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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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Shan Village Abandoned for Fear of Burma Army Reprisals A Shan village in Namkham Township, northern Shan... http://t.co/Wew8doGEjX
Retweeted by John OatesSpent the morning applying for @DACSforArtists following a nudge from Alamy. Check it out if your photos appear in books/mags.Keep on travelling #FF @helenochyra @NiekMilder @robinmckelvie @sarahleetravels @BritInSlovakia @robble1 @john_oates @roaming_scribe
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8/1
2014
United Airlines pens least sincere apology letter of all time http://t.co/iVIeoxumlb
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7/31
2014
Doge dogs so in vogue in NY. First the meme then the pet. Like spam has come to life as drooling status symbol
Retweeted by John OatesStruggling to get down to work after the fantastic @fanoefree. Just realised I used 'Futility' as a placeholder subheading. Quite.
7/28
2014
I worry that the internet is built around the preferences of those who click YES when asked to "take a short survey about this website"
Retweeted by John OatesDaniel Merrill (@dan_merrill) playing folk music on beach bedside WWII bunker at Fanø Free Folk Festival @fanoefree. http://t.co/oFaxCktb6wHungerhoff and the Wild Roots perform in the dunes at the Fanø Free Folk Festival. http://t.co/dHFwcnL44d
7/27
2014
I think that the Danish island Fanø is the only place I've been where buses run right along the beach. On the sand.
7/26
2014
Taking the ferry from Esbjerg to Fanø for @fanoefree. http://t.co/y7yEzNjd8V
7/25
2014
@plusnet I'll check later on, thanks for asking.
7/14
2014
Painfully slow internet from @plusnet today.
7/13
2014
[via Google] US wanted Burma to model democratic change, but it's not turning out that way - Washington Post: ... http://t.co/VRKPZK2vHG
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7/7
2014
travel to live chicos @kerrychristiani @robinmckelvie @helenochyra @roaming_scribe @thetraveltrunk @robble1 @sarahleetravels @john_oates
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7/5
2014
@ThreeUK Doesn't bode well for my new account but thanks for letting me know.@threeUK Is My3 down? I'm trying to set up a new SIM card and can't reach the page on any browser.@StevenJVickers Thanks for the tip.@Travelbag1979 Independence Day isn't observed on 4 July in the Philippines. It's on 12 June. http://t.co/sGVSo3v4NfShop assistance & staff wanted !! Send your CV Hello@hackneyheart.com
Retweeted by John OatesAny Stockholm suggestions gratefully received, particularly food/drink and places to hear interesting music.@LondonCityAir Thanks. Discounting traffic, though, what time do you recommend arriving at the airport?@redstarbelsize Were you?@LondonCityAir BA says bag drop closes 20 mins before departure. Do you have recommendation for latest arrival time at airport?@LondonCityAir Thanks. Only my 2nd time using City, last time was a breeze. Shame I'm flying back into a different airport at the end.MT @textorian: I wish all my flights left and arrived from/at @LondonCityAir. < me too!Heading to Stockholm later today - will be my first time in Sweden. Looking forward to it and to flying from @londoncityair. So convenient.
7/4
2014
Weird press release title of the day: "Arab people are warmly welcome to Florence, Italy".The Swedish word for ’Goat’ is ’Get’ and the word for ’Kid’ is ’Killing’ hence this spread from a children’s book: http://t.co/5wkjLDUPvn
Retweeted by John OatesWhy thank you @helenochyra! I thought last night's meet up was a particularly good one -- a coincidence that it was your first in ages?
7/3
2014
My piece In Flanders Fields, a new page on Beyond London Travel http://t.co/99qITDQgnL #Flanders #Belgium #WW1
Retweeted by John Oates@radionoush Turned out it meant until everyone except me had left.A gap in my Flanders schedule, so I'm using the new @BradtGuides WWI Battlefields book to fill it. #visitflanders http://t.co/P0VvdFbw0z
6/14
2014
Bar round the corner from my Ypres hotel, Brasserie Kazematten, serves St Bernardus Abt 12 on tap and is open indefinitely. Result.A sunny start to my WWI trip - Ypres town square is grander than I expected. http://t.co/cq1OCjeIj4Know any authors who are not signed up for PLR? They need to register by 30 June to qualify for Feb 2015 payments: http://t.co/OyYnhfPub2
Retweeted by John OatesOn my way to Ypres for WWI tour, with @visitflanders. Lots to do between now and the Last Post at Menin Gate (8pm).On the Eurostar about to set off for Lille and then Ypres. My first time from St Pancras. Feels like a treat compared to an airport.
6/13
2014
Thanks for great company & exchange of ideas this eve @Bakerjudith @Cathywinston @john_oates @JaneEgginton @AmyGuttman1
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6/12
2014
Thanks for RT @MrStuartLodge @travelhappy. I now have a taker for the Swans ticket.@emmaruthbrook If you follow me I'll send you a DM.I find myself with a spare ticket for Swans tonight in Brixton. Anyone?I didn't know that @cultural_co Music Village was on this year. Always one of my favourite events, and it's free! http://t.co/XB1p9tuM43
5/27
2014
OK. I give up. Just put the apostrophes where you like Dorothy Perkins. http://t.co/E1qGUeNoGz
Retweeted by John Oates@HackneyPH Thanks for reply, but I wanted to see The Wind Rises today. Glad I saw subbed not dubbed.
5/10
2014
Shame that @HackneyPH is showing dubbed version of The Wind Rises. I'd much rather see it there, but Cineworld has it subbed.RT @JOHNSLONDONLTD: The still being delivered to East London Liquor Co in Bow Wharf http://t.co/oQrmDlmyxK <opening date, @Barworkstweets ?Aid worker returned to #Sittwe: "Situation not good at all.Lots of official + unofficial barriers,interference from civil orgs." #Rohingya
Retweeted by John Oates@itsjamesstewart @andyjarosz @mrdavidwhitley Try these: http://t.co/OMhCAcDVtw. Not the toughest pens but so cheap it doesn't matter.
5/9
2014
RT @julietrix1: @oliviagreenway @andyjarosz @john_oates @no_fixed_plans look forward to seeing you < and @AmyGuttman1 too!
5/7
2014
@KeithEmmerson @VonSangertron You better had. I'm drinking tea right now.
4/16
2014
"Quality photos are essential" "Do you pay for quality photos?" "No" "Hardly that essential then, are they?"
Retweeted by John OatesInternational Copy Agency = A terrific team @cathywinston @john_oates @Lee_Cobaj @awrymag @larabrunt @HipTravelWriter http://t.co/cQ0Q77R9MU
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4/10
2014
Ah London, you're looking good this evening. http://t.co/EquoDpQ1aQ@mrdavidwhitley You've turned me into a four-colour pen evangelist. I've actually enthused about them till someone told me to stop.
4/8
2014
Classic album covers in Google Street View – in pictures http://t.co/tBRPq2q8Ms via @guardian
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4/7
2014
Honestly. RT @AlsBoy: Sorry but this police report is so good I can't even think straight http://t.co/31cLmxFsTE
Retweeted by John OatesDinner in meatpacking district of Copenhagen last pm. Londoners, imagine Brixton Village relocated to New Covent Garden market in Vauxhall.Enjoyed food tour of Cophenhagen yesterday. Not cheap but good intro to boom in Nordic food. http://t.co/q5i0S6kmkQ
4/6
2014
@TopTVCameraman I use Google Maps all the time in London and rarely have problems. Should have double checked though.Plane late, metro suspended, hotel in wrong place on Google Maps. Still, I'm in Copenhagen drinking ludicrously expensive beer. All good.
4/5
2014
Never been so happy for flight delay. Made it onto @easyjet flight to Copenhagen despite late start and slow @GatwickExpress.@GatwickExpress On 6.32 train from Victoria. Any ETA for Gatwick? Very, very slow progress.
4/4
2014
"Nothing will ever 'win the internet' on Gawker." @Gawker's new editor bans internet slang: http://t.co/eNFh2df5rg
Retweeted by John OatesBars open every other week in Yangon these days, but am most impressed by gekko, union bar,s second creation, on pansodan street
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4/3
2014
@cathywinston That's a shame for today (sorry, should've sent reminder). But it'll be good to see you in May. Drop me a line closer to time.Looking forward to weekend in Copenhagen to research piece for @accessmag_uk. Last time I visited was almost a decade ago.
4/2
2014
@mrdavidwhitley You mean there's another way? @andyjarosz @nikkibayley @no_fixed_plans @shaneyhudson@shaneyhudson @andyjarosz @nikkibayley @no_fixed_plans That was a resounding silence! I can't do pitching challenge this month, too much on.@shaneyhudson @andyjarosz @nikkibayley @no_fixed_plans We did pitching month Jan, 'officially' we do every 6 months. But why not any time!@shaneyhudson @andyjarosz @nikkibayley @no_fixed_plans Key thing with pitching month is to communicate as a group for support and momentum.
4/1
2014
Local restaurant Olive is now @Ink_restaurant. Will be trying its Nordic cooking tonight, menu looks good (ie it has pork belly).
3/29
2014
Watch the US Drop 2.5 Million Tons of Bombs on Laos http://t.co/e0BbBL1XJA Innocent people & kids still dying due to this bastardry
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3/26
2014
Discriminatory restrictions on Muslims remain in place says latest UN report. New campaign poster.#Burma http://t.co/c5E5OBnjLo
Retweeted by John Oates@StuartForster I thought Liverpool @slaverymuseum was excellent. Eyeopening look at how the city (and the country) were enriched by slavery.£9k tuition fees policy likely to cost more than the system it replaced http://t.co/PGb1bay4EG < this is a complete DISGRACE! #alternative
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3/21
2014
@ProTraveller His greeting to me: "Hello! I'm a hollywood film producer. I'm bisexual." Doesn't sound like you.@ProTraveller I probably didn't say anything worth hearing. Shame you didn't stay, you missed old fashioneds and a creepy lech at the bar.@HumeWhitehead Thanks for inviting me, Tourism South East event is always one of the best of the year.@cathywinston @101holidays @andyjarosz @oliviagreenway Yep, great to see so many familiar faces, including @ProTraveller of course.@Jackson_Boxer Ah well, maybe next time. We haven't made it to @BrunswickHse since we moved away from Nine Elms. Hope it's all still good.
3/19
2014
@Jackson_Boxer I'll be coming to @RitasDining for the first time (in current location) on Friday. Are you likely to be around? Can't wait!@cathywinston See you at the event. What's the prize in question, and was it as good the second time?RT @HumeWhitehead: We & @VisitSEEngland are looking 4ward to tonight's Tourism South East Media Party. #TSEMediaParty <me too!
3/18
2014
@travelfish @nikkibayley I was surprised how well airbnb worked. Owner bought me doughnuts and insisted I went to @ZabarsIsNY (a good call).@robinmckelvie Thanks for #FF. Agree about @helenochyra @kerrychristiani @roaming_scribe @robble1 @sarahleetravels.@thetraveltrunk #FF back at ya. @A_Cornish_Girl @finnbarrw @jdm_designs @julietrix1 @kerrychristiani @Malathronas @travelTF @TravelWithKat@travelfish @nikkibayley I used airbnb once in NY, when staying with friends fell through. Decent room, very helpful owner, good experience.@travelfish I wouldn't include airbnb places in guidebook. Even more susceptible than hotels to changes between research and publication.
3/14
2014
@nikkibayley Yes I certainly was. Thanks for the ace tip on avoiding the new Google Maps.Really inspiring to hear @robhawkes talk about @vizicities today at @gdsteam meeting. Their data-rich visualisations of cities look great.
3/13
2014
*Updated* London Tube disabled access guide. Impressively detailed. (PDF) http://t.co/QKVlEi4z3r H/t @_DonaldS
Retweeted by John Oates@TravWriters Second time this year an editor has asked if I'll provide a feature free of charge! I said no. Very depressing! This is my JOB
Retweeted by John Oates@BritInSlovakia Hmm. Looks a bit complicated, they use collection societies but none listed for Slovakia. http://t.co/l6TnLqSUl5New Hurdles for an Already Hobbled Press http://t.co/QOAElm0NpS
3/10
2014
@Ben_Pedroche I never take Gatwick Express. Not much faster than normal train, rather more expensive and not especially clean/comfortable.
3/7
2014
@ShafikMeghji @kikideere Agreed! Good to chat about guidebooks and the Philippines at @TravWriters event.@mrdavidwhitley I'm sure I've read that tweet before...Lkg 4 fab bloggers who blog extensively (so no newbies) on these subjects: theatre, music, arts - in any major city EXCEPT London. Recs?
Retweeted by John Oates"Let's hear Nigel Farage's view on that" isn't a phrase I want to wake up to. Thanks #r4today.
3/5
2014
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