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Digital fasting: my year without news

March 7, 2016

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When did you last check the news? Was it a minute of updates from the car radio, between ads and songs? A headline floating across a shiny digital screen on your way to buy lunch? A notification on your iPhone? A link from a friend’s Facebook feed bookmarked for later? For me, it was about […]

Being happy in Bhutan

March 4, 2013

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This week the Himalayan nation of Bhutan – usually a place that ducks from attention though it is located on the roof of the world – made headlines. The small kingdom of 1.2 million people made an announcement that they would become the first wholly organic country in the world by banning the sale of […]

Tracing the Silk Road: observations from China’s West

January 18, 2013

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My journey westwards started on China’s coast, in Suzhou, an ancient city north of Shanghai renowned for the canals that weave between its willows and whitewashed walls. It’s also the city that made Marco Polo fall in love with China and home to one of the nation’s most famous inventions: silk. So it was fitting […]

From One Table To Another: Eating in Bangladesh And Australia

October 29, 2012

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This is a cross-post with Oxfam’s Food Rights blog. Find out more about GROW here. There’s nothing quite like a plate of fuchka to satisfy a hungry appetite. Over the weekend, I found myself savouring those delicious explosions of coriander, chilli and chickpea flavours for the first time in months. But I wasn’t sitting on […]

My Love Letter to Bangladesh

July 15, 2012

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Now that I have left Bangladesh, the land of flowing ornas and floating sunsets, it’s been strange to return to life in Australia and, now, China. I flounder at pedestrian crossings, unconvinced that the cars will really stop. I marvel at the wonders of giant supermarkets that stock everything from everywhere, everyday; but I also […]

5 Things to Experience in Dhaka

January 30, 2012

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Dhaka is not a place that sits at the top of many tourists’ Must-See lists. Even the Bangladeshis seem to struggle to find nice things to say about their capital. And to set an even bleaker scene, in a 2011 survey Dhaka was ranked as the world’s second worst city in the world to live […]

Hungry for something more…

December 2, 2011

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One month ago, a child was born in a hospital in Lagos, Nigeria. It would normally be an inconsequential event – babies are born all the time, especially in a country with more than 155 million people. But this baby was born on the same day the United Nations Population Fund announced that the world […]