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Bruce Forsyth Worldwide Challenge   New!

Performing the iconic Bruce Forsyth ‘thinker pose’ around the world, in honour of light entertainment legend Bruce Forsyth. 47 countries and counting…

The Pyramids, Giza, Egypt & the Taj Mahal, Agra, Egypt
Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China & Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong  & Charles Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic
Todra Gorge, Morocco & Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain
Grand Palace, Bangkok, Thailand & Ho Chi Minh Museum, Hanoi, Vietnam
Pha That Luang, Vientiane, Laos & Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
St Basils, Red Square, Moscow, Russia & Old Town, Tallinn, Estonia
Rizal’s Last Walk, Manila, Philippines & Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam & Borobudur Temple, Borobudur, Java, Indonesia
Raffles Hotel, Singapore, Singapore & Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Shibuya Scramble Crossing, Tokyo, Japan & St Paul’s Cathedral, Macau
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada & Statue of Liberty, New York, USA
Durbar Square, Kathmandu, Nepal. & Dublin Spire, Dublin, Ireland
Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates & Azadi Freedom”Tower, Tehran, Iran
Changdeok-gung, Seoul, South Korea. & North Korean side of the Joint Security Area, DMZ, North Korea
Cristo Rei of Dili, Timor-Leste & Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Taipei, Taiwan
Havana, Cuba & Temple of the Buddha’s Tooth, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia & the Houses of Parliament, London, England
Jerónimos Monastery, Lisbon, Portugal & Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey
Vatican Square, Vatican City & The Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
Dubrovnik, Croatia & The Colosseum, Rome, Italy
Széchenyi Chain Bridge, Budapest, Hungary

White Rose Reader: Close Up on Iran, 25.11.13

Photography for White Rose Reader

“Iran’s terrifying reputation and wildly inaccurate media stereotypes mask what must be one of the friendliest and safest hidden gems in all of Asia. From magnificent mosques to bustling bazaars, the Islamic Republic is home to a sophisticated culture and rich history, all showcased with a famously heartfelt level of hospitality.”

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The medieval Takyeh Amir Chakhmagh Mosque is a popular gathering point in warm evenings in Yazd.


Time Out Magazine: East Timor – East of Eden, 10.10.12

Travel piece for Time Out Magazine.

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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.


Time Out Magazine: Iran – Glorious Esfahan, 26.10.11

Travel piece for Time Out Magazine.

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As your flight descends into the dark heart of the Evil Axis, rumours of 50c heat, a presumed threat of kidnap and the danger of a terrorist free-for-all weigh heavily upon the mind. However, Iran’s terrifying reputation and wildly inaccurate stereotypes mask what must be one of the friendliest and safest hidden gems in all of Asia. From magnificent mosques to bustling bazaars, the Islamic Republic is home to a sophisticated culture and rich history, all showcased with a famously heartfelt level of hospitality. And as for the intense desert heat – long-suffering Hong Kongers may actually find the lack of humidity strangely tolerable.

The lightly beaten tourist trail begins in the ‘City of Love’, Shiraz. No longer a wine producer, this small city is centred around the elaborate Vakil Bazaar. The colourful marketplace comes to life at night and shoppers exploring the endless maze will find locals offering to pay for things (or even dinner!) as shopkeepers chase them down dark alleys merely to return their change.