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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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At #bigbangdata with @KeithEmmerson. The dystopian future has arrived. https://t.co/jWqHu6s8bcJust discovered @SteepEdge - Netflix for people not welded to a sofa, basically. No surf movies, though
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2/11
2016
Scurvy. Rum overdoses. Cannibals. And the youth of today think they have it tough. @urbanepub @JamesSilvester1 @john_oates
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2/6
2016
#Travel PRs, want to get the inside track on #pitching to journalists? Sign up for my & @jopayton's course: https://t.co/KYjUscKwne
Retweeted by John OatesThis must look like the plot to a fantasy adventure movie to non-Irish people https://t.co/BmlQo8ei7U
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2/2
2016
Should you expect a delay to your UK train journey? Visualisation of the past 8 weeks of data. https://t.co/S2Fy2OxIHW
2/1
2016
.@theleaflibrary at @Daylight_Music https://t.co/PhUEmzDnXUWatching @theleaflibrary at @Daylight_Music. It's packed in here.
1/30
2016
No @itsjamesstewart, the foreign currency card/app I mentioned was @RevolutApp. It's ace. @edfenergy Don't worry, I got through in the end.
1/28
2016
@edfenergy You're hard to contact. Dumped out of phone queue twice, webchat person stopped replying to me. I only want to set up account!
1/27
2016
Retweet if you'd like to raise a toast of thanks to the ever impressive @HumeWhitehead. Brilliant Tenerife #BGTWagm https://t.co/tnJjDX1oJr
Retweeted by John OatesRoebuck is attracting some great reviews on Amazon! See more at https://t.co/632BuWBcM6
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1/26
2016
Amazing views paragliding over La Orotava #BGTWagm #Tenerife https://t.co/yfNCD6GRff
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1/24
2016
Bring on Roebuck! Freshly signed copy delivered straight to my door in Tenerife by author @Lukeandhiswords #BGTWagm https://t.co/6TiJLb0K1J
Retweeted by John Oates @adrianphillips1 On top of old smoky! Waiting for the #sunset #BGTWagm #volcan #Teide @visit_tenerife #clouds https://t.co/aDY4CQjaP6
Retweeted by John OatesWowzers. A whale swimming right by our boat in #Tenerife #BGTWagm https://t.co/UTDw0EUxEM
Retweeted by John OatesGala dinner for 90 in banana plantation - what a finale. Thanks to @HumeWhitehead #tenerife @TravWriters #BGTWagm https://t.co/vFlGpXmLTc
Retweeted by John OatesAustralian property piece for the Sunday Times https://t.co/6baHIQH9eC
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1/23
2016
The famous Baraquitos of Tenerife with fellow #coffee with booze specialist @john_oates #BGTWagm https://t.co/dXNkS8fAgq
Retweeted by John OatesCongrats to @alastairmck, the British Guild of Travel Writers' new Chairman! #BGTWagm
Retweeted by John OatesNot what I was expecting from #Tenerife! Incredible lunar landscape #BGTWagm https://t.co/XHGjhTIIMz
Retweeted by John OatesOtherworldly scenery in Teide National Park #tenerife #BGTWagm https://t.co/UlX8hlQuCq
Retweeted by John OatesAuditorium near Santa Cruz #Tenerife #bgtwagm @TravWriters https://t.co/Qotrco9alW
Retweeted by John OatesIncredible colours as the sun dropped behind the horizon, here's just a fraction of it #BGTWagm #Tenerife https://t.co/XFc8P4aynd
Retweeted by John Oates @Lukeandhiswords takes a photo of British Guild of Travel Writers members on Mt Teide, Tenerife. #bgtw https://t.co/gJyy66GTGN
1/22
2016
It's a glorious day here in Tenerife for the @TravWriters AGM. #BGTW. https://t.co/CbsG1n20pv
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1/21
2016
That @matthewteller is off to Antarctica on a proper mission. If he gets any phone signal at all, he'll be worth following.
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1/13
2016
<STANDING OVATION> https://t.co/MrwMZgHKZb
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1/9
2016
@oliviagreenway @julietrix1 @no_fixed_plans @roaming_scribe @john_oates great to catch up with everyone!
Retweeted by John OatesNice to see @julietrix1 @AmyGuttman1 @no_fixed_plans @roaming_scribe @john_oates travel writers tonight
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1/6
2016
Film by Elizabeth Cufley for No Cymbals from our album, The Rule of Small Things, out early 2016 https://t.co/LYb8EAXTtx
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1/5
2015
Here's how to get your hands on a copy of Luke Waterson's debut novel Roebuck @Lukeandhiswords https://t.co/LmZ5ckKgfS
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12/27
2015
Quirky stays in southwest England: piece for https://t.co/RvL3Y3DEFy https://t.co/7Mq94tRa5O
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12/26
2015
@radionoush Um. Actually @BoothsCountry is in Hesketh Bank, but only just. Not sure what I was thinking... Can't even blame the beer yet.Gorgeous pictures by @kikideere of the #Philippines: https://t.co/ZLDMBMNB18 @visitphilippine
Retweeted by John Oates @lortusfleur The only problem is that going to @BoothsCountry makes me wish they had branches in London.Trip to @BoothsCountry Tarleton for beer means that Christmas has begun. Great selection arranged by county/region. https://t.co/j1vCT2FZUO
12/24
2015
@Cafeoto If I buy membership as a gift, does it begin immediately or can the recipient choose when to start it?
12/21
2015
@Jackson_Boxer Great to see you last night, would be good to catch up some time when you're not so busy! Glad @BrunswickHse still thriving.
12/19
2015
#Free things to do in #Bratislava #Slovakia https://t.co/y70tje68Yh
Retweeted by John Oates @Jackson_Boxer @BrunswickHse No it's a group booking. Not sure whose name but probably Rita, maybe Sheryll. Hope to see you later!Going to dinner at @BrunswickHse for first time in ages. Used to love it there when I lived nearby, looking forward to seeing how it is now.
12/18
2015
Praise the fried chicken, egg and waffle! https://t.co/RdFwadzYEm @Lukeandhiswords On my way!I particularly liked the around the piano sing along at the Phoenix Art Club! https://t.co/TQilvabYhg
Retweeted by John OatesGreat to see @AmyGuttman1 @oliviagreenway @roaming_scribe @no_fixed_plans @julietrix1 @flightsofashion for travel writer Christmas meetup.
12/12
2015
The #GDSteam content team's year in numbers, by @sillypunk: https://t.co/NXdnHXSuai
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12/10
2015
@robinparker55 Let's try! Been meaning to send message to @lucebrett. Will DM you. @nilsfrahm I for one feel far from overwhelmed! Last year's mix really set the mood on Christmas Eve.
12/7
2015
@KeithEmmerson Thanks. I'd forgotten.
12/6
2015
@nilsfrahm Will you be doing another Christmas mix this year? Loved the previous ones.There's a stall selling cookery books for £1/2 each outside the Empress in Victoria Park Village. Currently laden with a dozen of them.
12/5
2015
It's my last day at DVSA tomorrow. I've picked out some of my 'best bits' https://t.co/04ACECxT7j
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12/4
2015
JUST 24HRS LEFT to discover the greatest secret mission in history!!! #newcomic #Kickstarter https://t.co/DytxE7mxQ9 https://t.co/B8bfc958f9
Retweeted by John Oates @Lukeandhiswords getting ready to greet his fans at the Roebuck launch https://t.co/psWJCluSem
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12/2
2015
Lovely to see @roaming_scribe, @john_oates and @Lukeandhiswords at Luke's launch of new novel #Roebuck. Next time #Bgtw AGM, #Tenerife!
Retweeted by John OatesAt @CuttySarkPub for the launch of Roebuck, first novel by @Lukeandhiswords. Looking forward to hearing his reading from it.
12/1
2015
Fantastic @NickCohen4 piece on Labour's weird tax dodge that created a tranche of spectacularly dire British films https://t.co/JR99q3MxI4
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11/26
2015
a few last minute cancellations means there are a few spots left for tonight. £60 menu, five courses,… https://t.co/OCLFvqbKdR
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11/23
2015
Not quite sure what I thought of Annette Peacock. Great voice, good piano. 90s jazzy-d&b backing track less phenomenal.
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11/22
2015
Just saw Keiji Haino make amazing sounds with gongs, glockenspiels and tambourines. He danced too. Highlight of @LEGUESSWHO so far.Two days into my trip to Utrecht and I haven't been hit by a bike yet. #temptingfate
11/21
2015
Just had rijsttafel at Blawe in Utrecht. Total of 21 little Indonesian dishes (plus rice) between 2 of us. Quite full.They make a very good cappuccino, and sell bikes, at Blackbird Coffee in Utrecht. https://t.co/43UiYGmlbl https://t.co/9X3sBP4qJb
11/20
2015
Arrived at @HotelKarelV in Utrecht. Batik-inspired art, comfy-looking bed and TV well placed for lounging around. https://t.co/G42aGAEygiThere's a 'no balloons' rule in Schipol train station.Flying from @LondonCityAir is such a civilised experience.
11/19
2015
Think Burma Is a Democracy Now? Think Again. https://t.co/X0AdTWdvxw via @theworldpost
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11/11
2015
#MyanmarElection Live: while results trickle in, 10 key voter demo's to keep an eye on | https://t.co/PTdDC6FiC2 https://t.co/UlU6ltitH7
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11/8
2015
"Killing off the gov PDF in 3-5 years is completely within our grasp." ❤️ #conconbeta
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11/5
2015
@lortusfleur I'm sure that can be arranged. Hoping for at least one Rough Guides crony though. @lortusfleur Too long! See you at the AGM? @kikideere @Greg_Dickinson Afraid I won't be at the Savoy tonight. Hope you enjoy it!
11/1
2015
Never, ever use a hashtag that a tourist board, hotel or travel company has asked you to use.
Retweeted by John Oates @HotelKarelV Thanks for getting back to me, I'll look forward to your email.
10/22
2015
Very fast response from @AirbnbHelp when I couldn't get a password reminder. I'm impressed. @AirbnbHelp Yes Chrome, adblocker turned off. Refreshing doesn't help. @Airbnb Trying to reset my password but I get a '403 forbidden' error when I follow the link you emailed me. @hotelcourt Do you have an email address for media enquiries? I sent an email to the info@ address but didn't get a reply. @HotelKarelV Do you have an email address for media enquiries? I emailed the info@ address but no reply.
10/16
2015
Hey @ShuffleFestival - any way to grab a view of The Claptonites again online? Really great short film...worthy winner.
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10/12
2015
@stjohnsessions Will the @XiuXiuforLife gig tonight be standing or seated?
10/8
2015
In @nytimes today, @BrunswickHse flying the flag for Vauxhall, and in great company http://t.co/E27ThVytlQ
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10/7
2015
Sunday Times piece: Epic Australia http://t.co/gL3TX9uuCW
Retweeted by John Oates @KeithEmmerson You go through car park to the bike bit (using pass). @KeithEmmerson Entrance on the road next to Holborn Grind (Newton St). Gate to car park next to a sandwich shop, ring buzzer and show pass.
10/6
2015
@HeneralLuna Will the movie be coming to the UK?
9/17
2015
Full house at Trav buddies meet @helenochyra @kikideere @cathywinston @john_oates @no_fixed_plans @JaneEgginton ....
Retweeted by John Oates @EOTR Packing warm clothes. Is the ground at the site still pretty wet?
9/3
2015
I feel nauseous just reading this article about Amazon: http://t.co/LHbTu4oSEW
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8/16
2015
#FF too to travel-holic writers @rudolfabraham @helenochyra @john_oates @Malathronas @kerrychristiani @roaming_scribe @TravWriters
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8/14
2015
Oh, go on then, just one more: the Usual Suspects @john_oates #Fano #Denmark http://t.co/0VK4SS4xju
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8/9
2015
@BritInSlovakia I happen to be with James now. He loves the photo!Now this - I promise you - was cold and unpleasant - but we did swim in icy, muddy Danish waters #Fano @john_oates http://t.co/zTlwZzzdgL
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8/8
2015
Off to the lovely @TheParcelYard for monthly meetup/moan ;) @john_oates @roaming_scribe @no_fixed_plans @itsjamesstewart @flightsofashion
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8/5
2015
Free acoustic music on a sunny afternoon, De Beauvoir Road. @SoundAdviceUK http://t.co/HestzZUUDr
8/2
2015
My @fanoefree highlights: @Marisamusic, @camdeas, IllDjinn, @kempernorton. Three days of great music.The place we stayed for @fanoefree had a single cassette of Danish folk music. I'd quite like to track down a copy. http://t.co/WVTu0ff9rkA superb set by @kempernorton today @fanoefree he was brilliant, funny & the songs were magical, he went down a storm. "Hej Denmark!"
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7/27
2015
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