m about as interested as a carnivore…

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10 things I now know about Coney Island, Brooklyn

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Coney Island boardwalk

Want to find some natural shade to sit in? Yeah, good luck with that – the Native Americans who used to inhabit the area called it the “land without shadows” because the beach remains in sunlight all day. There’s now only one small amusement park, as many of the original pre-war amusements were declared ‘tawdry’ and have gradually been closed down. Donald Trump’s dad used to own an amusement park on Coney Island, and battled with the city for years to get permission to build luxury apartments in its place….

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